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  • 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.
  • District chairman of Boy Scouts troop in Oklahoma arrested for child pornography

    06/10/2016 6:31:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    Odor.com ^ | 2 June 2016 | Dallas Franklin
    ALTUS, Okla. – A man who is a district chairman of a Boy Scouts troop in Oklahoma was arrested this week after he was allegedly caught with child pornography. Steven Foreman, 52, was arrested in Altus after investigators intercepted child pornography coming from a personal computer at Foreman’s home, officials say. Authorities reportedly found several images of child pornography on Foreman’s computers and hard drives. According to KSWO, Foreman is a retired United States Air Force member and is currently employed in a civilian position at the 97th Security Forces Squadron at Altus Air Force Base. He also holds the...
  • Boy Scouts participation off limits to judges, says California Supreme Court

    06/09/2016 5:30:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 24, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Boy Scouts participation off limits to judges, says California Supreme Court By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2015 The Supreme Court of California announced Friday that California judges will no longer be permitted to participate in nonprofit youth groups like the Boy Scouts of America due to the groups position on gay rights issues. But justices have lifted a ban on judges belonging to a military organization now that LGBT people can serve openly in the U.S. Armed Services, The Bay Area Reporter reported Thursday. The court found fault with the scouting group, which does...
  • 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. …
  • Boy Scout Leader in Charleston (W.Va.) Arrested For Child Solicitation

    05/26/2016 2:08:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | wowk
    An Assistant Boy Scout Leader in Charleston, WV was arrested for 3 counts of soliciting a minor via computer. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department received a complaint on May 24th, 2016 from the Buckskin Council for the Boy Scouts about Kevin Michael Rogier. The Sheriff's Department learned upon investigation that Rogier was using social media site to contact three minor to solicit, entice, seduce, lure, try and revive picture and videos of sexually explicit conduct, and send pictures and videos of sexually explicit content. Rogier admitted to the Sheriff's Department that he sent sexual photographs and requested sexual photographs from...
  • New Jersey Boy Scout leader attacked by bear

    12/21/2015 10:02:55 AM PST · by SZonian · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 21 December, 2015 | Jareen Imam
    A Boy Scout troop leader was mauled by a bear after he and three Scouts stumbled upon the animal in northern New Jersey on Sunday, the Rockaway Township Police Department said. The three Scouts accompanying him were unharmed, officials said. The Boy Scout leader, Christopher Petronino, took the three Scouts to a cave at Split Rock Reservoir in Morris County, which is about 25 miles west of New York City. The 50-year-old had known about the cave since the 1980s but had never witnessed a bear using it before, according to CNN affiliate WCBS. When Petronino entered the cave Sunday...
  • 13-Year-Old Boy Scout Helps Save Dad After Hiking Accident

    08/30/2015 2:12:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Jessica Glazer
    A 13-year-old put his Boy Scout training to the test and helped rescue his father after he was hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder during a backpacking trip in Idaho last Monday. A week into what was supposed to be a 12-day trip at Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a large boulder fell on David Finlayson, 52, knocking him down 20 or 30 feet, NBC affiliate KTVB reported. The elder Finlayson broke his left arm and leg. He also started to lose blood because of gash in his shin. “At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after...
  • Church to Go Forward with Scouting Program

    08/27/2015 7:49:37 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Mormon Newsroom ^ | August 26, 2015
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Wednesday from the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles regarding the Church’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth. As leaders of the Church, we want the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to succeed in its historic mission to instill leadership skills and high moral standards in...
  • Mormon church to support Boy Scouts despite gay troop leaders

    08/26/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/26/15 | Jessica Mendoza
    The Mormon church will continue to support the Boy Scouts of America despite the group’s decision to allow gay troop leaders, say church leaders. After a month of deliberation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – which is the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units and continues to restrict gay and lesbian members from participating fully in church activities and leadership – said in a statement Wednesday that it would maintain its 102-year-old association with Scouting following the BSA’s controversial July decision to let gay men lead Scout units. The announcement, which comes after the BSA assured...
  • LDS Church will continue Boy Scout program

    08/26/2015 1:17:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | august 26, 2015 | Tad Walch
    After a month of deliberation following a vote by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay Scout leaders, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that they will go forward with the faith's 102-year association with Scouting, according to a statement released Wednesday morning. The statement came from the church's Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who said the BSA assured the church it would be able to appoint Scout leaders based on the faith's values. "In the resolution adopted on July 27, 2015, and in...
  • Bismarck bishop tells parishes to break ties with Boy Scouts after ban lifted on gay leaders

    08/05/2015 3:08:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP/Fox News ^ | 8/4/15
    The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismarck has ordered parishes in western North Dakota to sever sponsorship ties with the Boy Scouts of America following the group's decision to lift its ban on gay adult leaders. "I cannot permit our Catholic institutions to accept and participate directly or indirectly in any organization which has policies and methods which contradict the authoritative moral teachings of the Catholic Church," Bishop David Kagan wrote Monday in a letter to parishioners. The Boy Scouts last week ended its ban on gay adult leaders, while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion...
  • 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...
  • Former adult leader again named in sexual abuse lawsuit against Boy Scouts

    07/28/2015 8:24:54 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 27 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/28/15 | Kevin Duchschere
    Yet another man is charging the Boy Scouts with failing to protect him decades ago against a former St. Paul adult scout leader who allegedly abused him dozens of times when he was an adolescent and took naked photographs of him. The scout leader, Leland “Lee” Opalinski, has been named in three other civil suits against the Boy Scouts of America since late June, when Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough announced he was seeking damages from the Scouts and the local Northern Star Council for four years of sexual abuse by Opalinski. In a civil suit filed Tuesday in Ramsey...
  • 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...
  • LDS Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program (official statement)

    07/27/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 66 replies
    lds.org ^ | LDS CHURCH
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today after a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the vote, it was scheduled at a time in July when members of the Church’s governing councils are out of their offices and do not meet. When the leadership of the Church...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Man sues Boy Scouts, St. Paul-based council in sexual abuse case

    07/14/2015 6:13:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/14/15 | KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
    <p>A man alleges the Boy Scouts failed to protect him from sexual abuse in the 1960s and 1970s by the same scout leader said to have molested Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough.</p> <p>The man, identified only as John Doe 151, charged the Scouts with several counts of negligence and fraud and is seeking damages of more than $50,000, according to a civil suit filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.</p>
  • Boy Scouts of America adopts changes for gay leadership

    07/13/2015 12:44:33 PM PDT · by Coronal · 62 replies
    Herald Media ^ | July 13, 2015
    The Boy Scouts of America is one step closer to lifting the ban on gay leadership in the organization. On Friday, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee adopted a resolution to amend the group's adult leadership standards policy, which was unanimously adopted. The BSA policy change will allow scoutmasters and other adult leaders to serve regardless of their sexual orientation. According to the Boy Scouts, the resolution "will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders." The Boy Scouts said that the change will leave...