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 Dear fellow SFBAC friends and family

Along with the rest of the Scouting family, we have been reflecting on the challenges facing the Boy Scouts of America and potential ways to address them—primarily regarding adult leadership standards. Our primary focus has always been on serving America’s youth and providing the best program possible to our members. Our mission has not changed.

On Monday the 27th the BSA National Executive Board voted to ratify a resolution amending the adult leadership standards.  

Effective immediately, chartered organizations are able to select adult volunteer leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders.  This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families.  This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.  It is important to note that the 2013 youth membership policy is not affected by this decision and remains unchanged.

Moving forward, Scouting will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens.  By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.

We look forward to seeing you and your boys this fall as Scouting ramps back up in your local unit meetings and as you enjoy the fine activities planned in your district and at our beautiful Council owned camps.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this policy change, please don’t hesitate to contact the Council Office at (510) 577-9000.  You can also visit Scouting.org for more information on our policies.

Thank you again for your support.

Yours in Scouting,

Kenneth C. Mehlhorn | Scout Executive/CEO

San Francisco Bay Area Council


Youth Members

No qualified youth may be denied membership in Scouting on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. This policy shall not affect Scouting’s requirement that all members subscribe to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

Adult Volunteer Leaders

No qualified adult volunteer leader may be denied registration by the BSA on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. This policy shall not affect Scouting’s requirement that all adult volunteer leaders subscribe to the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Declaration of Religious Principle or the right of religious chartered organizations to use Scouting as part of their program and to select unit leaders in accordance with their religious principles.

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