The Boy Scouts of America, Inc.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a corporation in the District of Columbia created by the U.S. Congress in 1916 via Congressional charter.  As a result of its Congressional charter, it is the sole provider of scouting programs for boys in the United States, having the exclusive right to all manner of words, phrases, marks, and other intellectual property related to scouting that it chooses to adopt.  (36 U.S.C. 30905.)  It currently claims about 2.7 million youth members (under 18 years old) and about one million adult leaders.  BSA, Inc. categorically denies membership to youth members and adult leaders who are gay, bisexual, atheist, agnostic, or otherwise non-theist.

Statements by BSA Officials on the Exclusionary Membership Policies

Examples of Discrimination by the BSA