Boy Scouts of America Statement from National Council
Regarding Gender Identity
|You may have recently seen that the Boy Scouts of America National Council made an announcement related to how the BSA recognizes gender identity. The following statement and video were released:|
"While we offer a number of programs that serve all youth, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting are specifically designed to meet the needs of boys. 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.
"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."
The Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council is committed to reaching and serving local youth and helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Thank you for your steady support of Scouting.