"While perspectives and opinions vary significantly, parents, adults in the Scouting community and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting," the statement said.
West Virginia's Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America held a local meeting to give its leaders, parents of members and donors a chance to discuss the proposed acceptance of openly gay members last month. Fellow councils around the nation held similar meetings.
Jeff Purdy, the scout executive for the Buckskin Council said he and the council volunteer leadership took the input form volunteer leaders and crafted a membership impact statement they felt best represented the views of local stakeholders, just as the other 200-plus Boy Scout councils, and submitted it to the national organization.
"It will become a national policy, so we are obligation to follow national policy," Purdy said. "Our focus is and will continue to be providing local scouts with the best local program possible."
As a result, the BSA's Executive Committee drafted a resolution proposing to remove the ban on gay youth while keeping it for all adult leaders.
"The proposed resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting," the statement said.
Staff writer Candace Nelson contributed to this report.