The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council concurs with the recent National BSA announcement and will accept registration in our Scouting programs based on the gender identified by the family and as provided on an individual's application.
For many years, the BSA along with numerous schools, sports and other organizations have ultimately deferred to the information documented on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs, such as Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. However, this approach is no longer sufficient nor is it applicable across all Councils in the BSA as numerous state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. Many states have begun to allow parents to simply request a new birth certificate.
The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council (which serves over 11,500 youth in Contra Costa, Napa, Lake, southern Solano and norther Alameda counties) is committed to identifying program options that bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible. Further, we will do our best to help facilitate Scouting programs that can provide for the welfare and best interest of each child.
More information will be shared in the days and weeks ahead.