Local leader reacts to Boy Scout decision

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Today (May 23), the voting members of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The LaSalle Council of the Boy Scouts of America is committed to the local implementation of this new national policy.

Scouting has always been - and always will be - about America's youth. The LaSalle Council serves over 8500 youth throughout 8 counties in north central Indiana and southwestern Michigan. The LaSalle Council’s focus remains to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. We respect the integrity of the national decision-making process. As the Key Leaders of the LaSalle Council, we believe this update to our policy will allow all youth who sincerely want to be a part of Scouting to experience this life-changing program while remaining true to the long-standing virtues of Scouting. While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that youth are better off when they are in Scouting. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us.

Michael Gotsch, Council President
Michael Faloon, Council Commissioner
Patrick D. Bridges, Scout Executive

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