Thursday, March 14, 2013

Survey Sent to Scouting Volunteers

 

Scouting Volunteer,

The Boy Scouts of America is in the process of a careful and deliberate review of our membership policy, as it relates to the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.

We are dedicated to the integrity of this process. In an effort to listen to our members' perspectives and concerns, we ask you to answer some questions about this topic and about your overall Scouting experiences.

Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey by clicking on the link below. Responses are confidential and will be summarized and reported as a group.

To ensure your voice is heard, please respond by April 4, 2013.

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Welcome

We appreciate your participation in this survey regarding your experience and relationship with Scouting.  Your input is very important to enhancing the youth experience.

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Are you currently registered as an adult in a pack, troop, team, crew, or ship?
(this includes leaders, assistant leaders, committee members, merit badge counselors, etc.)

_ Yes
_ No

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Current BSA Membership and Leadership Standards Policy

The current Boy Scout Membership and Leadership Requirements are: The applicant must possess the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. The applicant must also be the correct age, subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle, and abide by the Scout Oath or Promise, and the Scout Law. While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.

Today, the BSA finds itself in the position where there are different moral views among Scout parents, volunteers, and religious chartered organizations in regards to homosexuality.

 The current Boy Scouts of America requirements, stated above, prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement?

_ Totally support
_ Somewhat support
_ Neutral
_ Somewhat oppose
_ Totally oppose

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Following are some possible scenarios that could happen if the Boy Scouts keeps or changes its policy.   Please tell us the degree to which you believe the actions taken in each scenario are acceptable or unacceptable.

Bob is 15 years old, and the only openly gay Scout in a Boy Scout troop.  Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the troop leader to allow Bob to tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip?

_ Totally acceptable
_ Somewhat acceptable
_ Neither acceptable nor unacceptable
_ Somewhat unacceptable
_ Totally unacceptable

Johnny, a first grade boy, has joined Tiger Cubs with his friends.  Johnny's friends and their parents unanimously nominate Johnny's mom, who is known by them to be lesbian, to be the den leader.  Johnny's pack is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith does not teach that homosexuality is wrong.   Is it acceptable or unacceptable for his mother to serve as a den leader for his Cub Scout den?

_ Totally acceptable
_ Somewhat acceptable
_ Neither acceptable nor unacceptable
_ Somewhat unacceptable
_ Totally unacceptable

Tom started in the program as a Tiger Cub, and finished every requirement for the Eagle Scout Award at 16 years of age.  At his board of review Tom reveals that he is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the review board to deny his Eagle Scout award based on that admission?

_ Totally acceptable
_ Somewhat acceptable
_ Neither acceptable nor unacceptable
_ Somewhat unacceptable
_ Totally unacceptable

David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong.  His troop is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith also teaches that homosexuality is wrong.   Steve, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member in the troop and is denied membership.  Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership in their troop?

_ Totally acceptable
_ Somewhat acceptable
_ Neither acceptable nor unacceptable
_ Somewhat unacceptable
_ Totally unacceptable

A gay male troop leader, along with another adult leader, is taking a group of boys on a camping trip following the youth protection guidelines of two-deep leadership.  Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the gay adult leader to take adolescent boys on an overnight camping trip?

_ Totally acceptable
_ Somewhat acceptable
_ Neither acceptable nor unacceptable
_ Somewhat unacceptable
_ Totally unacceptable

A troop is chartered by an organization that does not believe homosexuality is wrong and allows gays to be ministers. The youth minister traditionally serves as the Scoutmaster for the troop.  The congregation hires a youth minister who is gay.  Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this youth minister to serve as the Scoutmaster?

_ Totally acceptable
_ Somewhat acceptable
_ Neither acceptable nor unacceptable
_ Somewhat unacceptable
_ Totally unacceptable

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After reading the scenarios in the previous question, please answer one question again.  The current Boy Scouts of America requirements prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement?

_ Totally support
_ Somewhat support
_ Neutral
_ Somewhat oppose
_ Totally oppose

Different organizations that charter Boy Scout troops have different positions on the morality of homosexuality.  Do you support or oppose allowing charter organizations to follow their own beliefs when selecting Boy Scout members and adult leaders, if that means there will be different standards from one organization to the next?

_ Totally support
_ Somewhat support
_ Neutral
_ Somewhat oppose
_ Totally oppose

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What is your greatest concern if the policy remains in place and openly gay youth and adults are prohibited from joining Scouting? (Please be specific.)

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What is your greatest concern if the policy is changed to allow charter organizations to make their own decisions to admit openly gay Scouts and leaders? (Please be specific.)

___________

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Do you believe the current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders is a core value of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law?

_ Yes
_ No

If the Boy Scouts of America makes a decision on this policy that disagrees with your own view, will you continue to participate in the Boy Scouts, or will you leave the organization?

_ I believe I can find a way to continue.
_ I do not believe I can find a way to continue.
_ I have not yet made up my mind.

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How likely is it that you would recommend volunteering in the Scouting program to other friends or acquaintances?

 Unlikely      Neutral        Likely
  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _   _

What is the primary reason you gave this rating?

__________

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Your response to the previous question indicates that you are less than satisfied with Scouting.  Would you like to be contacted by someone at the council who can talk with you about your concerns?

_ Yes
_ No


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Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements.

There is a comment box beside each statement so that you can provide feedback that will help your council take action.

My Unit
Through Scouting, I teach youth skills they cannot learn anywhere else.
I understand the unique benefits that Scouting provides to today's youth.
I fully understand my role within the unit.
_ Strongly disagree
_ Disagree
_ Somewhat disagree
_ Neutral
_ Somewhat agree
_ Agree
_ Strongly agree
Comments __________

Training
I have support from other leaders that helps me be an effective Scout leader.
Attending roundtables helps me become a more effective leader.
I know where to go to get tools and resources to be a successful leader.
_ Strongly disagree
_ Disagree
_ Somewhat disagree
_ Neutral
_ Somewhat agree
_ Agree
_ Strongly agree
Comments __________

My Council
The council staff provides outstanding customer service.
_ Strongly disagree
_ Disagree
_ Somewhat disagree
_ Neutral
_ Somewhat agree
_ Agree
_ Strongly agree
Comments __________

If there was one thing that I would suggest to improve Scouting, it would be...
__________

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Thank you!

Press "Finish" at the bottom of the page and your responses will be sent to us.

You will be redirected to
 "Are you tougher than a Boy Scout?"

 

 

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