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  • Boy Scouts Announce New Critical Race Theory Requirement

    11/07/2021 1:27:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/5/2021 | Spencer Lindquist
    Those who hope to find a place that’ll encourage the virtuous masculinity that so often finds itself the target of our mainstream culture have been left with a dwindling set of options. My family intended to guide my formation as a young man and instill traditional values when they put me in Cub Scouts in the first grade, supporting me all the way until I earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018. It worked. The time I spent in Scouting certainly contributed to my sense of what is required of me as a man; to act on the moral...
  • UMC advises churches to end charters with Boy Scouts amid sex abuse lawsuit settlement

    08/30/2021 10:51:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    The United Methodist Church, a denomination that sponsors thousands of Boy Scout troops, recently told congregations to consider ending or altering their current agreements with the Boy Scouts of America as the embattled scouting organization settles a major sex abuse lawsuit.The UMC’s Office of Public Information released a statement last week explaining that the mainline Protestant denomination had a long history with the BSA, dating back for more than a century.Church leadership cited the recent BSA lawsuit filed by thousands of victims of sexual abuse. Earlier this year, BSA reached a settlement with a proposed payout of over $850 million...
  • An Elegy for the Boy Scouts

    07/27/2021 9:39:34 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Law and Liberty ^ | July 2021 | Mark Pulliam
    The news over the past few years has offered little to cheer about, but a recent story reporting an unprecedented 43 percent decline in membership in the Boy Scouts of America from 2019 to 2020—from 1.97 million Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to 1.12 million—was especially dispiriting. To make matters worse, the Associated Press reports that BSA membership has fallen even further since 2020—to about 762,000. For purposes of comparison, combined enrollment in the BSA—Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts—peaked in 1972 at 6.5 million members and as recently as 1998 was 4.8 million. These numbers are shockingly grim. The once-robust...
  • BSA — The Bankrupt Scouts of America

    07/25/2021 2:19:31 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 35 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | Jul. 9, 2021 | Mark Alexander
    The BSA’s leftist agenda results in a membership drop from 1.97 million to 762,000. *** The BSA announced last week its $850 million settlement with thousands of abuse claimants, the vast majority being from many decades ago. *** In January of 2013, in a “Letter to an Eagle Scout,” I responded to the dismay over a proposal by the BSA National Board to remove the membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. In May of that year, the BSA’s national board, under the “leadership” of wealthy corporate types who were completely out of touch with grassroots Scouting values, promoted and implemented a...
  • Boy Scouts Membership Craters In Face Of ‘Woke’ Policy Changes

    07/07/2021 9:07:14 AM PDT · by MJacks4 · 39 replies
    The Mix ^ | 7/7/2021 | Erin Perri
    A Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts, Trail Life USA, is filling in the gap since membership in the Boy Scouts took a huge dive after moving to a more woke focus. Boy Scouts of America lost two million members in the past eight years. Trail Life USA started after the Boy Scouts decision to lift its ban on gay scout leaders. The Christian-based alternative group seeks to “guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
  • Christian alternative to Boy Scouts sees growth amid pandemic, 70% more new members in 2021

    06/17/2021 8:50:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    A youth scouting group formed in response to the controversial changes within the Boy Scouts of America has reported an increase in the number of chapters during the pandemic. Trail Life USA , launched in 2014 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, is reporting dozens of new chapters and more than 30,000 members. Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock told The Christian Post that 65 new troops have been created thus far in 2021, with over 100 in the process of being chartered. “So far this year, we have seen a 70% increase in new members over this time last...
  • Boy Scouts will sell nearly 60 Norman Rockwell works to pay sex-abuse claims

    03/03/2021 6:18:46 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 2, 2021 | Neil Vigdor
    The association between the Boy Scouts of America and Norman Rockwell spanned more than six decades, yielding dozens of commissioned coming-of-age portraits that evoke virtue, bravery and Americana. But now faced with tens of thousands of sex-abuse claims, the debt-saddled organization is poised to do the unthinkable: Sell its collection of Rockwell’s art.
  • Boy Scouts Welcome First Class Of Girl Eagle Scouts

    02/22/2021 3:49:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 108 replies ^ | February 21, 2021 | Jon Brown
    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are welcoming their inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts on Sunday, the first since the organization began accepting girls in 2019. Approximately 1,000 girls were slated to be a part of the first class, according to The Associated Press. Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout requires at least 21 merit badges, and Isabella Tunney, who is one of the new female Eagle Scouts, earned each of the 137 badges possible.
  • Over 88,000 sex abuse claims filed against Boy Scouts of America

    11/17/2020 7:01:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/17/2020 | Brandon Showalter
    Sex abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America have now surpassed 88,000, according to lawyers who represent victims who’ve filed claims against the organization. Christopher Hurley, the managing partner with a law firm representing 4,000 survivors of childhood sexual abuse who say they were victimized while participating in the Boy Scouts, said in a statement to The Christian Post that there are over 88,500 victims that have come forward as of Monday, the deadline the bankruptcy court set for such claims. “We knew the problem was severe and we knew it had been neglected by the Boy Scout organization...
  • Local trans woman Eagle Scout receives medal, reflects on path to achievement

    10/23/2020 1:07:02 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 57 replies
    KXAN ^ | October 22, 2020 | Todd Bailey
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Beatrix Jackman was nearly speechless. “I don’t even know what to say.” Her mask fell off because she was smiling so much over her gift — one she rightfully earned. “Thank you to everybody who has helped me along this path.” (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey) Jackman, 19, is officially an Eagle Scout as a member of Scouts BSA Troop 2019. She received her Eagle award Thursday morning outside her home in north central Austin. Capitol Area Council’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations Charles Mead surprised her and her mom Julie Ziegelman with the medal and certificate. “I’m...
  • Conservative Boy Scout Alternatives

