Not much of a change
Posted on Jun 5th, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Some Scout leaders are disappointed in the BSA decision to allow gays to participate in the scouting program while continuing the prohibition of gay Scout leaders.
In truth, there will be no significant change. Few, if any, Scout leaders have ever asked a young person about his sexual orientation. No sexual activity of any sort has been permitted in the past and will not be allowed in the future.
Scouts under age 14 may struggle with sexual feelings, but few of them would characterize themselves as gay. If a Scout over that age were to experience same-sex attraction, he would never tell anyone or act upon those feelings. Adolescent boys can be very cruel to anyone who appears gay.
For good or for ill, the new Scout policy resembles the United Methodist Church policy of welcoming homosexual persons into their faith communities while excluding them from the ordained ministry.
“We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.” (Discipline Paragraph 161(F).
A local church that charters a troop or pack should be responsible for selecting leaders. If the right leaders are selected, there will be a close relationship between the boys, their families and the church.
In truth, this change in policy shouldn’t result in any changes in local Scout troops or Cub Scout packs.