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  • California Courts Move to Blacklist Boy Scouts

    04/22/2014 1:14:35 PM PDT · by walford · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | WND Staff
    A move is under way in the California court system to ban judges from belonging to the Boys Scouts of America because the youth organization discriminates against homosexuals. A proposed rule change by the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics would make the BSA no longer “excepted from the category of organizations that practice ‘invidious discrimination’ on the basis of sexual orientation.” Last May, the BSA’s National Council voted to allow acknowledged homosexuals to be in the program but not in leadership. It’s the ban on “gay” leaders that has prompted the California courts’ action.
  • Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts

    04/21/2014 1:02:14 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned. In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.
  • Boy Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

    04/21/2014 12:26:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:00 PM EDT | Phuong Le
    The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name. The church has stood by Geoff McGrath, 49, a Seattle software engineer and Eagle Scout, after his membership in the organization was revoked last month, setting off an impasse between the church and one of the country’s most popular youth organizations. …
  • UMC : Church Stands With Gay Scout Leader

    04/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 15 replies
    UMC.org ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kathy L. Gilbert
    Rainier Beach United Methodist Church celebrated Scout Sunday April 6, days after news broke that the Boy Scouts of America said it was banning a volunteer Scout leader and church member because he is gay. The Rev. Monica Corsaro, pastor of Rainier Beach, said Geoffrey McGrath will continue to serve as the leader of the church's scouting program. “I am a chartering partner with BSA … . If I take responsibility for who is hired then I also take responsibility for who is fired. Our church is thriving and happy, and we support Geoffrey,” Corsaro said. McGrath, an Eagle Scout,...
  • Rasmussen: Boy Scouts' Favorability Continues to Slide

    04/08/2014 3:54:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 85 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/8/2014 | Austin Ruse
    New survey numbers from Rasmussen show public opinion turning slowly against the Boy Scouts. Though most Americans still view them favorably, their numbers continue in a perennial trend of decline. The national poll taken by telephone shows 59% of Americans still view the Boy Scouts at least "somewhat" favorably, this represents a decline of six percentage points from last May and a 14 point decline from February, 2012. Twenty-eight percent view the Boy Scouts unfavorably. 
  • Boy Scouts of America ban troop leader who came out as homosexual on NBC News

    04/02/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 02, 2014 17:23 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have removed a Seattle-area troop leader and banned him from the organization for going public with his homosexuality, in what is thought to be the first such case since the BSA voted to allow openly homosexual youth, but not adults, to join. Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, a former Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, had his BSA membership revoked Monday after an NBC News reporter contacted the organization seeking comment for a profile the network was doing on “the first openly gay Scoutmaster...
  • Boy Scouts Dismiss a Gay Troop Leader in Seattle

    04/01/2014 5:22:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 1, 2014 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    Nearly a year after announcing that it would admit gay boys but still prohibit openly gay leaders from its ranks, the Boy Scouts of America has dismissed a gay scoutmaster. The fired leader, Geoffrey McGrath, 49, is an Eagle Scout and software engineer in Seattle who is married to his longtime companion. He helped form a troop last fall, he said, because he loves scouting and because the low-income and immigrant children in his area of south Seattle had few after-school activities. The troop is sponsored by the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, one of hundreds of “reconciling congregations” in...
  • BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says

    03/08/2014 3:55:34 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 60 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Diana Chandler
    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The Walt Disney Company is playing into the hands of Boy Scouts of America by cutting donations to BSA, giving the Scouts greater public leverage to accept gay leaders, Atlanta area pastor Ernest Easley said today (March 7). Disney in February joined a growing list of companies who have cut financial support to BSA because of the Scouts' ban on openly gay leaders. Such pressure will make it easier for BSA to open Scout leadership to gay men, said Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church and chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "Walt...
  • AP Smears Trail Life Boys with Misleading 'Nazi' Photo

    03/06/2014 12:13:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>“I was horrified,” said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a new, rapidly-growing scouting organization that doesn’t allow openly gay members.</p> <p>Stemberger was referring to an Associated Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP’s original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization’s “creed” during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas.</p>
  • Disney Attempts to Force Boy Scouts Over Gay Leaders Ban; Threatens to Halt Funding

    03/03/2014 10:09:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Walt Disney Company has notified the Boy Scouts of America that it will withdraw all funding from the organization beginning 2015 unless the BSA overturns its policy of not allowing openly gay members to be leaders. The entertainment company has a VoluntEARS program through which its employees carry out volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the non-profits of their choice. However, Disney has now announced that the employees taking part in the program will no longer be able to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts, according to CNN. Disney's corporate website says that the company's employees...
  • Walt Disney Company to cut funding to Boy Scouts of America over gay policy

