Sunday, February 3, 2013
A Silver Spring Boy Scouts pack was forced to remove a non-discrimination statement from its website that did not specifically exclude gay people from participating.
By Rashee Raj Kumar of Capital News Service When the Boy Scouts of America announced this week that it was considering changing its longstanding ban on openly gay scouts and troop leaders, it came as a surprise to many Maryland scouts, especially Cub Scout Pack 442 in the Silver Spring neighborhood of Cloverly. Last month, regional scouting officials threatened to revoke Pack 442’s charter unless it removed a non-discrimination statement from its website that did not specifically exclude gays from participating. Since 1991, the Boy Scouts of America has prevented local troops from making their own decisions about admitting gay scouts and leaders. The position put the scouts, founded in 1910, at the center of a cultural war that led to a …
Friday, October 19, 2012
L.A. Times database lists nearly 90 cases in Maryland between 1959 and 2004.
Some 14,000 pages of memos and letters went public this week alleging that between 1965 and 1985 the Boy Scouts catalogued reports of sexual abuse of more than 1,000 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from 1965 to 1985. The Boy Scouts kept the files as a way to track banned Scout leaders and volunteers. The files went public as a result of a 2010 lawsuit in the Oregon Supreme Court. New criminal prosecutions are not expected because the statute of limitations has lapsed, reported ABC News. However, the Boy Scouts will likely face a wave of civil lawsuits, the success of which will vary from state to state, reports The Los Angeles Times. The Boy Scouts of America acknowledged that in some cases, the organization’s response was “plainly …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Food pantries are struggling to feed more people with less food, and the Scouts' contribution fills only a fraction of the shelf space.
Monday, November 7, 2011
By Jeffrey Benzing, Capital News Service Potomac Boy Scouts Peter Fairbanks and David Bjorklund of Troop 706 are looking to bag some 340 tons of food. The two will be among 20,000 area Scouts collecting canned goods, rice, peanut butter, oatmeal and other non-perishable foods on Nov. 12 in the annual Scouting for Food drive, which helps feed the 600,000 Washington-area residents that Capital Area Food Bank says could go hungry this year. "It's one of the single-most-important things Boy Scouts do," said Mario Wawrzusin, assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 706 and site coordinator for the Scouts' food collection at the U.S. Postal Training Center, Bolger Center. "They really do stock the shelves of these food banks." Overall, food pantries are …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Boy Scout Troop 1444 reflects on summer camp outs at Court of Honor presentation.
Calvin Perry, a 16-year old boy scout, holds his hands up with his troop mates as they repeat the Scouts law: “A boy scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, brave, thrifty, clean and reverent”. Perry stands with dozens of other boys in a cleanly pressed uniform adorned with colorful pins and strips signifying his accomplishments. A crowd of admiring parents and friends watch in quiet adoration. This is Troop 1444 of Colesville's Court of Honor ceremony, where boys from the troop are presented with awards and ranks based on their recent achievements. Perry, like most teenagers in the troop, first started out as a cub scout in elementary school. “It gave me something to do, and a great place for …
Friday, April 1, 2011
This Whiz Kid dives, hikes and is active in the community.
James Audet An Honor Roll junior at Montgomery Blair High School, Audet is taking AP Chemistry, AP World and AP Language. He also serves as a teacher’s assistant for Honors Chemistry class. He's a member of Blair’s Crew Team – one of the few competitive crew teams in Montgomery County Public Schools. He is also an avid hiker, currently preparing for a two-week hiking adventure through the mountains of Northern New Mexico during summer vacation. As an active member in the community – as a senior leader in Boy Scout Troop 209 and in April will coordinate the efforts of the non-profit Hands on DC to clean up and perform minor renovations on a DC public school. Audet earned certification in SCUBA diving, and has dived throughout the Florida …