Re: Information request
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Sat, 13 Jun 1992 22:13:00 EDT
This is in reply to your inquiry into the official policy barring homosexuals.
As far as I can research it (in between punishing/admonishing children),
(and wishing friends happy birthday), the earliest date is 1956 and during
a National Meeting, the issue was placed to rest with a statement by then
Chief Scout Executive Art A. Schuck. This was basically the same as the
"policy on religion" but added a line about "relationships other than those
involving a complete family unit". The policy was to be written in several
Scouting publications but I have never found a single reference to anything
other than the "family unit" (and some here as well as other places will say
that a gaybiles relationship could and in many cases is a "family unit". )
I will check on Monday with the resources at National to get the definative
answer....and I will continue to check other resources to get the answer for
you. In my posting earlier, I looked at three versions of the leadership
application and could NOT find anything that even hints that BSA does not
allow those citizens to serve as leaders; there is a statement on the present
applications that state that the Scout Executive or his representative does
have the right to refuse membership.
Just for reference: such appeals are made to the Regional Director of
Membership at the approviate Regional Office and to the Associate National
Director of Membership and then the National Executive Board.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City