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Dear Scouting Family,

On February 5, 2013, your Executive Board unanimously passed the following resolution:

The Louisiana Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts of America fully supports the current membership standards of the Boy Scouts of America. These standards express the ideals of Scouting as enunciated in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and we urge the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to preserve them.  

Also due to her traveling to New Zealand, our Council President, Kay Shipp, appointed two members of the Executive Committee of the Executive Board to be designated spokespersons on this issue: Malcolm Maddox, Council Vice-President of Development, and Bob Vincent, Council Vice-President of Relationships.

The national leadership of the Boy Scouts has committed itself to listening to you and to allowing the entire National Board to make any decisions related to membership standards at our national meeting in May.  The Louisiana Purchase Council has three representatives for that meeting.  They are:

Mrs. Kay Shipp, Council President,

Mr. Dennis Burke, Council Commissioner, and

Dr. Ralph Armstrong, Council Representative.

They can easily be reached by writing to them in care of our local Scout office: 2405 Oliver Road, Monroe, LA 71201.

More importantly, we recommend that you communicate your concerns to people individually at the national level.  While telephone and on-line polls, petitions, and e-mails have some weight, nothing is more effective than your personal letter mailed to the person's office or home address.  We have created a webpage with regularly updated information so that you can more effectively communicate your thoughts to key decision makers at the national level (http://www.rbvincent.com/bsa13.htm).  If you have additional names and addresses to add, please feel free to pass them on by way of e-mail (bob@rbvincent.com).

Attached to this letter is a letter from the National office of the Boy Scouts.


Yours in Scouting,


Malcolm Maddox                                                                   Bob Vincent

Vice-President of Development                                             Vice-President of Relationships



If you would like to contact the National Council in order to express your opinion, please send email to feedback@scouting.org or visit the website www.scouting.org/ContactUs.aspx 


The BSA’s National Membership Policy


After careful consideration and extensive dialogue with in the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.

To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns.  This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards.  The approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013.

America needs Scouting, and our policies must be based on what is in the best interest of our kids.  We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth.  Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us.  Be a part of this discussion by staying engaged and continuing your role in Scouting.  The kids in your community need you.


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