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The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America exists to help all children in the five boroughs of New York City. As the most diverse youth organization in the most diverse community in the country, we are committed to this work and we oppose any form of unlawful discrimination. All of our members repeatedly pledge to respect all people and defend the rights of others. Prejudice, intolerance and unlawful discrimination in any form are unacceptable within the ranks of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America.

GNYC Non-Discrimination Statement

On July 27, 2015, the National Boy Scouts of America Executive Board affirmed a resolution unanimously adopted by the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee that removes the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees.  This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units that best meet the needs of their families.

The board and staff of the New York City Boy Scouts are pleased that openly gay youth and adults can participate in Scouting’s meaningful leadership development programs across the country as well as in New York City, a policy that is now aligned with our longstanding inclusive standards.   By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.

January 31st, 2017

“The Greater New York Councils commends the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America on its decision to accept members based on gender identity (National BSA Statement).  GNYC has a long-standing policy of non-discrimination.  We are pleased to affirm that if a child identifies as a boy, that child is welcome in the Boy Scouts. GNYC provides programs and services for some 45,000 boys and girls in New York City. The mission of our organization is to help all children in the city’s five boroughs in an environment free of prejudice, intolerance or discrimination.”

Media Contact: Shea Communications, LCC
George Shea (212) 627-5766


In the spring of 2020 the Greater New York Councils Staff and Board collaborated, drafted, and accepted a pledge of initiatives to undertake and affirm our commitment to social justice.

This has been a spring unlike any other in our lifetimes. As the nation reels from a global pandemic and our society endeavors to respond to racial and ethnic discrimination and injustice, we must look to our mission as leaders of our organization. The staff and Executive Board of the Greater New York Councils believe the best way to address this difficult and sensitive topic is with a proactive pledge consistent with the mission of Scouting in New York City.