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National Council of Boy Scouts of America reviews membership standards

March 08, 2013

With the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America reviewing its membership standards with respect to sexual orientation, the Mason-Dixon Council has scheduled two meetings to provide a fact-based dialogue, the council said Friday in a news release.

The first meeting will be held Monday, March 11, in the Northern Middle School auditorium, in Hagerstown, at 7 p.m.

The second meeting will be held Monday, March 18, in Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium, in Greencastle, Pa., at 7 p.m.

Volunteer facilitators from the Mason-Dixon Council, along with Area 6 representatives and members of the council leadership team including the president, commissioner and scout executive will provide information on the national process to review membership standards which may result in a vote at the national annual meeting in May.

“We encourage our parents, unit leaders, committee members, charter representatives and council and district volunteers to attend one of these meetings,” the news release says.

 Input will be collected and sent to the national organization to assist in the review of current standards, the release says.

“We understand that this issue is divisive and emotional,” the release notes. “We expect participants to value and respect the diverse opinions that may be presented by their fellow Scouters.”

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, attendance and participation will be limited to adults age 18 and over, according to the release.

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