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  • Reports show tents trapped Boy Scouts during deadly flooding

    09/28/2015 8:15:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    Deadly floodwaters that tore through a Boy Scout troop's New Mexico campsite as they slept turned their tents into wet cages that clung to their bodies like saran wrap, newly released police reports and taped interviews show. The group of eight California boys and their chaperones fought desperately to escape, some using their teeth to rip holes in their tents. "You could hear people yelling, but you couldn't understand what they were saying," Michael Evans, one of the adults, told police of the chaos that June night.
  • First LGBTQ Group to Charter Boy Scouts Troop Will Be 'Model of Inclusion'

    09/21/2015 6:37:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies ^ | Sep. 21, 2015 | Ariel Cheung
    BOYSTOWN — Two months after the Boy Scouts of America lifted the ban on openly gay parents and adult leaders, the Center on Halsted is poised to become the first LGBTQ community center to partner with the organization. The center, 3656 N. Halsted St., is now looking for Scout leaders and mentors for a Boy Scout pack for first- through fifth-grade students. A Girl Scout troop has been stationed at the center for three years. As the chartered organization, Center on Halsted will facilitate programming and leadership. New scouts will likely be a mix of people "drawn here because of...
  • 13-Year-Old Boy Scout Helps Save Dad After Hiking Accident

    08/30/2015 2:12:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Jessica Glazer
    A 13-year-old put his Boy Scout training to the test and helped rescue his father after he was hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder during a backpacking trip in Idaho last Monday. A week into what was supposed to be a 12-day trip at Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a large boulder fell on David Finlayson, 52, knocking him down 20 or 30 feet, NBC affiliate KTVB reported. The elder Finlayson broke his left arm and leg. He also started to lose blood because of gash in his shin. “At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after...
  • Church to Go Forward with Scouting Program

    08/27/2015 7:49:37 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Mormon Newsroom ^ | August 26, 2015
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Wednesday from the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles regarding the Church’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth. As leaders of the Church, we want the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to succeed in its historic mission to instill leadership skills and high moral standards in...
  • LDS Church will continue Boy Scout program

    08/26/2015 1:17:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies ^ | august 26, 2015 | Tad Walch
    After a month of deliberation following a vote by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay Scout leaders, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that they will go forward with the faith's 102-year association with Scouting, according to a statement released Wednesday morning. The statement came from the church's Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who said the BSA assured the church it would be able to appoint Scout leaders based on the faith's values. "In the resolution adopted on July 27, 2015, and in...
  • Gay ‘marriage’ activist group plans to found Boy Scout troop

    08/07/2015 6:09:00 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 36 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/6/15 | Lisa Bourne
    August 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The pro-homosexual “marriage” group that sued to redefine marriage in Utah is preparing to establish a Boy Scout troop open to gay leaders, making the announcement just over a week after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on homosexual leaders. The head of Restore Our Humanity made the announcement at a Tuesday press conference, saying that welcoming gay leaders could create new interest in the Boy Scouts and that the new Utah troop could be a model for the future. "I think it's important for us to do this now," Mark Lawrence said....
  • Catholic Diocese in North Dakota Severs All Ties With Boy Scouts Over Gay Adult Troop Leaders

    08/05/2015 7:52:38 PM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    ( – The Catholic Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, is “formally” severing its churches, schools, and other institutions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the latter’s decision to allow openly homosexual adults and employees to work in the Boy Scouts. The BSA’s executive committee voted to lift its century-old national restriction on “openly gay adult leaders and employees” on July 27. The Catholic Diocese of Bismark, headed by Bishop David Kagan moved swiftly to disassociate itself from the now pro-gay BSA. “[E]ffective immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of...
  • Bismarck bishop tells parishes to break ties with Boy Scouts after ban lifted on gay leaders

    08/05/2015 3:08:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP/Fox News ^ | 8/4/15
    The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck has ordered parishes in western North Dakota to sever sponsorship ties with the Boy Scouts of America following the group's decision to lift its ban on gay adult leaders. "I cannot permit our Catholic institutions to accept and participate directly or indirectly in any organization which has policies and methods which contradict the authoritative moral teachings of the Catholic Church," Bishop David Kagan wrote Monday in a letter to parishioners. The Boy Scouts last week ended its ban on gay adult leaders, while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion...
  • Surrender Like a Boy Scout

    08/03/2015 10:41:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/15 | Selwyn Duke
    The BSA decided that it profited the organization to lose its soul so it could gain the world. Its punishment will be, I suspect, that it will end up without either. There has been much written about the Boy Scouts of America’s recent acceptance of openly homosexual scout masters. The organization has been raked over the coals by the right and accused of offering only a half-measure by the left. But few appreciate what the BSA has actually done — and the BSA has no idea what it has done to itself. Scouting has never been just about tying knots...
  • Would you let your 12-year-old daughter sleep in a tent with an 18-year-old boy?

