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The oldest known mention of a specific BSA policy of excluding gays was in an internal 1978 memo.

Earlier mentions of anti-gay exclusion appear in Scouting literature, including a passage in the 1972 edition of the Scoutmaster’s Handbook.

The entirety of the youth membership standards resolution (effective January 1 2014) can be found here. Supreme Court upheld the BSA’s right to set their own membership and leadership standards.

An announcement from the BSA regarding the changes to its adult membership standards (effective July 27, 2015) can be found here. In the spring of 2015, Pascal Tessier – an openly gay man – was hired by the Greater New York Councils for a summer camp position, in spite of the national policy.

You can also show your support to other Scouters by wearing the Inclusive Scouting Award as a symbol of your commitment to diversity and equality in Scouting.

If you want to get more involved, we’d love to hear from you, so email us!

Now, it’s up to all of us to get involved in Scouting to help ensure that the pro-equality voice within Scouting is heard.

This alone is the best way to pave the path towards an even more inclusive and brighter future for the BSA.

This is an easy way to make sure everyone knows your unit is inclusive.

There are several reasons why it’s impossible to form another Scout association.

Scouting is a rewarding program–we encourage you to enroll your child in the BSA and to lead by example.

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