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Boy Scouts of America
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Scouts' Latest Badge Inspired by Black Lives Matter
You'll now need to earn a diversity and inclusion badge to ascend to Eagle Scout status
- Becoming an Eagle Scout, an elite rank within the Boy Scouts, requires time, effort, tenacity—and now, a new merit badge inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that those who wish to attain Eagle Scout status must now earn a "diversity...
Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy
Organization faced flood of sexual abuse lawsuits
- The Boy Scouts of America, fighting for survival amid a flood of sexual abuse lawsuits, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing early Tuesday marks the start of what is expected to be one of the most complex bankruptcies in US history, lawyers tell NBC . Changes in statute-of-limitation...
Suit: Boy Scouts Hiding 'Pedophilia Epidemic'
Lawyer group says it has 800 clients in the wings and has identified 350 new alleged abusers
- A lawsuit was filed Monday in Philly against the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of a man who says a Scout leader sexually abused him for years in the '70s, and the lawyer group that filed the complaint says there's new proof that the BSA tried to...
Hundreds of Men Join Boy Scouts Lawsuit
But talking about what happened is still hard
- Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men, the AP reports. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited they...
Lawyer: 7.8K Suspects Named in Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'
He says expert found there were more than 12K victims
- The Boy Scouts of America "perversion files" contain the names of a staggering number of suspected pedophiles and their victims, an attorney revealed Tuesday. Jeff Anderson, who represents former Scouts who say they were abused, said an expert hired by the Scouts to audit the files on suspected abusers...
Girl Scouts to Boy Scouts: You Have to Keep the Word 'Boy'
GSUSA claims trademark infringement in new suit over gender-neutral 'scouts'
- The Boy Scouts program will soon have a new name, and a more "inclusive nature" as it allows girls into its ranks, but its sister group is rankled over the whole rebrand. Per MarketWatch and
, a complaint filed by the Girl Scouts of the USA on Tuesday in...
Sand Dune Collapse Kills 12-Year-Old Boy Scout
Gage Wilson was found unresponsive at Van Buren State Park
- Police say a 12-year-old Boy Scout has died after being buried by sand at a Michigan park. South Haven police tell TV station WWMT that the boy dug into the side of a sand dune Saturday and crawled into the small space. The sand collapsed while Gage Wilson of the...
Boy Scouts Neckerchief Sliders Recalled
About 110,000, due to lead content
- Part of the Boy Scout oath is to keep oneself physically strong, meaning Scouts should heed uniform-related news out of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fox News reports about 110,000 brass neckerchief sliders have been recalled due to lead content. "The colored enamel on the neckerchief slides contains...
Behind Obama's Silence: a Focus on the Long Game
A 'New York' profile says former president sees what's happening as a 'blip' in history
- Gabriel Debenedetti sets out to answer a question raised in the headline of a lengthy piece in
magazine: "Where Is Barack Obama?" In one sense, the answer is easy: He's traveling the world giving speeches, having visited every continent but Antarctica since leaving office. But in...
Tragedy Strikes Boy Scout Summer Camp
Teen killed after tree falls on tent
- The last week of a Boy Scout summer camp in Georgia ended in tragedy when a tree fell on a Texas teen's tent, killing him. The
reports the incident took place at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp in Covington, and that a weather alert had been...
After More Than a Century, Mormons Dump Boy Scouts
The complete severing will come at the end of 2019
- The Mormon church said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of 2019 and place its remaining 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program it's developing. The move ends what
calls a "long, symbiotic relationship," one...
After 'Incredibly Fun' Deliberations, a New Name for Boy Scouts
Coming in February: Scouts BSA
- For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group announced a new name: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February, reports the AP . Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many...
Boy Scouts Shakes Head at Suit on Teen With Down Syndrome
Logan Blythe's dad says son was stripped of merit badges, Eagle Scout opportunity; BSA says no
- The Boy Scouts of America is pushing back after a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 15-year-old Utah boy. The complaint filed by Logan Blythe's father, Chad Blythe, alleges the BSA nixed a project Logan needed to complete to become an Eagle Scout because the organization decided Logan couldn'...
Boy Scouts Voids Badges of Teen With Down Syndrome
Family sues, says national organization's decision is discriminatory
- The father of a boy who has Down syndrome is suing the Boys Scouts of America for blocking his son from becoming an Eagle scout and revoking his merit badges. Logan Blythe has been a scout through the National Parks Council in Utah. His father, Chad, says the 15-year-old has...
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
- 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...
Boy Scouts Will Start Accepting Girls
Historic change starts with Cub Scouts, will ultimately allow girls to become Eagle Scouts
- 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...
Family Sues After Son Dies on 'Aggressive' Boy Scouts Hike
'He wasn't prepared' for advanced hike, parents say
- 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...
Girl Scouts Accuse Boy Scouts of Underhanded Behavior
They claim the boys are covertly recruiting girls
- 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...
2 Eagle Scouts Dead in Sailing Electrocution
Another boy, 11, is hospitalized in Texas
- Two Eagle Scouts were fatally electrocuted over the weekend while teaching a younger Boy Scout how to sail. Authorities in East Texas say the mast of their catamaran apparently struck a power line on a lake Saturday afternoon, reports NBC News . The older boys, ages 16, and 18, were found...
Boy Scouts Denies Trump's Claim of Phone Call
Organization says top leaders did not call president to praise controversial speech
- 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...
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