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  • Finding God on the Mountain

    08/09/2006 1:06:12 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 250+ views
    Belifnet ^ | Tony McIntosh
    Finding God on the Mountain A scoutmaster discovers he had to get lost in order to find what was missing from his life. By Tony McIntosh I'm a scoutmaster for a small Boy Scout troop in my town. This summer during camp I went along with two of the older scouts--my son, who is 14, and another boy, 15--on what's known as "The Adventure Trek," a 28-mile backpacking trip that includes two days of white-water rafting. Our troop had gone backpacking in the past but never like this, so it was going to be a challenge for all of us....
  • Scouting survives: Even in high-tech age, youths learn to 'Be prepared'

    08/06/2006 7:41:01 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 712+ views
    Herald-Mail ^ | Sunday August 6, 2006 | CANDICE BOSELY
    Scouting survives: Even in high-tech age, youths learn to 'Be prepared' Sunday August 6, 2006 by CANDICE BOSELY TRI-STATE - These are a few of their favorite things: Cell phones and cookies, iPods and pop-up tents, video games and wilderness badges. Seeing teenagers - and children even younger - talking or sending text messages on cell phones, fiddling with mp3 music players and playing video games are common sights. Girl Scouting and Boy Scouting might almost seem passé, given the associated images of camping, surviving in the wilderness and sleeping in wooden cabins at camp. But it's not antiquated...
  • Philadelphia Gets Tough on Violators

    08/04/2006 10:56:40 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 234+ views
    The Evening Bulletin ^ | 07/26/2006 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Philadelphia Gets Tough on Violators 07/26/2006 By: Michael P. Tremoglie, Special To The Evening Bulletin Philadelphians are being gunned down in record numbers - mostly by people who were previously convicted of violent crimes, or acquitted of violent crimes, by one of Philadelphia's legendary lenient judges. The Street administration's response to the carnage was a typical liberal one - blame gun laws. Never mind the reams of evidence that state that more guns owned by honest citizens deter crime, the Street administration follows the failed liberal Democrat doctrine to reduce crime - ban guns. Never mind that the perpetrators are...
  • Street's Ousting Of The Boy Scouts An Act Of Political Coward

    08/02/2006 2:55:00 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 343+ views
    The Evening Bulletin ^ | 08/02/2006 | GREGORY J. SULLIVAN
    Street's Ousting Of The Boy Scouts An Act Of Political Cowardice 08/02/2006 By: GREGORY J. SULLIVAN, Special To The Evening Bulletin The decision by Mayor John Street and supported by the Fairmount Park Commission to punish the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America for its adherence to the organization's long-standing prohibition on openly homosexual members and leaders is the triumph of political correctness over sound policy. What is more, it is a betrayal of an organization and, most especially, the young boys who desperately need the moral instruction of the Scouts more than ever. Since...
  • Public Expression of Religion Act moves forward

    08/02/2006 8:55:49 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 14 replies · 501+ views
    Public Expression of Religion Act moves forward Rees Lloyd, Banning-based attorney and Commander of American Legion District 21 (Riverside County), has been selected to testify on behalf of The American Legion before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution in support of passage of Senate Bill 3696, Veterans Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals and Other Public Expressions of Religion Act of 2006 (“PERA). S 3696 (PERA), sponsored by Sen. Brownback (R-Kan), a companion bill to H.R. 2979 (PERA), sponsored by Rep. Hostetter (R-Ind.), would amend all relevant federal laws to eliminate the authority of judges to award taxpayer-paid attorney...
  • Fitzpatrick steps in for Boy Scouts

    07/31/2006 4:26:14 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | July 31, 2006 4:34 AM | Brian Scheid
    Fitzpatrick steps in for Boy Scouts By BRIAN SCHEID Bucks County Courier Times Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, R-8, wants the city of Philadelphia to end its dispute with the Boy Scouts of America. Fitzpatrick has sent a letter to Philadelphia Mayor John Street, blasting the city's pending decision to oust the Boy Scouts from their Philadelphia headquarters for refusing to change their policy prohibiting gay members. Fitzpatrick, an Eagle Scout and former president of the Bucks County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, also gave a brief speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday in support...
  • The Scout Law: what does it mean?

