Consistent with the announcement from the National Council BSA, the Midnight Sun Council (which serves more than 10,500 youth across the Interior and North Slope of Alaska) 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 as many states’ 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 Midnight Sun Council 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 – all while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.