Boy Scouts Of America Will Refuse Religious Exemptions

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –

Immunization requirements for Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be changing next year, and only medical exemptions will be accepted. 

The policy changes are outlined on their website which states:

Based on the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is the national policy of the BSA that all participants attending events, activities, programs, or camps requiring an Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) must be up to date on all the immunizations listed as required below:

REQUIRED for everyone:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DTaP or Tdap)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) (if born in 1957 or later)
  • Varicella (VAR) (chicken pox) (if born in 1980 or later)
  • Polio (IPV)

Documented medical conditions that prevent safe administration of immunizations will be the only exemption to this policy. 

Religious exemptions have been honored in the past but starting June 1st, 2022 this will no longer be the case. While COVID-19 vaccines are not being required at this time, BSA strongly recommends them.

In the FAQ section regarding Annual Health and Medical Records, BSA says the reason for the change is that, “today, there is an unprecedented need for proper immunizations to protect those among us who cannot tolerate a vaccine for a medical reason. While measles and COVID-19 are top of mind now, this policy reflects the BSA’s commitment to the health and safety of our members.”


Many people with deeply held religious beliefs wish to avoid the Measles and Rubella portion of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine because of links to abortion and fetal cell lines. The COVID-19 vaccines are also problematic.

One Middle Tennessee mother who has religious objections to vaccination said to The Tennessee Conservative upon learning of the new policy, “Well, that’s one more thing my son can’t participate in now.”

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An assistant scoutmaster commented on a Reddit thread discussing the policy change. “Minimally acceptable. I wish they would ALSO require COVID, MenB, Flu, and Hep B for summer camp.”

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meets today to discuss whether the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 should be authorized on an emergency basis. If approved, some scouting parents may ask BSA to amend their policy to include COVID-19.

On the same Reddit thread, one Eagle scout said, “I suspect we can’t require covid until it’s officially approved, but I hope it’s mandatory shortly afterwards.”


About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and contributor to The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at

3 thoughts on “Boy Scouts Of America Will Refuse Religious Exemptions

  • October 26, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    How appropriate for BSA to be anti-constitutional-another one on the list to not support

  • October 27, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    That’s not surprising considering that they allow the alphabet soup community into their ranks. The mentioned vaccines have been tested for years before being administered to the general public. Unlike the current vaccine, that was rushed through and mandated. BSA has a lot of problems in their ranks. Just look it up. Another woke group.
    GOD bless America.

  • May 17, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    This exemption rule change is completely unethical and again another very well respected organization going against the word of God!! so so sad!


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