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  • Transgender boy and his mom file discrimination complaint after he was booted from Cub Scouts

    01/30/2017 3:43:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | January 28, 2017
    Kristie Maldonado and her son, Joe -- who gained national attention when he was barred from his local Cub Scouts pack because he is transgender -- plan to file a discrimination complaint against the regional chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. The complaint claims that the Boy Scouts of America's Northern New Jersey Council, which oversees a number of local scouting troops, violated the state "public accommodation" law by kicking the Secaucus boy out of the local Pack 87 in November, a month after he joined. The complaint, which was obtained by The Jersey Journal yesterday, is expected to...
  • 8-year-old transgender boy barred from Cub Scouts

    12/27/2016 2:39:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 116 replies
    NorthJersey ^ | December 27, 2016
    From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects as a member of the Cub Scouts. But his expectations were dashed after his mother said she received a phone call from a scouting official who told her that Joe would no longer be allowed to participate because he was born a girl. Kristie Maldonado said she was stunned because her son had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus for about a month, and his transgender status had not been a secret. But some parents complained, an official from...
  • Goodbye Political Correctness; There is Scouting Life Beyond the Boy Scouts of America

    09/12/2016 6:25:01 AM PDT · by cyclotic · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/12/2016 | Robert Knight
    Under the radar, near a campfire, a counter-cultural force is rising. Only three years old, Trail Life USA, the Christian answer to the politically correct Boy Scouts of America, is operating 700 troops in 48 states, with nearly 30,000 troop members. It’s still small compared to the BSA, which began in 1910 and claims more than two million members. But Trail Life could be on the verge of far more growth as the culture descends into madness and parents seek a haven for their impressionable sons.
  • Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

    05/26/2016 5:47:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 8:03 PM EDT | Nomaan Merchant
    Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America’s president facing deep divisions within the organization’s membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks. On Thursday, Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines. In a speech to Scouting leaders, the former U.S. secretary of defense defended the compromise last year to allow openly gay adult leaders to serve in the Scouts, but give churches sponsoring troops the right to use sexual orientation as a guideline for selecting leaders. …
  • (NJ) Boonton Boy Scout leader fought off bear attack with hammer, officials say

    12/22/2015 5:04:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.20.15 | Dan Ivers
    A Boy Scout leader from Boonton suffered bites and scratches after being attacked by a bear while hiking at Splitrock Reservoir Sunday afternoon with three young scouts, authorities said. Christopher Petronino, 50, managed to fend off the black bear using a rock hammer after the animal pulled him into a small cave. Petronino and the scouts were later able to draw the bear out of the cave with food, Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Bob Considine said in a statement. The group had set out to hike on the trails that cover the 625-acre wilderness, and they came along the...
  • Boy Scouts Abandon Christian Roots

    07/15/2015 11:07:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 15, 2015 | RICHARD MATHEWS
    While much attention is understandably focused on the repercussions of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, the movement to bring the Boy Scouts of America into alignment with current LGBT orthodoxy is well underway. National Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates announced in May that he wanted to end the organization’s blanket ban on “open and avowed” homosexual adults serving as BSA leaders. Less than 30 days later, the Cradle of Liberty Council issued a press release announcing that Council’s new policy is as follows: “Discrimination in any form, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of...
  • Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles

    05/27/2015 3:27:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 27, 2015 | JASON MORGAN
    The Boy Scouts of America is a venerable institution. I can well remember when, as a Cub Scout in southern Louisiana, I learned the mysteries of initiation into the Scouts. It was exciting to become part of such a universally respected group. There were badges denoting achievement, uniforms indicating rank, handshakes conveying to other boys the hidden riches of membership, and, perhaps best of all, there was an oath.It was a galvanizing promise. One recited the oath while aiming for the heights, straining beyond one’s boyhood to glimpse the upright man that, with God’s help, one hoped to become....
  • Remember when the Boy Scouts said changing their policy wouldn't involve gay scout leaders?

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

    05/26/2014 5:22:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 26, 2014 | Barbara Schmitt
    Millions this weekend celebrated the unofficial start of summer honoring those who gave their lives in war, and Memorial Day transcended generations at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. That’s where Joseph Brunson, 7, bypassed barbecues and swimming pools and took time out of his weekend to place flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes. The nonprofit group “Remember Heroes” places floral arrangements at the grave sites of local war dead each year. Joseph heard about a volunteer project at his Cub Scout meeting. The boy told the CBS Dallas affiliate that he wanted to volunteer his time alongside his...
  • 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.
  • Will the Boy Scouts surrender their HONOR like Obama wants?

    02/03/2013 3:21:22 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 57 replies
    Send this URGENT alert to all your friends. The anti-family movement is pressuring the Boy Scouts to surrender. To give up their honor.  To accept unnatural behavior -- sin -- and abandon their morally sound membership policy which bars open homosexuals from holding leadership positions. According to a recent statement by Deron Smith, director of Boy Scouts public relations, “... the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation..." The proposed policy shift would place the moral welfare of 2.7 million boys...
  • Call the BSA Board of Directors & tell them to uphold Scouting values!

