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  • Suit over Boy Scout Homosexual Discrimination Opens

    06/17/2010 6:36:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 76 replies · 967+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | June 16, 2010 | James Tillman
    PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 16, 2010 ( – On Tuesday opening arguments were heard in a case involving the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council, which is challenging the city of Philadelphia's decision to evict the Council from a building that it built and has maintained since 1929. The city said it would carry through with the eviction unless the Council rejected the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning open homosexuals from membership.In the Boy Scouts of America v. Dale case of 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) were constitutionally permitted...
  • Creating "Lives of Purpose"

    06/15/2010 11:14:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 177+ views ^ | 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-Marana partnership helps boys and town alike

    05/20/2010 7:00:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 235+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Shelley Shelton
    The town of Marana is offering Boy Scouts plenty of chances to "do a good deed daily" - and work toward their Eagle Scout awards in the process. Though the town and the Scouts have been working together for several years, the help has been particularly welcome as town finances have gotten tighter and budgets have dried up, according to town officials. The Parks and Recreation department is a big beneficiary of the Scouts' efforts. Scouts have installed a community water demonstration garden at the Marana Operations Center on West Ina Road, placed trail signs along the Tortolita Preserve Trail,...
  • Court won't hear appeal on Boy Scouts land rental

    05/05/2010 5:16:51 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 11 replies · 389+ views ^ | 5/4/2010 | unknown
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has let stand a ruling saying the Boy Scouts cannot lease city park land in San Diego because the group is a religious organization. The high court refused to hear an appeal from San Diego-area Boy Scouts.
  • Court won't hear appeal on Boy Scouts land rental

    05/03/2010 9:59:06 AM PDT · by South40 · 35 replies · 1,124+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 3, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday decided to let stand a ruling saying the Boy Scouts cannot lease city-owned parkland in San Diego because the group is a religious organization. The high court refused to hear an appeal from San Diego-area Boy Scouts who have traditionally leased Balboa Park camp space.
  • 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...
  • Did Boy Scouts Keep "Perversion Files?"

    03/31/2010 12:54:17 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 6 replies · 741+ views ^ | March 30, 2010 | By John Blackstone
    (CBS) In a Portland, Ore., courtroom, the witness identified as "Jack Doe No. 4" testifies uneasily about being an 11-year-old Boy Scout alone with his troop leader in 1983. "He grabbed my hand, and he slid it up his leg into his shorts," the witness said. The troop leader, Timur Dykes, had already admitted to a Scout official that he had molested 17 boys. Still parents were not notified and Dykes continued to work with the Scouts. In a deposition he confessed to abusing Jack Doe No. 4. Dykes was asked what he did that could be considered molestation. "I...
  • Trial: abuse expert says Scouts put boys at risk

    03/25/2010 8:58:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies · 853+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 24 | ABBY HAIGHT
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America showed reckless indifference to protecting young Scouts when it kept confidential two decades worth of files on suspected molesters among its troop leaders, a psychologist testified Wednesday as part of a $14 million lawsuit against the organization. Despite creating a remarkably in-depth file about sexual abusers, the Boy Scouts failed to warn parents or tell authorities about suspected or confessed pedophiles, said Gary Schoener, a national expert and consultant on sexual misconduct in the clergy, health care and other segments of society.
  • Ore. lawsuit claims Boy Scouts sex abuse coverup

    03/19/2010 2:12:13 AM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies · 616+ views
    AP via My Way ^ | Mar 19, 2010 | WILLIAM McCALL
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years. The "perversion files," a nickname the Boy Scouts are said to have used for the documents, have rarely been seen by the public, but that could all change in the coming weeks in an Oregon courtroom. The lawyer for a man who was molested in the 1980s by a Scout leader has obtained about 1,000 Boy Scouts sex files and is expected to release some of them at...
  • The American Minute - March 12, 2010 - Juliette Low - Founder of the Girl Scouts

    03/12/2010 2:15:04 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 18 replies · 467+ views
    The American Minute website ^ | March 12, 2010 | William J. Federer
    Juliette Low began the Girls Scouts, MARCH 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Chronic ear infections as a child made one ear deaf. A grain of rice thrown at her wedding lodged in her other ear, which was punctured by the procedure to remove it. Juliette Low's father, a U.S. Army General, was previously a Civil War Confederate captain. In the Spanish-American War, Juliette Low and her mother organized a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Cuba. After her husband's death in 1905, Juliette Low traveled to England where in 1911 she met Boer War hero Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder...
  • For centennial celebration, scouts pack the park (Boy Scouts 100th Birthday)

    02/07/2010 10:21:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 417+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting in America, local Scouts showed off a variety of hands-on projects and enjoyed some outdoor games during expo in Veterans’ Memorial Park on Saturday. Scouts often do activities in secluded areas, so the expo gave them a chance to share some of what they do, said James Harper, district program chairman for Boy Scouts. Saturday’s activities included the assembly of two monkey bridges, the assembly of a catapult, miniature boat racing and the Pinewood Derby. Five age groups of Cub Scouts competed in the Pinewood...
  • Boy Scout-free LAPD Explorer program in the works(Lists gay discrimination as reason)

    12/30/2009 4:35:49 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 48 replies · 1,974+ views ^ | Dec 2009 | By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer
    The LAPD plans to launch its own Explorer program for young people this month, removing the Boy Scouts of America from management, officials said Tuesday. The Police Commission voted two months ago to end its relationship with the Scouts because of the organization's policies that discriminate against gays. The program had been operated by the Learning for Life Foundation, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts. The move to create the Los Angeles Police Department's own teen program should be launched by Jan. 1, Deputy Chief Earl Paysinger told the Police Commission. "We have received inquiries from dozens of agencies on...
  • Eager Scout's patriotic project (Eagle Scout Project)

    11/23/2009 5:24:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 786+ views
    George Watkins worked through the weekend on his Eagle Scout project. His project was to place pavers that were donated as a fundraiser for the Historical Soldiers Memorial Cemetery section at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista. He placed more than 4,000 pavers, a job that took two days to complete with the assistance of several Scouts and adult leaders. Photo by Mark Levy, Herald/Review
  • 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...
  • When Big Labor bullies and volunteers collide

    11/20/2009 11:37:11 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 5 replies · 581+ views
    Michelle ^ | 11/20/09 | Michelle Malkin
    My column today provides context for the SEIU bullying of Boy Scouts in Allentown, Pa. As you’ll see, there’s a long history of Big Labor thuggery against volunteers who threaten the union racket. On a related note, be sure to check out the video of Fresno homecare providers exposing how SEIU staff threatened them and changed their ballots to secure a razor-thin advantage in a controversial union election this June. As I’ve been reporting over the last several months, the home health care power grab across the country gives you a glimpse of the SEIU-endorsed Obamacare future. When Big Labor...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • Obama’s Safe Schools Czar Says Teach Respect for Homosexuality in Kindergarten

    10/20/2009 3:37:36 AM PDT · by Man50D · 29 replies · 1,348+ views ^ | October 20, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    The Obama administration’s safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings, has accused the Baptists, the Boy Scouts and sports fans of anti-gay bias, and he has advocated a special high school for gay teens as well as gay-straight alliance clubs for every high school in America. Jennings, who was a prominent homosexual activist before being named director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, also has called for kindergarteners to be taught to respect all sexual orientations, while insisting that “ex-gay messages” and “Christian values” are ‘misused to isolate or denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual...
  • Two Potential “Blood Baths” Narrowly Averted by School Officials

    10/19/2009 8:59:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies · 922+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 18 October 2009 | John Semmens
    Two separate incidents of potential school yard mayhem were narrowly averted by decisive action on the part of public school officials in New York and Delaware. In Delaware’s Christina School District, 1st grade student Zachary Christie was spotted eating lunch with an unauthorized Boy Scout mess kit tool—a combination knife/fork/spoon. Disaster was avoided when the vice-principal quickly disarmed and immobilized the child. The school’s “zero tolerance” policy calls for the offending 6-year old student to be sentenced to 45 days in reform school. School officials rebuffed arguments that the child’s age and the circumstances should be taken into consideration. “This...
  • First Annual AT&T NJ Golf Classic to Benefit Boy Scouts of America Raises More Than $250,000

    10/15/2009 11:57:48 AM PDT · by STONEWALLS · 4 replies · 323+ views
    Yahool Business Wire ^ | 10-15-09 | Press release AT&T
    FirstCall/ -- AT&T* announced today a donation of more than $250,000 to the Patriots' Path Council, serving Boy Scouts of America in northern and central New Jersey. The money is a result of the first annual AT&T NJ Golf Classic which was held at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster and featured appearances by former NY Yankees Joe Pepitone and Lee Mazzilli. Proceeds will be used to support Inner City Scouting programs providing camp scholarships for children living in urban areas and will also fund the cost of a full-time bilingual Program Director for Hispanic communities.
  • 6-Year-Old Scout Suspended for Bringing Knife-Fork-Spoon Utensil to School

