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Boy Scouts' numbers down after changes

Dallas (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America said its membership fell by 6 percent in 2013.

The BSA leadership voted in May to open Scouting to openly gay youth while continuing to exclude openly gay adult volunteers. The change angered church-based scout volunteers who consider homosexuality a sin and a violation of Scouting values.

While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints backed the new policy, the Southern Baptist Convention expressed its disapproval and left it to individual churches to decide whether to remain with the Boy Scouts.

Some who have left Scouting went to Trail Life USA, an organization set up by conservatives and Christian groups after the change. Trail Life claimed about 425 "pre-chartered" groups around the country late last year. It has not said how many youth members it has.

The BSA still has nearly 2.5 million youth members and almost 1 million adults.

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Washington Times