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Florida Parents Sue Boy Scouts Over Hiking Death of Their Son

"Be prepared." Grieving parents in southwest Florida find the Boy Scouts' motto ironic, as they sue leaders of the organization for the death of their son. ABC News reports Michael Sclawy-Adelman, 17, was overcome with heat stroke and died ...Boy dies after hiking in triple digits near the Florida Everglades.

I'm Pro-Boy Scouts (And Pro-Gay)

If I'd thought about it harder, maybe I wouldn't have said, "Sure!" when my son asked me if he could tag along with his friend to a Boy Scout meeting three years ago. But, "Sure!" said I, and he ran home with the sign-up sheet. What was so excitin...In an era when we are realizing how terrible it is to ostracize (or bully) young men about their sexual orientation, why are the Boy Scouts kicking those kids to the curb?

Should the Boy Scouts Stop Banning Gay Men and Atheists?

Jon Langbert, a father in Dallas, was told recently that he was no longer allowed to hold a leadership position in his son's Cub Scout troop because he is gay. He was also asked not to wear his Scout uniform at troop events. "We do have a poli...

Boy Scouts Refuse to Release Files on Child Molestors

The guy who lives down the street next to the playground is a pervert who likes to fondle young boys. You know it. You even investigated him to make absolutely sure. You compiled everything you learned -- and it's some pretty damning stuff -- in...Boy Scouts of America have responded to several complaints of pedophilia over the years and have created their own files for safety reasons. So why won't they hand over their findings to law enforcement?

Boy Scouts Set Up Camp in the Wilds of Times Square

S'mores in the city? Maybe not. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
Lions and tigers and ... taxis, oh my? In honor of the Boy Scouts' 100th anniversary, the 12 brave souls of Troop 36 ditched the wilderness for the bright lights of Broadway. The scouts ...

Oregon Jury Orders Boy Scouts to Pay Man $1.4M

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jurors on Tuesday found the Boys Scouts of America negligent and awarded $1.4 million to a former Portland man who was abused by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s, following a three-week trial in which secret Scout "...

Are Parents To Blame When A Kid Gets Molested?

Should parents be blamed -- or even prosecuted -- if they allow their child to go on an overnight where he ends up molested? Yes, says the head of the Boy Scouts council for Portland, Oregon. No, says me. No more than parents should be blamed if...

Boy Scouts Start Recruitment Drive In Latino Communities

The Boy Scouts are recruiting Hispanic kids. Credit: Corbis
A Boy Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. And if he happens be Hispanic too, gosh, that would be sw...

British scouts to get condoms

The British version of the Boy Scouts has issued new guidelines which instruct troop leaders to hand out condoms "if they believe [a scout] is very likely to begin or continue having intercourse with or without contraception." In addition, they are e...

Pocket surprises and tree farms

I get a surge of happiness when I happen upon random items in my jacket pockets that remind me that I simply love being a dad. Yesterday it was a purple lite brite peg. No idea how it got there, but at some point I must have placed it there to avoid ...

Sea Scout leader molested boys

Remember the Sea Scouts who were told they were no longer be eligible for free use of the Berkeley, California marina to berth their boats due to their discriminatory policy towards gays? Eugene Evans, the Scouts' leader, gained a modicum of fame for...

Boy scouts get the bill for discrimination

Remember the Cradle of Liberty Council of Boy Scouts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? The third largest group of scouts in the country, they have enjoyed the use of city-owned property as their headquarters for nearly 80 years. That, however, was befor...

Girl Scouts reinvent themselves

Contrary to popular opinion, the Girl Scouts are not just about enslaving young girls for the purpose of selling cookies without paying the overhead of a retail site. It's also about embroidery and cooking. At least, that's what most people -- and mo...

Boy Scount leaders spend big at Key West resort

A few Boy Scout leaders earned their Expense Account merit badge during a resort getaway last January. Orange County Boy Scout chief Leslie Baron and 31 Scouting execs from around the country racked up more than $27,000 in expenses for banquets, cock...

Scouts can't have their cake and eat it too

Six years ago, the Boy Scouts of America convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that they, as a private organization, have the right to discriminate against gays and athiests. They are, after all, organized around religious principles and certainly no one ...


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