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  • Santa Claus Visits Iraqi Scouts

    12/26/2008 10:06:00 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 488+ views
    Iraqi scouts get a visit from Santa Claus, played by civilian contractor Joseph Lord, during a holiday-themed scouting event on Victory Base Complex, Dec. 20, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joy Pariante. VICTORY BASE COMPLEX — Cries of delight filled the scouting compound here when Iraqi boy and girl scouts received a surprise visit and presents from Santa Claus during a holiday-themed scouting event, Dec. 20. The Victory Base Council military and civilian volunteers gather once a week with local Iraqi children to participate in arts and crafts, team building events and other scout related activities, but this...
  • Boy Scouts sue Phila. to stay in headquarters

    05/27/2008 11:00:52 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 60 replies · 793+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/27/08 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    The Boy Scouts of America's Philadelphia chapter has sued the City of Philadelphia in federal court to block the city's May 31 deadline for the scouts to open membership to gays and atheists, or vacate their historic 1928 headquarters off Logan Square. The civil rights lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Center City, contends that the city's ultimatum violates the scouts' rights under the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions. "The City has imposed an unconstitutional condition upon Cradle of Liberty's receipt of a benefit that Cradle of Liberty has enjoyed for nearly eight decades, and that many other organizations that...
  • Woman sentenced for having son dress up as Scout

    05/18/2008 7:40:23 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 31 replies · 153+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 5-16-08 | Staff
    EASTON, Pa. - A former Bethlehem woman will serve up to 23 months in prison for having her 7-year-old son dress as a Cub Scout to collect money for a nonexistent cause. Sally Ann Gombocz, 51, told a Northampton County judge she wanted to apologize to anyone she hurt. She previously pleaded guilty to theft by deception and corruption of a minor. Gombocz had her son dress as a scout in 2003 and tell people he was raising money for a camping trip. A prosecutor says the family collected $69. Gombocz was sentenced Friday to six to 23 months in...
  • Sessions Leads 100th Year Boy Scout Recognition Efforts

    05/02/2008 12:24:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 1,681+ views
    Office of Pete Sessions ^ | Apr 23, 2008 | Office of Pete Sessions
    Sessions Leads 100th Year Boy Scout Recognition Efforts http://sessions.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=89413 Introduces Commemorative Coin, Garners Support for Commemorative Stamp Washington, Apr 23, 2008 U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) is leading congressional efforts to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010 by introducing legislation for a “100 Years of Scouting” commemorative coin. “Boy Scouts are a significant part of American culture, shaping the values, citizenship, and skills of millions of young men,” Sessions stated. “As an Eagle Scout with four generations of Boy Scouts in my family, I strongly value the Boy Scouts’ history of instilling a sense...
  • NYT interview of Texas Gov. Rick Perry re: Boy Scouts

    02/28/2008 9:53:57 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 41 replies · 777+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2008 | DEBORAH SOLOMON
    Q: Let’s talk about your new book, “On My Honor,” which draws on your experience as an Eagle Scout and champions the values of the Boy Scouts of America, to whom you are donating your royalties. A: Yes, to their legal-defense fund. Q: Which has been fighting the A.C.L.U., to keep gays out of the scouts. Why do you see that as a worthy cause? A: I am pretty clear about this one. Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual...
  • Philly's War on the Boy Scouts

    02/16/2008 3:29:13 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 14 replies · 636+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 16, 2008 | KEVIN FERRIS
    Philly's War on the Boy Scouts http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120312309480173061.html http://tinyurl.com/3cmtwp By KEVIN FERRIS February 16, 2008; Page A10 Philadelphia As Michael Nutter was sworn in as the city's 98th mayor last month, he called for a new wave of public service to clean up drug-infested neighborhoods. If he is serious about renewing volunteerism, he'll start by putting an end to the city's campaign against the Boy Scouts. On May 31, the Cradle of Liberty Council, the local Boy Scout chapter, will be evicted from its headquarters on 22nd and Winter Streets -- a space it has occupied since 1928. The eviction isn't...
  • Boy Scout Week Salute: Scouts teaches young people leadership and wisdom

