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  • 7-Year-Old Boy Turned Away From Girl Scouts, Later Accepted

    10/26/2011 8:03:47 PM PDT · by massmike · 35 replies
    Instinct blog ^ | 10/26/2011
    A young boy named Bobby Montoya, who could very well be transgender, was rejected by the Girl Scouts because he has "boy parts HuffPo reports that Bobby prefers to wear "girl clothes" and play with "girl toys" and recently he wanted to join the Girl Scouts. However, when he and his mother went to their local troop leader, he was turned away. Fox News has said that the Girl Scouts Of Colorado have since admitted a mistake was made. Apparently the worker who turned Montoya away was unfamiliar with the group's policies regarding transgender kids, and he is now welcome...
  • Gates: Scouting Instills Principles, Integrity, Honor

    03/04/2011 5:03:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    DALLAS, March 4, 2011 – Recalling his own experience as an Eagle Scout, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates last night praised scouting for instilling principles, integrity and honor in tomorrow’s leaders. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates thanks former President George W. Bush after he is introduced during the Circle Ten Council Friends of Scouting dinner in Dallas, March 3, 2011. Gates, a former Eagle Scout, gave a keynote speech. DOD photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates was the keynote speaker at a Circle Ten Council Friends of Scouting dinner here. The secretary told...
  • 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...
  • Church rejects Mormon couple as Cub leaders

    10/22/2010 2:42:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 316 replies
    NewJersey.com ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In shopping around for a Cub Scout program for their two sons, ages 6 and 8, Jeremy and Jodi Stokes decided on the one at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, N.C. The Stokeses, also of Matthews, weren't members of the evangelical megachurch, but they had many friends who were. And unlike the Cub Scout pack at their own church, which doesn't have a program for 6-year-old Tiger Scouts, Christ Covenant's was big enough to accommodate both of their boys. The couple even signed up to be Scout leaders when they discovered the church needed adult help. And...
  • Philmont fosters 'a Zion experience' Mormon/Scouting (OPEN)

    08/23/2010 11:40:10 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies
    LDS Church News ^ | July 10, 2010 | Jason Swensen
    Philmont fosters 'a Zion experience' Leaders trained for nearly 50 years at encampment By Jason SwensenChurch News staff writer Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010   For almost half a century, priesthood leaders and their families have traveled from all corners of the United States (and sometimes Canada) to gather for a week or two each summer at a pristine encampment in northeastern New Mexico known as Philmont.   There they find gospel learning, new friendships, outdoor adventure and, in the words of countless LDS Philmonters, "a Zion experience."Again this year, hundreds of stake presidents, counselors from stake presidencies and...
  • For nation's LGBT, Obama's quiet snub of Scouts a reminder struggle for equality far from over

    07/31/2010 11:14:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The California Progress Report. ^ | July 29, 2010 | Dan Aiello
    President Barack Obama, citing "scheduling conflict," will not attend the taxpayer-funded Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in Virginia today, an absence which drew criticism from conservative news media for what they described as the "political decision" not to attend the anti-gay, anti-atheist group's publicly-funded 100th annual gathering. An equal rights activist, however, belittled Obama's absence from the 45,000 scouts-attended Jamboree as, "a victory for scheduling conflicts." "Scouting for All" president, Howard Metzer, told Fox News the President was right to snub the scouts for their anti-gay policy, but Obama did not cite the group's discriminatory policy as his reason for...
  • Boy Scouts Seek a Way to Rebuild Ranks

    07/31/2010 4:55:57 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | 7/30/10 | Katherine Q. Seelye
    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — Her crown glinting in the morning sun, Miss America was telling 45,000 Boy Scouts and their leaders the other day how thrilled she was to be here at the National Scout Jamboree, to be among “the most amazing young women ...” Multimedia Slide Show Boy Scout’s Jamboree .Related Times Topic: Boy Scouts Girl Scouts Try to Shed Campfire Image (July 31, 2010) Enlarge This Image Doug Mills/The New York Times Tom Copeland Sr. helped scouts learn to shoot a rifle. The Boy Scouts are sticking to core values and pushing for more diversity. Whoops! The...
  • Creating "Lives of Purpose"

    06/15/2010 11:14:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 177+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2010 | Ed Feulner
    June tends to be the busiest month for high-school students … and Supreme Court justices. That’s when students take their finals, and the justices issue their final rulings on the year’s most important cases. Ten years ago this month, the Court issued its decision on Boy Scouts of America v. Dale. Media coverage zeroed in on the fact that Dale, who wanted to be a Scoutmaster, was gay. But the point of the case was the Scouts’ successful defense of their organization’s right to free expression under the First Amendment. “We are not, as we must not be, guided by...
  • Scouts come together for state's largest celebration of Scouting's 100th anniversary

    04/17/2010 11:04:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 250+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Updated 4/17/10 | Robert Jordan
    PLEASANTON — What birthday would be complete without a song? And to help celebrate 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America, hundreds of packs and troops obliged Friday with their own version. Scouts from throughout Northern California kicked off the Northern California 100th Anniversary Jamboree opening ceremony with their own chant at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Members from as far south as Yosemite to as far north as the Oregon border belted out: "We got spirit, yes we do. We got spirit, how about you?" The chant grew in volume and enthusiasm as it snaked its way from one...
  • Happy Scout Sunday!

