Thanks to Boy Scouts’ Decision, This is What a Den Mother Has to Tell Her Kids

Written by Anya Callahan

Last April, the Boy Scouts of American told Ohio Boy Scout mom Jennifer Tyrell she would no longer be permitted to serve as a den leader of her son’s Cub Scout troop because of her sexual orientation. Jennifer had served as a den mother for close to a year after her son joined the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) approved a new resolution Thursday, and the organization will now allow for openly gay scouts. The caveat to this notable victory is this new policy only protects youth, still allowing for open discrimination and exclusion of scouts 18 and older.

“No parent should ever have to look their children in the eyes and tell them their family isn’t good enough. But the Boy Scouts’ [new resolution] forces gay parents and adult leaders to do just that,” Tyrell told GLAAD.

The newly revised BSA Membership Standards Resolution reads: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The significance of the word “youth” is important.

The charter continues to read, “the Boy Scouts of America will maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America,” which dictates that LGBT parents and elders will continue to be prohibited from leading troops.

While the new policy is certainly a step in the right direction, there is still a lot of work to be done for LGBT advocacy groups.

“We now have a [resolution] that would protect youth across the entire country, regardless of where you live, who charters your unit, and that’s a really big deal,” founder of Scouts For Equality Zach Wahls told Campus Progress. “Frankly, that’s more than I think any of us thought we were going to get when we started this campaign last year.”

But Wahls noted major flaws in the new charter.
“When we are are telling kids, gay or straight, that discrimination is ok, that’s a problem,” he told Campus Progress. “So we certainly view this proposal as a step in the right direction, but this, in no way, will be where this campaign ends.”

The Boy Scouts is one of the largest youth organizations in the US with more than 2.5 million young scouts.

The resolution was voted in by a 61 percent margin.

“If you look at the actual values of the organization, there is nothing about scouting that I think would require you to be anti-gay,” Wahls said.

Wahls told Campus Progress that the Scouts actually taught him values and skills he utilizes in his campaign to end BSA discrimination.

“One of the merit badges you have to earn for the rank of Eagle Scout is called Citizenship in the Community…You are taught, in the Boy Scouts that if there is a policy on the books that you disagree with, you are supposed to work to change it. And that is exactly what we have done”

This post was originally published by Campus Progress.


Photo: Ted Eytan/flickr


Heather G.
Heather G.3 years ago

Bill R, it is not people who have decided gay people should be in every little organization in the world, but god, if you believe god created the world. Gay people have been and will continue to be born into every culture, race, nationality, era and religion!!

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

I stand by my post on this subject and if there is hate showing up on this site it is not me, it is the people that think every little organization in the world should be full of every kind of person in the world, it just is not a good idea for many reason. Next thing we will have men playing women's basketball just because we have people not caring about the women and their rights. We need to put the brakes on this and soon or we will all be back in the dark ages.

We now have schools that are allowing transgender students into the girls bathrooms. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that is wrong for the ladies in our schools.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

progress is being made little by little

Robert H.
Robert Hamm3 years ago

Bill get the hell over it!!! The world is not going to stay in the 1950s to please you.

Teresa B.
Teresa B.3 years ago

Bill threw THIS ugliness into his comment : "It finally makes me wonder if Homosexuality affects some peoples brains or though processes"

Bill, you are a rabid, hate-filled man. I truly feel sorry for the people who have to deal with you in real life, especially any children.

Heather G.
Heather G.3 years ago

And some have no idea how hateful their "moral values" are.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Some people have no idea what the difference is between hate and moral values of a private organization. I have no hate for anyone, but It is my right to have a disagreement just as it is your right to disagree with my ideas. But to try and brand it hate is just not very intelligent.

The Boy Scouts should have kept their moral values that they have maintained for over 100 years and no one was ever hurt, in fact they have become so well known that people of different persusions have gone to court (Supreme Court) to tear the values down and they lost in court.
Canada lost over 40% of their boys when their national forgot what got them to the dance so to speak.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm3 years ago

I know many homosexual Christians Bill. MORE hate from you is simply that, Hate.

Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy3 years ago


Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Catherine, You are absolutly correct and on top of that a homosexual boy will never make the rank of Eagle Scout as they are require to recognize God in their life.

I have nothing against the lad that thinks he is homosexual and I am sure 90% of the homosexual boys could care less about joining Boy Scouts, but it is the 4% adult Homosexuals that just could not stand to see an organization that teaches God and good moral values while helping other people be homosexual free. It finally makes me wonder if Homosexuality affects some peoples brains or though processes.
Canada the year after they opened the door to homosexuals lost 40% of their Boy Scout membership.