SCOUTS OF AMERICA RESOLUTION
REAFFIRMATION OF THE POSITION OF
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA ON "DUTY TO GOD"
"Resolved that the following reaffirmation of the position of the Boy Scouts
of America relating to 'Duty to God' be, and hereby is, enacted and that the
Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and literature of the Corporation reflect
this reaffirmation accordingly.
"This year, America is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the
Boy Scouts of America. Since 1910, 72 million Americans have subscribed to
the Scout Oath and the Scout Law which have stood the test of time.
"The national Executive Board of the BSA proudly states, through
its Mission Statement, that the values which the organizations strives to
instill in young people are those based upon the Scout Oath and the Scout
Law. A Scout pledges: 'On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God
and my country, and to obey the Scout Law . . . .'
"The first Boy Scouts of America Handbook for Boys which was
published in August 1911 declares that '. . . no boy can grow into the best
kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God.' (Page 215)
"The latest edition of The Official Boy Scout Handbook,
published in February 1979, reads: ' 'A Scout is reverent.' All Scouts show
this by being faithful in their duty to God.' (Page 484)
"While not intending to define what constitutes belief in God,
the Boy Scouts of America is proud to reaffirm the Scout Oath and its
declaration of 'Duty to God.'"
Approved by the National Executive Board,
October 10, 1985.
SCOUTS OF AMERICA REAFFIRMS POSITION ON "DUTY TO GOD"
October 23, 1985
following answers may help you to reassure members and the public about this
The BSA has not deleted God from its program and has no intention to do so.
It is not the role of the Boy Scouts of America to give theological
interpretations. Religion is the responsibility of the Scout's family and
Each member of the BSA is required to subscribe to the Scout Oath and the
Scout Law. Not one word of the Scout Oath and Law has been changed.
The National Religious Relationships Committee endorsed the Resolution
passed by the National Executive Board reaffirming the commitment to the
Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
The principles upon which the BSA operates have not been changed.
The BSA passed this resolution to reaffirm its 75-year commitment of 'Duty