“The move marks a reversal of a policy in place for a century and is effective for the Boy Scouts and the Cub Scouts. The organization vowed to recognize the gender a youngster lists on an application.
“For more than 100 years, the BSA, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for and participation in many programs, especially single-gender programs,” chief scout Michael Surbaugh said in a recorded published Monday to the organization’s website.
“After weeks of significant conversations at all levels of our organization, we realize that referring to birth certificates as the reference point is no longer sufficient. Communities and state laws are now interpreting gender identity differently, and these new laws vary widely from state to state,” he said.
The organization will continue to find units that are the best fit. “I hope you’ll join with me in embracing the opportunity to bring scouting to more families and children,” Surbaugh said.
Just so y'all know, Trail Life is a fucking joke and nobody should donate to them.
-BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA OFFICIAL UNIFORM COLORS-
Cub Scouts - Blue with a lot of bright colors, usually on kids 12 and under.
Webelos and Boy Scouts - Tan and a pale green, on anyone 12 and up.
Venture Scouts - Teal with minimal red text, these usually need money for vacations and stuff, 15 and up, can be any gender.
Sea Scouts - Dark blue and black, kind of like Venture Scouts in that they will need money for trips, not a lot of criteria found on these, look for older kids 15 and up, they’re pretty easy to spot and are usually found in states bordering the sea.
Any group of younger scouts should be accompanied by 1-2 adults, wearing tan and green, of any gender.
Trail Life colors change from time to time but cannot be too similar, right now look for dark red, black, and lighter green.
Trail Life consists of a very small percentage of former Boy Scouts who are “taking a stand” against the ruling that gay kids can get their Eagle and be scout leaders. It is also not a coincidence that you very rarely see anyone but white men in this group. Don’t buy anything from them, don’t even talk to them, they no longer represent any part of Boy Scouts. In my troop, we commonly referred to them as the Westboro Baptist of BSA.
In Santa Rosa, Calif., the local BSA chapter told 10-year-old Ella Jacobs and five other prospective female members that their application for membership was “inappropriate.” Calling themselves “the Unicorns,” the girls plan to protest the decision in person Friday with new applications. But why were they blocked? A prejudice women have to face all their lives.