    02/08/2008 10:38:20 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 355+ views
    West Liberty Index ^ | February 06, 2008 | Tom Norris
    Boy Scout Week Salute: Scouts teaches young people leadership and wisdom http://westlibertyindex.com/article.php?viewID=1396 by Tom Norris · February 06, 2008 With Boy Scout Week upon us, I thought I’d do away with the usual facts-n-figures and talk straight about the organization. Some will read this and think, “That’s nice, but who cares?” One youth club is as good as the next; it doesn’t really matter. But at what point do the things we do start to matter? I suspect this is determined by the degree to which it influences our life. After 14 years in the service, most of that as...
  • Boy Scout-produced documentary highlights extraordinary Central Texans

    02/04/2008 6:43:06 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 347+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Sunday, February 03, 2008 | Patrick George
    Boy Scout-produced documentary highlights extraordinary Central Texans http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/02/03/0203scouts.html http://tinyurl.com/2oddh6 'Believe It. Live It' showcases groups, individuals who personify the Scout Law By Patrick George AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, February 03, 2008 A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. For almost 100 years, members of the Boy Scouts of America have been taught to memorize the traits that make up the Scout Law. Last summer, a group of nine local Scouts sought to find out what those values really mean by creating a film about the people who personify them in Austin. On...
  • Philly's cold shoulder

    01/22/2008 12:11:47 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 371+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 22, 2008 | Hans Zeiger
    The youth of Philadelphia are in danger. There are as many as 3,900 homeless families in Philadelphia. Only about half of Philadelphia ninth-graders graduate from high school within four years, and last year's state standardized math and reading tests came back to 11th graders in Philadelphia public schools with 70 percent of scores below proficient. In 2006, 1,030 young Philadelphians between the ages of 7 and 24 were shot; 179 kids were murdered. On such a battlefield, it would make sense for the City of Philadelphia to partner with churches and non-profit organizations to provide after-school programs, youth sports leagues,...
  • Scouts to earn skateboard badge [UK]

    01/15/2008 2:35:06 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 540+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2008, 00:50 GMT | Anon
    Scouts to earn skateboard badgehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7183888.stmLast Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2008, 00:50 GMT A revamp of the scout movement will allow boys and girls to earn badges for skills such as skateboarding, making a fruit salad and racing quad bikes. The Scout Association said 40 new badges marked the largest ever overhaul of the activities of the movement. Chief Scout Peter Duncan said: "Young people today have a larger choice than ever before of activities to fill their spare time with." The new badges will be launched this weekend at the scouts' winter camp. The event for the 500,000-strong movement is...
  • Eagle Scout ordered to take God out of park project

    12/24/2007 10:53:00 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 303+ views
    KUSA News 9 | 12/21/2007 6:06:39 PM | John Fosholt
    Eagle Scout ordered to take God out of park projectI can't post the article, but basically it mentions a Boy Scout's Eagle project for a public park that included a mention of God. After the inevitable complaint, the Parks Dept, which approved the original proposal with "God" included, asked the Scout to remove the offending marker.
  • PTC Media (Scouting Podcasts)

    11/21/2007 7:33:24 PM PST · by stevejb68 · 2 replies · 178+ views
    PTC Media | 11/21/07 | Steve Borgerding
    Thanks to the work of a couple dedicated Cub Scout Leaders there is a online network called PTC Media that showcases three Scouting-related audio podcasts and one video podcast. "Akela's Adventure" is an audio podcast that that features a den leader and his son as they review their den's latest meeting and activity. Don't forget to listen to a couple of jokes presented by the Cub Scout. http://www.ptcmedia.net/category/a-cub-scouting-adventure/ "An Hour A Week" is an audio podcast which features a cubmaster as he discusses events and issues about being a leader of a Cub Scout Pack. http://www.ptcmedia.net/category/an-hour-a-week-poscast/ "The Leader's Campfire" is...
  • Volunteers Work to get Iraqi Scouting Program Back on Track (Boy Scouting that is)

    11/10/2007 12:46:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 89+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Nicole Dykstra
    Spc. Donald Williams helps an Iraqi Boy Scout tie off his tent Saturday during an Iraqi Scout event in Baghdad. BAGHDAD — In a sunny grove in the International Zone in Baghdad Saturday, excitement and laughter filled the air as Iraqi Scouts, leaders and Coalition volunteers of the Green Zone Council enjoyed a day of socializing and outdoor scouting activities. Blankets, tables, and scout-made tents were sprinkled among the trees, and the upbeat mood was contagious – there wasn’t a frown to be seen.“You almost forget we’re in Iraq!” said Lt. Col. Tina Flanagan, a Coalition Soldier who has been...
  • DNA could clear 'Satanic' triple murder teenagers