    10/12/2009 3:26:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 64 replies · 2,317+ views
    Fox ^ | October 12, 2009
    Six-year-old Zachary Christie was so excited to become a Cub Scout that he brought his camping utensil to school. The tool serves as a spoon, a fork and a knife, and Zachary wanted to use it at lunch. What Zachary didn't know was that the gizmo violated his school's zero-tolerance policy on weapons. And now the Christina School District in Newark, Del., has suspended the first grader and ordered him to attend the district's reform school for 45 days. Zachary's parents insist their son did not intend to hurt anyone, and they are fighting to overturn the ruling. "Zachary wears...
  • 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.
  • Scouts to no longer bring penknives on camping trips [UK]

    09/07/2009 6:29:09 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 66 replies · 1,949+ views
    The Telegraph | 06 Sep 2009 | Chris Irvine
    New advice published in Scouting, the official in-house magazine, says neither Scouts nor their parents should bring penknives to camp except in "specific" situations. Scouts have traditionally been taught how to use knives correctly, using them on camping trips to cut firewood or carve tools. At one point Scouts were allowed to carry a sheath knife on their belt as part of their uniform although this is no longer the case. In recent years the Scout Association guidance has been that parents should carry knives to camps or meetings. Dave Budd, a knife-maker who runs courses training Scouts about the...
  • Scouts to no longer bring penknives on camping trips(UK)

    09/08/2009 4:51:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies · 1,071+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6 September, 2009 | Chris Irvine
    Scouts will soon have to survive without their trusty penknives on camping trips thanks to Britain's growing knife crime culture. Scouts used to be allowed to carry sheath knives on their belts New advice published in Scouting, the official in-house magazine, says neither Scouts nor their parents should bring penknives to camp except in "specific" situations. Scouts have traditionally been taught how to use knives correctly, using them on camping trips to cut firewood or carve tools.At one point Scouts were allowed to carry a sheath knife on their belt as part of their uniform although this is no longer...
  • Supreme Court Watch on Justice Stevens (possible retirement?)

    09/02/2009 9:43:18 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 1,035+ views
    NY Times ^ | 09/02/09 | Kate Phillips
    The legal world — or at least those who watch movements at the Supreme Court closely — is a bit abuzz this morning with the news that Justice John Paul Stevens has confirmed that he has hired only one clerk so far for next year’s term. Clerk-watching has long been one of the signals as to whether a justice plans to retire, although clearly not foolproof and definitely not official. Justices usually hire three to four clerks by the beginning of the summer, a year or so before the next term when the clerks would start work. For Justice Stevens,...
  • Boy Scouts (38 total) bumped from flight (Delta), (forced to) rent bus to make national competition

    08/01/2009 9:12:19 PM PDT · by rawhide · 41 replies · 1,693+ views ^ | 8-1-09 | MASHAUN D. SIMON
    Even though there was a slight hitch in their plan, a group of Boy Scouts who while on their way to a national competition in Indiana found themselves stranded in Atlanta, are now on their way. After exhausting all other options to find a flight that would get them to Indiana before 8 a.m. Sunday, the Scouts were able to rent a charter bus, which Delta will be covering the cost, said Carlos Santos, Delta spokesman. Although they bought their plane tickets in April, the group of 30 Boy Scouts and their eight chaperones were forced to rent the bus...
  • Forced drinking of urine at Boy Scout camp blamed on racial slur

    06/16/2009 3:36:32 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 31 replies · 2,258+ views
    One adult and three teenagers at a Boy Scout camp are accused of forcing a boy to drink human urine because they were "teaching him a lesson" for supposedly making racial slurs to another Scout, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.Investigators arrested Joseph Wendell Reid, 21, two 16-year-olds, and a 15-year-old, all from Ocala, last week on a charge of kidnapping.Officers allege the four held a 12-year-old boy against his will, first taping his mouth shut and then forcing him to drink urine, according to the Sheriff's Office.The four were attending Camp Shands at Baden Powell Road near Hawthorne,...
  • Survivalist Bear Grylls named as new chief scout

    05/17/2009 6:05:22 PM PDT · by appleseed · 58 replies · 3,085+ views ^ | 17 May 2009 | Ben Quinn
    Scouts can earn activity badges for skills from skateboarding to global conservation, but the new chief scout could herald the prospect of members tackling some slightly trickier future pursuits – such as eating snakes and climbing Mount Everest. Bear Grylls, 34, the former SAS man and survivalist who, as television viewers will know, long ago earned his stripes for both the above, said he would be encouraging more adults to volunteer so that 33,000 youngsters on waiting lists could join scout groups. Grylls will become the youngest chief scout in the organisation's 102-year history later this year when he replaces...
  • Daily Kos: Boy Scouts America's Version of Hitler Youth.....

