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Membership Policies

With more than 2.4 million youth members, the Boy Scouts of America works to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

The BSA believes every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience.Effective 2014, no youth may be denied membership in the BSA on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. This policy allows kids who sincerely want to be a part of Scouting to experience this life-changing program while remaining true to the long-standing virtues of the Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA does not, nor has it ever, proactively inquired about the sexual preference of its members, employees or adult leaders. We don’t believe the topic of sexual orientation has a role in Scouting.

In 2013, the BSA completed a comprehensive review process of our membership standards and there are no plans for further review on this matter. For additional questions on the status of the BSA’s membership standards policy, please see our National President’s remarks.

America’s youth need Scouting, and by focusing on the goals that unite us, we can continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.