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Membership and Leadership Standards

Adult Leadership Standards 

Thank you for your interest in the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Along with the rest of the Scouting family, we have been reflecting on the challenges facing the Boy Scouts of America and potential ways to address them—primarily regarding adult leadership standards. Our primary focus has always been on serving America’s youth and providing the best program possible to our members. Our mission has not changed.

The BSA National Executive Board recently voted to ratify a resolution amending the adult leadership standards. Effective immediately, chartered organizations are able 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 decision and remains unchanged.

Moving forward, Scouting will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this policy change, please don’t hesitate to contact our Scout Executive and CEO, Bill Haines at bhaines@okscouts.org. You can also visit Scouting.org for more information on our policies. Thank you again for your support.


What You Need To Know

Why We Made the Change

Why This Resolution Is Right for Scouting

Focusing on Scouting’s Mission

Frequently Asked Questions

Association of Baptists for Scouting Response

General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) Response

National Catholic Committee on Scouting Response

Fact vs Fiction

Implementation FAQ for Unit Leaders 8 15 2013