Boy Scouts of America - Values Imperatives

- The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a values-based educational movement.

- The tenets of most world religions form the foundation of Scouting's values, as shown in the "duty to God" aspect of the Scout Oath.

- Although the BSA is nonsectarian, Scouting maintains that no child can develop to his or her fullest potential without a spiritual element in his or her life.

- The program methods and membership/leadership standards of the BSA must be consistent with the organization's set values and the tenets of most world religions.

- Consistent with those values, the BSA is committed to the concept that sexual intimacy is the sole providence of a man and a woman within the bonds of marriage.

- Also consistent with those values, the BSA is committed to respecting the dignity and values of others, even if we disagree with them.

- Respect does not mean abdication of one's values, nor does it mean the forced inclusion of others' values in Scouting.

- The BSA has never sought to impose its values on anyone. We welcome all who share them and respect the right of others to walk a different path.

- The BSA does not expect everyone to agree with its standards, but expects others to respect them.

- Because "character is caught not taught," members and leaders in Scouting are, by definition, role models and mentors, constantly teaching Scouting's values by serving as an example of them.

- Although the BSA makes no effort to discover the sexual orientation of any person, the BSA believes an avowed homosexual is not a role model for the faith-based values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law.

- The BSA went to the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm its standing as a private organization with the right to set its own standards for membership and leadership.

- Membership in Scouting is open to all youth who meet basic requirements for membership and agree to live by the Scout Oath and Law.

- It would be a disservice to the 100 million alumni and current members of Scouting to allow some to selectively obey or ignore one or more elements of the Scout Oath and Law.

- Scouts come from all walks of life and experience diversity in Scouting that they often cannot see elsewhere in their lives. Scouting helps children from cities, suburbs, and rural areas and from all faiths and races regardless of their economic status. Parents look to Scouting to support their efforts in raising their children and reinforcing the values taught in the home, school, and church.

- The BSA allows youth to live and learn as children and enjoy Scouting without immersing them in the politics of the day.

- Adversaries of the BSA feel that everyone should be allowed to participate in Scouting activities. However, these are only methods that Scouting uses to deliver the values found in the mission of the movement.

- One of the greatest strengths of Scouting, and our nation, is our ability to disagree on specific issues while bonding together for a common cause.

- Just days prior to the U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Gallup Organization surveyed Americans and found that two-thirds (64 percent) believe the BSA should not be required to allow openly gay adults to serve as Scout leaders.

Characteristics of a Unit Leader

  • Personal commitment to Scouting's mission
  • High moral standards
  • Ability to relate to young people and be a role model
  • Ability to work with parents and members of chartered organizations
  • Ability to delegate tasks and organize groups
  • Ability to keep a cool head
  • Flexibility and the ability to compromise
  • Ability to plan events
  • High energy level
  • Appreciation for detail
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