A Statement Regarding "BSA Membership Policy Change"
Contact: Rizwan Jaka
The National Islamic Committee on Scouting (NICS), National Islamic Organizations, and many Muslim families and communities have made a strong commitment to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) over the past 30 years because they believe that the Scout oath, the Scout law, the aims of Scouting, the methods of Scouting, and the excellent program that BSA provided aligned well with the values of Islamic teachings, American foundational values, and the goals of the American Muslim community.
NICS reaffirms Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct or discussion, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. Based on this, NICS intends to review our relationship with the Boy Scouts of America program to make sure we are able to uphold the principles and values central to our faith which includes not discussing sexuality and sexual orientation within any of the Islamic Scouting programs since that is a private family matter. We understand that membership will be impacted and that every chartering organization, leader, family, and scout will re-evaluate their membership with some staying and others leaving. Going forward, our NICS Scouting family will try to continue to focus on reaching and serving our youth in order to help them grow into Good Muslims and Good Americans.
The National Islamic Committee (NICS) on Scouting and The Islamic Council on Scouting (ICS) is the body that promotes the Scouting program for youth in the Muslim community. The recruitment policy of the Boy Scouts of America for recruiting adults as leaders and youth members in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program is the same policy used by the NICS.
The ICS, NICS and BSA are not responsible for units who are not associated with any charter unit of the Boy Scouts of America. Activities arranged without the permission of the NICS, ICS or BSA will not be sanctioned.
The Boy Scouts of America has an association with the National Islamic Committee on Scouting and the Islamic Council on Scouting of North America. The purposes of these committees are to promote Scouting to those of the Islamic faith and members are appointed internally the NICS and ICS. These associations contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals and as responsible citizens and members of their local, national and global communities.
The Islamic Council on Scouting of North America is a custodian of their religious emblems program to promote Scouting in the Muslim community and therefore reserve all rights.
Islamic Scouting Mission Statement
The Islamic Council on Scouting vision and promise to promote and guide cooperative contacts between the proper authorities of Muslim organizations, mosques, and proper authorities of Islamic organizations, mosques and centers in partnership with Scouting. This Vision is directed at developing the spiritual phase among Islamic youth by means of the Scout oath and law.
The Mission of the National Islamic Committee on Scouting is to promote Scouting among Muslims youth, to help Muslim institutions and local Council Islamic committees to provide Scouting opportunities for Muslim youth, and to promote Islamic values in Scouting through program helps and its religious emblems program