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National Organization Amends Adult Leadership Policy of the BSA

On Friday, July 10, 2015 the National Executive Committee of the BSA met to review a resolution amending the adult leadership standards policy. This resolution was unanimously adopted by those present and voting. On Monday, July 13, it was shared with the National Executive Board, and then ratified on Monday, July 27, 2015. 


This resolution allows chartered organizations to select adult volunteer leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own. It is important to note that the 2013 youth membership policy is not affected by this resolution and remains unchanged.


These changes in no way affect the youth programming aspect of the Boy Scouts of America. The Northeast Iowa Council will continue to focus on serving the youth of our area by instilling leadership, character development, and the importance of community service and citizenship.


For more information on National's membership policy resolution, please visit this link to their site: