The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has finally lifted its ban on gay youth membership. While this action is long overdue, and the ban should never have been instituted in the first place, it is a very positive step in the right direction.
Scouting has so many great benefits to offer young people, boys 7 to 21 starting in Tiger Cubs and Boy Scouts, and boys and girls age 14 through 21 in the Boy Scouts' Venturing and Sea Scouting programs. I hope youth and parents who have until now rejected Scouting because of its former youth policy will re-examine their Scouting options in light of the new membership policy.
Today's youth are tomorrow's future. We should be passing on to them as many of the tools for success as we can. To find the Scouting units near you, go to https://beascout.scouting.org/ and click on the tab that is age-appropriate for your interest.
I have been in Scouting over 56 years. It has gotten me on trails, lakes, rivers, mountain tops, national and international jamborees, open-ocean sailing to Bermuda and Nova Scotia, meeting kings and presidents, learning self-reliance and good citizenship, and all along the way making friends with the greatest group of people one could ever hope to find.
I want to share all that Scouting has to offer with as many young people as possible. I am the skipper of Sea Scout Ship 25, and our unit's website is http://ship25bsa.org.
George Hay Kain III