    09/14/2020 11:25:17 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies ^ | Sep 11, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    What alternatives are available to those disillusioned with Boy Scouts of America? Fortunately, there are a number of similar programs that still adhere to traditional values. Alternatives to the Boy Scouts include clubs that are open to girls, have complementary programs for girls and groups that are only for fathers and sons. This article provides a synopsis of several programs, listed in alphabetical order, that rival the Scouts along with links to the home page of each program.
  • Conservative Boy Scout Alternatives

    08/29/2020 11:07:15 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 28 replies ^ | Sep 11, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    What alternatives are available to those disillusioned with Boy Scouts of America? Fortunately, there are a number of similar programs that still adhere to traditional values. Alternatives to the Boy Scouts include clubs that are open to girls, have complementary programs for girls and groups that are only for fathers and sons. This article provides a synopsis of several programs, listed in alphabetical order, that rival the Scouts along with links to the home page of each program.
  • Harvard Psychiatrist: How Trump's Speech Was Toxic For Boy Scouts Beyond 'Rhetoric

    08/01/2017 6:15:30 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 33 replies
    Commonhealth ^ | July 28, 2017 Updated July 31, 2017 8:56 AM | Dr. Gene Beresin
    "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." – 12 Points of the Boy Scout Law The head of the Boy Scouts of America publicly apologized Thursday for the "political rhetoric" in President Trump's keynote speech at the scouts' Jamboree, saying that "We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program" and affirming Scout values that include "fairness, courage, honor and respect for others." The carefully worded statement suggests that the Scout leadership heard loud and clear the complaints from parents who were offended by a speech that sounded much...
  • No Balloon Fiesta this year (ABQ NM, also Philmont Scout Ranch closed)

    06/22/2020 1:57:42 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 30 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 22, 2020 | Rick Nathanson
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has officially claimed another victim. The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been postponed until October 2-10, 2021, which means the 50th event fiesta will now be pushed back until 2022. The decision was made Monday by the all-volunteer Balloon Fiesta board of directors. Matt Guthrie, president of the board, said in a statement, “The safety of our pilots, guests, sponsors, staff and volunteers has always been our top concern and in the wake of COVID-19 and its continued impacts, we must stay dedicated to upholding that commitment.” People who already made reservations...
  • Boy Scouts of America shows support for Black Lives Matter and will require some scouts to earn diversity badge

    06/17/2020 11:13:53 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 35 replies
    Action news ^ | 6-17-20 | site
    In a statement released in support of Black Lives Matter, the Boy Scouts of America said it will require Eagle Scouts to earn a diversity and inclusion badge. It'll examine its own role in perpetuating racism, too. The organization, which also condemned the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, said it "has not been as brave as we should have been" when it comes to calling out racism. "The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter," the organization said in a letter on Scoutingwire, the...
  • Boy Scouts to require diversity and inclusion merit badge for rank of Eagle Scout

    06/17/2020 5:01:46 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 80 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/17/20
    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Monday it will implement a specific "diversity and inclusion merit badge" in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that will be required to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout going forward. In a letter to scouting families, the organization said it will also require diversity and inclusion training for all BSA employees starting on July 1, and a review of property names, events, and insignia, will be conducted "to build on and enhance the organization’s nearly 30-year ban on [the] use of the Confederate flag." "The Boy Scouts of America stands with...
  • BSA's (Boy Scouts of America) Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice (barf)

    06/15/2020 5:56:26 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 33 replies ^ | 15 JUN 20 | BSA
    Dear Scouting family, As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action. The twelve points of the Scout Law that define a Scout are all important, but at this moment, we are called on to be brave. Brave means taking action because it is the right thing to do and being an upstander even when it may prompt criticism from some. We realize we have not been as brave as we should have been because, as Scouts, we must always stand for what is right and take action...
  • Boy Scouts banned from planting American flags on veterans' graves for Memorial Day due to coronavirus

    05/13/2020 10:14:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13 2020 | Eric Shawn
    A longtime Memorial Day weekend tradition to honor veterans is now canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are persisting calls to bring it back. For decades, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups have devoted part of the holiday to place small American flags at the graves of veterans and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice as a way to honor our country's war heroes. Yet this year the Department of Veteran's Affairs has prohibited public events at the sites because of COVID-19. The Boy Scouts and other groups have been barred from carrying out the...
  • Scouts Should Award Their 'Leadership' a Merit Badge for Sabotage

    02/25/2020 5:23:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | February 25, 2020 | Robert Knight
    I’m writing more in anger than in sadness. As holder of an Eagle Scout badge, I went through the sadness stage back in 2013 when the Boy Scouts board caved to the LGBTQ lobby. Well, okay, I was pretty angry then, too, watching the saboteurs within and without the organization systematically undermine it in the name of “tolerance.” It didn’t matter that the Scouts won all their court battles, including at the Supreme Court, to maintain their moral standards. The saboteurs were intent on ending the Scouts’ common-sense, existentially necessary exclusion of boys who sexually desire males. And that was...
  • The Boy Scout Bankruptcy and American Tradition

    02/19/2020 8:29:03 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 50 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 19, 2020 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy protection. While they may survive in some revised form, smaller and weaker than before, the Boy Scouts of old, as a great institution in American life, may be no more. Frankly, they have been on a downward trajectory for some time. In a world in which consumer-electronics, from cell phones to game consoles, have taken over the entertainment options for children, modernity itself contributed greatly to the Boy Scouts’ decline. But there is a difference between a weakening and a destruction… a difference between the natural loss of popularity and a...