    11/04/2007 12:37:28 PM PST · by 49th · 28 replies · 647+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/04/07 | Paul Harris
    The horrific crime shocked a nation. Three young boys, cub scouts, were tied up, murdered and their naked bodies dumped in a drainage ditch. As a Deep South community bayed for justice, attention focused on a group of misfit teenagers, heavy metal fans accused of killing the children in a Satanic ritual. The case became a sensation at a time when a 'Satanic panic' over cults was gripping 1990s America. All three were found guilty. Jason Baldwin, then 16, and Jessie Misskelley, 17, got life sentences. Damien Echols, 18, was put on death row, where he remains. Now evidence, including...
  • Perry book to tout Scout values

    10/31/2007 9:08:31 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 14 replies · 138+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/30/2007 | Peggy Fikac
    Perry book to tout Scout values http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA103107.10B.PerryBook.31f57c2.html http://tinyurl.com/2a97dx 10/30/2007 10:11 PM CDT Peggy Fikac, Express-News AUSTIN — Add another title to Gov. Rick Perry's resume: author of a book defending Boy Scout values against "lawsuit-happy do-gooders." The GOP governor, who proudly wears his Eagle Scout pin on his lapel, has written — with some assistance — a book on scouting that paints the organization as a leading indicator in the battle between right and wrong. The book isn't due until February, but Perry described it in remarks Tuesday, referring to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a lawsuit brought by...
  • City Hikes Boy Scouts' Rent by $199,999 over Gay Ban (Philadelphia)

    10/18/2007 9:41:25 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 408 replies · 4,017+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/18/2007 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    The Boy Scouts of America's refusal to bend its rules to permit gay scouts will cost the organization's local chapter $200,000 a year if it wishes to keep its headquarters in a city-owned building on Logan Square. Representatives of the Boy Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council were notified that to remain in their 79-year-old landmark headquarters, they needed to pay the city a "fair market" rent, Fairmount Park Commission president Robert N.C. Nix said yesterday. Currently, the rent is $1 a year....
  • God is Back on U.S. Flag Certificates

    10/16/2007 5:45:03 PM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 7 replies · 99+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2007 | L.A. Holmes
    God is Back on U.S. Flag Certificates Tuesday , October 16, 2007 By L.A. Holmes WASHINGTON — God is here to stay, say members of Congress who on Tuesday presented a 17-year-old Eagle Scout with a corrected version of a certificate that accompanied a flag that he purchased to fly over the U.S. Capitol. Andrew LaRochelle was the first to raise questions about the Architect of the Capitol policy that censored the word “God” out of certificates verifying the flag's authenticity. The flags are purchased and flown at constituents' requests, and include personal messages that until last week could not...
  • Scouts Nationwide to Compete for 100th Anniversary Logo

    08/27/2007 2:08:25 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 776+ views
    BSA (PR Newswire) ^ | 08-27-2007
    Scouts Nationwide to Compete for 100th Anniversary Logo http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-27-2007/0004652077 http://tinyurl.com/37d52o Once-in-a-Lifetime Design Contest Celebrates Boy Scouts of America's Coming 2010 Milestone DALLAS, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling all Scouts! Nearly three million Scouting youth from every corner of the country are invited to participate in a special contest launched today by the Boy Scouts of America to design the new logo that will showcase BSA's upcoming 100th anniversary. Centered on the theme "Celebrating the Adventure. Continuing the Journey," the winning logo design will be chosen by a select panel of judges for use as the official symbol of the 100th...
  • 35,000 flock to join the Afghan Scouts

    08/13/2007 10:12:03 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 304+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 12:35am BST 12/08/2007 | Eleanor Mayne
    35,000 flock to join the Afghan Scouts http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/12/wscout112.xml http://tinyurl.com/32cbkm By Eleanor Mayne in Kabul, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:35am BST 12/08/2007 After nearly three decades of war, never has the motto "Be Prepared" had more resonance. As the worldwide Scout movement celebrates its 100th birthday this month, war-torn Afghanistan has become the unlikely setting for a boom in recruits. More than 35,000 young Afghans have boosted the ranks of the Afghanistan Scout Association since the fall of the fundamentalist Taliban five years ago. From conflict-ravaged Helmand to the capital Kabul, Scout groups have been established in 24 of the 34...
  • Sunrise Marks Our 100th Anniversary (World Scout Jamboree)