    05/15/2009 9:24:34 AM PDT · by JDAM2007 · 51 replies · 2,312+ views
    US' own Hitler Youth- Daily Kos In todays NYT, there is an article about the boy scouts explorer program which takes scouts (boys and girls) between 14 and 18 and trains them in so called law enforcement activities.This proram now has over 35,000 members and semms to be concentrated in the border areas. My immediate reaction on reading the article was to think of the Hitler Youth movement in Germany of the thirties, and to this end I checked into Wiki and compared the two groups.
  • Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

    05/15/2009 1:10:07 PM PDT · by ronnyquest · 21 replies · 1,900+ views
    The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.
  • Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

    05/14/2009 4:51:30 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies · 1,522+ views
    NYT ^ | May 13, 2009 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor. The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed. “United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with...
  • Lesbians look to boot Boy Scouts from own facilities

    05/07/2009 8:49:36 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 35 replies · 1,662+ views
    WND ^ | May 06, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    With work ramping up in Washington on a "hate crimes" bill that would create special rights for homosexuals, a case that addresses a related issue – claims by same-sex couples they have the right not to be "offended" by "straight' morality – has been presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves a series of projects by the Boy Scouts of America in San Diego. The private organization has provided millions of dollars in improvements to public facilities in exchange for their use but faces being banned because homosexuals and lesbians who never even were exposed to the work...
  • Trio not guilty of helping 7/7 London bombers

    04/29/2009 4:22:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 508+ views ^ | April 28, 2009, 17:01 BST | Rachel Williams
    Note: Photo included. Trio not guilty of helping 7/7 London bombers Jury clears men of conspiring with four bombers over London 2005 explosions that killed 52 Rachel Williams, Tuesday 28 April 2009 17.01 BST Three British Muslims were today cleared of helping the 7 July bombers choose their targets by carrying out a reconnaissance mission in London seven months before the attacks that killed 52 people and injured almost 1,000. A jury at Kingston crown court unanimously found Waheed Ali, 25, Sadeer Saleem, 28, and Mohammed Shakil, 32, all from Beeston, Leeds, not guilty of conspiring with the four...
  • Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

    03/03/2009 2:59:58 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 58 replies · 2,132+ views ^ | 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.
  • Boy Scout, Tory Green, meets President Barack Obama in Oval Office

    03/03/2009 3:16:12 PM PST · by flyfree · 26 replies · 1,112+ views
    Tory Green, the first Eagle Scout from Troop 400 in Huntsville, met President Barack Obama at 2 p.m. this afternoon inside the White House. "It was breathtaking," said the 17-year-old Lee High School senior. "Not only did I get to meet the president, but I got to give Michelle Obama a big ol' hug." Green is in Washington D.C., to present the National State of Scouting address to Congress tomorrow morning. Today Green was scheduled to meet with President Obama, but meeting the president's wife was a coincidence. "We were walking toward the Oval Office, and she walked by, stopped...
  • Giving together: The Deans are an example of a local family that gives back

    02/28/2009 9:45:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 277+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Army soldiers are all volunteers. It is also said that when a soldier marries, the resulting family also volunteers to serve the country. Some soldiers and their families take volunteering a step further by being active in their local community. That can be said of the Dean family on Fort Huachuca. The family of four — Sgt. 1st Class Chad Dean, his wife Charity and their two teenage sons, Brandon, 15, and Bradley, 13 — spend hours in Scouting, youth football and other activities on and off the post. Like many parents who volunteer their services, Chad...
  • Boy Scouts call on the Bushes for food donation

