Home Health Parents News Now Southern Baptist Boy Scout Troops May Leave 'En Masse' Southern Baptist Boy Scout Troops May Leave 'En Masse' By Holly Lebowitz Rossi June 03, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_64572931 30339 Baptist churches sponsor nearly 4,000 Scout units representing more than 100,000 youths, according to the Boy Scouts of America. That number could drop precipitously. The Southern Baptist Convention, the country's largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders. The denomination will vote on nonbinding but influential resolutions during a convention June 11-12 in Houston. "There's a 100% chance that there will be a resolution about disaffiliation at the convention," said Richard Land, the longtime head of the Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, "and a 100% chance that 99% of people will vote for it." "Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse," Land continued. Roger "Sing" Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, emphasized that local congregations make their own decision on the Scouts. But he, too, said he expects Baptist delegates, which the church calls "messengers," to voice their disagreement with the BSA's decision to allow gay youths. "With this policy change, the Boy Scouts' values are contradictory to the basic values of our local churches," Oldham said. Image: Church, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Southern Baptist Boy Scout Troops May Leave 'En Masse' Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.