    07/31/2015 2:54:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/31/15 | Jack Cashill
    I was driving in to work earlier this week, listening to a local talk show, when I did something I almost never do. I called in. The subject was the decision by the governing board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to allow openly gay adults to serve as den leaders, scoutmasters, and camp counselors. How could I resist? I am an Eagle Scout, and I have a book coming out next week called Scarlet Letters that deals with this larger subject. When the producer screened me about my stance, I decided to hold off on more complex issues...
  • N.J. scoutmaster 'groomed' boy for sex, cops say

    07/30/2015 1:44:46 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 50 replies
    A scoutmaster with a Boy Scout troop in South Jersey was "grooming" a young boy for sexual purposes by buying him pricey gifts, officials said Thursday. The Cape May man, Frank Thomson, was arrested and charged Tuesday with luring an 11-year-old boy after a concerned citizen tipped off authorities earlier this month to suspicious activity between the two, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor said in a release. During several interviews with 68-year-old man, authorities say they discovered a separate incident several years ago where Thomson sexually assaulted a young boy. Additional charges were brought against Thomson on Wednesday....
  • Are lawsuits ahead for church-based Boy Scout troops?

    07/29/2015 9:44:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/29/2015 | By Adelle M. Banks | Religion News Service
    If the Boy Scouts of America approve gay adult leaders, as they are expected to do late Monday (July 27), does that mean troops based at churches may end up in court if they ban gay Scoutmasters? Scout officials predicted that would be “unlikely” in a document they released earlier this month to BSA members and leaders. “We live in a litigious society, and frivolous lawsuits are threatened and filed every day,” reads the 14-page memo from the Boys Scouts’ law firm, Hughes Hubbard & Reed. “However, any lawsuit challenging the religious requirements in a Scouting unit chartered by a...
  • Boy Scouts of America ends national policy excluding gays as leaders, to no one’s satisfaction

    07/28/2015 11:58:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Quelle surprise. The Boy Scouts of America has faced pressure for decades to end its national policy barring gay men as Scout leaders, finding itself barred from schools and other public venues for its stand even as churches and other civic organizations supported them. Yesterday, BSA’s national office changed its policy to end hiring discrimination within the organization and remove its bar on openly gay volunteer Scout leaders, while allowing church-sponsored troops to make their own leadership choices. Will that end the controversy? Don’t bet on it: The Boy Scouts of America, facing litigation, shrinking membership and sweeping acceptance...
  • Boy Scouts Executive Committee Unanimously Allows Openly Gay Scoutmasters

    07/27/2015 8:08:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 84 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/27/15 | Bill Mcintosh
    The BSA does NOT know what they are getting into My Interview with Reparative Therapist David Pickup By Bill McIntosh, CiR Contributing Writer David Pickup is licensed in California and Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist whose 2 private practices involve those undergoing authentic Reparative Therapy. After having great success with Reparative Therapy in his own life, Pickup is now an experienced therapist who facilitates treatment for men that works to reduce or dissipate homosexual feelings, helping them experience their heterosexual potential. David Pickup’s website is Coach is Right, Q: David-The Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously...
  • Boy Scouts expected to lift ban on gay adult leaders on Monday

    07/27/2015 4:54:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2015 | Marice Richter
    The Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The Boy Scouts National Executive Board will consider a resolution that was unanimously approved by the organization’s executive committee on July 13. The organization is urging an end to the ban because of "sea change in the law with respect to gay rights."
  • The Boy Scouts Will Be Accepting Openly Homosexual Leaders, And They Will Rape And Sodomize...

