Your Church, Your Sons, and Scouting


The Boy Scouts of America made national headlines a few weeks ago when it decided to allow openly homosexual youth into its membership ranks beginning January 2014. The implications of this decision are far reaching, especially for the church. Many churches, including my own, sponsor scout troops. Both my husband and son participated in the troop and enjoyed the many benefits that scouting provided. However, with this new development, what should the church do? What should you do if you have sons in scouting?

As your church and family ponder these very serious questions, you may be helped by reading these thoughtful articles:

“Boy Scouts at the Brink—The Moment of Decision Arrives by Dr. Albert Mohler

“Ask RC: Should my family, or my church break ties with the Boy Scouts of America, given their decision to welcome openly homosexual scouts?” by R.C. Sproul Jr.

“Advice to Christians and Churches Involved in Boy Scouts by Rick Phillips

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

One Response to “Your Church, Your Sons, and Scouting”

  1. Samuel Varner June 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    As an Eagle Scout, I originally said that I would return my Eagle Scout Award and turn my back on the Scouting movement. However after much prayer and reflection on this issue, I have come to the following conclusion.

    The resolution adapted by the national scout organization said that only boys, not leaders, cannot be discriminated against because of sexual orientation. At this time, homosexual adults will not allowed to join or be leaders. If the national organization had allowed adults with homosexual tendencies to be leaders, with out hesitation, I would pull my son and quit being an adult volunteer.

    As for the boys, I must look at the situation through the eyes of Christ. I may not like the resolution, but I MUST still love the young men. Did Christ ever give up on someone – NO! His grace and mercy are still available to any and all who call upon the name of the Lord! I am hoping that I can make a positive impact on young men and they, in return, will seek to follow thew Lord.

    We in our troop are hoping that the “morally right principle” will rise to the fore front and this will not become an issue. If it becomes an issue it will be dealt with with the parameters set forth by the national level.

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