    01/31/2013 9:34:32 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 36 replies
    http://www.frc.org ^ | 1-31-2013 | www.frc.org
    The phones are ringing off the wall. If you've tried to get through to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), you know it's been tough. If you've wanted to express your concern about the BSA abandoning their longstanding policy of safeguarding Scouts by restricting openly homosexual Scout leaders from holding leadership positions, you may have been greeted by an endlessly ringing phone. This may be one instance in which the Boy Scouts were not prepared. The BSA national leadership were not prepared for the thousands of Americans who were shocked to hear that an organization that could always be counted...
  • Philly owes $877,000 for Boy Scouts' eviction case

    03/21/2012 9:43:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 76 replies · 3+ views
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The city must pay nearly $900,000 after a failed effort to evict the Boy Scouts of America because of the group's ban on gays, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The post-trial ruling is just the latest twist in a decade-long legal dispute over the Boy Scout oath, which requires members to be "morally straight." The two sides have sought a compromise that would let the local Boy Scouts chapter keep its rent-free, city-owned headquarters without violating the national Scout policy. However, a tentative deal struck since the city lost a court case last year has fallen apart....
  • Boy Scout Director Sentenced to 95 Years for Child Pornography

    01/21/2012 7:27:42 PM PST · by Larry381 · 22 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | January 06, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Michigan
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Scott Allan Herrick, 40, of Twin Lakes, Michigan, was sentenced to serve 95 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. Herrick surreptitiously videotaped boys as they were dressing in the boys’ locker room in the YMCA in Muskegon and kept a massive collection of 100,000 images of child pornography with him at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan. He was convicted at trial of three counts of attempting to produce child pornography. On the first day of trial, Herrick pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of...
  • Raising Men: 100 Years of the Boy Scouts of America

    11/28/2010 2:13:18 PM PST · by NYer · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | November 27, 2010 | Chuck Piola
    "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout law, to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."These are the words of the Boy Scout oath. Recited at scout meetings across the nation, every week for the past 100 years, this is an important moment when boys aged 10 to 13 raise their right hands and promise to serve both God and country. I was a scout myself and believe that the Boy Scouts is the only...
  • Suit over Boy Scout Homosexual Discrimination Opens

    06/17/2010 6:36:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 76 replies · 967+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | June 16, 2010 | James Tillman
    PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Tuesday opening arguments were heard in a case involving the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council, which is challenging the city of Philadelphia's decision to evict the Council from a building that it built and has maintained since 1929. The city said it would carry through with the eviction unless the Council rejected the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning open homosexuals from membership.In the Boy Scouts of America v. Dale case of 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) were constitutionally permitted...
  • 8-year-old NJ Cub Scout on terrorism watch list

    01/15/2010 5:44:18 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies · 587+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 15, 2010
    Travel is a hassle for an 8-year-old Cub Scout from New Jersey. That's because Mikey Hicks shares the same name of a person who has drawn the suspicion of the Homeland Security Department. His mother tells The New York Times she sensed trouble when her son was a baby and she couldn't get a seat for him at a Florida airport. She says airline officials explained his name "was on the list." He was patted down as a 2-years-old at Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown (SEIU)

    11/15/2009 10:55:31 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 63 replies · 3,527+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 11/15/2009 | Jarrett Renshaw
    In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park. Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city's largest municipal union. Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park. "We'll be looking into the Cub...
  • Scouts to no longer bring penknives on camping trips [UK]

    09/07/2009 6:29:09 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 66 replies · 1,949+ views
    The Telegraph | 06 Sep 2009 | Chris Irvine
    New advice published in Scouting, the official in-house magazine, says neither Scouts nor their parents should bring penknives to camp except in "specific" situations. Scouts have traditionally been taught how to use knives correctly, using them on camping trips to cut firewood or carve tools. At one point Scouts were allowed to carry a sheath knife on their belt as part of their uniform although this is no longer the case. In recent years the Scout Association guidance has been that parents should carry knives to camps or meetings. Dave Budd, a knife-maker who runs courses training Scouts about the...
  • Obama: An Enemy Of Boy Scouts

    01/26/2009 5:03:57 AM PST · by IbJensen · 81 replies · 2,675+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | American Family Association
    http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/01/26/commentary/editorials/doc4976c02a91af7940488985.txt Boy Scout Troop 358, one of the oldest African-American troops in the county, participated in history as it marched in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. as the first African-American became President of the United States. Truly an honor for any Scout troop, however have the leaders of this troop taken a close look at an issue that will directly affect the very existence of Boy Scouting in America? The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide family group, is questioning whether they realize President Barack Obama supports the very policies that are targeting their headquarters...