Aloha Council supportive of policy revision

Hawaii’s Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America released a statement Thursday supporting a national resolution by the Boy Scouts of America to revise its membership policy and lift a ban on gay Boy Scouts.

“We believe Scouting should be available to all young people,” said Billy Rayl, the Aloha Council’s director of field service. “The policy revision reinforces our mission to prepare young people to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders in our communities.”

The conversations held within Boy Scouts of America nationally “mirror the dialogue that is occurring across the country, including here in Hawaii,” he said. “They reflect the changing world that we live in and expectations of our community that Scouting continues to be a place for all young people to develop life skills, leadership and citizenship.”

The Aloha Council is one of 290 councils that collectively make up the Boy Scouts of America. A voice mail message seeking comment late Thursday afternoon from the Maui County Council of Boy Scouts of America was not immediately answered.