Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Cheryl Katon’s impossible decision

She loved leading the Boy Scouts in Boston. But could the organization accept her as the trans woman she was? For the full Boston Globe article, CLICK HERE.

The Scouting Professional Who Quietly Advanced LGBTQ+ Inclusion, with Alison Batey

Before recently leaving her professional role in Scouting, Alison Batey helped make big strides for LGBTQ+ inclusion—but also came up against some lingering barriers. Listen to the podcast HERE.


The Boy Scouts of America promotes a culture where each youth, volunteer, and employee feels a sense of belonging and builds communities where every person feels respected and valued.
Leading by example and encouraging each other to live by the values expressed by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, we welcome families of all backgrounds to help prepare young people to serve as successful members and leaders of our nation’s increasingly diverse communities.


Boy Scouts of America promueve una cultura en la que cada joven, voluntario y empleado siente un sentido de pertenencia y construye comunidades donde cada persona se siente respetada y valorada. Liderando con el ejemplo y animándonos mutuamente a vivir según los valores expresados ​​en el Juramento Scout y la Ley Scout, damos la bienvenida a familias de todos los orígenes para ayudar a preparar a los jóvenes para servir como miembros y líderes exitosos de las comunidades cada vez más diversas de nuestra nación.

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

Designed to help Scouts learn about the different identities and characteristics we each possess, understand different perspectives and experiences, and promote good citizenship in society.




BSA has collaborated with nonprofits and youth organizations to learn best practices and identify opportunities to advance the ideals of DEI throughout our communities and society. We've also appointed DEI leads for each of our 16 National Service Territories to partner with the leaders and troops within their territories to implement and advance our commitment to DEI.


Volunteer DEI Training

Developed to educate volunteers on key aspects of DEI and offer resources and opportunties to enable meaningful dialogues!


The Difference Scouting Makes

Listen to these Scouts share the difference Scouting has made in their lives in helping them to be prepared, develop leadership skills, and find a sense of belonging.

Volunteer Resource Groups

Scouting is families working together to help raise each other’s kids. The curriculum is the books, what the parents and leaders do with the lessons and activities is their unique program. Each unique program is a reflection of the values held by that community of families and their charter organization. The Scouting organization provides the curriculum and the resources to ensure each community can deliver their full and robust program. For more information about our VRGs, CLICK HERE.

Special Needs in Scouting: Join the Group!

Multi-cultural VRG: Join the Group!

LGBTQ+ in Scouting: Join the Group!

Women in Scouting and the outdoors: Join the Group!

Spirit of Adventure DEI Initiatives

The Spirit of Adventure Council has enlisted Sean Driscoll of BB Squared to provide insight to areas where we can improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. One of the ways is to create CFI (Catalyst for Inclusion) Cohort groups among our staff which will also include volunteers in the future.

The CFI Cohorts have helped to create the Volunteer Resource Groups, began spotlight days at New England Base Camp, and participated in offsite trips to learn more about specific groups.

If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to these initiatives, send us an email at [email protected].

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