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Moving Forward Membership Standards Release August 16, 2013 

For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.


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 National Council has released some additional details about the implementation of the new policy.  

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?”  We expect the release of much more information and training resources related to the membership standards change throughout the remainder of the year.


Fact vs. Fiction - This document is is meant to clearly explain the effect the new policy could have on local units and members and to answer frequently asked questions.

Implementation FAQ for Unit Leaders - This document is specifically for leaders and addresses unit operations questions associated with the membership standards implementation.

Special thanks to all of you, our leaders, for your continued service and dedication.  You truly make a difference in young people’s lives.  We must continue to remain focused on our mission and serving the youth of our nation.  Together, we can continue to impact more than 34,000 local youth by delivering amazing programs and the promise of Scouting to each of them and their families.

Please be assured that additional information will be forthcoming throughout the remainder of year, however, if you do feel the need to express your feedback or opinion, please send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 19:37