Is it acceptable or unacceptable for an openly gay Boy Scout to share a tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip? Is it acceptable or unacceptable for a lesbian to serve as a den leader for her son’s Cub Scout den?
Those are among the questions in a survey being distributed to 1.1 million Scout leaders, alumni, volunteers and parents as the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to lift its ban on gay membership.
Two of the 13 questions concerning gays and Scouting are open-ended. Others ask whether a scenario is acceptable or unacceptable. Some are yes-or-no questions, such as this one:
“Do you believe the current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders is a core value of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law?” Other questions present scenarios and allow members to answer using a scale to reflect the strength of their feelings.