    07/28/2006 8:20:36 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 288+ views
    Tri-Cities Tennessee ^ | 2006-07-27 | Kurt Stevenson
    The Scout Law: what does it mean? Published 2006-07-27 16:23:38 By Kurt Stevenson Warriors Path - A View of Scouting Through The Eyes of Scouts Since 1910, Scouting has had several basic fundamentals. Lord Baden-Powell set up these principles to insure the integrity of Scouts everywhere. These are known in Scouting as the Scout Law, the Scout Motto and the Scout Oath In this series of articles, we will examine the 12 points of the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, the Scout Oath and hear about lessons learned through Scouting from various members of the Warriors Path District Committee and...
  • Family, friends cheer on McAllen astronaut

    07/18/2006 10:53:18 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 214+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 07/17/2006 11:02 PM CDT | Jesse Bogan
    Family, friends cheer on McAllen astronaut Web Posted: 07/17/2006 11:02 PM CDT Jesse Bogan Rio Grande Valley Bureau McALLEN — The recent e-mail from outer space informed the small group the voyage had been safe and rewarding. Their supporting role was almost over. "Now the shuttle is just about packed and ready to come home," astronaut Mike Fossum, 48, who grew up in McAllen, wrote them from the space shuttle Discovery on Sunday. "We're all ready, too — our objectives have been met." Hours later, on Monday morning, they gathered before a large television screen in Fossum's boyhood home,...
  • Learning to become the bank of (insert town)

    07/18/2006 10:00:47 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 210+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Sun, Jul. 16, 2006 | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
    Learning to become the bank of (insert town) Bank of America's donation policy reveals a national bank trying to adapt to the many regions it serves BINYAMIN APPELBAUM Posted on Sun, Jul. 16, 2006 The letter from Charlotte reached Valdosta, Ga., in mid-April. The Alapaha Boy Scout council had requested a $1,000 donation from Bank of America Corp. The answer was no. The letter said the bank had a new policy barring donations to groups that discriminate. The Boy Scouts of America has a long-standing policy barring participation by homosexuals. Other councils, including the Mecklenburg County Scouts, also...
  • Family welcomes 12th Eagle Scout

    07/16/2006 4:09:25 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 221+ views
    Hoosier Times ^ | July 16, 2006 | Jason Mullis
    Family welcomes 12th Eagle Scout Sunday, July 16, 2006 Last modified: Sunday, July 16, 2006 6:46 AM CDT By Jason Mullis, Hoosier Times BEDFORD - There are 12 virtues the American Boy Scouts espouse to the youth in their charge. Similarly, when Travis Scherschel earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout Saturday, he became the 12th Scherschel to do so. "Becoming an Eagle Scout is an outstanding achievement, which requires hard work and dedication," Mark Scherschel, Travis' father, read from a letter from President George W. Bush. "Your accomplishment serves as an example of excellence and a source of...
  • Boys will be boys

    07/13/2006 7:17:24 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 317+ views
    The Times ^ | June 18, 2006 | DJ Taylor
    Boys will be boys,,2092-2230571,00.html DJ Taylor June 18, 2006 Why are fathers snapping up an old-fashioned book of boyhood lore? DJ Taylor looks at the gap in almost every father’s life -- Like practically every human relationship these days, fatherhood has become horribly institutionalised. A condition that was once thoroughly ad hoc and made up as one went along is now caught up in bureaucracy’s stifling grasp. Father’s Day (an American import that didn’t exist in my youth), fathers’ support agencies, parenting classes: on all sides comes evidence of a natural state hedged about with all kind of wholly...
  • Cindy Sheehan bashes Boy Scouts

