“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”
Note that the mission statement says “young people”, not just young men. The recent decision of BSA to accommodate the desire of many young women to join Scouting is thus clearly within the mission statement. However, recognizing that the interests and needs of young men and young women differ, particularly when they are younger than 16, mixed units are not part of the program, boys and girls will be in separate units.
In fulfilling their mission, in addition to Boy Scouts, BSA offers several different programs; Cub Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life, Exploring and STEM Scouts. BSA Councils and chartered partners are free to choose which of these programs meet the needs of their youth. For example, the LDS Church recently changed their young men’s program to Boy Scouts for all their young men from 11 to 18 because Varsity and Venturing were no longer meeting their needs. The LDS Church provides great support for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in the Utah National Parks Council and LDS units welcome young men of any faith to join these units, but these two programs do not meet the needs of everyone.
To provide better support for those programs and units not chartered to the LDS Church, the Utah National Parks Council instituted the Baden-Powell Service Area in late 2016. Ryan Bertram serves as the executive and Lee Hansen and Stan Lockhart currently serve as the nominating committee. We are looking for volunteers to serve as New Unit Commissioners to recruit and organize new units and to serve as Unit Commissioners for existing units. Units have the choice to affiliate with their local district or with the Baden-Powell Service Area. As we find willing volunteers, the Baden-Powell Service Area will be organized as a District with responsibility to serve all units in the Utah National Parks Council that are not chartered to the LDS Church.
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Author: Lee Hansen | Saratoga Springs, BYU Chemistry professor for 32 years. Boy Scout volunteer for over 35 years, including 20 years as a Scoutmaster. As noted above Lee is currently involved with the Baden-Powell Service Area. He is also a member of the UNPC Commissioner College Cabinet and more.