Scouting leaders focused on Jamboree, not gay vote

AP News
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 12:14 PM

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree.

Thousands of Scouts and their leaders began arriving Monday in southern West Virginia.

Months of divisive debate led to May's vote by the BSA's National Council. The policy change is effective next January.

Boy Scouts chief executive Wayne Brock says that despite the vote, he sees no changes in the way the Jamboree will be conducted.

Rich Ferraro of GLAAD says the media watchdog group is continuing to work toward ending the Scouts' ban on gay adults. Ferraro says the group formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has no planned events surrounding the Jamboree.

Scout leaders also say they're unaware of any scheduled protests.