    07/13/2006 1:19:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 18 replies · 771+ views
    OK, I can't post her quote here directly, so you'll have to read it yourself: [I hope this doesn't violate the FR TOS]
  • Scouts played large part in Fossum's life

    07/12/2006 2:15:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 290+ views
    Monitor ^ | July 12, 2006 | Marc B. Geller
    Scouts played large part in Fossum's life July 12, 2006 Marc B. Geller Monitor Staff Writer McALLEN — One of the biggest influences in Mike Fossum’s life growing up in the Rio Grande Valley was his experience in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Beverly Alleyn, who like Fossum’s mother is a nurse, was his Cub Scout pack leader. And her husband, Mickey, led the Webelos program that Mike needed to complete with other Cub Scouts to transition into Boy Scouts. The Alleyns’ son, Rob, now a McAllen physician, was one of Mike’s classmates and rose with Mike through the...
  • Fresh Idea: Survival Kits For Kids

    06/03/2006 5:41:30 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 284+ views
    KUTV ^ | May 23, 2006 | anon
    Fresh Idea: Survival Kits For Kids May 23, 2006 4:07 pm US/Mountain The summer is here and you may have a lot of outdoor activities planned. But before you send family members out in to the wilderness, Michelle King shows us what every parent should equip their child with. In case of any emergency being prepared for the worst may save your life or the life of someone you love. Last summer 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins went missing for four nights, but was found alive. Just one year prior to Brennan, 12-year-old Garrett Bardsley also went missing during a scout trip...
  • Freedoms under siege, retired general says

    05/29/2006 12:21:35 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 191+ views
    Freedoms under siege, retired general saysOK, I can't post an article that appears in the Louisville Courier-Times due to copyright complaints. I hope posting a link doesn't violate anything:
  • Oliver North defends Boy Scouts against 'the far left'

    05/24/2006 7:45:30 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 295+ views
  • Jewish Scouting struggles to attract new members

    05/23/2006 6:41:27 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 244+ views
    Cleveland Jewish News ^ | May 23, 2006 | Alan Smason
    Jewish Scouting struggles to attract new members BY: ALAN SMASON, Staff Reporter Tuesday May 23, 2006 When Boy Scout Troop 96, chartered to B’nai Jeshurun Congregation’s Men’s Club, folded last fall after nearly 50 years of continuous operation, many felt it may have signaled the end of all Jewish scouting units in Cleveland. Through nine decades, nearly a dozen different Jewish scouting units — Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Explorer posts — have closed. Yet, hot on the heels of Troop 96 closing comes news from Temple Israel Ner Tamid (TINT) they are chartering a new...
  • History and religion lift boys in downtown Detroit heritage tour

    05/21/2006 4:42:36 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Free Press ^ | May 21, 2006 | David Crumm
    History and religion lift boys in downtown Detroit heritage tour Scouts explore beauty, diversity and freedom BY DAVID CRUMM FREE PRESS RELIGION WRITER May 21, 2006 Detroit often draws visitors for sports, casinos and music, but on Saturday 200 people headed downtown for a rare opportunity to glimpse some of the crown jewels of Detroit's religious heritage. "It's great to be involved in any first, and today is our first-ever Boy Scouts of America Walk with God in Detroit," Ron Pelley, a Scout leader from Allen Park who coordinated the event, told the crowd of scouts and adult...
  • Boy Scouts of America Selects Campfire Cafe Cookbook

    05/17/2006 3:49:37 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 16 replies · 661+ views
    PRWeb ^ | May 16, 2006 | anon
    Boy Scouts of America Selects Campfire Cafe Cookbook (PRWEB) May 16, 2006 -- Over The Open Fire, a unique cookbook featuring open fire cooking recipes and methods from the popular television series Campfire Cafe, has been chosen for worldwide distribution by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. In the outdoors, the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Outdoor cooking has long proved to be an activity that helps make outdoor excursions more fun and educational. Over The Open Fire takes traditional open-fire cooking methods enjoyed by...
  • Celebrating Our Survival: Why May 16 is Special for Scouting

