Boy Scouts of America Membership Standards Review

The Main Thing
A Message From Rex Tillerson,
Past President of the Boy Scouts of America

On Friday, May 24, 2013, Rex Tillerson, past president of the Boy Scouts of America, spoke to attendees of the BSA's National Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, following the membership standards vote. His message about "The Main Thing," change, and the future of the BSA is powerful.

On May 23, 1,232 voting members of the Boy Scouts of American voted on a resolution that maintains its current membership policy for all adult leaders and states that youth may not be denied membership in the BSA on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. The resolution passed with 757 votes, a 61% majority.

A special thanks to all who participated in this effort. Through the process, the BSA conducted the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history, gathering perspectives from inside and outside of the Scouting family. This policy remains among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today. To help move the organization forward and to refocus our attention to our mission the BSA will approach this issue in both the short term and long term.

The BSA will continue to post information on the implementation of the new policy on

View the results of the vote.

Press Conference


Download post vote press conference video