The BSA is actually a multitude of complicated organizations. First, the professional organization hires and fires Council Execs, who are employees of the Boy Scouts of America. If The Council Exec made this decision, then he or she is history. More than likely it was the council executive board, which are community volunteers, that made this decision. If so, then there is not much that the national office can do about it immediately. Although in the long run, the concil exec can replace those board members who are pro gay. The article is unclear about who actually made this decision, but I would guess that a local politician who is a council board member was involved. In such case the local politician will not be asked to continue hes/her service on the board. The term for board members is usually one year. Meanwhile, the local politician has picked up some brownie points from the gay community.
However, the council office does not appoint Scoutmasters, gay or otherwize. Scoutmasters are appointed by each individual troop and their sponsoring organization, with the approval of the council office and the national office.
In the case of a gay Scoutmaster, the national office can refuse that person membership in the Boy Scouts of America, which means that any scout troop which appoints a scoutmaster who is not approved is no longer a "Boy Scout Troop."
In any event, those folks who are concerned about gay scoutmasters should get involved locally at the Boy Scout Troop level. It is the troop who recommends to the sponsoring organization who is a scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster.
posted on 05/29/2003 7:51:36 AM PDT
Thanks for your wonderful explanation,it makes things a little easier to understand.
posted on 05/29/2003 2:02:07 PM PDT
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