A web site (www.bsalegal.org) has been created by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to help inform the public about the legal issues that confront Scouting. BSA Legal Issues is the official Boy Scout web site for news, information, education, and answers to questions about the legal challenges confronting Scouting today.
Scouting has been under a relentless legal assault and publicity barrage since 2000 when the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the organizationâ€™s First Amendment right to freedom of association. The new web site is part of Scoutingâ€™s communication effort. Our goal is to educate key audiences and counteract misinformation and disinformation about the organization and its policies. Those audiences include the media, the general public, and supporters of Scouting.
The BSA is one of a growing number of organizations using the World Wide Web to address litigation challenges. The site gives the BSA a way to reach key audiences from the media to Scout families. It does so by employing many of the same features used by larger organizations. On the site, you will find fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions about various cases and legal issues; copies of legal filings in important cases; and news clips and opinion articles from respected journalists and scholars. There is even a video webcast of a February 2004 conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where legal scholars made presentations supporting the BSAâ€™s legal position.