Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Boy Scouts of America issues statement: National Council Adopts New Membership Policy

  • The resolution that was adopted will remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone effective January 1, 2014. Adult membership requirements however, remain unchanged.
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  • For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America, the nation’s foremost youth program, has been providing its youth program of character development and values-based leadership training to the youth of our communities.
    As many of you know, the BSA spent most of the first part of this year conducting a thorough review of BSA’s Membership Standards, educating the leaders and parents, and surveying various constituencies.  That review confirmed that this issue remains among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today. There was an outpouring of feedback from the American public; and the same was true throughout our council. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.
    While perspectives and opinions vary significantly; we understand through the Voice of the Scout survey that parents, adults in the Scouting community, and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting.
    The resolution that was adopted will remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone effective January 1, 2014.  Adult membership requirements however, remain unchanged.
    America and our communities need Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our children. We believe good people can disagree on a variety of topics and yet still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on our mission of instilling in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
    Please consider the positive impact Scouting has had on you and your family.  Your continued support and involvement is needed as we prepare to implement these changes throughout the organization.
    About the Cornhusker Council, Boy Scouts of America
    The Cornhusker Council, founded in 1930 (headquartered in Lincoln) one of nearly 300 chartered councils in the United States, implements Scouting programs for all of southeast Nebraska.  The council provides quality Scouting programs to its members through local community partnerships in 16 counties.  Over 6,000 youth and adult residents of southeast Nebraska participate in the Scouting program. 
    Last year Scouting programs in the Cornhusker Council, collected over 8,000 pounds of food for area Food Banks, and performed nearly 35,500 hours of community service.  Nearly 100 young men earned their Eagle Scout award in 2012, completing a life-long leadership and personal development experience.  More than 1,000 other young women and men participated in our summer camping experiences offered at Camp Cornhusker, near Humboldt, and the Outdoor Education Center, located near Lincoln.