    02/07/2010 4:34:24 AM PST · by Redleg Duke · 56 replies · 779+ views
    Okay, all of you forum propriety Nazis, you will all complain that this isn't in the proper forum and today, I really don't give a hang!Today is Scout Sunday, celebrated throughout the land, except, probably, in those churches that detest the Boy Scouts of America for their stand on Youth Protection and Homosexuality.Tomorrow is the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts! I was a Scout on the 50th Anniversary and have the privilege of being a Scouter on the 100th.If you see a Scout at Church today, please congratulate him or her and thank him or her for service to...
  • Soldiers, Airmen welcome Iraqi Boy Scouts

    02/07/2010 10:35:06 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 206+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | U.S. Air Forces Central, Baghdad Media Outreach Team
    BAGHDAD – U.S. Air Force and Army troops here recently invited 10 Iraqi Boy Scouts aboard Victory Base Complex to observe equipment used to survey weather patterns. "This is a great opportunity to build the U.S. military and Iraqi relationships," said 1st Lt. Jeff Aiello, deployed from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, who organized the event. "The kids enjoyed the tour at the Iraq Meteorology Organization and would like to come back again." U.S. Forces like to use these kinds of opportunities to build long-lasting bonds with the people of Iraq. "This was really fun," said Ali, one of...
  • The union that hates the Boy Scouts

    11/21/2009 3:33:45 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 970+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 21, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    The Boy Scouts' motto is: Be prepared. Who knew it meant preparing to de fend themselves against union thuggery? Kids, pay attention: This is a teachable moment for all of you on power, politics and Big Labor's culture of corruption. At last week's City Council meeting in Allentown, Pa., a top official of the local Service Employees International Union chapter ranted about 17-year-old Scout Kevin Anderson's park-cleanup work. To earn an Eagle Scout badge, Anderson devoted some 200 hours to picking up trash and helping clear a 1,000-foot walking path with fellow members of Boy Scouts Troop 301 of Center...
  • Ex-Shaw jet at Darlington getting extreme make-over

    10/30/2009 4:40:15 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 777+ views
    Shaw AFB News ^ | 10/29/2009 | Senior Airman David Minor
    DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Boy Scout Frankie Slemmer may have bitten off a big chunk as he started to restore a Shaw veteran Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. Due to lack of materials, labor and plans he hasn't embarked on the restoration part for his Eagle Scout project. Still, Slemmer hopes to give the 1954-vintage, two-seat trainer a make-over, and to earn the title of Eagle Scout. Notable Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout are Medal of Honor Recipient Leo K. Thorsness, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and former President Gerald Ford, Jr. Slemmer became interested in planes when he joined the...
  • AUDIO: Kevin Jennings railed against boy scouts in public school system

    10/06/2009 5:46:05 PM PDT · by paltz · 20 replies · 746+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 10/6/09 | Kerry Picket
    Below is audio and a partial transcript of Kevin Jennings', President Obama's safe school czar, thoughts on keeping the Boy Scouts out of the public school system. This is from a 2000 speaking engagement with his former organization the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in Iowa. In the same speech, Mr. Jennings also advocated for mandating a gay friendly curriculum in the public schools from kindergarten onward.
  • Russia’s new pioneers (True Scouting is welcomed back in Russia)

    08/27/2009 9:46:24 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 16 replies · 965+ views
    mnweekly.ru ^ | August 10, 2009 | Andy Potts
    10/08/2009 | Moscow News â„–30 2009 RussiaÂ’s new pioneers: After a century which began with the enthusiastic support of the tsar only to run into Soviet disapproval, Russia's scouts have needed to "be prepared" for more than most Andy Potts Driven out of the USSR by apparatchiks determined to sweep youngsters into their own Pioneer camps, Russian scouting existed in exile for decades. But having seen the movement reach its 100th anniversary this year, Chief Scoutmaster Slava Chernykh, co-founder of the Russian Union of Scouts (RUS), has his eyes firmly on the future. In an incense-fragranced office, decorated with "original...
  • Servicemembers Help to Restore Scout Program in Iraq

    03/26/2009 4:16:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 442+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Ron Burke, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, March 26, 2009 – A dedicated group of servicemembers is helping to restore the Scouting movement in Iraq, one child at a time. Five-year-old Mariem looks to Army Maj. Gary Farley for assurance as she assembles the wheelbase for a model plane at Camp Victory, Iraq, March 21, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ron Burke  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When Iraq embraced the program in 1921, its Boy Scout and Girl Guide program became a member of the World Organization Scouting Movement. However, due to war and instability, it has been...
  • Iraqi Freedom Minute, March 20 (Scouting Returns)

    03/22/2009 11:14:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 398+ views
    This edition features a story on the return of Boy Scouts in Iraq. Play Now
  • Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

    03/03/2009 2:59:58 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 58 replies · 2,132+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | Stephen Clark
    President Obama says he wants to be president of all the people. But some groups are urging him to make an exception for the Boy Scouts of America. Critics of the Scouts who are outraged that the group is allowed to exclude gays and atheists while receiving federal funding are urging Obama to reject the group's honorary presidency, a designation bestowed on every U.S. president since William Howard Taft in 1910.
  • 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...