OREM, Utah, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the adoption of the Boy Scouts of America Membership Standards Resolution by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council, the BSA – Utah National Parks Council ( www.utahscouts.org) released the following statement:
The Utah National Parks Council believes the adoption of the new membership resolution by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America is a win for everyone involved in Scouting – especially for the youth who will be the greatest beneficiaries. The resolution states in part, "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of American on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
This, along with other items found within the resolution, fully meets the goals the Utah National Parks Council has always endorsed – the long-standing support of its youth, its local chartered partners and the BSA mission.
The new membership policy ensures "all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout and Venturing programs" will have the opportunity to participate in the Scouting program.The Utah National Parks Council also supports the National Council of the BSA moral and sexual behavior standard expressed in the resolution, which states, "Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting." The Utah National Parks Council reiterates its policy on ensuring strong, high-quality adult leadership, as well as emphasizing the virtues of Scouting. The BSA's Youth Protection program and policies has always "place[d]…[great] importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members." The Youth Protection program is a series of policies, procedures and leadership selection criteria for parents and leaders. The Council wholeheartedly supports the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Now that the voting has concluded and the membership policy change has been approved, the Utah National Parks Council will continue to work closely with the BSA and its chartering partners as plans are developed for implementation of the policy change.