    08/02/2007 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 9 replies · 423+ views
    World Scout Jamboree 2007 ^ | August 1, 2007 | Steve Coburn
    The dawn of a new day signals the start of a new century for Scouting.At 8am on August 1st 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement opened the world's first ever scout camp, on Brownsea Island, by sounding his Kudu horn three times. One hundred years later, and the UK Chief Scout, Peter Duncan, was there to blow his Kudu horn three times to mark the beginning of the Worldwide Scouting Sunrise.Throughout the different time zones, Scouts from around the world renewed their Scout Promise at exactly 8am to mark the centenary of the opening camp.Meanwhile, at the...
  • Scouting the future

    07/30/2007 1:12:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 204+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | July 29, 2007 | Hal Iggulden
    Scouting the future http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2158120.ece http://tinyurl.com/2abldd July 29, 2007 Hal Iggulden, co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, believes the Scouts – 100 years after they were founded – can solve the crisis in 21st century manhood Roland White In a school playground way back in the 1960s I made the first significant moral choice of my life. My best friend had asked me if I’d come to a meeting of his Cub Scout pack: just to see what it was like. On the other hand, a girl in our class also wanted to know whether I’d be at all interested...
  • 'Utterly cared for': Minister writes of finding peace, link to God in nature

    07/30/2007 12:15:18 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 186+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | Jul 26, 2007 | CHRISTINE COX
    'Utterly cared for': Minister writes of finding peace, link to God in nature http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070726/Lives/707260476/1047/Lives http://tinyurl.com/2uf995 Jul 26, 2007 CHRISTINE COX Tribune Staff Writer John Lionberger, a United Church of Christ minister and religious author, admits there are times when he is tempted to not believe in God. "Faith just isn't a head thing at all. I could talk myself out of God just in a heartbeat," he says in a telephone interview. "But if I listen to my heart, I think that's the truer voice. That's the grounded voice. I guess, the ancient voice." It's a voice he didn't hear...
  • Fire away, county tells Scouts: Temporary permit for shooting range OK'd over protests

    07/13/2007 11:24:43 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 13 replies · 339+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 12, 2007 | Ivan Moreno
    Elbert County commissioners on Wednesday gave Boy Scouts the go-ahead to host two weekend shooting-range events, to the dismay of neighbors who say the shotguns are too loud. The commissioners' decision went against the recommendation of their planning director and the county sheriff. They granted a temporary permit, on the condition that the Scouts conduct noise tests, limit shooting hours and give neighbors notice of their shoot-a-thons, which raise funds. But Jay Enyart, who lives across the street from the Scouts' Peaceful Valley Ranch, said after the meeting he was disappointed. "I feel like this was a political solution where...
  • The Pope and the Boy Scouts

    07/12/2007 1:30:44 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 10 replies · 587+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7/12/2007 12:07:22 AM | Hal G.P. Colebatch
    It was good to read that Pope Benedict sent a message of support to the Scout movement on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. August 1 marks the centenary of the first Scout camp, organized by Sir Robert (later Lord) Baden-Powell on the island of Brownsea, in England. Boy Scouts, and the values which the Scouting movement inculcates, have attracted the admiration of great men from the movement's earliest days. Its beginnings were Edwardian, and it has preserved much of the best of that sunny and admirable period of Western civilization. In a letter addressed to Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, president...
  • Scouts' firing range irks residents

    07/08/2007 11:04:40 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 76 replies · 2,967+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 7, 2007 | Ivan Moreno
    Scouts' firing range irks residents Neighbors say clay shooting events disruptive By Ivan Moreno, Rocky Mountain News July 7, 2007 ELBERT - Neighbors say the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch is anything but that. The realization came after an explosion of shotgun blasts from the camp in May, when Boy Scouts held a two-day clay shooting fundraiser. "It sounded like Hamas had a training camp next door," said Elbert County Sheriff William Frangis, who fielded numerous calls from people who live near the ranch. The Scouts say no one complained to them. Although the camp has had a shooting range for...
  • Want an American flag delivered to your door?

