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Scouts surveyed about gay policies

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Boy Scout families are being asked to weigh in on the controversy surrounding gays in scouting.

The Boy Scouts of America reportedly emailed a survey to troop leaders and members across the country. Last month the national council said it wanted more input before voting on a proposal to lift the ban on gay troop leaders and volunteers.

Some of the questions are very specific.

For example, "Bob is 15 years old and the only openly gay scout in a Boy Scout troop. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the troop leader to allow Bob to tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip?"

Also, "Johnny, a first grade boy, has joined Tiger Cubs with his friends. Johnny's friends and their parents unanimously nominate Johnny's mom, who is known by them to be lesbian, to be the den leader. Johnny's pack is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith does not teach that homosexuality is wrong. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for his mother to serve as a den leader for his Cub Scout den?"

The BSA said responses to the survey will be kept confidential.

The council plans to vote on the policy in May.

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