Boy Scouts of America

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19 Accuse Former Scoutmaster of Sexual Abuse

One plaintiff claims he was molested more than 1,000 times

(Newser) - In a potentially historic lawsuit, 17 former scouts and two women have sued the Boy Scouts of America claiming a Connecticut scoutmaster sexually abused them hundreds of times over a period of 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s, the Hartford Courant reports. “Our nationwide search shows it was... More »

Scouts Survive Worst Aviation Badge Attempt Ever

It involved a plane crash

(Newser) - Three Boy Scouts and their pilot are alive after their four-seat 1952 Beechcraft crashed yesterday morning in Belen, NM, about two miles from its final destination. Scouts Levi Jensen, Talon Bennett, and Jacob Brooks were flying with a pilot they knew from church as part of the work required for... More »

Boy Scouts Change Policy on Gay Leaders

Religious and LGBT groups alike criticize the decision

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its long-standing ban against adult leaders who are openly gay—with one big exception, the New York Times reports. Today's vote by the Scouts' national executive board will also allow religious-sponsored units to choose leaders they prefer. Yet the Mormon Church, America'... More »

Boy Scouts of America Votes to Allow Gay Leaders

Units will be allowed to set their own policies

(Newser) - The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. Units sponsored by churches opposed to the change could maintain the... More »

Bob Gates to Boy Scouts: End Ban on Gay Leaders

Group's president says 'status quo cannot be sustained'

(Newser) - Former secretary of Defense and current president of the Boy Scouts of America Robert Gates had some tough talk for his organization today, USA Today reports, telling the Scouts' annual meeting that it was time to set aside the group's controversial ban on gay leaders. "I must speak... More »

Boy Scouts Chapter Flouts Ban, Hires Gay Adult Leader

National organization is 'looking into the matter'

(Newser) - In what advocates are calling a "watershed moment," the Boy Scouts' New York chapter said yesterday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national Scouting organization's ban on openly gay... More »

After Scout's Death, Friends Helping Him Get Eagle Rank

Pennsylvania teen died suddenly last month

(Newser) - Scores of friends, family members, and fellow Boy Scouts have joined forces to help a Pennsylvania Boy Scout win his Eagle badge weeks after his sudden death. Noah Cornuet, 16, collapsed and died after football practice last month from what turned out to be a rare heart tumor, the Pittsburgh ... More »

Border Official Points Gun... at Boy Scout: Troop Leader

Another scout gets threatened with 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A couple weeks ago, a US border patrol official held a gun to the head of ... a Boy Scout. A troop leader explains what happened now that the scouts and adult volunteers from Mid-Iowa Scout Troop 111 have returned from their 23-day trip: Ten days into the trip, their four... More »

Boy Scouts Boot Troop With Gay Leader

Church says it will stand by scoutmaster

(Newser) - A church-sponsored Boy Scout troop in Washington state has had its charter revoked for refusing to fire its gay scoutmaster. The decision bars the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church from using the Scout name or logo as long as Eagle Scout Geoff McGrath, 49, remains in charge, the New York ... More »

Disney Cuts Boy Scout Donations Over Gay Ban

Company had given to some troops

(Newser) - Boy Scout troops are losing Disney's financial support over its continuing ban on gay adult leaders. The Walt Disney Company currently donates to some troops—though not the national organization—through an employee volunteering program, the LA Times reports. Those donations will end next year, the AP reports. "... More »

Boy Scouts Boot Rock-Topplers

One of the men filed disability lawsuit

(Newser) - No merit badges for these guys: A pair of Boy Scout leaders who filmed themselves knocking over an ancient rock formation in a Utah national park have been chucked out of the organization. A spokesman for Boy Scouts of America said the organization was "saddened by this irresponsible display... More »

Scout Leaders Face Charges for Toppling Ancient Rock

But Utah men insist they were doing a public duty

(Newser) - Two Utah men may face criminal charges for knocking over a rock that some people consider pretty darn special, CNN reports. Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall were leading a Boy Scout excursion in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park when they pushed over one of the many mushroom-shaped rocks that... More »

Southern Baptists Plan to Leave Boy Scouts 'En Masse'

Denomination will urge 16M members to cut ties

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America's decision last month to allow gay members was made with the blessings of many churches and religious groups—but not all of them. And here's a pretty significant opponent: The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America with 45,000 congregations... More »

Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Scouts

But gay adults still barred as leaders

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts. Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60% supported the proposal. Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts'... More »

In Secret Ballot, Boy Scouts Vote on Gays Today

It's expected to be close

(Newser) - Today's the day: More than 1,400 Boy Scout leaders are gathered in Grapevine, Texas, to vote on allowing openly gay scouts to participate in the organization. Emotions were already running high yesterday, the New York Times reports, as dozens of protesters picketed outside the conference center with "... More »

Mormon Church OK With Gay Boy Scouts

Cites 'thoughtful, good-faith effort' on issue

(Newser) - A proposal that would allow gay Boy Scouts is getting a high-profile thumbs-up ahead of its May vote. The Mormon Church supports the move, it says. "We have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have... More »

Gay-Friendly Boy Scouts Alternative Growing Quickly

Navigators doubles its membership in about a year

(Newser) - The Navigators is a tiny group compared to the Boy Scouts, but Mother Jones reports that its gay-tolerant creed has helped it more than double its chapters to 45 in about a year. A former Boy Scout troop leader in Harlem formed the Navigators in 2003, fed up with the... More »

Boy Scouts Proposal: Allow Gay Scouts, Not Leaders

Proposal must still be voted on

(Newser) - It looks like the Boy Scouts of America may be ready to end its ban on openly gay scouts, but not on gay leaders. The organization today proposed doing away with the longstanding and controversial ban, which would mean that in the future, "no youth may be denied membership... More »

California Democrats Want Scouts to Pay for Gay Stance

Lawmakers push bill that could revoke group's tax-exempt status

(Newser) - California Democrats are out to make the Boy Scouts pay for their refusal to accept openly gay members. The state's Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed a bill yesterday revoking tax-exempt status from any nonprofit that discriminates based on sexual orientation, gender, or religious affiliation, the LA Times reports.... More »

Boy Scouts Takes Poll, Asks About Bunking With Gays

Survey goes out to 1.1M scouts

(Newser) - As the Boy Scouts of America continues to wrestle with the question of whether to admit gay members and leaders, it's decided to take members' opinions into account. Some 1.1M scouts and their families received surveys recently, with questions like:
  • Should gay scouts be allowed to share tents
... More »

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