Jan 25

BSA Threatens Maryland Cub Scout Pack

The National Capital Area Council of the BSA has threatened to revoke the charter of Pack 442 in Cloverly, Maryland over the non-discrimination policy posted on the pack’s web site:

Boy Scouts Threaten to Kick Out Troop For Supporting Gay Members

Les Baron, CEO and Scout Executive of NCAC, confirms to Mother Jones that if the pack doesn’t erase the declaration, “they will not be recognized as an organization, although that’s our last resort.” That means that the troop will lose access to member insurance, rank badges, and scout camps. The only problem with the statement, Baron acknowledges, is the reference to sexual orientation. “That’s a message that’s against our policy, and we don’t want it continue to be out in our community,” Baron says.

According to the article, the pack has until tomorrow to decide whether to comply or lose its charter.

Oct 10

In the News

Local Eagle Scout gives his award to teen denied the honor – (video) Florida Eagle Scout sends his award to Ryan Andresen, the young man in California recently kicked out by the Boy Scouts of America for being gay after completing all the requirements for Eagle.

Former Boy Scout sends Eagle medal to teen who was denied his own because he’s gay - More on the story above.

Boy Scouts of America Continue to Support a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy of Their Own – Op-ed by Pete Mason on BSA’s policies and Ryan Andresen’s case:

Had Ryan Andresen not said anything about his orientation, had he not come out and just finished his Eagle requirements in the closet, he would have received his Eagle badge, but he would have not have been true to himself. Where in the Scout Oath and Law is this idea that keeping quiet about who you are and whom you love is the best way to go about being a member of an otherwise respectable organization? How can BSA look at him and say, “Well, you did all the work, but you’re gay, and that cancels out the work, so no Eagle badge for you.”

Gay Scouts come out, rally around teen’s Eagle Scout bid

US: Scout denied Eagle badge invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show

An Alternative, Inclusive Scouting Organization - David Atchley describes the Baden Powell Service Organization, an attempt to create an inclusive scouting organization within the United States while skirting the boundaries of BSA’s Congressional Charter and the monopoly it gives BSA on “scouting” organizations.

United Way of York County, regional Boy Scout leaders to meet - Guess what they’re going to be talking about.


Oct 04

Ryan Andresen Earns Eagle, but BSA Kicks Him Out Instead of Presenting Award

In a case that seems to involve both sexual orientation discrimination and religious discrimination, Ryan Andresen, a scout who had finished his Eagle Project, has been kicked out of the scouting by the Boy Scouts of America, Inc. after his scoutmaster refused to sign off on the award, citing Ryan’s sexual orientation.  But a spokesperson from BSA’s National Headquarters piled on with this:

The Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said late Thursday that Ryan contributed to his situation by disagreeing with the BSA’s religious principles.

“Recently, a Scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout Counselor that he does not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God” and does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation,” Smith wrote in a statement to Yahoo News. “While the BSA did not proactively ask for this information, based on his statements and after discussion with his family he is being informed that he is no longer eligible for membership in Scouting.”

Smith said belief in God is the foundation of scouting’s strong, continuing commitment to encouraging moral, ethical and spiritual growth. It is the position of the Boy Scouts of America that no one can reach their full potential without belief in a higher power.

Full article at Yahoo News here:  Boy Scout denied Eagle award after coming out

Sign Ryan’s Petition at Change.org