Rally Held Against Boy Scout Membership Vote

FALCONER – Urging delegates to vote “no” was the purpose of the Brave Scouts Stand Strong Rally held Friday, May 17, at the Allegheny Highlands Council in Falconer. Scout leaders, volunteers and friends of Scouting were on hand to raise awareness of the pending vote Thursday in Grapevine, Texas. The National Council of Boy Scouts of America has proposed a change to the 103-year-old membership standards. Those in attendance emphasized the importance of maintaining the current policy to best serve youth in the Scouting units of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Explorers.

Judy Parker opened the speakers’ portion by thanking those in attendance. She said, “I am an 11-year leadership volunteer with the BSA. I have served as Tiger Cub Den Leader, Wolf, Bear and Webelos’ Den Leader and as Cubmaster. Presently, I serve as the District Training Chair and a Unit Commissioner in Two Lakes District. Scouting is important to me, personally, and my family. “

“I stand before you representing 60 years and three generations of Scouting legacy. My uncle was a Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope recipient, my three brothers are Eagle Scouts, as are two nephews. Our oldest son is an Eagle Scout and our youngest is well on his way. Scouting is about fun with a purpose and preparing young men to be leaders in their communities. Sex and politics have no place in Scouting. I implore Allegheny Highlands Council’s delegates to vote ‘no’ to defeat the proposed membership resolution,” Parker said.

To view the proposed membership resolution in its entirety visit www.scouting.org/scoutsource/sitecore/content/membershipstandards/resolution/resolution.aspx

David Carnahan spoke next remarking on his 65 years with the BSA. As a youth, he was a member of BSA Troop 14 chartered by the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown. He earned Life rank in Boy Scouting and went on to serve as Explorer Post Advisor, Council President and as a member of the Eastern Region Board. Carnahan has been honored for his dedication to Scouting and exemplary service to youth with the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope medals. He fondly recounted Boy Scouting memories of outdoor activities, campouts, especially noting many skills he learned in Scouting and has used over his lifetime.

“I hate to have our organization lose the moral values that have defined Boy Scouting for over 100 years. My hope is that the membership policy will not change so that today’s Scouts can have the same experiences I did,” stated Carnahan.

For more information on Brave Scouts Stand Strong and “10 Reasons to Vote No” visit OnMyHonor.net.