Local Boy Scout Council Focused on the Future National Membership Standards Debate Draws to a Close

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Please find the release and statement by the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) following the membership standards decision taken by the national board today in Texas.

It was announced today that the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Board has approved a new policy that removes the restrictions barring youth from becoming members on the basis of their sexuality. This decision comes following an extensive listening campaign that gathered input from members, non-members and key community organizations across the nation.

According to Les Baron, Scout Executive and CEO of National Capital Area Council (NCAC), leaders in the DC-metro area will be examining this decision carefully over the next few months to determine its impact on the local program. “We support the national board’s decision. We recognize that some of our members will be disappointed with (today’s) outcome, but I believe a good partnership does not require full agreement on every societal issue.” “What’s most important though,” says Baron, “is that we can now devote our full attention to providing a great program that helps young people be prepared for life.”

NCAC currently is at the beginning of their summer camping season. Last year, more than 31,500 campers visited one of NCAC’s camp properties – Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket, VA, and Goshen Scout Reservation in Goshen, VA – and that number is expected to increase this year. But Baron reports the council is already looking beyond that. “We are focused on the future. Plans are already in place for our fall membership drive, popcorn sale and Scouting for Food service project. Last year we collected more than 800,000 pounds of food for local food banks and our 2013 goal is to top one million.”

This fall NCAC also plans to expand their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program with a host of new activities and resources for leaders, including a STEM van that would travel around the council conducting demonstrations. According to NCAC Council President Hugh Redd, “STEM is a high priority. There is as much adventure to be found in the lab or a classroom as out hiking a trail, and we are committed to giving local youth the opportunity to discover that.”

“Over the next few months there will be many challenges we need to resolve,” says Baron. “No one has all the answers, so our plan is to stay focused on what is best for the young people in our program and move forward as one Scouting family.”

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About Boy Scouts of America & National Capital Area Council

Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be Prepared. For Life.™ The Scouting organization is composed of 2.6 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and more than a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

National Capital Area Council was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America. The Council territory includes the District of Columbia; Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; and in Virginia the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Stafford and Culpeper as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

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