We applaud the Boy Scouts of America for taking this important step towards full equality for all of their members. As Reform Jews, we believe that every person is created in the image of God and that the Divine spark is present in each of us, thus we are all equally deserving of dignity and respect. This announcement is a momentous step toward broader inclusion and equality of transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults in our society.
The BSA’s new leadership standards for adults is a positive step reflecting the fact that leadership ability is never determined by sexual orientation. It assures that gay youth in the scouting movement will see themselves reflected in positive adult role models.
Jewish War Veterans believes in supporting our country’s youth, especially the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Scouting helps build character and confidence, and teaches responsibility to our young people so that they can grow up to become better citizens.
Watch and download our resources on this page and our page to Start and Grow a Unit to help Jewish Scouts, their parents, and their leaders advance and become more involved as they grow.
See how Scouting and Judaism have similar values with Scouting and Judaism.
Why Scouting Works
This infographic from a study by Tufts University shows how Scouting positively affects boys and their growth (press to download).
Also watch the slide show, which you can share with parents of potential Scouts in your recruiting efforts.
Here are the requirements and workbook for those interested in working with Jewish Scouting religious emblems.