In July, the Boy Scouts of America finally decided to allow gay adult leaders, heralding a burgeoning age of sexual equality. 40 years ago, something similar happened when they forced the Mormon Church to accept black kids into leadership roles in its scout troops.
After much controversy, the Boy Scouts of America executive committee just voted unanimously to allow gay adult leaders. The move brings to an end decades of discrimination by one of the country’s most popular youth organizations.
Speaking at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Meeting today, the organization’s President, Robert M. Gates, stated that he will not revoke the charters of local councils which permit gay adult leaders. The move stops short of calling the nationwide acceptance of gay adults to a vote, but opens the door for more…
What you see here is indeed a butterfly. But it’s also so, so much more.
The Boy Scouts of America now allows gay scouts, but still discriminates against gay leaders. That could change as soon as next month, when the BSA plans a vote on the matter. Why should you care? Why should gay adults be allowed to lead? And, how can you help?
I learned how to perform CPR on my way to Eagle Scout. But, all that theoretical training couldn’t prepare me for the real thing. A stranger suffered a heart attack on Sunday and I helped bring him back to life. This is what that felt like.
"Hey, you want to come camping with Bear?" That's a pretty random email to get on a Thursday morning, and it contained no other details. So, I said yes, packed a bag and hopped on a plane to New Mexico. Here's what happened over the next few days.
Discrimination against gays by the Boy Scouts is a big deal because a) it's otherwise one of the best organizations for youth and b) helps define what being a "man" means. This new TV show will tackle the issue head on.
On January 1 of this year, the Boy Scouts of America opened its doors to openly gay scouts. But, it still bars gay adult leaders. We talked about this issue with the organization's National Commissioner and asked him if Scouting considers gays pedophiles.
It's been 15 years since I was a Boy Scout and, by all accounts, I'm now a grown ass man. But, the impact the organization had on my life is still evident in my daily life. Here's how.
As adults, we're better equipped with basic skills than a bunch of Boy Scouts, right? Prove it, could you pass the test to get a Swimming Merit Badge?
The Boy Scouts of America are becoming more progressive every day. Next year the organization will introduce a brand-new Sustainability merit badge alongside the Environmental Science badge from 1972. And now, scouts can visit a giant treehouse designed to school them on sustainability using fun installations, from…
Believe it or not, but the photography merit badge—awarded to Boy Scouts who showed they'd studied and completed the tasks required—turns 100 this year. The requirements have been updated along the years, and are surprisingly complex:
While the Boy Scouts might have their ballyhooed robotics badge, it is actually the Girl Scouts who struck first in this pee-wee tech war with a working prosthetic hand that has helped a 3-year-old Iowa girl write with her fingerless hand.
You know what's cool? Launching 965 model rockets at once. You know what's cooler? Launching 3,130 model rockets at once. Boy Scout Jacob Smith honored the 100th anniversary of the organization by blowing away the previous world record.
The woefully out of touch writers of Scouting Magazine, the official magazine of Boy Scouts of America, suggest that parents only listen to CDs they buy from stores because when you listen to legal MP3s you risk confusing the boy scouts.
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Congratulations are in order for the Boy Scouts, who have figured out a cool way to combine the old with the new using a "geocaching badge" for Scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America LA Council have joined with the MPAA, offering 52,000 scouts the opportunity to earn an activity patch for learning the dangers of copyright infringement. This from the AP article: