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  • 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...
  • New Boy Scout Policy Makes Host Church Liable?

    07/28/2015 1:01:00 PM PDT · by fwdude · 60 replies
    Family Policy Institute of Washington ^ | July 28, 2015 | Family Policy Institute of Washington
    Yesterday, the Nation Board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ended their ban on gay leaders. This brings up concern for churches who host BSA meetings in their facilities. The Mormon Church voiced concern over the new policy and was able to come to an agreement with the BSA and the new membership policy. Under the new policy, any church who hosts BSA meetings and believe marriage is between a man and a woman will be able to choose the leaders for their local units. They can choose leaders who share their beliefs on marriage and can “[restrict]…positions to...
  • Scott Walker hits campaign trail in Las Vegas, raps Iran deal, gay troop leaders, minimum wage

    07/15/2015 2:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 14, 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his presidential announcement tour Tuesday with a stop in Las Vegas, where he decried the new nuclear deal with Iran—and quickly drew fire for comments he made criticizing the minimum wage and a Boy Scout decision to lift a policy banning gay troop leaders....."I was an Eagle Scout,my kids have been involved,Tonette (Walker) was a den mother...I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values."...Critics quickly accused Walker of supporting homophobic policies and implying that gay people are pedophiles."Maybe Gov. Walker...
  • LDS church comments on boy scouts of america resolution on gay adult leader standards.

    07/13/2015 4:46:11 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 98 replies
    Lds.org ^ | Lds.org
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Monday regarding the Boy Scouts of America resolution for adult leader standards: “As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs. Any resolution adopted by the Boy Scouts of America regarding leadership in Scouting must continue to affirm that right.”
  • 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...
  • Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

    11/12/2014 1:08:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/14 | Mary Pat Flaherty, Jason Samenow and Lisa Rein
    Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20, according to three people familiar with the hack and the subsequent reaction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service. Even then, NOAA did not say its systems were compromised.
  • Gay Men to Lead Boy Scouts: Gates’ Failure to Render Genuine Leadership

    05/26/2015 10:36:45 AM PDT · by drinktheobamakoolaid · 63 replies
    Probe Ministries ^ | May 25,2015 | Byron Barlowe
    Boy Scouts will now be subject to gay adult leadership if BSA (Boy Scouts of America) president Robert Gates’ advice is taken. Gates, who once held our military’s top position as Secretary of Defense, declared the inevitability of ending the ban on openly gay Scout leaders while addressing the BSA national annual meeting in Atlanta Thursday, May 21, 2015...
  • Blanket ban on Gay Leaders must be Abandoned, Robert Gates tells Boys Scouts in Atlanta

    05/21/2015 4:02:14 PM PDT · by Cecily · 76 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    An unexpected thunderclap, from the Associated Press: NEW YORK— The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban. “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” he said. Gates said no change in the policy would be...
  • 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...
  • 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
    CNN.com ^ | 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...
  • CA judges cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America due to LGBT issues

    01/24/2015 10:42:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Bay Area Reporter (LGBT News Site) ^ | January 23, 2015 | Matthew S. Bajko
    California judges will no longer be allowed to participate in nonprofit youth groups, such as the Boy Scouts of America, that discriminate against LGBT people. At the same time the justices lifted a ban on judges belonging to a military organization now that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The change comes as transgender individuals are still barred from becoming service members, though the policy is reportedly under review. In the case of the scouting group, although it now allows out youth to belong, it continues to ban LGBT adults from serving as troop leaders.
  • Local scouts get a new look. Scouts of Troop 444 go through a group head shaving

    09/08/2014 10:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — It was standing room only at Regis hair salon Wednesday evening, with a line that stretched out the door. More than 20 Troop 444 Boy Scouts, along with scout masters, friends and family members, crowded the salon located in the Mall at Sierra Vista for a group head shaving. They were doing it in a show of support for Assistant Scoutmaster Janet Thompson who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. And they were doing it for cancer awareness. All smiles, 12-year-old Dakota Pierce was one of the first in the group to climb onto the stylist’s chair...
  • Holiday Memories You'll Cherish Forever

    07/26/2014 7:48:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | 7-25-2014 | Mark Steyn
    This is the evil of a dying republic - waving through gangbangers at the southern border, but at the northern border detaining boy scouts for four hours. No novelist or movie director would attempt that contrast - it's too pat, too neat. But it's somehow become American reality in the 21st century.Just to be clear: that boy scout did nothing wrong. When the CBP officer demanded he hand over the camera, Mr Fox should have refused and asked to see the agent's supervisor.But it gets better: Another of the Scouts was taking luggage from the top of a van to...
  • Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpoint

