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BSA for all boys.

By a vote of 61%-38% the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has finalized a decision to lift sexual orientation from the criteria to discriminate for youth membership. Previously and previously. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 23, 2013 - 103 comments

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent, and Straight

Seventeen-year-old denied his Eagle Scout Award and kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America for being gay. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 5, 2012 - 183 comments

Once an Eagle

Eagle Scouts Returning Our Badges, a tumblr of pictures and letters from US Scouts renouncing their Eagle award.
posted by zamboni on Aug 12, 2012 - 112 comments

"To help other people at all times."

Boy Scouts reaffirm policy denying membership to gays. [Reuters] "The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday said the organization would continue to deny gay people membership, saying that the policy "is in the best interest of Scouting."
posted by Fizz on Jul 17, 2012 - 222 comments

Be One With The Wild

The new Boy Scouts Of America recruitment campaign is... well... a bit hairy.
posted by hippybear on Nov 8, 2011 - 85 comments

Do A Good Turn Daily

1965 Boy Scout Handbook
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 26, 2009 - 128 comments

Scoutmaster

Scoutmaster is a blog from a long-time troop leader in which he talks both about practical scouting tools, such as how to make a fire and how to lash a tower together, and about current issues with discrimination in the BSA.
posted by Upton O'Good on Dec 19, 2007 - 50 comments

BSA lobby? First floor, no charge.

Newsfilter: While Philadelphia officials dispute with a local chapter of the Boys Scouts of America over its use of taxpayer-subsidized, rent-free property, despite a policy of open discrimination, the Republican-controlled federal government discusses legislation that would make it illegal for taxpayers to withdraw funding from any youth organization, including the Boy Scouts of America, regardless of its activities or stated policies.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 26, 2006 - 194 comments

Digital asse(t)s

Think the RIAA is doing something new by threatening and suing? Think again... it's all part of a 4-step process.
posted by clevershark on Nov 10, 2003 - 13 comments

Boy Scouts tell Atheist Eagle Scout he has one week to declare his belief or get out. On membership applications, Boy Scouts and adult leaders must say they recognize some higher power, not necessarily religious. "Mother Nature would be acceptable," said Brad Farmer, the Scout executive of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts. Hmmmm...
posted by quirked on Oct 30, 2002 - 45 comments

The US strikes a blow against the forces of evil.

The US strikes a blow against the forces of evil. Seriously, does this mean I'm gonna have to start paying for my software soon?
posted by tcobretti on Dec 11, 2001 - 21 comments

Senate passes amendment withholding money

Senate passes amendment withholding money from schools that deny use of their facilities to the Boy Scouts on the grounds of their exclusion of homosexuals. Says Jesse Helms, sponsor of the amendment to Bush's education bill, this is meant to combat "the organized lesbians and homosexuals in this country of ours." Is this justified in light of the Supreme Court's ruling that the Scouts have the right to exclude whomever they wish, or just flat out anti-homosexual?
posted by zempf on Jun 14, 2001 - 34 comments

The Business Software Alliance

The Business Software Alliance is trying to spook everyone here in Chicago (and other cities) with a major radio ad campaign and mailing. I don't have a problem with their goal, but I do with their scare tactics. Additionally their radio ads, as well as their web site, encourage disgruntled employees to anonymously blow the whistle on their current or former employers. Do we need to encourage unhappy employment at a time in this society when disgruntled employees can easily become violent? Do we need to emphasize disgruntled employees? Or is this a good way to let off the steam before your kettle blows?
posted by Sal Amander on Feb 7, 2001 - 7 comments

Software Piracy Detection Vans

Software Piracy Detection Vans patrol the streets of the UK. Or do they? In the immortal words of the Pythons, "The looney detector van, you mean."
posted by harmful on Nov 8, 2000 - 7 comments

A Damn Good Idea,

A Damn Good Idea, but about as likely as Dr. Laura joining NOW.
posted by Doug on Jul 6, 2000 - 19 comments

Boy Scouts: 1 Gay Memebers: 0

Boy Scouts: 1 Gay Memebers: 0 Court Says Boy Scouts Can Bar Gays, which is slightly troubling, in that a psuedo-national organization can make rules that go against government policy. I don't see how a scoutmaster being gay has anything to do with teaching kids how to tie knots and go camping though.
posted by mathowie on Jun 28, 2000 - 52 comments

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