    05/16/2006 8:51:22 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 164+ views ^ | May 3, 1999 | MaryAnn Gardner
    Celebrating Our Survival: Why May 16 is Special for Scouting May 3, 1999 By MaryAnn Gardner The founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 was the establishment of the National organization. It opened the door to fun and learning in the outdoors to thousands of American boys. It's founding, however, did not guarantee that the organization would survive. Certainly, Baden-Powell had supplied the basics for Scouting in America along with Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone. Seton and Beard brought emphasis...
  • Scout’s honor? Time to bring the Boy Scouts of America up to date

    05/12/2006 3:03:53 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 81 replies · 1,509+ views
    Pasadena Weekly ^ | 04-27-06 | Hannah Naiditch
    Scout’s honor? Time to bring the Boy Scouts of America up to date By Hannah Naiditch About two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America could use membership criteria that excluded homosexuals and atheists. It was a big victory for the Scouts, but its rules have backfired. Its donations have declined because it is in conflict with many of the donors’ anti-discrimination policies. Recently the Boy Scouts made news again. The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Berkeley did not violate the rights of the Scouts when the city revoked their free berthing...
  • Muslims find opportunities to reinforce values, share culture in Girl Scouts

    05/11/2006 8:57:51 AM PDT · by radar101 · 40 replies · 903+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | May 11, 2006 | Helen Gao
    A devout Muslim, Lallia Allali was drawn to the Girl Scouts because it shares many of the values of her religion, such as an emphasis on moral character, service and charity. That's why about two years ago, Allali founded three Muslim Girl Scout troops at the Islamic Center of San Diego, the largest mosque in San Diego County, where her husband is the imam. “In Girl Scouts, it teaches you to be confident. In Islam, it says you should be confident and never give up,” said Layla Elmi, 10, who attends school at the Islamic Center. “You can be friends...
  • Scout's admission of being Wiccan leads to turmoil

    05/11/2006 8:04:29 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 51 replies · 1,501+ views
    Gather ^ | May 9, 2006 | Melanie Crownover
    Scout's admission of being Wiccan leads to turmoil Article published May 9, 2006 By Melanie Crownover Special to The Town Talk ANACOCO -- The camp is going well so far. Boy Scouts have gathered from around the area in khaki button-ups and red scarves, eager to earn their God and Country badge. The leader in a room of about 20 Scouts decides to break the ice by showing how religiously diverse the gathering is. By a showing of hands, he asks who belongs to the Baptist Church, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, continuing on until two boys...
  • Four graduate from Naco Border Patrol Explorer training program

    03/30/2006 5:55:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 1,258+ views
    PALOMINAS — The Naco Border Patrol Explorer post added four new members Wednesday with a ceremony at Valley View School honoring the newest graduates of its training class. “You came in as individuals and now you graduate as a team,” Darcy Olmos, Patrol Agent in Charge at the Naco Border Patrol station, told the graduates. The new Explorers are Alexalyn Hardgrave, 15, of Sierra Vista; Sammy Collins, 16, of Sierra Vista; Devin Humphries, 16, of Hereford; and Christopher Tillman, 15, of Sierra Vista. Humphries was honored for having the group’s highest test score average at 91 percent. Hardgrave also was...
  • Refusal to Subsidize Scouting Is Upheld

    03/10/2006 8:34:42 AM PST · by Crackingham · 29 replies · 600+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/10/6 | Maura Dolan
    California may refuse to provide subsidies to the Boy Scouts of America and other nonprofit groups that fail to comply with government antidiscrimination policies, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The state high court's decision gives cities and government agencies the ability to impose antidiscrimination conditions on any group that receives a public benefit. The ruling was one of a handful across the country in which courts have permitted government agencies to exclude the Boy Scouts from programs because the Scouts bar gays and atheists. In a ruling written by Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, the court upheld a decision...
  • DiamondBack and Sidewinder Baseball Teams support Scouting

