Membership Standards Moving Forward
Upon approval of the membership standards resolution in May of this year, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America began reviewing its policies and guidelines to help ensure a smooth transition to the new policy.
With the combined leadership of volunteers and professionals, seven task forces have reviewed every aspect of the Scouting movement, including unit operations, finance and fundraising, camping and outdoor, youth and adult audiences, chartered and community organizations, and human resources. While the new policy does not go into effect until January 1, 2014, the first two documents will help in answering questions you may have regarding the implementation of the resolution.
Implementation FAQ for Councils – This document is specifically for regions, areas, and councils and answers questions related to the membership standards implementation, as well as operational questions about finance and human resources.
Implementation FAQ for Unit Leaders – This document is specifically for leaders and addresses unit operations questions associated with the membership standards implementation.
Of course, there is no way the BSA can answer every possible question that may arise. Ultimately, people in leadership positions must exercise good judgment, all the time asking the key question they have always asked: “What is in the best interest of the youth we serve?”
In September, we will release additional information and training resources related to the membership standards change. These require further vetting at upcoming professional and volunteer events.
Several organizations outside of Scouting have commented recently on the BSA’s new membership standards policy and the effect it might have on the organization. Much of this commentary has inaccurately stated that the BSA has made a fundamental shift in values and, in some cases, has attempted to cause division within Scouting in order to generate publicity or support for alternative youth organizations. The document titled Fact vs. Fiction is meant to clearly explain the effect the new policy could have on local units and members and to answer frequently asked questions.
We hope these documents will be helpful as we continue to work to deliver Scouting to the youth of our nation.
Thank you for all you do for Scouting.
Assistant Chief Scout Executive - Operations
National Council - Boy Scouts of America