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Cub Scout pack rescinds gay-welcoming policy under threat of losing its charter

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CLOVERLY, Md. — A Cub Scout pack in Maryland has been forced to rescind its gay-inclusive non-discrimination policy in order to keep its charter with the Boy Scouts of America.

Pack 442 of Cloverly, Md., on Saturday removed from its website a previous policy that stated, “Pack 442 WILL NOT discriminate against any individual or family based on race, religion, national origin, ability, or sexual orientation.”

On Saturday, the pack’s non-discrimination policy was replaced with this statement:

“Due to pressure from the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of BSA, Pack 442 was forced to remove its Non-Discrimination statement in order to keep our Charter (set to expire Jan 31st). This Non-Discrimination statement, previously posted here, welcomed ALL families.”

The members had until Friday 8 p.m., to decide if they will keep the gay-inclusive policy and possibly not be rechartered, or return to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The pack’s gay welcoming non-discrimination policy was voted on by member families and “overwhelmingly approved” last August, according to the pack website, which also noted that its chartering organization supported the decision. The matter was discussed in detail with district leaders and the council from August through October 2012.

It was only recently that NCAC contacted pack leaders to inform them they would no longer “allow” the statement to be posted.

Les Baron, Scout Executive of the NCAC, confirmed to NBC News that the pack could lose its charter if it maintained the policy, which he noted was against the Boy Scouts’ longstanding ban on openly gay Scouts or leaders.

“The policy of the Boy Scouts are what they are and my job is to not bring into (it) my own personal feelings, and all I am trying to do is maintain the quality and integrity of the Boy Scouts of America and its policies,” said Baron.

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  1. -_- , all about reputation hmm?… sad

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:18pm
  2. Should have stood up for their principles. Cowards!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:19pm
  3. You know, I was a Cub and Boy Scout. I don’t see why a Cub Scout troop needs a sexual orientation policy at all. I didn’t know what my orientation was until I was a middle teen.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:21pm
  4. Such a shame….

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:21pm
  5. Tough for them but they shouldn’t give in to this pressure. The founder of the Scout movement – Baden-Powell – was pressured by society into denying his probable homosexuality or bisexuality but we live in a more enlightened age. Would the pack accept a rule to be racist and to exclude people of colour? This rule is no different. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Baden-Powell,_1st_Baron_Baden-Powell#Sexuality

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:23pm
  6. @Mark…because gay are prevented from participation and/or getting awards!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:24pm
  7. i agree with you Tim Calahan….they should…..imo, it makes them WHIMPS.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:26pm
  8. Their anti-gay policy may result from two fears – gay scoutmasters may molest boys (offensive and wrong – openly gay men are no more likely to be pedophiles than other men); and being led by gay scoutmasters may “turn” some boys gay (also wrong). Boy scouts who will be gay may be more confident and open if they have positive role models but it doesn’t make them gay or bi to start with.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:28pm
  9. Boy Scouts of America will someday, have to be dragged, kicking and speaking, into the 21st century!! Until then, they are just ignorant intolerant homophobes….

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:29pm
  10. I can understand their frustration they wanted to do what was right but at same time the council was pressuring them to rescind their policy to go back to being biggoted like the BSA is as a whole

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:30pm
  11. How about they worry more about the PEDOPHILES among them and worry less about what CONSENTING A-D-U-L-T-S do!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:31pm
  12. The BSA will not survive if they continue their discrimination. They have already lost 3 major sponsors, many more will follow until they do not have enough funds to run.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:33pm
  13. Shame on them

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:35pm
  14. Seriously screw the Boy Scouts. Bunch of radical religious freaks run a d fund it. Why expect differently

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:40pm
  15. disgusting

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:41pm
  16. Yes, they do the same with the children of atheists too. Or if the child is openly atheist they will not allow them to be members…it’s disgusting.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:53pm
  17. lose the charter and keep your pack open do not bow to the pressure of bigots!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:06pm
  18. I would feel ashamed if I was a member of that pack and turned my back on my principles. The parents are teaching their boys never to stand up for any one but themselves and to hell with what is correct in life.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:17pm
  19. … BOO!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:22pm
  20. i hate the cub scouts im never letting my child join them

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:23pm
  21. How about boycotting BSA? I understand it’s value to youngsters but it’s also teaching them that not everyone is equal…so how about a new national group that can/will include All

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:35pm
  22. Sad… When I see the BSA in front of the grocery store selling fundraising items, I politiely decline to purchase & inform them & their parents that I will not contribute to an organization that discriminates.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  23. This type of crap has been going on for years in the Scouts-Cub,Boy,Girl,Eagle,all of it-my Mom was heavily involved in the Girl Scouts from the early 60s on and this started coming up in the 70s,and the gay community always lost.I do the same,Patrick,and with The Salvation Army,too,and have gotten some very nasty responses from these kids and their parents,which explains where the kids are getting it from. Not all the time, but enough of the time.

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:30pm
  24. I to do not give to the boys outs

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:55pm
  25. Boyscouts

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:56pm
  26. I’ve shared this. Not to point any fingers but to raise awareness, and certainly questions. Very interesting…

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 7:10pm
  27. heard about a all welcome bsa copy based troop but in new york only so why not get them to help start their troops all over

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:26pm
  28. assholes

    Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:45pm
  29. I certainly honor this Cub Scout pack for trying. Shame on the national group for putting this type pressure on the new charter pack. Shame!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:17pm
  30. About Time

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:25pm
  31. Boo. Boy Scouts are evil.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:28pm
  32. Disgusting

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:28pm
  33. Sounds like it’s time for a new kind of Scouts Club.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:43pm
  34. when my gay man and i have a son he wont want to be part of boy scouts cuz our son integraty will be for christ loves all that is scouts honor. amen

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:44pm
  35. thats what i was thinkin tammi pinch lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:45pm
  36. Nice example of courage. Not.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:50pm
  37. we can rename boy scouts to hitlers lil kkks

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:50pm
  38. Reprehensible

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:31pm
  39. This WILL come back to haunt the Boy Scouts…BIG TIME!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:56pm
  40. Sad but expected.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 4:41pm