    03/03/2014 6:53:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 80 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3-2-2014 | Associated Press in Los Angeles
    The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America, beginning in 2015, because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organisation. In December the defence and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin said it would no longer donate to the Boy Scouts, because of the same policy. Last May, the California Senate voted to revoke the organisation’s charitable status. The Boy Scouts organisation said it was “disappointed” by Disney’s decision, which will affect its ability to serve children, Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, said in a statement on Sunday. Disney does not provide direct...
  • Walt Disney World Stops Supporting Boy Scouts Over LGBT Discrimination

    02/27/2014 4:43:17 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Kris Guiliani
    Walt Disney World has jumped on the bandwagon of businesses pulling their funding from Boy Scouts of America, as the organization still refuses to end its ban on openly LGBT adults. Charitable contributions will no longer be made to BSA or local troops as part of Walt Disney World's "Ears For You" grant program. SNIP As the straight son of a lesbian couple, Wahls has been working to reverse the BSA's policies of discrimination and exclusion. Since its inception in 2012, Scouts for Equality has succeeded in influencing seven major corporations - including Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Major League Soccer, Merck,...
  • Boy Scouts shrink 6 percent after 1 year of allowing gay members

    02/13/2014 9:54:28 AM PST · by HokieMom · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 12. 2014 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    The Boy Scouts of America experienced a modest dip in membership in 2013, but not the mass exodus that some social conservatives predicted while it was considering changing its membership policy on gays. Boy Scouts membership fell by 6 percent last year, leaving it with nearly 2.5 million youth members and 960,000 adult members. Reasons for the attrition, which is slightly greater than the 4 percent losses in 2012 and similar-sized declines in several previous years, are not fully understood but are likely related to the divisive vote on admitting openly gay youths to Scouts as well as a 60...
  • Md. Teen Among First Openly Gay Scouts to Achieve Top Rank After Ban Lift

    02/11/2014 4:52:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 11, 2014 | Marina Lopes
    A 17-year-old Maryland boy has become one of the first openly gay Boy Scouts to achieve the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank since the organization reversed its ban on gay youth nearly six weeks ago. Pascal Tessier, who publicly voiced his opposition to the ban on gay members, started with the group a decade ago as a Cub Scout and earned 21 merit badges before being named an Eagle Scout on Monday, said his father, Oliver Tessier, a consultant in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
  • Ex-scoutmaster pleads guilty to 36 felony sex crimes

    01/22/2014 11:19:24 PM PST · by Robwin · 10 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:41 pm | K. Burnell Evans
    An ex-scoutmaster who admitted to molesting his son’s teenage friends and fellow troop members for years at his Keswick home pleaded guilty to 36 felony sex crimes Wednesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court. David Brian Watkins, now 50, entered into an agreement with prosecutors that shields him from additional local or federal charges and calls for an active term of 30 years and five months in prison. The agreement “provides closure for … very promising young men who can now get on with their lives,” Assistant Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Darby Lowe said after the hearing. “The young men would have...
  • Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?

    01/19/2014 8:37:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1-18-14 | David Segal
    Ross Ulbricht’s last moments as a free man were noisy enough to draw a crowd. Employees at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco library heard a crashing sound and rushed to the science fiction section, expecting to find a patron had hit the floor. Instead, they found a handful of federal agents surrounding a slender 29-year-old man with light brown hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The goal of the arrest, at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2013, was not simply to apprehend Mr. Ulbricht, but also to prevent him from performing the most mundane of tasks:...
  • New Scout Group Honors Christian Values

    01/16/2014 2:19:57 AM PST · by maddog55 · 20 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 01:57 PM | Andrea Billups
    A new Christian-focused scouting group formed as an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America has gotten off to a rousing start since its launch on Jan. 1. Trail Life USA has seen an "explosion" of interest, forming more than 500 troops in 44 states, the group's founder John Stemberger, an attorney and president of the Florida Family Policy Council, told Newsmax. Stemberger said a new group for boys was needed after the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow gay members to remain in its ranks. "We see this as more than just a boys' program. We see it...
  • Boy Scouts announce annual membership fee increase for 2014, raising questions . . .

