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To: Grams A
5 I, for one, would like to see the results of responses from just the parents of Scouts. The others may have an opinion but they should not have a vote since they have no skin (child) in the game.

http://scoutingmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/executive-summary-of-study-findings.pdf
Membership Standards Study Initiative Executive Summary
Parents Study Group and Leaders Study Group

The Parents Study Group was charged with listening to the voice of parents and leaders, including parents who currently do not have youth in the program. Research on parents was conducted by North Star Opinion Research on parents of boys younger than 18—both members and nonmembers.

• The research finds a significant shift in attitudes regarding the BSA policy on homosexuality.
• Three years ago, parents supported the current BSA policy by a wide margin—58 percent to 29 percent. Today, parents oppose the policy by a 45 percent to 42 percent margin.
• Three years ago, 57 percent of parents of current Scouts supported the policy. Today, only 48 percent of parents of current Scouts support the policy.

The BSA’s Voice of the Scout Membership Standards Survey was sent to more than 1 million adult members, with over 200,000 respondents. The survey found:

• Respondents support the current policy by a 61 percent to 34 percent margin.
• Support for the current policy is higher at different program and volunteer levels in the organization:
o 50 percent of Cub Scout parents support it; 45 percent of Cub Scout parents oppose.
o 61 percent of Boy Scout parents support it.
o 62 percent of unit leaders support it.
o 64 percent of council and district volunteers support it.
o 72 percent of chartered organizations support it.

16 posted on 04/30/2013 11:32:30 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: MacNaughton

o 50 percent of Cub Scout parents support it; 45 percent of Cub Scout parents oppose.
o 61 percent of Boy Scout parents support it...”

Thanks for the response and reference info. The difference in percentages between parents of Cubs versus BS parents really surprises me. Wonder how much of it is because parents of Cub Scouts are just beginning their participation and not necessarily “into” the entire program. There little kids are also playing co-ed T-ball, soccer, swimming, etc.

Parents of Boy Scouts who have been involved for an extended period of time are totally committed and, if they choose to participate in everything going on with just the Scouts in their son’s quest for Eagle Scout have little time for anything else.

My first grandson was also in BSA but he is ten years older than the one going through the program now. I have certainly noticed a major change in the attitude toward social issues when comparing parents from ten years ago to now. I keep hoping the pendulum will begin to swing back but it certainly doesn’t appear to be happening.


18 posted on 05/01/2013 1:35:06 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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