    07/06/2007 4:38:31 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 334+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 07/06/07 | Tessa Schweigert
    Boy Scouts set up and take down flags in northwest Boise and Eagle for a troop fundraiser. In the realm of delivering holiday cheer before dawn, there's Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and a group of local Boy Scouts. Instead of presents or Easter eggs, the 16 Boy Scouts set up American flags for patriotic holidays, including Independence Day. Early Wednesday morning the crew planted the stars and stripes in 136 lawns scattered throughout northwest Boise and Eagle. The Scouts charge $30 for the service, which guarantees an American flag on President's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of...
  • City of Brotherly Love Hates the Boy Scouts

    07/02/2007 6:43:53 PM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 958+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 07/02/2007 | Robert H. Knight
    Philadelphia has big city problems. The murder rate is on the rise, and gangs make some areas unsafe even in the daytime. It’s no secret that fatherless, undisciplined boys are the main reason the streets are deadly. So what is the city doing about it? Let’s imagine for a moment that we’re in a Philadelphia City Council discussion. “How about a crackdown on gangs? Or a crackdown on drug dealers?” “Nah. Those people shoot back. I’ve got it! Let’s persecute the Boy Scouts! They won’t give the police any trouble.” “Yeah, this will be a great way to pay back...
  • Myth of Boyhood

    06/27/2007 3:01:46 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 19 replies · 516+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 2-9, 2007 issue | Jennie Yabroff
    Picture a world where your father walks with you down a starlit road, pausing to point out Orion. He recites Robert Frost, knows how a battery works—and all the rules about girls. "The Dangerous Book for Boys," by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden, is peaking on Amazon's best-seller list (No. 5 last week) by recalling just that world. The compendium of trivia, history and advice is geared toward preteen boys, but it's found a surprising audience in men in their 30s and 40s, too. The book's marbled endpapers, archival illustrations and dry, humorous tone ("excitable bouts of windbreaking will not...
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOY SCOUT STORY

    06/25/2007 7:29:29 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 469+ views
    Philly.com ^ | Mon, Jun. 25, 2007 | MARK CHILUTTI
    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOY SCOUT STORY http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/8161352.html By MARK CHILUTTI Posted on Mon, Jun. 25, 2007 I'M WRITING THIS filled with disappointment due to the actions of the leadership of the city that I love. While in Atlanta several weeks ago on Boy Scout business, I was pulled aside and told we'd been blindsided, again with regard to the office that the Scouts have occupied and maintained in Philadelphia since 1928. I get frustrated when I read the side of the story that our city solicitor tells, as it seems to not fall in line with the first...
  • The Boy Scouts

    06/22/2007 7:31:22 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 357+ views
    American Profile ^ | 6/17/2007 | Elizabeth Johnson
    The Boy Scouts http://www.americanprofile.com/article/22342.html http://tinyurl.com/2bogc9 by Elizabeth Johnson As an American flag waves high in the morning sky at the Meridian Historical Village in Okemos, Mich. (pop. 22,805), more than 80 khaki-uniformed Boy Scouts raise their right hands in a three-fingered salute. “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight,” the Scouts recite in unison. The recitation of the Boy Scout Oath marks the beginning of a weekend...
  • MSU to offer scholarships to Eagle Scouts, Gold Award winners

    06/14/2007 6:12:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Clarion Ledger | June 13, 2007 | Andy Kanengiser
    MSU to offer scholarships to Eagle Scouts, Gold Award winners http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070613/NEWS/70613002 http://tinyurl.com/2th5xt June 13, 2007 By Andy Kanengiser andy.kanengiser@clarionledger.com [see text of article at URL above]
  • Scouts Honor: One famous Logan Square building won’t go condo—at least for now