    01/04/2014 12:42:35 PM PST · by T Ruth · 86 replies
    dallas news ^ | Sept. 3, 2013 | Scott K. Parks
    [T]he BSA, which is based in Irving, announced last week that it is raising annual membership dues from $15 to $24 per Scout — a 60 percent increase — beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock . . . and BSA staff did not mention how much revenue might be lost from the defection of conservative families that leave the organization because of recent membership changes that allow [homosexual] youth to be Scouts. . . . The BSA once boasted of five million members back in the 1950s when the United States’ population was about half of what...
  • Freep a Poll!(Would you allow your 10-year-old son to share a tent with a 17-year-old homosexual?)

    01/01/2014 5:00:34 PM PST · by dynachrome · 47 replies
    headlineoftheday.com ^ | 1-1-14 | Headline of the day
    Would you allow your 10-year-old son to share a tent with a 17-year-old homosexual? Yes. I don't know. No.
  • Boy Scouts of America will officially welcome gay members on New Year's Day....

    12/28/2013 8:26:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 52 replies
    FULL TITLE: Boy Scouts of America will officially welcome gay members on New Year's Day as they grapple with questions about group showers and tentmates The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting New Year's Day, marking a historic shift that spells major changes to policies on tentmates and showers. Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year's Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded. ‘My hope is there will be the same effect this...
  • Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

    12/28/2013 9:58:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 12:12 PM EST | David Crary and Nomaan Merchant
    The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications—ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded. “My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad...
  • Boy Scouts' gay membership policy brings financial fallout

    12/19/2013 4:04:43 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 59 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Saturday, December 7, 2013 5:36pm | Waveney Ann Moore
    Earlier this year, when the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow openly gay members, a local council braced for repercussions. "We knew back in May that it might be a challenge, but we didn't know how great a challenge," said Bill Davis, executive with the Scouts' West Central Florida Council, serving Pinellas and West Pasco counties. "So far, the biggest fallout is the financial loss. We need about $75,000 to balance our budget this year." Also feeling the wrath of those who disapprove of the Boy Scouts' decision is the Gulf Ridge Council, which serves eight counties,...
  • Glenn Taylor filmed pushing 2,000-pound rock one month after filing lawsuit saying he was disabled

    10/20/2013 5:27:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 62 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/20/13 | Nina Golgowski
    A heavyweight rock crusher's disability claim is being slammed by critics as more mental than physical. Glenn Taylor — who infamously filmed his ability to knock over an ancient 2,000-pound sandstone with his bare hands — filed a lawsuit claiming "debilitating" physical injury weeks before the stunt's filming, it has been revealed. Taylor, seen destroying a 200 million-year-old goblin sandstone formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park last week, filed a personal injury lawsuit last month claiming to have been disabled after a car crash four years ago.
  • Charges possible for Boy Scouts leaders who toppled Utah rock formation

    10/19/2013 8:26:20 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 120 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 19, 2013 | FoxNews, AP
    A group of Boy Scouts leaders may face criminal charges after purposely knocking over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and posting a video of the incident online, authorities say The men were leading a group of 14 to 16-year-old Boy Scouts on a trip to Goblin Valley State Park when they said they noticed the top of the rock formation was loose and feared it was dangerous. "This is about saving lives," Dave Hall, who shot the video, told The Associated Press on Friday. "One rock at a time."
  • Scathing allegations surface that Boy Scouts of America hid sex abuse

    09/17/2013 4:43:38 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 23 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/16/2013 | Laura Harris
    Scathing allegations surface that Boy Scouts of America hid sex abuseParents, sons outraged, say they weren't notified09/16/2013 By: Laura Harris Stunning and disturbing revelations about the Boy Scouts of America on Monday morning. According to a Tampa Bay area attorney as well as a former Boy Scout parent, the Boy Scouts of America have been keeping a long standing record of scout on scout sexual abuse, but have at no point shared that information in a way to educate other Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Troops or their communities. The current lawsuit, set to go to trial in 2014, graphically details...
  • Christian Values-Based Alternative to Boy Scouts Launched

    09/09/2013 9:33:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    A national coalition launched this weekend a new scouting organization, Trail Life USA, based on Christian values and principles as an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which lifted its age-old ban on gay youth in May. Over 1,200 former BSA officials, parents and youth representing 44 U.S. states launched the new Christian-based program at a national convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday night, NBC News reported. "Most of us are coming from a highly-structured environment that has 103 years of culture and language and program and symbols … and we are starting from scratch," John Stemberger, a...
  • Boy Scout alternative, Trail Life USA, launches ‘premier’ Christian group for boys