    02/12/2006 12:17:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 157+ views
    Local Scout Council Flyers | Feb 12, 2006 | SandRat
    These two ball teams really support Scouting March 4 Scout Day at Tucson Electric Park (TEP)Sidewinder Home and Spring traiining location for the Diamond Backs it's Diamondbacks vs. White Sox May 5-6 at TEP The Scout Show/Youth Expo and we get the stadium. This will be the Pinewood Derby Compitition to find the Council winners and for the Scouts to Show off their skills and crafts. June 23 Scout Day and Sleepover in the TEP Ball stadium. Game, Scouts Parade on the field after the game, fireworks, midnight pizza madness, the movie "Follow Me Boys," Sidewinder/Scout patch, and sleepover on...
  • Lay Off the Boy Scouts !!!

    02/12/2006 9:17:16 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 50 replies · 1,333+ views
    The Morning Paper-Snowstorm edition | 02/12/06 | vanity
    Lay Off the Boy Scouts !! I’ve had it with the vicious attacks on the Boy Scouts of America ! I’ve seen them called “ a Brownshirt Taliban” , “KKK for Kiddies”, and worse ! The main bone of contention seems to be that the organization uses its free association rights (upheld by the Supreme Court) to screen out potential Boy Scout leaders who are openly gay : a precaution most parents whole-heartedly endorse. “This is discrimination !” , the protestors howl. “ There is no scientific evidence that gays are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals are.” I’ve...
  • CALIFORNIA: Boy Scout a hero for saving friend

    02/09/2006 10:15:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 195+ views
    Concord Transcript ^ | 2/9/6 | Kellie Applen
    Concord boy awarded one of the organization's highest honors for saving friend's life. It was the usual father-son camping trip at Dillon Beach, but what happened that weekend made it anything but routine.By the end of the day, a disaster would be averted and a boy would become a hero. That hero, 12-year-old Michael McAnelly, was honored this month. The Boy Scouts of America presented Michael with the Medal for Heroism Award, one of its highest medals of honor, given only to those Scouts who save a life.It all started one cool Saturday last May when a group of boys...
  • Teen saves life of woman who saved him

    02/05/2006 2:56:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies · 988+ views
    NBC News ^ | February 5, 2006
    N.Y. teen performs Heimlich on nurse who gave him CPR years earlier Call it a simple twist of fate — times two: A teenager in western New York state has saved the life of the same woman who years ago saved his life.
  • Monmouth Boy Scouts Council to Charge Annual Fee of $52

    01/23/2006 3:56:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 49 replies · 592+ views
    WINS ^ | 01.23.06
    Monmouth Boy Scouts to Charge Annual Fee(MARLBORO, N.J.) The Monmouth Council of Boy Scouts will start charging a $52 annual membership fee, beginning March 15. Previously, parents paid a one-time registration fee. The group says it needs the money to help erase more than $1 million in debt that was caused by expenses and professional fees. The group also is asking parents to match the fee with a voluntary donation. Families with more than one Boy Scout will get a 25 percent discount on each additional child. Membership in the Scouts has been on the decline in recent years. Monmouth...
  • Scouts find mud's worse than snow

    01/22/2006 6:30:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 374+ views ^ | 01.22.06 | MONSY ALVARADO
    MAHWAH - The hill was steep, rocky and muddy. And members of Boy Scout Troop 334 of Montvale on Saturday had to figure out how they would guide their 100-pound-plus homemade sled down the slope to a paved road. They tied rope around their waists, they pulled hard, but a series of rocks and logs didn't make their challenge any easier. Instead, it caused one of the sled's skis to snap. "These old skis couldn't take the stress," said Anthony Dobbs, 14. After about 15 minutes of trudging through water, mud and fallen trees, the team emerged, wet and tired,...
  • Gays to March on Boy Scout Camp