    07/24/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/24/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    The Boy Scouts are expected to be accepting openly adult homosexual leaders, and this most dangerous move will only further enable these sodomites to rape and sexually molest young boys and male youths. On Monday the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America will be officiating the decision to allow openly homosexual boy scout leaders. The president of the Boy Scouts, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the existing ban on homosexual leaders “unsustainable”, in light of the recent laws against anti-homosexual “discrimination.”Prudent people have expressed their concerns that the homosexual scout leaders will molest the young...
  • Scott Walker backtracks on reaction to gay Boy Scout leaders

    07/15/2015 3:01:13 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/15/2015 | Adam Lerner
    Scott Walker stumbled over his own prior comments Wednesday, saying that when he called on the Boy Scouts to reinstate a ban on gay leaders because it “protected children,” he meant the ban protected them from media scrutiny. “The protection was not a physical protection,” Walker said Wednesday at an event in South Carolina, according to The New York Times. Rather, the Wisconsin governor continued, he was referring to “protecting them from being involved in the very thing you’re talking about right now, the political and media discussion about it, instead of just focusing on what Scouts is about, which...
  • Boy Scouts flip-flop: will allow open homosexuals as troop leaders

    07/15/2015 11:44:55 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/15/15 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    IRVING, Texas, July 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have changed their longstanding policy and will now allow openly homosexual troop leaders.Their executive committee unanimously passed a resolution to lift a ban on gay and bisexual adult leaders, it was announced this week. The resolution, passed by a committee of 17, will become official Boy Scout policy if ratified by the National Executive Board on July 27. The Boy Scouts have been moving toward endorsing homosexuality for years.  In 2013, the national council voted to allow openly homosexual youths – boys and young men identifying as gay...
  • Why the BSA Must Reconsider the Adult Leader Standards

    07/14/2015 1:01:05 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 71 replies
    Boy Scouts of America - National Office ^ | 7/08/2015 | BSA Natioanl Executive Committee
    WHY THE BSA MUST RECONSIDER THE ADULT LEADER STANDARDS The existing BSA national policy that prohibits gay adults from serving as leaders is no longer legally defensible. However, the BSA’s commitment to duty to God and the right of religious chartered organizations to select their leaders is unwavering. Those two principles can coexist with a new policy that will pass legal scrutiny and protect religious freedoms. Evolution of the Law After many years of litigation, the Supreme Court of the United States in 2000 upheld the BSA’s right to exclude homosexual leaders in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, 530...
  • Boy Scout leaders vote to end ban on adult homosexuals(Makes a great place to help raise your son)

    07/13/2015 4:44:35 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    wash times ^ | 7/13/15 | c wertzstein
    <p>Adult homosexuals and bisexuals will soon be able to participate in Boy Scouts of America — if they are approved by local governing troops or units, the BSA said Monday.</p> <p>The BSA’s National Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution July 10 changing its adult membership policy to permit chartering organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, the BSA said on its website Monday.</p>
  • Boy Scouts of America votes to end ban on gay adults

    07/13/2015 2:07:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 139 replies ^ | 7.13.2015 | bbc
    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has unanimously approved a resolution to end the organisation's ban on gay adults working as leaders. The group's National Executive Board will meet to ratify the resolution on 27 July, the Boy Scouts said in a statement. It is a major step towards ending a policy that has caused deep rifts in the group, which was set up in 1910. The BSA voted to end a ban on allowing open gay boys to become scouts in 2013. Earlier this year, former US defence secretary Robert Gates, who is BSA president, told the group's national...
  • Boy Scouts Executive Committee Unanimously Votes To End Gay Leadership Ban

    07/13/2015 1:34:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/13/2015 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — A key leadership panel of the Boy Scouts of America voted unanimously last week to end the ban on gay leaders in scouting, the organization told local leaders on Monday. The move — raised as a necessary step by the organization’s head in May — came from the executive committee of the Boy Scouts on July 10. A vote of the full executive board is scheduled for July 27, at which point the change is immediately effective. The resolution passed by the committee does not require councils or troops to allow out gay leaders, but lifts the prior...
  • Boy Scouts of America adopts changes for gay leadership

    07/13/2015 12:44:33 PM PDT · by Coronal · 62 replies
    Herald Media ^ | July 13, 2015
    The Boy Scouts of America is one step closer to lifting the ban on gay leadership in the organization. On Friday, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee adopted a resolution to amend the group's adult leadership standards policy, which was unanimously adopted. The BSA policy change will allow scoutmasters and other adult leaders to serve regardless of their sexual orientation. According to the Boy Scouts, the resolution "will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders." The Boy Scouts said that the change will leave...
  • 2 former Minnesota Boy Scouts suing over alleged abuse