    09/07/2013 9:43:55 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 32 replies
    The newly announced Trail Life USA expects to become a “premier” Christian organization for boys and young men when it fully launches in the new year. Its goal is to counter the “moral free-fall” of the nation, and “raise a generation of faithful husbands, fathers, citizens and leaders,” organizers told the national inaugural convention in Nashville, Tenn., Friday night. (snip) Trail Life USA’s name, drawn from more than 300 options, was carefully vetted and is intended not to be political or controversial, organizers said. (snip) “Our whole life is about the trail, both in the outdoors and in the journey...
  • “Trail Life USA”, the New Christian Alternative to the Boy Scouts of America”

    09/06/2013 10:00:51 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 37 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 9/06/2013 | Elisheba Santana
    Nashville, TN - More than 1,200 former Scoutmasters, Eagle Scouts, parents, church leaders and former Boy Scout of America (BSA) professionals gathered tonight for the 1st inaugural Leadership Convention of a youth character development organization in Nashville. The convention's theme was "Honoring the Legacy ... Raising the Standard." Forty-four (44) states were represented, including Alaska and Hawaii. The name and visual branding for "Trail Life USA" were unveiled publicly for the 1st time to great applause and excitement by those gathered to launch a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America. Trail Life USA will be an outdoor scouting-like...
  • California bill targets tax-exempt status for ‘discriminatory’ youth groups

    08/26/2013 9:30:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/26/13 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A California bill that could strip tax-exempt status from the Boy Scouts of America and other “discriminatory” nonprofit youth-serving groups could come up for a final vote this week. The first-of-its-kind bill, SB 323, passed the California Senate and sailed through Assembly committees to a floor vote, possibly this week. But opponents are taking heart that there might not be enough votes in the state Assembly to pass the bill. The chamber did not consider the bill in its Monday session, but may take it up when it convenes Friday. The bill, introduced by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, names the
  • NLRB employee, Democrat Activist charged with photographing young boy in Disney restroom

    08/20/2013 3:53:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | 8/20/2013 | Jeff Quinton
    (Cionzynski) A Lansdale man is sitting in prison, waiting for extradition to Florida to answer a charge of felony video voyeurism of a child under the age of 16, for allegedly photographing an 8-year-old boy in a bathroom stall at DisneyÂ’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Joseph Cionzynski, 59, of the 300 block of Perkiomen Avenue, was taken into custody Wednesday by Lansdale Police, a day after Orange County SheriffÂ’s issued an arrest warrant, according to The Reporter. He was arraigned before District Judge Harold Borek on Wednesday. According to authorities, Cionzynski allegedly took cell phone photos of...
  • Catholic Parish to Boy Scout troop: Obey the faith on homosexuality or go somewhere else

    08/09/2013 2:21:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    ALTOONA, WI, August 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Catholic parish in Wisconsin has told the Boy Scout troop it has sponsored for the last 20 years that it will have to find a new home in response to the troop’s decision to allow practicing homosexuals to join. The Boy Scouts of America voted in May to overturn its longstanding policy barring openly gay scouts, and instead allowed troops to include gay scouts if they choose. Boy Scout Troop 90, which meets at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona, revised its membership policy to state that no boy could be denied...
  • (Vanity) Seeking Legal Advice Re. BSA Policy Change

    08/05/2013 7:11:53 AM PDT · by kinsman redeemer · 43 replies
    none | Kinsman Redeemer
    My Boy Scout Troop is considering alternatives and possibilities for the future of the Troop - in light of the policy changes that will become effective in January. Really, it is a matter of how we would react to changes that are likely to take place AFTER January. I am looking for competent legal advice about how my Unit's Bylaws could be modified so that two points are clear:
  • OnMyHonor.net Final Naming Survey For New Organization [invitation only ballot - no direct link]

    07/24/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    closed survey - OnMyHonor.net ^ | 7-24-2013 | OnMyHonor.net
    OnMyHonor.Net Final Naming Survey After conducting multiple online and email surveys, conducting Focus Group testing in two cities with both parents and scouting age boys, and running initial trademark searches on selected names, we have narrowed the names down to the following selection. The list of names below has been carefully evaluated to address the goals contained in the Mission Statement. Please read through the following names and cast a vote for the ONE name you think best typifies the mission of the new organization. That's it! Based on your input and the recommendations of our steering committee we'll be...
  • Boy Scouts of America Jamboree Camp excludes obese Boy Scouts