    09/26/2005 5:19:48 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 136 replies · 2,975+ views
    Religious News Service ^ | 27 September 2005 | JAMES HARTLINE
    Following on the heels of a major pedophile scandal this past July during the San Diego Gay Pride Festival, radical gay activists have now targeted the San Diego Boy Scouts for atheism, homosexual and transsexual infiltration. Scouting For All, which recently participated in San Diego Gay Pride, was also involved in the same festival that featured pedophile Martin Ramirez, better known as Marty the Clown, who worked in the Gay Pride's Children's Garden. Scouting For All exists for the purpose of forcing the Boy Scouts of America to change its current policies and allow homosexuality into the organization. Additionally, it...
  • Merit badge for soccer? Boy Scouts recruit Latino players

    08/12/2005 12:58:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 466+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/12/5 | Nathaniel Hoffman
    Contra Costa Boy Scouts just got about 1,000 prospects. But the new, might-be Scouts, members of predominantly Latino soccer leagues in Concord and Richmond, don't know it yet. In an agreement with Liga Latina and Richmond Sol soccer leagues that has yet to be discussed with parents, the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts of America will introduce "Soccer and Scouting" when the fall season starts in September. It's part of an aggressive recruiting program to bring Latinos into the Boy Scouts of America, whose enrollment numbers are stagnating nationwide. The group listed nearly a million members in...
  • Better than aviation education is a really cool patch (BSA)

    08/05/2005 6:15:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 605+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- About 43,000 Boy Scouts departed this Army installation Aug. 3 after 10 days of scouting, camping and learning. As part of the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, Boy Scouts nationwide gathered to make new friends, practice their scouting skills and earn "merit badges." Thanks to retired Lt. Col. Tom Sawner, a former pilot, about 1,000 of those young men left the Jamboree with a new merit badge and a greater appreciation and understanding of aviation. The aviation merit badge is particularly difficult to get, Colonel Sawner said, because the resources needed to complete the requirements for...
  • Senate Backs Scouts' Use of Military Bases

    07/26/2005 1:12:52 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 881+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 26, 2005 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to allow U.S. military bases to continue to host Boy Scouts events, responding to lawsuits and a federal court ruling aimed at severing relationships between the government and the youth group. The vote came one day after four adult Scout leaders were killed on the opening day of the National Scout Jamboree at the Army's Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va., when a tent pole apparently struck a power line. In a 98-0 vote, the Senate approved the provision continuing the hosting of Boy Scout events as part of massive bill setting Defense...
  • Scouts to review own safety handbook

    06/26/2005 6:18:21 AM PDT · by digitalman · 8 replies · 362+ views
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  • 'To support and defend...So help me God'

    05/28/2005 4:15:03 PM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 5 replies · 373+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Mark Alexander
    'To support and defend... So help me God' Mark Alexander May 27, 2005 "I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means...." --John Adams Monday is Memorial Day, set aside to honor our fallen Patriots -- generations of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen -- who served their country with honor from 1776 to this...
  • A triple crown: Brothers earn Eagle Scout rank

    04/02/2005 6:12:02 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 4 replies · 572+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-2-05 | MEGGEN LINDSAY
    It's a remarkable achievement for any Boy Scout. The Bruns triplets managed to do it together. BY MEGGEN LINDSAY Pioneer Press Laughing at the memory, the Bruns boys knew they were a handful at Boy Scout summer camp. At age 7 — their first year at an Oregon camp — one brother wandered into the forest while sleepwalking, another forgot to change his clothes for the trip, and they all ended up covered in dirt by the end of the week. They were so dirty, in fact, that their mom hauled along soap, shampoo, towels and three changes of clothing...
  • Ex-CIA director stresses importance of Scouting

