My son joined as a Tiger, and is now a Second Class Boy Scout. I was Committee Secretary, Den Leader, and Committee Chair through his Cub years, and am currently Assistant Scoutmaster in his Troop. I was a Scout as a kid, quitting at 16 as a Life Scout. Eagle Scout didn't seem so important at the time, but I've regretted it since. Despite the National policy, the attitude is largely about the local leadership. My son's Cub Pack had an openly (female) gay couple with a son in the Pack. There was none of the homophobia that I've read about in the news. Despite our current Troop being affiliated with a Methodist Church, our only religious involvement is grace at meals, and occasionally a quick non-denominational prayer. We also once a year attend service at the Church in our Scout uniforms.