    07/16/2013 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 55 replies
    "We required a level of fitness in order to come to the Jamboree that we haven't required before," McCarthy said. "And that has motivated an enormous return in terms of both kids and adults getting serious about improving their health."
  • Special Report: A $439 million camp adds to Boy Scouts money crunch

    07/16/2013 5:20:15 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2013 | Robin Respaut and Brian Grow
    Known as The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the 10,600-acre park opens Monday, when 30,000 scouts are expected to visit for the quadrennial National Jamboree. The Summit will have more than 5 miles of zip lines, a whitewater-rafting circuit, a 120-foot tree house and a stadium for 85,000 people.
  • Overweight Boy Scouts barred from national Jamboree by new BMI requirement

    07/16/2013 5:58:44 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 37 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | July 16, 2013 | Natalie Villacorta
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Boy Scouts at this year’s national Jamboree were kayaking, rock climbing, zip-lining and bike riding in 90-degree heat Monday. And for the first time, scouts and their leaders had to meet new health requirements: No one with a body mass index of 40 or higher was eligible to attend. A 16-year-old boy who is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 150 pounds would have a healthy BMI of about 22. The rugged terrain at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, where the Jamboree is taking place for the first time, warrants these new requirements,...
  • US Jamboree requires health-conscious Scouts

    07/15/2013 12:26:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2013 11:38 AM ED | John Raby
    This year’s Boy Scouts of America’s national Jamboree is being billed as the most physically demanding in its history: There’s rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting and biking. And Scouts will go about the sprawling, hilly landscape the old-fashioned way—on foot. Thousands of Scouts gather for 10 days starting Monday at a new location in West Virginia. Officials designed the 1,000-plus acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve to take advantage of the Mountain State’s natural assets, and they also put into place new physical fitness requirements that eliminated morbidly obese Scouts from participating. … This year, 30,000 Scouts ages 12...
  • Girls coming to Boy Scout jamboree for first time

    07/15/2013 9:58:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Naples News ^ | 7/15/13 | John Raby
    Make room, guys. The girls are coming to the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree. For the first time, female participants will be among the more than 40,000 Scouts and leaders attending the national gathering that occurs every four years. The jamboree runs July 15 to 24 at the Summit outdoor adventure site in southern West Virginia.... Letting them participate was "just the right thing for us to do," Pritchard said. "This was just the next logical step for us to take, to give those members of our program an opportunity to enjoy what we have here as well, to...
  • Boy Scouts Bibliograpy Part 4: Latest FR Articles on Admitting "Gay" Scouts

    07/14/2013 3:09:21 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 3 replies
    FR archives | July 14, 2013 | Various authors
    Bookmark this thread. In the previous three bibliography threads, I have gathered links to 118 news articles posted on FreeRepublic concerning the decision of National Council to admit "openly gay" children to the Boy Scouts of America. This post rounds the number of threads up to 124, adding six more articles since my last post on June 15.This will be my last bibliography thread for the time being, since the issue has peaked in the news. * * *BSA Bibliograpy Part 4: New group trying to straighten out the Boy Scouts- Gay Scouts question badly misses the point Coach is...
  • Christian-Based Program Forms as Alternative to Boy Scouts

    07/10/2013 7:45:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    newsmax ^ | Andrea Billups
    A coalition of youth groups is creating a national organization for boys as an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, following the Boy Scouts' decision to allow openly gay members to join, The Washington Examiner reported. The new organization will officially launch on Jan. 1, 2014, but will begin chartering new units around the country in November, according to a statement released Tuesday by the as-yet-unnamed group's interim executive director, Rob Green of Spartanburg, S.C. The group will be "distinctly different" from the Boy Scouts, with some similarities, Green said. For example, rank advancements from the Boy Scouts can...
  • National Coalition Announces Boy Scouts Alternative Founded on Christian Values

    07/10/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A national coalition, which includes people formerly associated with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as well as several other partners, announced Tuesday the formation of a new youth organization for boys that is founded on Christian values and principles. "Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens," said Rob Green, the organization's interim executive director, during a press conference call Tuesday. He added, "The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program focused on leadership and character development for boys, and founded...
  • Boy Scouts Bibliograpy Part 3: Latest FR Articles on Admitting "Gay" Scouts

    06/30/2013 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies
    FR archives | June 30, 2013 | Various authors
    Bookmark this thread. In past weeks I have gathered links to 112 news articles posted on FreeRepublic concerning the decision of National Council to admit "openly gay" children to the Boy Scouts of America. This post rounds up some additional articles since my last post on June 15. Some of the stories were posted more than once; if the duplicates had more than a few replies, I have included them also. While my past two bibliography threads contained stories only about the "gay" scouts decision, for the time being I will link to any Boy Scout story on FR. The...
  • Don't bother shedding tears for the Scouts