    06/13/2007 6:07:52 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 209+ views
    Philadelphia Weekly ^ | JUNE 13, 2007 | Gwen Shaffer
    Scouts Honor: One famous Logan Square building won’t go condo—at least for nowhttp://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/articles/14825 by Gwen Shaffer Should the local assembly of Boy Scouts be evicted from its headquarters in the Art Museum area, the grand Beaux Arts building will remain “institutional in nature,” Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell Clarke assured neighbors during a recent meeting. Logan Square residents called for the June 2 powwow amid fears the historic building could be transformed into upscale residential units or a restaurant. “We’re concerned about many potential unintended consequences of this eviction, one of which is the property being developed in ways that aren’t...
  • Scouts' forest chapel torn down after 70 years because it might offend non-Christians[UK]

    06/05/2007 12:23:33 PM PDT · by BGHater · 78 replies · 1,753+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 June 2007 | Dan Newling
    For almost 70 years, Scouts and Guides have savoured their place of peaceful worship under the trees. But no longer. The woodland chapel has been demolished - its wooden pews and rudimentary cross and altar removed. In its place is a campfire circle. The change has been imposed by the Scout Association, which believes the chapel excludes non-Christian Scouts. Locals are dismayed, but the association says it is simply "moving forward". The basic open-air structure in woodland surrounding Belchamps Scout Centre in Hockley, Essex, was built between the wars by volunteers. They used old telegraph poles for pews and built...
  • Time bomb in new city budget? [Philly votes to boot Scouts]

    06/01/2007 7:59:44 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 13 replies · 998+ views
    Philly.com ^ | Fri, Jun. 01, 2007 | MARK McDONALD
    Time bomb in new city budget? [Philly votes to boot Scouts] http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/7780166.html Posted on Fri, Jun. 01, 2007 By MARK McDONALD mcdonam@phillynews.com 215-854-2646 In other business, Council cleared the way for the city to terminate a lease the city has had with the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts since 1928 for the half-acre of land at 22nd and Spring streets where the Boy Scouts built their regional headquarters building. At issue is the national Boy Scouts policy of discrimination against homosexuals and the Street administration's response that the city should not subsidize an entity that engages in...
  • Perot Jets to Erma to Bolster Scouts

    05/23/2007 8:14:50 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 465+ views
    Cape May County Herald ^ | May 23, 2007 | Jack Fichter
    Perot Jets to Erma to Bolster Scouts http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/articles/3630/1/Perot-Jets-to-Erma-to-Bolster-Scouts http://tinyurl.com/2orzz9 By Jack Fichter May 23, 2007 ERMA — Ross Perot, former presidential candidate, billionaire businessman, and Eagle Scout, thrilled a crowd of veterans, Boy Scouts, and politicians May 18 at Naval Air Station Wildwood at the county airport. He was on time for his speaking engagement, as his private jet arrived 20 minutes ahead of scheduled. Perot was dressed in a dark suit and was courteous to all he came in contact with, including a number of audience members who received handshakes and autographs. The event coincided with a scouting weekend...
  • Explorer hopes Scout experience fuels career as federal agent

    05/21/2007 8:16:03 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 185+ views
    The Daily News ^ | Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:22 AM CDT | NATALIE JORDAN
    Explorer hopes Scout experience fuels career as federal agent http://bgdailynews.com/articles/2007/05/16/features/features2.txt http://tinyurl.com/yst7ut Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:22 AM CDT By NATALIE JORDAN, The Daily News, njordan@bgdailynews.com/783-3243 Andria Vansickle is planning to make a name for herself in the world of law enforcement. Vansickle, 20, is one of 300 selected from more than 2,000 applicants to attend the FBI Leadership Academy, a program through the Boy Scouts of America Explorers. “I sent the application off in February after finishing it in January. I had to write an essay about what law enforcement meant to me and get letters of reference,”...
  • 'Dangerous Book for Boys' Soars to Dizzying Heights

    05/19/2007 7:17:01 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 44 replies · 717+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2007 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    First, there was the question of the title: "The Dangerous Book for Boys." HarperCollins Publishers' Chief Executive Jane Friedman just didn't understand what it meant. Sure, the book had been a hit in England and Australia, but that didn't mean it would work in the U.S. But the sales staff urged her to stick with it, and in just two weeks, "Dangerous" has become the breakout hit of the season. The News Corp. unit initially ordered up 91,000 copies. There are now 405,000 copies in print. One senior HarperCollins executive, extrapolating from overseas sales and population data, projects that "Dangerous,"...
  • SCOUTING: ACLU stumbles

