(RNS) The policy change represents the end of a long and bitter struggle over whether to accept gay members that began more than two years ago when it allowed gay youths to participate, but not adults.
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(RNS) Some faith leaders said continued support for the BSA would hinge on whether religiously affiliated troops would be allowed to choose their own leaders.
(RNS) Catholics and Mormons seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude, Methodists plan to mull the next steps with BSA officials, and some LGBT-affirming church groups are welcoming the possible change.
Robert Gates indicated that churches and other religious groups — which currently sponsor 70 percent of all Scout troops — would be able to “establish leadership standards consistent with their faith.”
SEATTLE (RNS) The church may decide to affiliate with groups such as Camp Fire or the Baden-Powell Service Association, or it may continue a scouting program independent of other groups.
(RNS) “We have a very excited group of churches and Christian organizations that are joining us,” said the leader of Trail Life USA, which was formed as an alternative to the Boy Scouts. “They’re ready to go.”
(RNS) As the Boy Scouts of America gets ready to admit gay youth, one Missouri organization has already broken away. Oak Scouts is designed to be a safe space for everyone, regardless of faith or sexual orientation.
(RNS) A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay scouts announced Tuesday (July 9) it will launch an alternative group with a Christian worldview.
(RNS) Britain’s Girl Guides — the equivalent of American Girls Scouts — are dropping their reference to God in their loyalty oath.