    06/26/2013 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/26/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    WH Price of The Spearhead clues us in on Scouting’s self-inflicted woes, as well as their sordid beginnings. If you have always bought into the mythology, this zinger from Price should blow your mind: That politicians and preachers today could talk about scouting as though its origins are godly, clean-cut and wholesome is, quite frankly, hilarious. The origin of scouting has more to do with taking scalps than it does with...
  • Secular Group Questions Why Boy Scouts Won't Accept Atheists After Lifting Ban on Gays

    06/25/2013 2:12:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/25/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit secular groups in America, ran an ad on Sunday in The New York Times asking why the Boy Scouts of America is maintaining its ban on nonreligious members after having changed its policy to now accept gay members. A pro-family group believes FFRF is right in its questioning. "The bottom line is, Scouting has now removed any logical or legal basis for protecting against the inclusion of openly gay scout masters, so in a sense this group is perfectly correct," Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president for the Family Research Council,...
  • 4 Men Sue Boy Scouts, LDS Church in Idaho (alleged sex abuse)

    06/24/2013 4:31:29 PM PDT · by knak · 25 replies
    Magic Valley Times News ^ | 6/24/2013 | AP
    <p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court, saying they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.</p> <p>Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the men, who are named only as John Does I-IV.</p>
  • Meet the Boy Scout with all 134 merit badges

    06/18/2013 7:56:23 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 90 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Jun 18, 2013 | Taylor Kearns
    WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - Logan Robinson is going to need a bigger sash. He's come a long way in 10 years. Back then he was just a 7-year-old Cub Scout who enjoyed carving polar bears out of bars of soap. "For a 7-year old to have a knife and be carving something, it was awesome," said Robinson. "I was hooked right away." Robinson achieved his Eagle Scout rank by the age of 13. Most scouts quit when they hit Eagle. Robinson was just getting started. "If I didn't have something to focus on, I was just going to fizzle out,"...
  • Spot the Similarities: Pro-Gay-Rights and Muslim Thugs

    06/15/2013 3:38:24 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Look at the similarities. As Gallia Watch explains, the French video that you can watch by clicking on the link just below this post title shows "the vigil held in Montpellier on the eve of the first homosexual marriage in France that took place May 29 in that city. Les Veilleurs (those keeping vigil), seated on the ground, and singing L'Espérance (Hope), their anthem, are confronted by the pro-gay crowd, standing, visibly more rowdy and drinking, carrying the multicolored banner of Gay Pride". It is easy to see the contrast between the beautiful, peaceful hymn sung by the Les Veilleurs,...
  • Boy Scouts Bibliograpy Part 2: Latest FR Articles on Admitting "Gay" Scouts

    06/15/2013 2:38:20 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 7 replies
    FR archives | June 15, 2013 | Various
    Bookmark this thread. Last week I linked on one thread 89 news articles posted on FreeRepublic concerning "openly gay" children being admitted to Boy Scouts of America. This post provides links to all additional articles posted on this issue since then to June 15 (as of time/date below). Creating this round-up of BSA news is to avoid flooding your in-box with pings as this situation is being hashed out in one or more articles daily. I will continue to follow up on FR postings and ping you once a week or less, unless there is a huge breaking story. For...
  • Don't Give up the Boy Scouts without a FIGHT!!!

    06/15/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 96 replies
    DannyTN | 6/15/13 | DannyTN
    I've been advocating leaving the scouts since the vote, but that's the wrong approach. The BSA is worth fighting for. I went last night to the Boxwood Scout Retreat here in Tennessee to pick up my son from a week of scouting. As I looked around at the pristine property on the edge of Old Hickory Lake, and the decades of work it must have taken to build the facilities located there, I realized what a shame it was to give it all up without a fight. The BSA have assets on their books of over $1 billion offset by...
  • CEO of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America to resign June 30

    06/15/2013 3:13:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | 6/15/2013 | Kim KInzey
    A week after national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America approved accepting openly gay boys as members, an area Boy Scout executive director and CEO announced that he will resign. Rob Green, Scout executive of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, announced Friday that he will resign June 30. The announcement was made in a five-page letter to friends and Scout associates. The resignation letter was anonymously forwarded to media outlets. Green confirmed his resignation to the Herald-Journal, but did not want to be interviewed. (To read the letter from Rob Green to friends and associates,...