    02/24/2005 2:10:52 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 30 replies · 606+ views
    The Oklahoman ^ | February 23, 2005 | By Michael Baker
    Scouting best prepares boys to become the leaders America needs as it faces new challenges in an unstable world, said Texas A&M University President and former CIA Director Robert M. Gates. "There is no finer program in developing Americans for leadership than the Boy Scouts of America," said Gates as he spoke Wednesday morning at the 2005 Character Counts Breakfast for the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America. The breakfast, served at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, was the kickoff of the 2005 Friends of Scouting Campaign. "We are at war again as a nation," Gates said....
  • FBI investigates allegations of false Boy Scout numbers

    12/31/2004 6:42:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 1,507+ views
    FBI investigates allegations of false Boy Scout numbers Thursday, December 30, 2004 The FBI is investigating the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America to see if membership numbers have been inflated, board members said Wednesday.Exaggerating membership numbers could lead to greater financial support, board members said.The council is said to serve 50,000 youngsters in 22 counties in central and northern Alabama. This includes 30,000 enrolled in traditional scout units and 20,000 elementary school students receiving in-class character education using resources provided by the Boy Scouts, said Randy Haines, vice chairman of the council, which is led...
  • Anti-Scouting witchhunt

    01/28/2005 2:40:47 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 28 replies · 722+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | January 28, 2005 | Orange County Register
    Judge Jones topped off his ruling with gratuitous insults. He denounced Scouting as "anti-homosexual," "anti-atheist," and "at odds with values requiring tolerance and inclusion in the public realm." These abusive terms don't square with the Scout Law and Scout Oath, which pledge respect for all people. Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe has summarized the beliefs on which Scouting's right-to-association claims rest, and they are about positive aspirations, not hate or hostility toward anyone: "The Boy Scouts ... are dedicated to teaching that the good life is one that ... practices sexual abstinence until marriage, respects and protects the young woman...
  • ACLU tries to harm US military

    11/18/2004 11:43:12 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 26 replies · 613+ views
    opinion editorials ^ | Nov 19 04 | Michael L. Ford
    The attack on Military Support of Scouting is a Plot to Harm the U.S. Armed Forces We have come to a sad state in America when an anti-American/Anti-Christian organization like the ACLU (I hate the lie those initials stand for) can intimidate the U.S. Military into caving in. It is sad to think that the most powerful military in the world has people in high places so weak that they either can’t or wont stand up to the likes of the ACLU, an organization that works to tear the fabric of American society and the Constitution that undergirds it apart....

    11/17/2004 11:21:19 PM PST · by kattracks · 15 replies · 578+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/18/04 | COLLIN LEVEY
    THE new big threat to our civil liberties is a group of 10-year-olds with walking sticks. At least, that's the message from the American Civil Liberties Union, which just chalked up its latest knockdown of the Boy Scouts: Via a lawsuit in Illinois, the once-proud civil-liberties group has strong-armed the Department of Defense into a worldwide ban on "sponsorship" by military bases of the charity's work. The ACLU demanded the ban because Boy Scouts take a generic oath of faith in God. The decision still lets military personnel be involved with the Scouts on their own time, but it...
  • A Letter From Scout Camp (Humor)

    08/10/2004 12:06:06 PM PDT · by N. Theknow · 18 replies · 1,118+ views
    A Friend | Unknown | A Young Scout's Letter to His Parents
    Dear Mom and Dad, We are having a great time here at camp. Scoutmaster Webb is making us all write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and worried. We are OK. Only 1 of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Chad when it happened. Oh yeah, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is OK. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search and rescue Jeeps. It...
  • Boy Scouts: Legal bigots?