    07/26/2014 7:05:44 AM PDT · by wolf24 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24 | Todd Starnes
    A 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 scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning. As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into...
  • New Boy Scouts president: Gay scout leaders acceptable

    05/28/2014 10:30:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 56 replies
    life site news ^ | Dustin Siggins
    IRVING, TX, May 27, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who led the military to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, says that he would have allowed homosexual leaders for Boy Scouts of America. Gates, who was elected to head the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for a two-year term last week, said that he "would have supported having gay Scoutmasters, but at the same time, I fully accept the decision that was democratically arrived at by 1,500 volunteers from across the entire country." A year ago, BSA allowed openly homosexual scouts for the first time. The policy reads...
  • LCMS, America Heritage Girls reps sign ‘Memo of Understanding’

    05/19/2014 12:33:52 PM PDT · by chajin · 12 replies
    lcms.org ^ | May 16, 2014 | Megan K. Mertz
    On Wednesday, May 14, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and Patti Garibay, national executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG), signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining how the two organizations will work together in the future. It was a moment many years in the making. Garibay and a group of concerned parents started AHG in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They wanted to provide a Christ-centered scouting alternative for girls ages 5 to 18. Since then, the nonprofit organization has grown to more than 34,000 members in 772 troops, including 67 troops chartered by LCMS congregations. Through the Memorandum...
  • A Question for those Who Believe in Homosexual Scouts

    05/19/2014 8:26:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 05/19/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    China has built an offshore oil drilling rig, numbered HD-981, specifically for the purpose invalidating other nations’ claims to seabed they thought was theirs. There is no doubt about the purpose of the rig given that a Chinese state oil company official once called it “our mobile national territory.” Its primary purpose isn’t commercial. If China can drill an oil well on some other country’s seabed, they can then claim that it was China’s territory all along. The rig is having its first outing to that purpose off the coast of Vietnam, accompanied by 86 Chinese vessels including a submarine....
  • Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More (Returning veterans!) [from 2009]

    05/17/2014 3:20:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 13, 2009 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor. The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed. “United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with...
  • Bigoted Hate Group Saves NBC's Ann Curry

    05/12/2014 3:30:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | May 12, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: "Writing in Scouting Magazine, Bryan Wendell says Scouts from Berkeley Heights [New Jersey] encountered Curry on a trail in Harriman State Park in New York. Curry, 57, had broken her ankle. 'We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection,' Scouter Rick Jurgens said, 'and a lady was sitting on the ground with her one leg out. "'We didn't think anything of it, but one of the guys asked if everything is OK. She said, 'No, not really. I think I broke my ankle.' She told us to keep going, but the guys refused.' Although Jurgens said...
  • 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,...
  • Hitler's Bund Deutsche Madel and the Neo-Feminist Girl Scouts

    03/18/2014 4:32:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3-18-2014 | Deborah C. Tyler
    When we remember the Jewish children thrown alive into ditches by the Nazis and then think about the  little girls outside Walmart selling cookies, it seems an offense to decency to suggest any comparison between the Bund Deutsche Madel (League of German Girls, or BDM) and the Girl Scouts.  Nevertheless, both Nazism and post-1960s American feminism (neo-feminism in this essay) envision exclusionary, utopian socialist societies.  Both indoctrinate girls from a young age to advance their visions.  And there are parallels in structure, activities, and ethos.Changes to the Girl Scout Law reveal the core of the shifts from individually focused, morally...
  • 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...
  • Girl scouts hire lesbian as chief 'girl experience officer'

    02/28/2014 7:10:52 AM PST · by massmike · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 02/26/2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    As millions of moms consider digging into pocketbooks for Girl Scout cookies this year, they may be interested to know about the hiring of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler in the Girl Scouts executive office in New York City. Kokjohn-Poehler is an out lesbian married to a woman named Ashley Kokjohn. And, given her sexual preference, it may strike some as odd that her job title is "Girl Experience Officer." Penny Nance, former Girl Scout and president of Concerned Women for America, told Breitbart News, “In the last ten years the Girl Scouts have lost about a few hundred thousand members, and part...
  • Girl Scouts Threaten Legal Action Against Critical Pro-Life Groups

