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  • 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...
  • Disney World tells Boy Scouts to allow openly gay leaders or lose funding

    03/06/2014 7:39:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    A few days ago, Disney World announced that unless Boy Scouts of America (BSA) changed its policy on openly homosexual scoutmasters – namely, they’re not allowed – by January 1, 2015, the organization would lose funding from Walt Disney.The reason is simple – Disney says BSA violates the company’s non-discrimination policy: Disney does not give money directly to the national organization or local BSA councils. However, through its VoluntEARS program, Disney allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice.Employees taking part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be able to...
  • 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 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,...
  • Retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates enjoys Skagit home before taking Boy Scouts top job

    02/26/2014 11:15:50 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 18 replies
    The Republic, Columbus, IN ^ | 2/25/2014 | RACHEL LERMAN
    ... (Gates) has ... a new job as president of the Boy Scouts of America, starting in May. That job is just a 2-year stint ... ... As CIA director, he changed policies in 1991 to allow gay employees and oversaw the repeal of the military's "DADT" policy ... In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, © 2014, Gates details how he pushed for time to repeal "DADT", time to survey the troops and their families, time to get an idea of how the repeal would affect the military during a period when 2 wars were being fought. Once...
  • Florida child porn suspect admits to molesting Boy Scouts on camping trips: cops

    02/21/2014 7:39:07 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014, 9:03 AM | Lee Moran
    "Authorities say Fleetwood Peeples, 76, confessed to abusing and taking nude photos of young boys while they were in his care in the early 1980s."
  • WashPost Columnist Rips Catholic Pastor: Foes of Left's LGBT Agenda Should Be 'Marginalized'

    02/17/2014 1:09:00 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 02/17/2014 | Matthew Balan
    Robert McCartney slimed a Northern Virginia Catholic priest in a Sunday column in the Washington Post for his decision to end his parish's relationship with the Boy Scouts for letting openly-homosexual youth to join as scouts. McCartney blasted Father John De Celles, pastor of St. Raymond of Peñafort parish in Springfield, for his supposed "diatribes against gay behavior, liberal activists and similar targets in his weekly columns." The columnist later touted how "De Celles is in the minority" in disbanding his parish's Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop, and bringing in an alternative youth group that "discriminates against boys...
  • Proposal would bar California judges from Scout participation

    02/06/2014 4:16:00 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 6, 2014 | Bob Egelko
    The state Supreme Court's ethics advisory committee wants the court to prohibit California judges from membership in the Boy Scouts because the 2.7-million-member youth organization bars gays and lesbians from becoming troop leaders.
  • Boyscouts banquet

    01/25/2014 7:21:11 AM PST · by trussell · 26 replies
    1/25/14 | trussell
    My son was honored at a Boyscouts banquet last night. I got an email that said "There is a banquet on Friday and we would like you and "kidlett czr" to be there". We got a ride from another scout family. It was exciting whey they said they were honoring a couple scouts for top sales. My kidlett czr sold the most popcorn out of the district for boyscouts and his sales helped his troop to be the highest earning troop too! The other scout honored was the highest earning cubscout. The cubscout got a cool hat and kidlett czr...
  • 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...
  • The Boy Scouts of America is a Sinking Ship and Trail Life USA is the Life Raft

    01/04/2014 12:00:07 PM PST · by T Ruth · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept. 18, 2013 | Matt Barber
    It was Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 6, 2013. The huge hall was overflowing, the convention sold out. Over 1,200 attendees, with many spilling out into the foyer, eagerly awaited the announcement. What would this safe, moral and non-sexualized alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) look like? With a stirring introductory video came the answer: “Trail Life USA” would now endeavor to “be the premier national character development organization for young men, which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens.” The reveal, eagerly anticipated by hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of Americans was met with rousing...
  • Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts Launches On New Year's Day With Close to 500 Troops

    01/02/2014 3:45:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    An organization formed in the wake of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay members officially launched on New Year's Day. Trail Life USA now has nearly 500 troops that have either entered the pre-charter process or are fully chartered and are already registering members, according to Mark Hancock, the organization's chief operating officer. Most of the troops are chartered to churches, he told The Christian Post, though some are chartered to Christian homeschool associations, camps and other organizations that agree with Trail Life's faith values. Troops are being organized in at least 42 states, Hancock says,...
  • 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,...
  • Utah Scout leaders face backlash after incident in Goblin Valley State Park (Updated)

    11/07/2013 4:33:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 29, 2013 | Dylan Ellsworth
    Two Utah Boy Scout leaders are facing significant backlash after posting a video online of the men tipping over a nearly 200-million-year-old rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park. Glenn Taylor and David Hall, from Highland, Utah, have now been removed from the Boy Scouts of America. An investigation is underway to determine whether the men will face felony charges. SNIP ...leadership of the Utah National Parks Council, the Boy Scouts’ local chapter, consulted with leadership of the chartering organization for the men’s unit — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — including ward and stake leaders, according...
  • 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...
  • “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
  • (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:
  • Sustainability merit badge requirements released

