Council Response to Change in BSA Membership Policy
Character development and helping youth attain skills that will make them the leaders of tomorrow have been a priority for over a century of Scouting. With a vote by the 1400 voting delegates of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to no longer deny Scouting to youth solely on the basis of sexual orientation, inclusion for all youth members will be the policy effective January 1, 2014. The statement from National BSA about the change in membership policy can be viewed here
By virtue of our Charter, the Cherokee Area Council will operate within the guidelines and policies of National BSA. We don't see this policy change greatly affecting our area. We will continue to provide a strong Scouting program and look forward to being able to mentor all youth. We do expect BSA's national office to develop policies on sharing tents and the like, and if the national office doesn't, we will.
The Cherokee Area Council will continue to be a leading Scouting program serving six counties in the Northeastern part of the state. Members are encouraged to contact Carol Whitebook, Scout Executive or Charlie Daniels, Council President should they need further information or have additional concerns.