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The following membership standard for youth members of the Boy Scouts of America is hereby adopted and approved, effective Jan. 1, 2014:

“Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”

convictions at a Scouting event.” Perry went on to note that the proposed membership-policy resolution falls in line with major religious chartered organizations, as these groups do not expel members of their congregation for merely expressing a same-sex attraction but not acting upon it. The tough questions continued—what

about Youth Protection? Fundraising? Duty to God? This respectful family dialogue didn’t come without tense moments, yet the varied opinions only reinforced each person’s pas- sionate feelings for the Scouting movement. Members kept calm, took their turns at the microphone, and returned to their seats to listen to others. One member remarked, “Now, if only the U.S. Congress could have a discus- sion like this.” A welcome—albeit brief—bit of comic relief.

FAST-FORWARD 24 HOURS and this same crowd now knows the fate of the BSA’s future: to serve all youth. And despite the differences among voting members, the group gathers yet again on the final day of the annual meeting for the closing session. This time on stage, immediate past BSA National President Rex Tillerson takes on the challenge of addressing the reverberating question: Now what?

“Most of the reasons that organizations

fail at change is pretty simple,” he says. “People don’t understand why. They don’t understand the mission. They don’t understand what this means for them. They don’t understand their role.” Now, the most important job is to com- municate with Scouting supporters back in each member’s home council, he says. As the CEO of ExxonMobil Corp.,



The 2013 recipients of the highest award for adult volunteers were (from top left): William H. Cardinal Keeler, Jeanne Arnold, Jack S. Butler II, James Wilson, Ralph de la Vega, Steve McGowan, John F. Pyfer Jr., Carlos J. Arboleya, George N. Boulukos, Raymond Capp, Russell Hunsaker, and Ellie Morrison. Learn more about the 2013 award winners at


Tillerson is no stranger to the task of making tough decisions or venturing into uncharted territory because of a change in course. “Regardless of where you were on this deci- sion, it’s also very normal for people to feel like there are winners or losers. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. … There are neither winners nor losers. What’s left after we made the decision to change is the mission, and the mission has not changed. But how are we going to implement the change?” Tillerson says teams are now working to

develop implementation and communica- tions plans. But he also noted that it falls on the representatives attending the meeting to return to their councils and help talk about the change and answer the “legitimate con- cerns and fears” of others. He points back to the voter information session as an example of a chorus of opinions and perspectives. “I’m going to use those things I learned—perspec- tives I didn’t have—and that’s going to help me talk to others about [this change].”

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