Boy Scouts' ranks drop in year after policy change regarding openly gay youth

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 14, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    Let's face it folks.

    The Boy Scouts of America were forced into this policy. It's a shame.

  • Big 'D' San Mateo, CA
    Feb. 13, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    @ Upson Downs and None99:

    Please, have some understanding here.

    The article's assertion that the BSA allows "openly gay" youth to participate in no way cedes any moral ground or condones homosexual activity. We're talking mainly about kids from the ages of 11-14, and a smaller # that stay active in scouting until they are 18. At those ages, none of them should be sexually active, whether homo- or heterosexual. "Openly gay" in this context simply means that they have recognized their biological condition of same-sex attraction, and are BRAVE enough to talk about it with caring family, church or scouting leaders, and peers who are willing to understand their challenge and be support their personal development in ways that do not conflict with their affiliated religious organization or belief system.

    This policy change is a terrific step forward for the BSA's character-building programs and values to be able to serve more youth, not less.

  • None99 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    "Do my best to God and my country. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." "A Scout is BRAVE." Its time to change the Boy Scout Oath and Law because the organization is no longer living up to its own ideals established by its founders. Instead it cowardly sacrificed tradition to appease its corporate donors and an increasingly degenerate American public.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    @upson downs

    I was just thinking how happy I was that the scouts stood for something despite the heated rhetoric and threats of boycott by those hat claim moral superiority. I am happy that the organization I grew up with has finnally put its dark times over the last two decades behind it.

  • sockbunny Venice, CA
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:00 p.m.

    Upson Downs, So it's Christian to be intolerant? Pretty sure Jesus would disagree. True role models are people who can accept difference as part of the beauty of this life on earth.

    Feb. 12, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    Upson Downs, My hubby works for scouting, and ya, things were hot for a while. I wonder how you would feel if a son of yours, already in scouting, comes to you and wonders about his sexuality. I haven't been through that, but I have friends that did, and its not easy, and scouting would still be good for that boy. Not just the shun treatment.

  • Upson Downs Sandy, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    It is a real shame that the Boy Scouts caved in on this issue and didn't stand up for the Organizations long held beliefs. Many parents and young men are looking for role models and for leaders who "stand for something" even if it is not popular. When the Boy Scouts announced this change I know it was a great let down for me personally and my view of the Organization changed. As a long time Scout and Scout Leader, I will no longer support the Boy Scouts since they are now just another organization that is more concerned about being politically correct than about standing for Christian Values.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    So according tot he BSA their ranks have been declining for the past decade and has been about four percent several time throughout the past decade including the year prior to accepting gay people to join scouting. so then it stand to reason at most two percent of the decline was possibly due to gay people being allowed into scouting. Hardly the bruising end predicted by many on these threads a year ago.