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  • Boy Scout Director Sentenced to 95 Years for Child Pornography

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

    01/21/2012 2:32:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/21//12 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boy Scouts have labored for decades to curtail sexual abuse of scouts by adult volunteers. But when their name was evoked in a lawsuit linked to the Penn State abuse scandal, the reference was not to problems - it was acknowledgment that the Scouts' current prevention policies are considered state of the art. While the local youth charity in the Penn State case has been accused of lax policies, experts in abuse prevention say most of the national organizations serving young people - such as the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the...
  • Mitt Romney talks scouts, politics at Grand Rapids Eagle Scout event

    10/27/2011 9:46:51 PM PDT · by ccwman · 22 replies
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | February 19, 2010 | Aaron Ogg
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney said Thursday night it "breaks my heart to see this state having so much difficulty in so many places." Romney, speaking to hundreds at the Boy Scouts of America Gerald R. Ford Council's Building Character Celebration Dinner, said he has a better idea for leadership. "I'm convinced that if Boy Scouts were running things here in Michigan, you'd be a lot better off," Romney said to hefty applause at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.
  • Transgender boy allowed to join Girl Scouts

    10/26/2011 7:59:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    9 News ^ | Oct. 27, 2011 | ninemsn staff
    A seven-year-old boy who identifies as a girl has been allowed to join the Girl Scouts in the US, despite the group initially barring him for having "boy parts". Bobby Montoya, from Denver in Colorado, dresses and behaves like a girl and wanted to join Girl Scouts like his older sister. His mother, Felisha Archuleta, told Denver's 9NEWS how she took her son to register but was told he could not join. "I said: 'Well, what's the big deal?' She said: 'It doesn't matter how he looks, he has boy parts, he can't be in Girl Scouts'," Ms Archuleta said....
  • 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...