The Arizona House and Senate unanimously passed resolutions yesterday supporting the values and policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
Former Boy Scouts Rep. David Gowan and Sen. Al Melvin read this resolution before it was unanimously passed:
Whereas, scouting is the largest voluntary youth movement in the world, with a membership totaling more than 25 million; and
Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910 and recognized by federal charter on June 15, 1916 to provide an educational program for boys and young men to build strong moral character, train in the responsibilities of participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness; and
Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America teaches the core values of duty to God and country, personal honor, respect for the beliefs of others, volunteerism and interdependence with the environment, principles that are conducive to good character, citizenship and health; and
Whereas, since 1910, more than 111 million people have been members of the Boy Scouts of America; and
Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America is a model for inclusiveness, with millions of boys and young men from every ethnic, religious and economic background, including those with disabilities and special needs, participating in scouting programs across the United States; and
Whereas, each local Boy Scout Council commits each Boy Scout to perform twelve hours of community service annually, for a total of 30 million community service hours each year; and
Whereas, more than one million adult volunteer leaders selflessly serve young people in their communities through organizations chartered by the Boy Scouts of America; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America, as a private, voluntary, nonbusiness organization, has the right to set its own standards for membership and leadership; and
Whereas, after a two-year study, the Boy Scouts of America reported its unanimous consensus that the organization retain its current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy; and
Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America has always affirmed faith in God as foundational and essential to its purpose and mission, articulated by Lord Baden-Powell’s insight that “God has given us . . . the great Book of Nature to read; and (no one can) say that there is untruth there—the facts stand before them”; and
Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America enjoys a sustained record of proven success in producing leaders for our nation who are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring:
That the Members of the Legislature recognize the Boy Scouts of America and express support for its values and policies and appreciation for the public service this worthwhile organization performs through its contributions to the lives of our nation’s