    02/18/2014 7:21:51 AM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 2-18-2014 | Austin Ruse
    The Girl Scouts of the USA has sent threatening letters to at least two small pro-life groups that have been critical of Girl Scout collaborations with Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups. Since the beginning of the Girl Scout cookie boycott, exclusively announced at Breitbart News late last month, LifeNews has extensively reported on the connection between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts. LifeNews editor Steve Ertelt announced Monday that he had received a letter threatening legal action. In it, Girl Scout executive Brian Crawford complained about “articles that outline alleged ties to Planned Parenthood” and that “GSUSA has...
  • Girl Scouts Promote Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Green Energy in Its Leadership Program

    02/14/2014 3:47:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/14/14 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Girl Scouts’ National Leadership Journeys program requires girls to embrace environmental justice, climate change and green energy in order to earn awards. The Journey Awards – “aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout "Keys to Leadership": Discover, Connect, Take Action” – are described on the Girls Scouts website as being designed for girls from kindergarten through high school. The “It’s Your Planet – Love It” journey page is illustrated with a photograph of a “green roof” at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Calif. “Girls are being exposed to ideas and discussions...
  • (Charlottesville, Va) Ex-scoutmaster pleads guilty to 36 felony sex crimes

    01/22/2014 11:20:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress ^ | January 22, 2014 | 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...
  • 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...
  • Who Is Josh Ackley and What Is He Doing with the Girl Scouts?

    12/08/2013 5:58:56 PM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12-8-2013 | Austin Ruse
    If you are a national reporter writing on the Girl Scouts and you call their national office in New York City, you will talk to a guy named Josh Ackley. If you are a Girl Scout wanting regular advice or information on the Girl Scouts and you turn to the Girl Scout blog, it’s Josh Ackley (pictured, center) you’ll be reading. If you are a Girl Scout mom concerned about the sometimes-troubling drift of the Girl Scouts in recent years, Josh Ackley may be the one you’ll meet with. To many key groups, Josh Ackley is the public face of...
  • Fmr. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Lead Boy Scouts (Architect of lifting DADT)

    11/13/2013 2:05:13 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday chose former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director Robert Gates as its next president, who will face the task of repairing divisions in the organization from a heated debate over accepting gay scouts. As Defense Secretary, Gates supported President Barack Obama's withdrawal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Congress repealed the ban in 2010 and it was lifted in 2011.
  • Boy Scout leaders vandalize ancient rock formation [At Least they celebrate sodomy]

    10/19/2013 5:04:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    NBC ^ | 10/18/13
    In Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park, three men toppled a giant rock formation that’s 170 million years old in just 14 seconds... ...caught on a cell phone camera, and a lot of people are wondering what they were thinking. nbc's miguel almaguer sat down with the men involved and has our report from utah .
  • 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
  • Key Differences the BSA and the New Youth Adventure Program (email from OnMyHonor.net)

    07/30/2013 7:57:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    OnMyHonor.net ^ | 7-30-2013 | John Stemberger/Rob Green
    (Email received this morning.) Dear Friends, So far, we have released our proposed membership standards and a statement of faith & values that all adult members will be required to sign. We now also submit a Key Differences chart and outline between the new Youth Adventure Program and the Boy Scouts of America. Please forward this email to everyone in your troop and council to understand more about the new (soon to be formally named) organization. Outline of Differences between the Boy Scouts of America and the new Youth Adventure Program: 1) The BSA's new policy requires troops to accept...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Girl Scouts of Britain Replace 'God' with 'Myself' in Oath

    06/26/2013 8:47:27 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2013 | William Bigelow
    On Wednesday, Great Britain’s Girl Guides (their equivalent of U.S. Girl Scouts) and Brownies removed God from their 103-year-old oath. Instead of the passage where they used to promise to “love God,” they will now vow to be true to "myself" and develop "my beliefs." The organization said the move is intended to attract girls from secular families. Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, condemned the move, saying, "These values have their roots in a Christian outlook. Taking ‘God’ out of the promise denies the history and foundations of the movement without offering anything in its place, with the...
  • Dissension and fiscal woes beset the Girl Scouts (Awwwwww...)

