Possible Change Coming to the Boy Scouts of America

Possible Change Coming to the Boy Scouts of America

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - For the last two months, the Boy Scouts of America has been in the middle of a controversy. Currently, the Boy Scouts do not allow gays to be part of their organization but that may soon be changing. A resolution is being considered to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation.

According to David Chapman, Scout for the Buffalo Trail Council, he says although this issue has been in the media lately, he is glad it's finally being addressed.

"I think this issue is always good to address and to bring forward a societal issue that members might be interested in and I think it's great that we got feedback communication from our youth all the way to the chartered partners. I think it's fantastic to address what they think is a concern," Chapman said.

Chapman says if a resolution is passed, it would remain the same for adult leaders, which means no gay adults can serve as leaders.

"They've asked a number of questions which ran a gamut of the whole issue of sexual orientation and this was the results that they found out that most people favored just addressing it at this time," Chapman said.

Chapman says although we live in a conservative area, most people he's talked to believe it's time for a change.

"Most people that I have talked to really think this is a probably a good thing as we move forward. Most of us are concerned with our kids, making sure kids have the opportunity to be a scout and that's what this proposal is about all kids will have an opportunity to be a scout," Chapman said.

He says he hopes that once the outcome of the proposed resolution is decided, the entire organization can move forward.

"I am glad to see this kind of thing behind us because it's a distraction, it has taken too much of our resources to deal with. I am glad to put this behind us and move forward," Chapman said.

The voting members will take action on the resolution during the Boy Scouts of America's National Annual Meeting next month.