    07/09/2015 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies
    WQOW News Eau Claire ^ | Jul 09, 2015
    <p>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two men are suing the Boys Scouts of America, claiming they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul.</p> <p>The plaintiffs' attorney say the lawsuits allege the Boys Scouts organization created a public nuisance by its negligence and concealment of abuse allegations and by failing to warn parents and others about the "prevalence" of abuse.</p>
  • Going with the Flow ... Mark Steyn

    07/02/2015 12:28:33 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 38 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 2 July 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I started the day on Bill Bennett's radio show, which is always fun. Jonah Goldberg was on before me, and advanced the proposition, after the Supreme Court's almighty constitutional bender last week, that it wasn't so bad; conservatives who just pottered around in their own world and tended to their families would still be able to lead lives largely unbattered by the forces of "progress". A few minutes later, one of Bill's listeners, Claudine, came on and said that's what Germans reckoned in the 1930s: just keep your head down and the storm will pass. How'd that work out? Claudine...
  • Boy Scout killed in flash flood at Philmont Ranch

    06/28/2015 8:07:31 AM PDT · by SZonian · 28 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 27 June, 2015 | Nicole Perez
    One Boy Scout died and three others were rescued after being swept away in a flash flood early Saturday, according to the New Mexico State Police. A group of eight Scouts, ages 14 to 17, three crew leaders and one adult ranger were on the two-week trek across the Philmont Scout Ranch, a popular Boy Scout ranch near Cimarron. They were camped near the North Ponil Canyon, 15 miles northeast of the training center. Rain started falling early Saturday morning, flooding parts of the ranch property, according to a news release posted on the ranch’s website. Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday,...
  • Ex-Boy Scout: I killed troop leader who raped me

    06/18/2015 2:25:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 72 replies
    wnd ^ | june 18, 2015 | cheryl chumley
    A former Boy Scout confessed in emotionally charged court testimony to killing his former troop leader, but said it was due to the repeated sexual abuse and rape he suffered at the hands of the man, beginning at the tender age of 8. “From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” said Clark Fredericks, a former scout who spoke in a tense Newton, New Jersey, courtroom about the reasons for his killing. Pegg also served as a Sussex sheriff’s officer, NBC New York reported. He was killed...
  • 71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts

    06/06/2015 10:07:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | June 6, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Few narrative historians have been able to capture the essence of war quite like Stephen Ambrose. The Eisenhower biographer published several books on the war later in his life, including Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, and perhaps the best one volume treatment of the Normandy invasion, D-Day: June 6, 1944. One theme running through all of those books was the sheer ordinariness of the American GI and how, when confronted by the greatest challenges of their lives, outperformed, outfought, and outsmarted the seemingly invincible Nazi war machine. From a blurb advertising D-Day: They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand...
  • The Boy Scouts Continue To Devolve Into A Garden Club

    05/30/2015 10:01:41 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 50 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rich Cromwell
    [Snip]... To be honest, the BSA hasn’t been doing well for a while. Membership has been steadily declining for decades, and recent decisions to go full Episcopalian—and you never go full Episcopalian—haven’t helped. But with this decision, and the resulting onslaught of righteous indignation, we see just how far a once-proud paramilitary organization has fallen. Why the change? The cynic in me, the one who remembers how long it took to evacuate us when we were sleeping in the woods without shelter and the skies opened up in biblical fashion that one weekend, thinks the BSA is now run by...
  • Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles

    05/27/2015 3:27:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 27, 2015 | JASON MORGAN
    The Boy Scouts of America is a venerable institution. I can well remember when, as a Cub Scout in southern Louisiana, I learned the mysteries of initiation into the Scouts. It was exciting to become part of such a universally respected group. There were badges denoting achievement, uniforms indicating rank, handshakes conveying to other boys the hidden riches of membership, and, perhaps best of all, there was an oath.It was a galvanizing promise. One recited the oath while aiming for the heights, straining beyond one’s boyhood to glimpse the upright man that, with God’s help, one hoped to become....
  • ‘Be Prepared’: ‘Gay’ Men with Boy Scouts in Tents

