From our Scout Executive/CEO:
To Our Scouting Family:
We appreciate your participation and support of Scouting as we help equip children with the life skills to become a good, strong citizen. In 2013 we are celebrating the Denver Area Council’s 100th Anniversary, and our focus has remained the same, working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Our council has numerous programs planned in the upcoming months that will offer thousands of youth an unparalleled experience, giving them advantages for their future.
I would also like to take this opportunity to update you on the recent discussions within the Scouting family regarding our membership standards policy. After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
To that end, the national executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting's membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers' work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013. If you would like to express your opinion to the national council, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.scouting.org/ContactUs.aspx or call 972.580.2000.
America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our kids. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. While the national board is working to come to a decision, please continue to support your Denver Area Council as we continue our mission in providing Scouting and Learning for Life programs to over 53,000 youth. The Denver Area Council and our local units in our community have not put their programs on hold. Please keep volunteering and donating to Investment in Character. The Scouts depend on you.
Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us. Be a part of this discussion by staying engaged and continuing your role in Scouting. The kids in your community need you.
Yours in Scouting,
John G. Cabeza
Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council
Read the statement on the BSA Membership Standards and the National Executive Board's decision.