Resolution Process

The BSA's Resolutions Process

Since February, the National Council has received resolutions on a variety of issues. Some have expressed an expectation that our by-laws require that all of these resolutions will come before the full board for consideration. Because of this we thought it important to clarify the resolutions process.

In summary, resolutions received are referred to the Resolutions Committee of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Resolutions Committee reviews resolutions submitted and determines whether they are appropriate for discussion at the National Council Annual Business Meeting or whether they should be referred to another committee, or dealt with in some other appropriate manner. As such, other resolutions will not be presented during the Annual Business Meeting.

The Charter and Bylaws provide that the Executive Board is the governing body for the management of the affairs of the corporation, with final authority with respect to all matters which may arise at any level within the Scouting movement and, specifically, to determine what business is appropriate to come before the Annual Business Meeting in addition to election of members of the Executive Board. 

The Resolutions Committee is charged with determining in advance, and in an orderly manner, what matters are appropriate for discussion at the Annual Business Meeting beyond the business already scheduled.

As the Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America specifically state:

"The Resolutions Committee is authorized to review and determine whether any resolution proposed by a member of the National Council is appropriate for discussion at the National Council annual business meeting or whether any such matter should be referred to another committee or dealt with in some other appropriate manner."

Consistent with the Charter and Bylaws any significant policy or other matter has always been required to be reviewed by the Executive Board or one of its committees.  The Executive Board also believes that such matters can be considered more effectively by a committee or other body outside a general meeting.  Such a procedure permits sufficient time to consider and review all aspects and potential implications of the significant issues that may be involved.  The corporation and the members are better served if it first considers all relevant aspects before determining to bring an appropriate matter before the meeting.