    08/01/2013 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 16 replies
    http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org ^ | 7/15/2013 | Bryan Wendell
    Sustainability merit badge requirements released 15 July 2013 44 Comments Updated, July 16 with clarification about water bill sustainabilityReady … set … go green! The long-awaited requirements for the Boy Scouts of America’s Sustainability merit badge have been released. The badge joins the Eagle-required list as an option to Environmental Science merit badge. Scouts must earn either Sustainability or Environmental Science on their journey to Eagle. Scouts may begin working on Sustainability MB once pamphlets arrive in Scout Shops and at scoutstuff.org in early August, but you can get a first look at the requirements below. Or click here (PDF)...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AFTAH Interviews John Stemberger of OnMyHonor.net on New Wholesome Alternative to the Boy Scouts (AF

    07/19/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 6 replies
    AFTAH ^ | 6/18/2013 | John Stemberger
    This interview with John Stemberger [click HERE to listen], founder of OnMyHonor.net, was recorded today, July 18, 2013. Stemberger describes the formation of a new boys organization that will provide a wholesome alternative to the pro-homosexual Boy Scouts of America (BSA). [Watch an introductory video HERE.] The new boys organization (yet unnamed) will be devoted to building good character among boys, centered on biblical principles. The new group holds its first national convention this September after holding a recent planning meeting of national pro-family leaders in Louisville, Kentucky. Stemberger, who is also president and general counsel of the Florida Family...
  • 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 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...
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCA’s very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • New group trying to straighten out the Boy Scouts- Gay Scouts question badly misses the point

    07/12/2013 9:18:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/03 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    In a backlash to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) decision to embrace the presence of openly Gay scouts in its ranks, a new group which has not yet named itself, has announced it will begin to operate as an alternative to the BSA starting next January 1st. Using lofty phrases like “character development” the new group declared it will be generally modeled on Christian principles of chastity outside of marriages between one man and one woman. New Group (NG) will meet in Nashville in September to address what it says are the concerns of “tens of thousands” of individual...
  • 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...
  • New Scouting Program: “Press Conference with New Interim Director”

    07/09/2013 1:55:18 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 61 replies
    OnMyHonor.Net ^ | 7/09/2013 | Rob Green
    For Immediate Release July 9, 2013 Washington, DC Good afternoon. My name is Rob Green. I am from Spartanburg, South Carolina and I will be the interim Executive Director of a new national youth character development program for boys. Louisville Meeting: On Saturday, June 29, 2013 a landmark meeting occurred in Louisville, Kentucky. Nearly 50 leaders from around the country came together, each with a strong interest in forming a new scouting-like organization for young men. We had veteran scout leaders, representatives from major faith denominations, and national organizations concerned with youth and families. From that meeting, held less than...
  • 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...
  • 23 Scouts hospitalized after lightning strike in Belmont, New Hampshire

    06/25/2013 6:13:03 AM PDT · by massmike · 49 replies
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/ ^ | 06/25/2013 | Ian Johnston
    Twenty-three Boy Scouts were hospitalized after a lightning strike in New Hampshire on Monday night, a fire chief said. Chief David Parenti, of Belmont Fire Station, said the Scouts, aged from 12 to 16, were at the Griswold Scout Reservation in Belmont when the incident happened. Parenti told NBC station WHDH that many of the injuries were minor burns. He said six scouts were given cardiac monitors because the burns were in the chest area. However, he said this was done mostly as a precaution.
  • 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>
  • FReeper comments on Girl Scouts and alternatives?

    06/17/2013 6:43:32 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 59 replies
    Me
    My little girl is 5. Perfect time to start Girl Scouts except ... well I suppose y'all will fill me in on that. Thoughts?
  • 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...
  • Alabama Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan asks churches to sponsor Boy Scouts

    06/21/2013 6:18:47 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 40 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | 6/20/2013 | Greg Garrison
    Bishop Kee Sloan, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, has posted a letter asking churches to sponsor Boy Scout troops. In apparent response to the Southern Baptist Convention's resolution opposing the Boy Scouts' decision to accept openly gay scouts, Sloan wants Episcopal churches to step forward to host troops that may need a meeting place. Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter said while in Birmingham last weekend that his church, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, plans to stop hosting its Boy Scout troop. First Baptist Church of Pelham and First Baptist Church of Helena have also announced...
  • 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...
  • Caterpillar drops Boy Scouts support over gay ban (no to Homo Scouts)

    06/13/2013 7:03:44 PM PDT · by max americana
    AP (Associated Pukes) ^ | JUNE 13, 2012 | David Mercer
    Caterpillar Inc. no longer giving money to Boy Scouts, cites ban on gay leaders Caterpillar Inc. is no longer giving money to the Boy Scouts because the organization discriminates against homosexuals, a spokeswoman for the Illinois-based heavy equipment manufacturer confirmed Thursday. The company's move wasn't directly tied to the recent Boy Scouts decision to continue to bar homosexual adults from roles within the organization while allowing openly gay children to be scouts. Instead, spokeswoman Rachel Potts said, the company decided to cut off funding while reviewing a request for $25,000 that came in last year from a local group in...
  • SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus

    06/12/2013 9:04:27 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 32 replies
    ABPNews ^ | Wednesday June 12, 2013 | Bob Allen
    SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus A highly anticipated resolution condemning the Boy Scouts’ new membership policy affirms churches and individuals that sever ties, while calling for greater engagement by those that don’t. By Bob Allen The Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of urging churches to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in a June 11 resolution condemning the organization’s recent decision to drop its ban on Scouts who are openly gay. The non-binding resolution expresses “continued opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy” and called...