Topeka Scout Executive talks about changes for BSA

Openly gay Boy Scout members will be allowed into Scouts starting next year.

In Texas yesterday the “Membership Standards Resolution” passed with a vote of 61% “yes” to a 38% “no”, lifting the ban.

This means no youth can be denied membership in the BSA on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.

Scout Executive Wayne Pancoast from Topeka’s Jayhawk Area Council attended the meetings yesterday and Wednesday.  Pancoast says he’s not sure if this decision will make a difference with Boy Scouts here in this area.

“They’re at a point in their lives where they haven’t made those decisions in most cases, says Pancoast, I mean, I think it’s too early to tell if that’s going to have a positive or a negative affect.”

“There’s no one single factor I think that we can point to, to say that this is the reason we’ll recruit more kids or this is the reason we’ll lose kids, says Pancoast.”

The ban on openly gay Boy Scout leaders is still in tact.  Pancoast says that wasn’t discussed during the meetings.  He’s not sure the Boy Scouts of America plans to consider lifting that ban anytime soon.

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