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MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -
There's backlash from the controversial anti-gay policy by Boy Scouts of America happening here in Mid-Michigan.
A local group tells TV5 it's so fed up with the ban, it has formed its own version of the scouts and joined a more inclusive association that does not ban gay members or scout leaders.
Bob Busch and his wife Liz have always been closely involved with Boy Scouts. In fact, they met each other on at a scouting camp and, up until last year, were scout masters for their children's Cub Scout group. But recently they've had problems with Boy Scouts of America's stand to not allow gay members.
"We're really trying to start something new, something that can bring scouting into the next century," Bob Busch said.
The Buschs said the thing that will help scouting succeed into the next century is more inclusion. That's when they found the Baden-Powell Service Association, an association that allows all types of people to join and learn about scouting. The Buschs agreed with Baden-Powell Service Association's mission statement, so they started their own chapter called 43rd Flatwater. They introduced the group to interested parents and children Tuesday night.
"I think it's time to move on and find groups that are open, transparent and accept people as they are," said David Jesuit, who brought his son Daniel to the meeting.
This group will do the traditional outdoor recreation activities that are also associated with the Boy Scouts.
Last month, the Boy Scouts of America postponed a decision on whether to allow openly gay members and leaders.
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