    08/09/2004 3:42:06 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 30 replies · 2,026+ views ^ | Monday, August 9, 2004 | Hans Zeiger
    Boy Scouts: Legal bigots? Posted: August 9, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: This is your last chance to help choose a speaker for the Republican National Convention! Hans Zeiger has been selected as one of 10 youth finalists for a primetime speaking position at the RNC, scheduled for Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 in New York City. To determine who the speaker will be, both MTV and the RNC are holding an online contest where you can vote for one of the 10 finalists. Voting is open through then end of today. By Hans Zeiger © 2004 One must truly be...
  • Iraqi Scouts Thrive Despite Tyranny, War

    05/18/2004 6:34:14 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/12/04 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Often meeting furtively, with no communication with fellow councils throughout the country, Iraqi scouts remained active despite oppression under Saddam Hussein's regime and subsequent war with Iraq — a miracle say Arab scouting representatives. "The (scouting) movement never died in Iraq, and that is something no one knew," said Malek Gabr, deputy secretary of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Now, scouts in Iraq are facing a resurrection with the help of an American, who has sparked a scout reunion of sorts while at the same time putting together an organization of about...
  • Arlington Man Hopes to Return Scouting to Iraqi Children

    05/07/2004 1:21:56 PM PDT · by RonF · 5 replies · 119+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/6/04 | Patricia Kime
    Arlington resident Chip Beck remembers the first time he met Ahmed, a 14-year-old Iraqi boy living in a bombed-out police station in Baghdad. ... "My son is the same age as him, and, like other kids in the U.S., he has so much more than Ahmed does," Beck said. "But our kids don't work a fraction of what he does. We need to make something happen for these kids." That "something" is Scouts, believe Beck and 300 members of the Green Zone Council, a group of volunteers and former Eagle Scouts stationed in Baghdad and elsewhere. Council members want to...
  • Diver adrift five hours after boat crew forgets him off Catalina (Boy Scouts to the rescue)

    04/29/2004 9:25:32 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 41 replies · 202+ views
    San Francisco Gate ^ | April 28, 2004
    A recreational diver forgotten at sea by a boat crew drifted five hours in the ocean and prayed "God, I don't want to die" before a teenager aboard a century-old tall ship spotted him and fellow Boy Scouts pulled him aboard. Dan Carlock, 45, was left in the ocean by his scuba diving group Sunday and drifted for hours about seven miles offshore. He noted the time of day on his small, waterproof writing slate and took photographs of himself to document that he'd made it to the surface. And he worried about how his parents would react to his...
  • Pro-Life Group Unveils Findings of Planned Parenthood/Girl Scouts Probe [26% Tied to PP]

    04/12/2004 5:17:29 PM PDT · by Diago · 6 replies · 153+ views
    Pro-Life Group Unveils Findings of Planned Parenthood/Girl Scouts Probe By Melanie Hunter Deputy Managing Editor April 12, 2004 ( - A pro-life group investigating Planned Parenthood's ties to the Girl Scouts organization has found that 26 percent of Girl Scout councils have relationships with the abortion provider."But what is even more surprising is that 79% of Girl Scout councils have not disclosed their position on Planned Parenthood by failing to answer a simple question - Do you have any relationship with Planned Parenthood?" said Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International, in a statement. American Life League's STOPP International...
  • Pro-Abortion Feminist Scouts

    02/15/2004 9:10:47 AM PST · by heyheyhey · 40 replies · 647+ views ^ | February 13, 2004 | Hans Zeiger
    Across America, Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing. Last week, Girl Scouts of America officials announced a sales record for Washington, D.C. as 4.2 million boxes of Samoas, Thin Mints, and other cookies were sold in the nation’s capitol. But I’m going to be critical of the Girl Scouts. I love the cookies, but the organization has somewhat rejected moral decency. At a recent Nobody’s Fool annual meeting held at Planned Parenthood of Waco, Texas, the Bluebonnet Council of the Girl Scouts of America bestowed on Planned Parenthood chief executive Pam Smallwood the title of “Woman of the...