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A Year After Ending the Ban on Gay Leaders, the Boy Scouts Are Doing Just Fine

It was nearly a year ago when the Boy Scouts of America finally ended its irrational ban on gay scout leaders. With that decision, discrimination against gay members in the organization was officially over. A year later, despite backlash from many religious conservatives, the Boy Scouts are doing just fine.

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

2 days agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group’s leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.

The Man Who Took This Photo Was Accused of Being an Enemy of the State

A snapshot of a group of Young Pioneers in 1937. (Photo: Viktor Bulla/Public Domain) While America’s Boy and Girl Scouts are mostly associated with tying knots and selling cookies, their Soviet equivalent, the Young Pioneers, were more focused on defense of the Motherland. Show More Summary

Pillsbury releases a heavenly line of Girl Scout cookie baking mixes

Girl Scouts everywhere, it's time to retire your sash. You have been replaced by an ebullient doughy white boy named Pillsbury. The famous baking products company recently partnered with America's coolest young girls to make Girl Scout cookie homemade cookie mixes. Show More Summary

Boy Scout merit badges that deserved to die

A couple weeks back, there was an acute outbreak of hurt butts after we had the temerity, the audacity, the insolence, to dare suggest that that some of the Boy Scouts of America’s […]

The Boy Scouts Are Accepting Atheists… If They Belong to the Right Kind of Church

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the disturbing new way the Boy Scouts of America is welcoming open atheists into the group (sort of):

Breastfeeding Mom Shamed At Son's Boy Scout Meeting, BSA Responding

The Boy Scouts of America response to a breastfeeding mom falls short of respecting her legal rights.

Do You Agree With the Boy Scouts of America's Letter to 1 Breastfeeding Mom?

After complaints were brought to officials about a breastfeeding mom in one Boy Scout troop, the organization's director of field services got involved. In a letter to the nursing mom, identified as Mrs. Millar, Vance Lackey tried to...Show More Summary

The most soul-crushing Boy Scout merit badges

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

The Boy Scouts of America program is designed to help boys grow into men, but some of its merit badges seem like they're designed to crush the soul of a bright-eyed youth.

10 Badges To Collect Before Receiving Your ‘Gay Card’

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

A new era of scouting could be upon us. Yes, the Boy Scouts of America now accepts gay scouts and scout leaders (woo! progress), but no, that’s not what we’re talking about. Imagine a world where gay life itself was a sort of structured hierarchy, which let’s be real, isn’t so far from the truth. That’s what blogger [...]

Can Great Design Bring The Boy Scouts Into The 21st Century?

A new project casts the beleaguered organization as a sustainability minded outfit. But is it enough to boost engagement? The Boy Scouts of America has had its fair share of troubles in recent years, from abuse allegations to discrimination, which eventually led to a Supreme Court case in 2000. Show More Summary

After Compromise, Atheists Will Finally Be Allowed to Join Unitarian Universalist Boy Scout Troops

Back in March, I posted about how the Unitarian Universalist Association had once again joined forces with the Boy Scouts of America. The UUA had cut all ties with the Scouts in 1998 due to its anti-atheist and anti-gay bigotry, butShow More Summary

Teen Who Returned Thor's Wallet Gets a Hero's Reward

A 17-year-old kid who returned Thor's missing wallet is an even bigger Boy Scout than Captain America—literally. Mashable reports actor Chris Hemsworth was eating with his family in a "rough" area of Los Angeles when he forgot his wallet. "I left my wallet on the table and thought, 'I'm...

After Unitarian Universalists Sign Pact with Anti-Atheist Boy Scouts, UU Humanists Are Pushing Back

Last week, I posted about how the Unitarian Universalist Association had once again joined forces with the Boy Scouts of America. The UUA had cut all ties with the Scouts in 1998 due to its anti-atheist and anti-gay bigotry, but since...Show More Summary

Why Did the Unitarian Universalists Sign a Pact with the Anti-Atheist Boy Scouts?

As longtime readers are surely aware, two of the biggest complaints against the Boy Scouts of America over the past decade have been their policies against gay members and atheists. (They're a private group, so they're legally allowed...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Church Severs Ties With Boy Scouts Over Gay Leaders Policy

A congregation in Wisconsin severed its ties to the Boy Scouts of America in response to the youth organization's decision last year to allow openly gay Scout leaders.

In Clever Extension of 'Got Milk?', Boy Scouts Sell the Perfect Complement for Girl Scout Cookies

5 months agoMarketing / Advertising : AdFreak

Eating cookies without milk is like enjoying a spoonful of peanut butter without a heavy dose of chocolate. It doesn't make sense and leaves you feeling completely empty inside. And yet the Girl Scouts of America have been selling their delectable cookies outside of grocery stores and shopping malls without milk for nearly 100 years. Show More Summary

The Gun-Loving Boy Scouts of the Early 20th Century

6 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

100 years ago, a competing version of the Boy Scouts of America drove its rival crazy—when its members weren’t shooting each other.

Horror Movie Hotties: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

The Boy Scouts of America may have required you to wear an embarrassing neckerchief, but in the face of a zombie outbreak, you never know when your knot-tying skills will come in handy. That's one of the many important facts to take from SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, which you can now pick up for your home-viewing pleasure. Show More Summary

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