The Secaucus Boy Scout troop from which the mother of an allegedly transgender eight year old Cub Scout claims her child was expelled because she claims to be a transgender boy, has finally responded to HudsonTV’s press inquiries made last week when the story broke.
In the public interest, the full statement by email is printed below. We await a follow up response from the national organization.
Given the elevated interest in eligibility requirements for Scouting programs, we’d like to offer some clarification about who sets the requirements and how they are applied.
While individual packs and troops are locally-associated with community organizations, local councils and units, including the Northern NJ Council, are chartered by the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization.
This means that youth who register to participate in a Scouting program are registered as part of the national organization, which sets eligibility requirements for all councils and participating units.
As a result, all BSA councils and their units are not allowed to register anyone who is not eligible under the rules set forth by the national organization.
Decisions made regarding participant eligibility are made according to the national requirements – not at the local council or unit level.
Should you have any questions regarding the national policy, please send them to Communications@scouting.org.
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