    04/12/2007 9:58:21 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 795+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 12, 2007 | Editorial
    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deserves the gratitude of every upright American for dismissing vindictive litigation that sought to force the Boy Scouts of America on religious grounds to find a new home for its quadrennial national jamboree. In 1999, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Pentagon to prevent it from hosting the 10-day jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., and providing about $7 million in supplies and services. The 2005 event attracted more than 40,000 Scouts and 300,000 visitors from around the country and pumped $17 million into the Virginia economy. The ACLU claimed the Pentagon...
  • Minor League Baseball, Boy Scouts Step Up to Plate to Encourage Families to Prepare for Emergencies

    04/04/2007 12:59:16 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 414+ views
    Dept. Homeland Security ^ | April 4, 2007 | Dept. Homeland Security
    Minor League Baseball and Boy Scouts Step Up to the Plate to Encourage Families to Prepare for Emergencies http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1175712102184.shtm Release Date: April 4, 2007 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 2007 Season Participating Minor League Baseball Teams and Schedule of Ready Games (PDF, 2 pages - 10 KB) Minor League Baseball and the Boy Scouts of America are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign for the fourth consecutive year to educate and encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies. Forty-nine baseball teams are joining many local Boy Scout councils in stepping up...
  • Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward

    04/04/2007 12:27:16 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 28 replies · 1,424+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | April 4, 2007 | anon
    Statement of Boy Scouts of America: Court Rules Boy Scout Jamboree to Go Forward http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/04-04-2007/0004559911&EDATE= http://tinyurl.com/396mft IRVING, Texas, April 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boy Scouts of America is pleased that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissed the ACLU's lawsuit against the Department of Defense for supporting the National Scout Jamboree. For more than 25 years, Boy Scouts have held the National Scout Jamboree every four years at Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Scouts from all over the country camp together for ten days and participate in activities emphasizing physical fitness, appreciation of the outdoors, and...
  • NFL owners meeting: Leadership big on Boy Scouts

    03/29/2007 12:27:48 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 235+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 03/28/2007 10:57:22 PM MDT | Mike Klis
    NFL owners meeting: Leadership big on Boy Scoutshttp://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_5541252 Goodell eager to lift league image By Mike Klis , Denver Post Staff Writer Article Last Updated: 03/28/2007 10:57:22 PM MDT Phoenix - After the NFL owners meetings concluded, commissioner Roger Goodell joined Broncos owner Pat Bowlen on a flight to Denver, where they will speak at a Boy Scouts-sponsored breakfast this morning. The NFL sharing the same dais with the Boy Scouts of America? Let there be no doubt, Goodell will stop at nothing to enhance the NFL's image. "I'm looking forward to it," said Goodell, who will be introduced by...
  • Youth ministry finds God in the great outdoors

    03/22/2007 11:31:23 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 174+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 03/21/2007 12:00:12 PM EDT | EYANA ADAH MCMILLAN
    Youth ministry finds God in the great outdoors http://www.yorkdispatch.com/local/ci_5487035 EYANA ADAH MCMILLAN The York Dispatch Article Last Updated: 03/21/2007 12:00:12 PM EDT Daniel Hatterer has learned more than how to handle a few bumps in the road during his mountain biking ventures with a local extreme sports ministry. "I've learned how God is in our lives, that he put you on Earth for a reason and everybody has a purpose in life," said the 14-year-old. "If you're having a hard time, just talk to God and ask him to help you out. It works for me." Last year, Daniel --...
  • Scouts have bumpy landing

    03/19/2007 8:17:38 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 323+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 03/18/2007 01:39 AM CDT | Chuck McCollough
    Scouts have bumpy landing http://tinyurl.com/2ron93 Web Posted: 03/18/2007 01:39 AM CDT Chuck McCollough Express-News Three Boy Scouts and their pilot walked away from a hard landing at Hondo Municipal Airport on Saturday after part of the plane's landing gear failed to lock in place, witnesses said. "I'm glad to be down safe. I was really scared after I saw part of the wheel fall off," said 12-year-old Eric Riegel. He and fellow scouts Nathaniel Mayberry, 13, and Kirby Vandervort, 10, all of Houston, were flying with pilot Thomas Skiles to earn their aviation merit badges. Dozens of other Scouts were...
  • Boy Scout Missing in Rugged N.C. Park

    03/18/2007 2:40:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 126 replies · 3,170+ views
    TRAPHILL, N.C. (AP) -- Search teams combed mountain terrain Sunday for a 12-year-old Boy Scout who disappeared during an outing. About 10 scouts and the adult leaders of Troop 230, from Greensboro, noticed that Michael Auberry was missing between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in Stone Mountain State Park, officials said. The troop had gone on a hike earlier Saturday, and the boy and an adult stayed behind, said David Bauer, a ranger with the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was not immediately clear why they stayed behind. After the troop returned and ate lunch with Michael and the adult,...
  • Our Passion for Scouting Video Contest!

