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Boy Scouts deliver service report to Capitol

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It's was all about Scout's honor Saturday as 4,000 Boy Scouts marched to the Capitol for the report to state—a celebration of their accomplishments.

"We've seen tremendous examples of that through out this year," Charles Mead with the Boy Scouts of America said. "Scouts earning life-saving awards, performing community service and the scouting for food drive."

The organization is known for that type of service, but something else that had them in the news in 2013 was their membership policy.

"The policy previously was that no openly gay youth could be a member of the Boy Scouts of America," Mead said.

But that changed in May last year.

"National Volunteer Leadership came together in Irving here in Texas and decided that, by a 60-40 vote, that that needed to change," Mead said.

While not everyone agrees with the policy change, Scouts like Zach Tuten believe it's a good thing.

"I wouldn't have had the opportunity to figure out who I am unless I had been in Boy Scouts," Tuten said. "I think it's great that we're allowing more people to be experiencing that."

Tuten also points out that from his experience, sexuality doesn't have anything to do with Boy Scouts.

"You're there for the event, the Boy Scouts and to have some fun," he said.

Still, sponsorships did drop because of the change.

"Fortunately, we were able to find new homes for the units that did reside there," Mead said.

Leaders said the organization is going strong overall and it's too early to tell whether the policy change has an effect on membership.

"There may be a little bit of a decrease when we compare year-to-year, but we're looking forward to moving forward and not having this be an issue that keeps kids from considering whether or not they want to be a part of the program," Mead said.

If you are interested in joining or volunteering with the Boy Scouts, you can find your nearest unit by going to BeAScout.org.

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