    02/22/2009 10:48:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,654+ views
    WFAA.COM ^ | 2/22/09 | GARY REAVES
    If you've seen the yellow bags on your door knob, you probably know this is the day Boy Scouts collect food for the hungry. Their goal - 500,000 items. But behind one door knob, a local Cub Scout troop solicited a pretty special donor, former president George W. Bush. For 10,000 local kids, scouting for food is door to door, and it's neighbor to neighbor. But for the boys of Troop 19, their newest neighbor is guarded by the police and the Secret Service. Getting the former president's canned goods is no simple matter. "You had to do a bit...
  • Mass Junior Conservation Camp Under Attack (Guns and Scouts)

    02/07/2009 5:29:08 AM PST · by xmission · 13 replies · 770+ views ^ | Gun Owners Action League
    Mass Junior Conservation Camp Under Attack The Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp (MJCC) that Gun Owners’ Action League runs jointly with the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Conservation and Recreation is under attack by the local government in Chesterfield. The MJCC is currently held at the Chesterfield Scout Reservation for two weeks in August. Over the last few years the Scout Reservation has had a neighbor who complained about the shooting taking place during the MJCC program. As a result of this neighbor’s complaints Paul Tacy, the Zoning Enforcement Officer for the Town of Chesterfield, filed a...
  • Toys for Tots Successful Despite Slow Economy

    02/06/2009 3:32:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 475+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2009 – Sixteen million new toys were distributed to 7.6 million children over the Christmas holiday through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Charles Reynolds, an assistant with the Marine Forces Reserve Toys for Tots Program, speaks to Cub Scouts in Mandeville, La., about the program during a Dec. 7, 2008, visit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Erin Wiener   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The program’s aim is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to...
  • Donated scout land often ends up as cash cow (Attack on Boy Scouts)

    02/01/2009 8:41:34 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies · 1,011+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, January 31, 2009 | Lewis Kamb
    It's been 62 years since conservationist Virgil McCroskey gave the Boy Scouts 400 acres of timberland near this village in Idaho's panhandle, with big ideas for a big new camp. But don't expect any pup tents or even the faintest whiff of smoke from Camp McCroskey these days. Rarely used for camping, the land instead has become a moneymaker for the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts. Over the past 35 years, the council has repeatedly logged the property, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some of the money helped pay the mortgage on council headquarters in far-off Spokane, a...
  • Scouts adopt Islamic pledge

    01/20/2009 6:29:07 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 50 replies · 1,766+ views
    Boy Scouts in Dundee will be able to pledge allegiance to ‘Allah’ and drop the traditional oath to God and Queen, says the Scout Association in Scotland. The Association has given its backing to starting Dundee’s 45th troop which will specifically target Muslim boys. In the oath Muslim recruits will be able to replace the name ‘God’ with “Allah, the Most Beneficent and the Most Merciful”, and pledge to honour “the country in which I am now living” instead of the Queen. The Scout Association is already open to all faiths and Muslim boys are currently part of existing troops,...

    01/13/2009 6:02:57 AM PST · by cymry8 · 127 replies · 5,036+ views
    1/13/09 | Cymry8
    It looks as though the USSC or for that matter any of our elected representatives are going to do anything to call into question Barrack Obama's foreign national status. So, it's up to us (American Citizens) to apply the pressure to get them to take notice. We can BOYCOTT any spending on luxury/non-essential items. This will get the governments attention. Pay your bills but don't spend your tax refund, don't spend your stimulus payment. Call in to local radio talk know the drill. If it's good enough for Jesse Jackson, then it is certainly good enough for us in...
  • Marine Vows Mission Success for Toys for Tots, Despite Economic Woes

    12/21/2008 2:29:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 412+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2008 – Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Azemar King saw how the nation swept in to help him and his fellow New Orleanians when Hurricane Katrina devastated their city in 2005. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Charles Reynolds, an assistant with the Marine Forces Reserve Toys for Tots program, speaks to Cub Scouts in Mandeville, La., about the program as well as the benefits of staying in school, staying fit and volunteering during a Dec. 7, 2008, visit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Erin Wiener   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. So this year, he’s convinced...
  • Scouting program takes life again in Iraq (Baghdad)

    12/02/2008 3:31:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 501+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – The scouting movement in Iraq was revitalized in 2004 by the Green Zone Council, a group of Coalition forces in Baghdad who saw value in having Iraqi children involved with their communities. Today, service members continue to work with the youth of Iraq on Saturday afternoons at a small community just outside the Victory Base Complex. “You can look around and, if nothing else, you are doing something good here because you are creating a positive impact for Iraqi families and the children,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Fretz, who is helping bring the scouting program back...
  • Ceremony will kick off historical cemetery project