    06/23/2013 10:02:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/2013 | DAVID CRARY
    Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it's time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will. Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a different sort of squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grassroots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit, and an uproar over efforts by many local councils to...
  • 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,"...
  • Freedom of Association and the Boy Scouts of America

    06/12/2013 5:10:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6-12-2013 | Stella Morabito
    Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whelan observed that those two BSA proposals shared on basic feature: "While purporting to allow (in the case of the first) or require (in the case of the second) troops to bar openly gay adult leaders, they threaten to fatally undercut the legal basis for maintaining that bar." Consider for a moment the irrationality of the new policy: a 17-year-old lifelong scout who is avowedly gay and also a youth leader, would, on his 18th birthday, be required to cease and desist being a Scout leader. Whether enforced or not, the situation would...
  • Boy Scouts Attacked

    06/10/2013 7:23:51 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 19 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 6/10/13 | Scott Walter
    The persecution of the Boy Scouts is just one more example of how pernicious it is to argue that tax exemptions equal governmental endorsement and subsidization. Our civil society is supposed to be diverse and tolerant. If our nonprofits aren’t allowed to hold sharply different points of view, to teach their members different outlooks on life, to disagree about the best ways of life, then our nation has ceased to be free, much less tolerant or diverse. ... Amazing, isn't it, that a gay rights group is attacking the Boy Scouts in a way that the Bull Connors of Alabama...
  • Scouts Sending up the White Flag

    06/09/2013 4:56:56 AM PDT · by lastmomstanding · 116 replies
    Lifesite news ^ | 6-8-13 | Anthony Esolen
    Do not suppose that your enemies will be placated by your surrender. You will be pressured to accept openly homosexual scoutmasters, then “transgender” girls who say they are boys or the Prince of Wales or male aliens from Alpha Centauri 3, then girls generally for all your programs, as they’ve done in Canada, only to see their membership go the way of the Church of Canada, since no one will stand up for someone who stands for nothing. 
 You have betrayed your friends to assuage your enemies. May they treat you more handsomely than you have treated us.
  • Boy Scouts’ decision on gays tests loyalty of members

    06/10/2013 3:30:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/9/2013 | Annie Z. Yu
    For Dennis Ebersole, the fallout from the Boy Scouts of America's decision to change a century of policy and allow openly gay Scouts to participate wasn't long in coming. "Within 12 hours of the announcement that the membership standards resolution had passed, I was contacted by five other members in my pack leadership committee, questioning whether they were going to continue Scouting," said Mr. Ebersole, a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 282 in South Riding, Va. The reaction was equally quick for Gary Hiden, an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 268 in New Market, Md., who has been involved with...
  • Association for Baptists for Scouting: President's Message

    06/07/2013 9:01:06 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 20 replies
    Having watched the news coverage and read numerous emails from concerned Baptists and Scouters, I contacted the Membership Impact Department at the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America, proposing an interpretation of the changes in the membership guidelines. Below is the text of what I offered as my interpretation. First, it is my understanding that the resolution clearly states that sexual activity among Scout-aged youth is contrary to Scouting virtues, and I take that to mean that so long as it is uniformly and equitably applied, a unit could have in its statement a list of behavioral expectations...
  • Gay Scouts USA

    06/04/2013 3:31:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 6/4/2013 | Michael Voris
    (click on the image above to go to the video)Hello everyone and welcome to The Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed. I’m Michael Voris. Have you heard all those loud lamentations from the Church of Nice over the collapse of the Boy Scouts in the face of the homosexual juggernaut? Yea .. didn’t think so. That’s because there aren’t any. Right on cue .. predictably .. the American Patriotic Church immediately deflected the central issue and went straight to a side issue that couldn’t be more irrelevant. According to media reports .. Edward P. Martin, chairman of...
  • The Boy Scouts and Timeless Values

    06/04/2013 12:29:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://patriotpost.us/editions ^ | June 3, 2013 | The Patriot Post
    "The recent decision by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to allow 'openly gay' youth to become members of the Boy Scouts was nothing short of a betrayal -- a betrayal not only of the values scouting has represented for decades but also of the families whose support for the Scouts has spanned generations. ... It's worth noting that the law does NOT require the change in Scouts' policy: the ban on homosexual members was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court, which affirmed the right of the Boy Scouts to remain true to their mission and...
  • Area churches debate BSA decision on gay Scouts

    06/04/2013 8:23:34 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 59 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 6/4/13 | Bill Sherman
    Tulsa’s largest United Methodist church is considering dropping its scouting program after the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow homosexual boys to participate. “We’re leaning in that direction. I don’t know exactly what we’ll do,” said the Rev. Tom Harrison, senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road. The Boy Scouts’ decision can be troubling for troop-sponsoring churches whose denominations oppose the practice of homosexuality. The United Methodist Church, a major supporter of Boy Scouts, has maintained that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. “We find this to be a very troubling decision,”...