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.

5 comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Darryl Alder
    Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 8 ) 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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