Yesterday, January 30th, The Boy Scouts of America adjusted its policy regarding membership enrollment to include transgender boys. The official press release states the following about who is eligible to enroll:

“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.

Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”

For more information you can also read an interview with BSA National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist.

6 comments

  1. Stephen Marble says:

    I have supported BSA for more than 70 years and I do recognize that reasonable changes are inevitable. I was very dismayed when BSA decided to no require moral correctness. Now you are considering changing the organization completely by allowing girls to enroll. I was reluctant to continue support when you made the first BAD DECISION, but with this sort of change it will no longer be the BOY scouts of America and so have lost my support. It is no wonder that your ranks are diminishing. Females have plenty of exclusive organizations and males have the same right. If girls want to be scouts let them join t he GIRL scouts of America. leave the boys alone.

  2. Advancement Chair says:

    Why would Mr. Surbaugh leave out the info that chartering orgs will supposedly have the final say on if they allow transgenders into their troop? Is it because it’s not true and they were trying to put out the fire created by the policy change announcement? Why is it not written in the new policy? If it is true, the BSA has opened up chartering orgs to lawsuits if the national policy says they will allow all “boys” in, but wink wink, nod nod, chartering orgs can keep them out.

  3. Baden Powell says:

    I often wonder why the voice of some is heard whike the voice of others is kept silent. I’m not necessaryily against females in Scouting (although i would hate to see over 100 years of history trown down the drain) but perhaps the BSA should have just gone to Scouts of America and opened it up to boys and girls. Instead of opening a door of confusionn for the boys and entering into a world against moral traidtions and values. Ultimately its most likely all going to end poorly in the years to come for the BSA anyway. Well, if you are not in favor of these new policies visit sites.google.com/site/traditionalvaluesknot and get your Knot to show your support of the traditional values the BSA promotes for over 100 years.

  4. Larry says:

    So, if its a girl who identifies as a boy, and he joins a boy scout troop; would the adult leadership on a camp out have to include a female leader like it is required in a Venturing crew? What about sleeping arrangements? Would or should he be allowed to sleep in a tent with other male scouts of the same age? How about shower and bath facilities? Are there published guidelines for this?
    I’m just curious.
    Also, if it’s a boy who is already in a scout troop and then declares himself to be a girl, what happens to his membership? Is she now removed from scouting until she turns 14 and can join a Venture crew. Can she stay in and become an Eagle scout? Where do we find the answers to these questions? Or should we not even worry about such things?
    Thank you.

  5. Ben Hungerford says:

    “… specif­i­cal­ly designed to meet the needs of boys.”
    “… we will accept and reg­is­ter youth in the Cub and Boy Scout pro­grams based on the gen­der iden­ti­ty indi­cat­ed on the appli­ca­tion.”
    So rather than saying “youth” you should continue to use the term “boy.”
    If youth want to join Boy scouts, they should identify as Boys and act like Boys or want to act like boys. If they are a girl and want to act like a girl, or if they are a boy and want to act like a girl or whatever they claim to be, as you say, there are other organizations for them. BSA is about meeting “the needs of Boys.”
    This is a Don’t ask – Don’t tell policy. Whatever you write on the form we will accept. It is a mater of them wanting to be like me, and NOT about me wanting to be like them. I have never showed my boys’ birth certificate to anyone. Why start now?
    Do not change the name to Whatever Scouts of America.

  6. Darryl Alder
    Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 9 ) says:

    The Chief just sent this out: “As you have no doubt heard by now, our organization has announced a change in the way we will consider the membership eligibility of boys who are looking to join our programs.
    “… So what has changed? While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. For more than 100 years, the BSA — along with schools, youth sports, and other youth organizations — has ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.
    “Starting immediately, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.
    “The BSA is committed to identifying program options that will help us truly serve the whole family, and this is an area that we will continue to thoughtfully evaluate to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible — all while remaining true to our core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
    “For more information, you can see our official statement, as well as a brief video from me, on Scouting Newsroom: scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/bsa-addresses-gender-identity
    “Yours in Scouting, Mike”

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