    05/24/2015 8:03:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | May 24, 2015 | Matt Barber
    I said it was coming. Many of us did. Two years ago this week the Boy Scouts of America voted to welcome into its ranks “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the “morally straight” Scout Oath its members are sworn to uphold. Shortly thereafter I warned, “In so doing, the [Boy Scouts of America (BSA)] effectively waived the only legal defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and gender-confused girls from its ranks: religious and moral conviction. It’s only a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual...
  • Gates, Gays, and the Boy Scouts

    05/24/2015 5:34:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/24/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The soul of a bureaucrat Robert Gates has long been surrounded by men in uniform, first as secretary of defense, now as president of the Boy Scouts of America. His time at DoD coincided with the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexual soldiers — a repeal effectively imposed by the courts — and as the leader of the Boy Scouts he is calling for a repeal of that organization’s policy banning homosexual adults from serving as troop leaders or in other leadership roles. Gates, whose likeness appears in Webster’s with the entry for “bureaucrat,” says that...
  • Remember when the Boy Scouts said changing their policy wouldn't involve gay scout leaders?

    05/23/2015 1:27:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Well that was then. Boy Scouts President Robert Gates Calls for End of Ban on Gay Troop Leaders The new policy is coming quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. In effect gay scout leaders are now permitted since Gates says he will not revoke the charter of troops that allow homosexuals leaders.  Any parents who leave their sons in the Boy Scouts are insane. Homosexuals represent about 3% of the population; they commit about thirty percent of child sex abuse. Not every homosexual is an abuser, but those who are look for opportunities to be around children -- especially...
  • Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

    05/21/2015 10:42:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 167 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.” At the same time, religious organizations that sponsor a majority of local Scout troops, including the Mormons and Roman Catholics, should remain free to set their own policies for leaders, said the president, Robert M. Gates, the former director of the...
  • Boy Scouts Put an End to Dangerous Water Gun Fights

    05/20/2015 10:35:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Boy Scouts Put an End to Dangerous Water Gun Fights No squirt guns for the Boy Scouts of America. Water guns are apparently such a problem that the youth organization posted a blog post titled "Water guns OK for target shooting, not for firing at other Scouts."
  • Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’ is not kind [& water balloons]

    05/19/2015 12:21:06 PM PDT · by grundle · 164 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    The Boy Scouts of America has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed. “Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website. The rule is clarified in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, which says “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill...
  • Local Boy Scouts chapter hit with sexual assault lawsuit

    04/21/2015 6:39:54 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 46 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/21/2015 | Richard Chang
    The local Boy Scouts of America organization was hit with a lawsuit this week, after an adult assistant scout master was found to have sexually abused a minor Eagle Scout.
  • National Guard will train at GJ shooting range ( Colorado )

    04/20/2015 9:32:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | April 18, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    Target shooters at the 27 1/4 Road range could find themselves with military company about four times a year. Soldiers with Company C of 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Grand Junction, will qualify at the range in the use of small arms, under an agreement with the Colorado National Guard and the Bureau of Land Management. Charlie Company soldiers now qualify on arms smaller than an M 240 Bravo — a machine gun — at a range in Fort Carson. “It’s a five-hour bus ride in good weather and a $5,000 round-trip proposition,” said Lt. Col. Brey Hopkins,...
  • NY Boy Scouts hire gay Eagle Scout

    04/03/2015 11:58:55 AM PDT · by Mr Ramsbotham · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/03/2015 | AP
    The Boy Scouts' New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, which is in public contrast to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.
  • Former Boy Scout sues Mormon church for sexual abuse

    03/30/2015 3:15:03 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies ^ | March 23, 2015 | Kyra Phillips
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Boy Scouts of America are facing a lawsuit from a former Boy Scout who over alleged sexual abuse at a church-sponsored Scouting trip.
  • California Bans Judges From Participating in Boy Scouts Over Policy Prohibiting Gay Troop Leaders

    03/19/2015 8:13:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The California Supreme Court has instituted a policy that prohibits state judges from participating in the Boy Scouts of America because it doesn't allow openly gay adults to become troop leaders. Earlier this year the court voted unanimously to change the California Code of Judicial Ethics, removing an exemption allowing membership in youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, that it claims practice discrimination. While the Boy Scouts voted in 2013 to lift its ban on openly gay youth members, it maintained its policy prohibiting openly gay adults from actively participating in troop activities or becoming troop leaders. The Christian...
  • De-Judging the Boy Scouts: so much for free association

