“’I’m very sad, because it’s a part of me and a part of my family. We have so much invested in Boy Scouting,’ Mr. Hiden said. ‘But we don’t believe that the new policy is consistent with our beliefs.’” Annie Z. Yu
“Churches of various faith denominations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho and other states have ended Scouting programs because the policy goes against church teachings, although the Mormon Church, the nation’s largest sponsor of Scouting troops serving some 430,000 boys, has said it will continue its sponsorship.” Annie A. Yu
Annie Z. Yu, The Washington Times, June 17, 2013, p. 12
“Within 12 hours of the announcement that the membership standards resolution had passed, I was contacted by five other members in my pack leadership committee, questioning whether they were going to continue Scouting,” said Mr. Ebersole, a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 282 in South Riding, Va.
The reaction was equally quick for Gary Hiden, an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 268 in New Market, Md., who has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America his whole life. He was a Boy Scout, and his mother served as a den mother and his father as a scoutmaster. Now, both his sons are Scouts. But the family plans to quit the Boy Scouts once the new policy takes effect Jan. 1.
“I’m very sad, because it’s a part of me and a part of my family. We have so much invested in Boy Scouting,” Mr. Hiden said. “But we don’t believe that the new policy is consistent with our beliefs.”
Mr. Hiden’s troop is chartered by a Brethren church, and he identifies himself as a Christian. He said his elder son, who is 15, is just shy of becoming an Eagle. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to be an Eagle Scout by Jan. 1,” he said — before the policy comes into force.