    03/05/2007 8:26:58 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 198+ views
    ScoutParents.org ^ | March 5, 2007 | anon
    Our Passion for Scouting Video Contest! We need your help in promoting a new, exciting event for ScoutParents – a video competition called Our Passion for Scouting Video Contest! The video competition is designed to showcase stories from passionate Scouters from around the globe. Here’s how it works. Contestants must produce and submit a one-minute video showing how passionate they are about Scouting. All video submissions will be placed online at http://www.ScoutParents.org for all Web site visitors to view. Please note: All contest rules and entry forms are available online at http://www.ScoutParents.org The first 75 entrants will receive two special...
  • Video featuring Cub Scout and Buttons, the radical Boy Scout

    02/21/2007 6:00:59 PM PST · by stevejb68 · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68 ^ | 2/21/07 | stevejb68
    A new video featuring a puppet called Buttons, the radical Boy Scout, has been posted. This time he tries to learn the Cub Scout Promise from a 3rd grade Cub Scout. The Cub Scout breaks out giggling quite often. If you would like a chuckle then check this out.
  • Today is the Boy Scouts of America's 97th Birthday

    02/08/2007 1:52:52 PM PST · by RonF · 48 replies · 1,179+ views
    Boy Scouts of America ^ | 2/8/2007 | Me (vanity)
    Actually, the article is from the 95th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. But I just wanted to note that today is the 97th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Scouting leaves positive glow

    02/02/2007 6:26:28 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 211+ views
    The Fergus Falls Daily Journal ^ | Friday, February 2, 2007 | Dave Churchill
    Scouting leaves positive glow http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/news/2007/feb/02/scouting-leaves-positive-glow/ http://tinyurl.com/yraqhv By Dave Churchill, The Daily Journal Published Friday, February 2, 2007 For reasons unknown, the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts mailed me a copy of its newsletter last week. I don’t have a connection with the council, haven’t had much involvement with the Scouts for several decades, but the newsletter’s arrival was the second reminder this month of my Scouting past. Earlier in January, I was having lunch in a cafeteria-type place and, as I walked to a table with my tray, another diner called out, “Hey, were you at Philmont?” He...
  • Boy Scouts plan uncommon hike to celebrate scouting's 97th birthday

    01/25/2007 7:51:39 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 281+ views
    Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | 01/25/2007 | anon
    Boy Scouts plan uncommon hike to celebrate scouting's 97th birthdayhttp://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17747008 01/25/2007 Midland Reporter-Telegram Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to church they'll go. On Feb. 3, Boy Scout Pack 84 and Troop 84 will set off on an unlikely hike to celebrate scouting's 97th birthday. That's when they'll set off on a nearly two-mile hike with stops at six Midland churches. And at each, clergy will teach the boys about one or two of the Ten Commandments. "They are going to spend five minutes or less on each commandment," Brad Connel, field director of Boy Scouts of America, Buffalo Trail...
  • Survey: Some Churches Apathetic Toward Community Outreach

    01/05/2007 2:05:11 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 239+ views
    AgapePress ^ | January 5, 2007 | Allie Martin and Jody Brown
    Survey: Some Churches Apathetic Toward Community Outreachhttp://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/1/52007a.asp By Allie Martin and Jody Brown January 5, 2007 (AgapePress) - A new survey finds while most churches are involved in some sort of evangelism emphasis, many aren't focused on community outreach efforts. The same survey also shows that when it does come to either type of emphasis, there are distinct differences among denominations. The survey of 811 pastors nationwide was focused on measuring the level of involvement in evangelistic activities and in community outreach programs among Protestant churches. According to the survey by Ellison Research, 97 percent of all churches report doing...