    02/05/2015 3:46:59 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/5/15 | Eric Metaxas
    February 5, 2015 ( -- In late January, the Supreme Court of California ruled that, starting January 21, 2016, judges in that state can no longer be affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.I’m not sure what troubles me most about this story: the ruling itself or the lack of attention being paid to it.California is one of 47 states that bans its judges from belonging to organizations that discriminate against certain groups of people. In more than half of these instances, we are talking about discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or sex.In the twenty-two states...
  • Boy Scouts settle sex abuse case, sealing years of ‘perversion’ files

    01/30/2015 5:58:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies ^ | January 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public. The announcement of the settlement in the Santa Barbara case came after three days of trial. The terms were confidential at the Boy Scouts’ request, said Tim Hale, the plaintiff’s attorney. “I can’t go into details about the number, but it was a great result,” Hale said. Hale had won the right to use the “perversion”...
  • Boy Scout held at gunpoint at Canadian border

    07/28/2014 3:57:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/28/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Does this sound right to you at all?  It sounds almost like a parody story, something from The Onion.  But… it isn’t.From Todd Starnes: Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpointA Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with one child allegedly held at gunpoint.Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The...
  • Park City elementary teacher charged with possessing child pornography

    08/13/2014 8:53:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    PARK CITY — A teacher at Parley's Park Elementary and area Boy Scout leader is accused of possessing child pornography. Jose Maria Ardanaz Ezcurdia, 31, was charged Monday in Summit County's 3rd District Court with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
  • Border official points gun at Boy Scout

    07/22/2014 10:21:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    KCCI ^ | 07/21/2014 | Marcus McIntosh
    DES MOINES, Iowa —A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget About 10 days into the trip, an innocent action by one of the nearly two dozen Scouts at the Canadian border into Alaska set off a chain of events that lead to a U.S. border official pointing a gun at a scout’s head. Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska. Fox said...
  • Reaction After Teacher Arrested For Child Porn

    07/10/2014 8:34:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    WNEP ^ | Sarah Buynovsky,
    LYCOMING COUNTY— Matthew Manning, 38, of Hughesville is accused of having and disseminating child porn. He was arrested Thursday. Manning is a science teacher at Muncy Junior/Senior High School in Lycoming County. “Very uncomfortable, considering I just had him, like a month ago in school and he was teaching these kids. I think he had a 7th grade class and anyone under 17, just to hear it is weird,” said Muncy High School senior Maurice Brown. Parents with students in the district were concerned by the news, too. “You know you see people every day and you just never know...
  • Lakeville (MN) Boy Scout scrubs gravestones for soldiers

    06/14/2014 7:29:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies ^ | 6/14/14 | ERIN ADLER
    Garrett McKay dipped his brush in a bucket of water and began scrubbing the dirt from another bright white headstone, this one from a second lieutenant who served in World War I, dying in 1963. “I know in the winter the headstones do get very weathered,” he said, as the bristles removed grime caked into the engraved letters. “The ones under the trees are really pretty dirty.” Despite the Saturday morning drizzle, McKay and 20 friends and family members spent the morning at Fort Snelling National Cemetery cleaning the limestone graves of hundreds of soldiers, their wives and the occasional...
  • Eric Holder: If Gay Adults Are Fit for Military Service, They Are Fit to Lead Boy Scouts

    06/13/2014 1:21:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/13/2014 | Susan Jones
    The Attorney General of the United States told a homosexual advocacy group on Tuesday night that the Boy Scouts of America "preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes" by refusing to allow homosexuals to serve as Boy Scout troop leaders. "Today, courageous lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals routinely put their lives on the line as members of America's armed services," Holder told Lambda Legal Tuesday night. "And if these men and women are fit for military service, then surely they are fit to mentor, to teach, and to serve as role models for the leaders of future generations." In...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder blasts Boy Scouts for anti-gay discrimination

    06/11/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT · by NCjim · 63 replies
    Dallas News ^ | June 10, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America perpetuates “the worst stereotypes” by barring gay people from becoming Scout leaders. “The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders — by an iconic American institution — only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,” Holder said in a speech to the gay civil rights group Lambda Legal in Washington. Holder did not announce any legal action against the Boy Scouts. A Supreme Court decision 14 years ago said the Scouts, as a private entity, had a right to discriminate against...