    09/30/2008 5:23:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 579+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A ceremony to prepare a portion of the state-operated veterans cemetery to receive the remains of soldiers who died in the then Territory of Arizona in the late 1800s will be held Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 70 sets of remains, many of them incomplete, will be reburied at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery next May, after being exhumed at a long-abandoned burial ground in Tucson, said cemetery administrator Joe Larson. Initially, the remains of 10 individuals were expected when the project was started, before Larson became the administrator. “Then the number grew to 30, and now it...
  • Berkeley Sea Scout leader sent to prison

    09/16/2008 7:57:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 203+ views
    Inside Bay ^ | Paul T. Rosynsky
    A Berkeley Sea Scout leader, who was found guilty in July of molesting boys on the troupe's boat (Rosynsky didn't even bother to find out that Sea Scouts are made up of Ships and Crews and what they sail are ships not boats.) under a plea deal, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison. Eugene Evans, 65, must also pay $10,000 in restitution to his victims and register as a sex offender when he is released from prison, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson ordered following the punishment laid out in the plea deal. Evans reached the deal...
  • Unfair Demands On Boy Scouts

    07/29/2008 1:08:47 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 37 replies · 1,239+ views
    The Day ^ | 7/29/2008 | Editors
    Unfair Demands On Boy Scouts By The Day Published on 7/29/2008 We are at a loss to understand why the state Department of Transportation wants to give East Lyme Boy Scout troops such a hard time over doing a good deed. For 25 years on Labor Day weekend the Scouts have served coffee and doughnuts around the clock to weary drivers at the weigh stations on Interstate 95 in Waterford. Drivers get a needed break. The Scouts take pride in providing a service. Donations collected help the Boy Scouts and other local groups. Who could object? Unfortunately, the bureaucrats...
  • Scouts Divided (over homosexuality in ranks)

    07/20/2008 9:21:06 PM PDT · by Marie2 · 14 replies · 160+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 7-20-08 | Franco Ordonez, Gretel C. Kovach and Saba Bireda
    Trading Post 13 last Tuesday, a sweltering morning during the 15th Boy Scouts Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill near Fredericksburg, Va. Despite the heat wave, over the next 10 days they would help 32,000 other Scouts burn through 76,000 hamburgers, 479,000 eggs, 10 tons of beef stew--and countless hours energetically addressing a controversy that will not fade. "In the Bible, it's a sin to be gay," said Moran, 15, as the sun glinted off his dyed blue hair. Keep them out of scouting? "Exactly," he declared. Fifteen-year-old Greg Gutta Jr. was sympathetic. "They say everybody should have the right to...
  • Local scouts donate to Little Sioux camp

    07/07/2008 7:02:20 PM PDT · by darkangel82 · 9 replies · 359+ views ^ | July 7 | Tim Linn
    Local scouts donate to Little Sioux camp The Boy Scouts of Troop 66 on Fort Leavenworth were recognized Wednesday for donating $1,074 to help rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Ranch near Little Sioux, Iowa. The ranch was nearly destroyed when a tornado touched down in the camp on June 11, leaving at least four people dead and more than 40 injured. Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commanding general of Fort Leavenworth, congratulated the scouts on a job well done. Lt. Col. Chip Bircher said his son, Brion Bircher, wanted to help the scouts affected by the tragedy after seeing...
  • Here am I

    06/13/2008 12:14:41 PM PDT · by a_screen_name · 20 replies · 178+ views
    I'm not sure where to publish this so I put it in Personal and Misc. This is a link to a sermon that Sam Thomsen (one of the Scouts that died in the Little Sioux tornado) wrote and delivered to his church. He wanted to be a minister. He was my son's patrol leader. Here is another link to a page about all of the Scouts that died. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.
  • Tornado Hits Scout Camp; Four Dead

    06/11/2008 6:48:40 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 37 replies · 494+ views
    KCCI ^ | 6/11/08
    KCCI is getting early word tonight of a tornado touchdown that hit a Boy Scout camp in western Iowa, injuring as many as 40 people. Our sister station in Omaha, KETV, reports that the Boy Scouts confirm four of those injuries are fatalities. Courtney Greene, a spokeswoman for Governor Chet Culver, says the tornado hit the Little Sioux scout camp. Speaking from the state Emergency Operations Center, which is mobilized because of flooding across Iowa, Greene said authorities have been told of multiple injuries and the potential loss of life. Hospitals in the area have been told to be on...