Pack 901 will not discriminate against anyone for any reason. Our
Charter Organization is a public school's PTA, and in order for us to
work out of that school we are required to sign a "Non-Discrimination
Clause" with the school district. Here is what we signed and submitted
to School District 65:
"The undersigned hereby submits assurance that
Evanston Lincoln Cub Scout Pack 901
Shall not discriminate or deny equal access to any individual on the basis of sexual orientation or any
protected status, including race, color, national origin, sex, religious belief, physical and mental handicap or
disability, status as homeless, or actual or potential marital or
parental status, including pregnancy, be denied equal access to
programs, activities, services or benefits or be limited in the exercise
of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to
educational and extracurricular programs and activities."
We agree completely with the above statement. We understand that some
BSA organizations have discriminated against Scouts and their families,
and we believe this is a terrible practice. Those Packs & Troops
are answerable to their Chartered Organization, which is supposed to
regulate things like Scout admissions and Leader selection. Those
organizations either did not manage their unit properly or chose to
participate in discrimination.
This behavior saddens and disgusts us. We believe every child should
have the opportunity to participate and not be kicked out because they
have turned 18 and are therefore no longer considered a "youth". We also
believe that no child should see their parent removed from or barred
from leadership based solely on their sexual orientation.
There are so many options for your child, and we believe Scouting is a
well-rounded option. If a child has a limitation, they never have to
feel that they can't join or are letting their team down. There are so
many varied activities - one day may mean playing a game of basketball,
then next they may take a walk in the woods, then they might just sit
down and learn about some local history. Even on a day where your child
may not be able to participate in the planned subject (such as a
physical limitation and playing basketball), they can participate in
another way (like keeping score). Everyone is important. Everyone
In addition to Pack 901's current leaders' beliefs that discrimination
is unacceptable, being sponsored by a public school also helps protects
your children and you from discrimination.
The BSA has recently changed their Membership Policy to allow youth of
any sexual orientation, it still discriminates against adults, or youth
once they turn the age of 18. Pack 901 will still not discriminate against anyone - youth or adult.
We also offer the Inclusive Scouting Award to any who want it.
If you ever feel that discrimination has taken place, we want to know
immediately! We will not tolerate it, and will stop it right away.
To see the BSA's statement on the Membership Policy Resolution, go here:
Attached, you can view a letter written by our local Council (Northeast
Illinois Council) to the National Key 3 regarding the Council's view of
the BSA membership statement.