No churches in Occoneechee Council have left Scouts

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 05:43 PM

No Boy Scouts troops or Cub Scouts packs at churches in Durham, Orange or Chatham counties have ended their association with Boys Scouts of America in the weeks since the BSA allowed openly gay Scouts.

On Wednesday, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution criticizing the BSA’s decision. The SBC doesn’t recommend ending associations with BSA, but supports those who do.

John Akerman, scout executive of the Occoneechee Council of the BSA in North Carolina, said no charter partners in the 12 counties they serve have left the Scouts. Churches that have Scouting troops or packs buy the program from the BSA. The Occoneechee Council recharters the troops and packs every winter. There are 550 BSA units in the council, including the Mawat District in Durham County and the Orange District. Many units are based at faith organizations.

Akerman said he didn’t know of anyone planning not to recharter, and there will be time for the BSA to visit with churches to discuss any concerns.

“Certainly, we’ll work with partners in the Southern Baptist Convention,” Akerman said. “We don’t condone inappropriate sexual contact, homosexual or heterosexual.”

Orange District Chairman Joel Dunn said they are glad that the membership standards vote is behind them, and “We hope to focus again on Scouting.”