Boy Scouts

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Cub Scout's Questions for Lawmaker Get Him Kicked Out of Den

His mom says den leader was not a fan of 11-year-old's line of questioning

(Newser) - A Colorado state senator was visiting, and Ames Mayfield had questions for her. Specifically, questions about gun control, as well as comments the lawmaker made back in 2013 regarding black people. As a result, Ames was kicked out of the organization that Sen. Vicki Marble was visiting. That organization is... More »

Boy Scouts Will Start Accepting Girls

Historic change starts with Cub Scouts, will ultimately allow girls to become Eagle Scouts

(Newser) - In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts, the AP reports. Under the plan announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens—the smallest... More »

Family Sues After Son Dies on 'Aggressive' Boy Scouts Hike

'He wasn't prepared' for advanced hike, parents say

(Newser) - The grieving parents of 15-year-old Reid Comita say he died after going on a hike the Boy Scouts should never have sent him on. The Texas teenager died from heat stroke in June while on an "Intro to Backpacking" course that would have been his final task to become... More »

Girl Scouts Accuse Boy Scouts of Underhanded Behavior

They claim the boys are covertly recruiting girls

(Newser) - Inflaming a century-old and mostly cordial rivalry, the president of the Girl Scouts of the USA is accusing the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations. "I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90% of... More »

3rd Boy Scout, 11, Dies After Boat Accident

Sailboat struck power line on lake

(Newser) - A third Boy Scout has died from injuries suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line on a lake east of Dallas, an official with Texas Parks & Wildlife said. The 11-year-old Scout died Monday at a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, Texas Parks & Wildlife spokesman Steve Lightfoot said.... More »

Boy Scouts Denies Trump's Claim of Phone Call

Organization says top leaders did not call president to praise controversial speech

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts are denying a claim by President Donald Trump that the head of the youth organization called the president to praise his politically aggressive speech to the Scouts' national jamboree, the AP reports. Trump told the Wall Street Journal, "I got a call from the head of... More »

Cub Scouts Boot 8-Year-Old Transgender Boy

'How dare they judge me,' says New Jersey's Joe Maldonado

(Newser) - Joe Maldonado was excited about his new Cub Scout pack from the moment he joined it. But the 8-year-old had only been settled into the Secaucus, NJ, group for about a month when his mom received a phone call that stunned his family: He was being kicked out because he... More »

When Dad Dies on Trail, Boy Scout Leads Kids to Safety

'I know he would've wanted me to lead'

(Newser) - When his father suddenly died while leading 34 Boy Scouts and chaperones on a 19-mile hike in the Appalachian Mountains in New Hampshire, 16-year-old David Norton didn't panic. Instead, he led just as his father had done. David, who hails from Acton, Mass., was in charge of a group... More »

Denver Parents Find Hooters Girls at Cub Scout Day Camp

And they weren't happy about it

(Newser) - Parents who went to pick up their Cub Scouts from a day camp in Denver were likely excited to hear about their sons' experience, but that excitement was quickly marred when they found out the camp had been sponsored by Hooters, the AP reports. Although pictures accompanying a Facebook post... 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 »

Why a Hiker Didn't Die in the Wilderness: His Son

Charlie, 13, used survival skills to care for his dad before finding help

(Newser) - David Finlayson recalls packing frozen breast milk while taking his infant son into the great outdoors. In the years since, he and now 13-year-old Charlie have explored the jungles of Panama and the heights of Rainier. And the teen has apparently picked up some pretty serious skills along the way.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Lightning Strike Hospitalizes 23 Boy Scouts

3 adults also suffer burns in NH strike

(Newser) - A lightning strike during a massive thunderstorm sent 23 Boy Scouts and three adults to the hospital with burns ranging from mild to serious, WMUR reports. Fire officials—who praised the teens for staying "calm and cool" in the aftermath of the strike—say the group was sheltering under... 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 »

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 »

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