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Boy Scouts of America, The (BSA)


Self Description

May 2014: "The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society."

http://www.scouting.org/About.aspx

September 2003: "The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America — incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916 — is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness." http://www.scouting.org/nav/enter.jsp?c=xm

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2012: 'What do Obama’s executive orders have to do with a New York Times photo from a story on a Boy Scouts program? Answer: nothing. Yet those elements, along with a civilian FEMA program, Department of Homeland Security ammunition purchases, and a picture from Nazi Germany, were strung together in a nutty message claiming that DHS was creating a “standing army of government youth” known as FEMA Corps. The Boy Scouts program, for youths interested in a career in law enforcement, has nothing to do with FEMA. And FEMA Corps is a civilian community service program, part of AmeriCorps, for adults ages 18 and 24, who help FEMA in responding to natural disasters. FEMA Corps members are prohibited from carrying any weapons, including guns.'

http://factcheck.org/2012/12/viral-spiral-2012/

October 2012: "Regrets and recriminations about how the Boy Scouts of America have policed the ranks of its scoutmasters and other volunteers to guard against sexual predators — and how they have often failed — echo through the thousands of pages of internal documents, police files and newspaper clippings released here on Thursday after a lengthy court battle. The files were put together over a 20-year period in states across the nation on 1,247 men who were accused of abuse between 1965 and 1985, often with multiple victims. The release of the documents creates, for the first time, a public database on specific abuse accusations."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/us/boy-scout-documents-reveal-decades-of-sexual-abuse.html

June 2011: "After D2 lost its appeal, the three plaintiffs filed suit. This month, in United States District Court in Seattle, Judge John C. Coughenour ruled that the gay alliance could legally limit the number of heterosexual participants, just as the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts of America could exclude gays."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/sports/softball-case-raises-question-who-qualifies-as-gay.html

April 2010: "(CNN) -- An Oregon jury on Friday found the Boy Scouts of America liable for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy more than 25 years ago, returning a verdict of $18.5 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff, Kerry Lewis, now 38, allowed his name to be used publicly during the trial, according to his attorneys. He is among six men suing the Boy Scouts over allegations of sexual abuse."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/23/oregon.boy.scout.abuse/index.html

November 2007: "Scattered Muslim communities across the United States are forming Girl Scout troops as a sort of assimilation tool to help girls who often feel alienated from the mainstream culture, and to give Muslims a neighborly aura. Boy Scout troops are organized with the same inspiration..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/28/us/28girlscout.html

January 2005: Volunteers say paid Scout leaders have created fictitious "ghost units" for years to pump up membership numbers to trick donor groups and charities, including the United Way, into giving them more money. In some cases, the alleged membership scams do not even appear to have been very clever. Volunteer Tom Willis, a 1960s Eagle Scout who is also the father of two Eagle Scouts, says he was presented with a roster for a supposed group of 30 youths in Fort Payne, Ala. -- each had the last name Doe.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45573-2005Jan28.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Robert M. Gates Ph.D. Person Jan 28, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Wayne Perry Person Oct 18, 2012

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Dec 27, 2012 Viral Spiral 2012: The constant battle against crackpot claims, paranoid conspiracy theories and malicious lies.

QUOTE: old viral emails, unfortunately, never die — and new ones spread like a highly contagious disease. These overwhelmingly anonymous messages are, by and large, bogus. Many not only twist the facts but also peddle pure fabrications, urging recipients to forward these “shocking” revelations to all their friends. And despite all good common sense, people do pass along these malicious attempts to deceive, often in the same amount of time it would take to check their tenuous hold on veracity.

FactCheck.org
Oct 18, 2012 Boy Scout Files Detail Decades of Abuse Accusations

QUOTE: Regrets and recriminations about how the Boy Scouts of America have policed the ranks of its scoutmasters and other volunteers to guard against sexual predators — and how they have often failed — echo through the thousands of pages of internal documents, police files and newspaper clippings....They do not suggest that scouting was riddled with sexual stalkers.

New York Times
Jun 29, 2011 Three Straights and You’re Out in Gay Softball League

QUOTE: The case has also escalated into a flashpoint in organized gay sports. Sports leagues that exclude members based on sexual orientation — which is generally legal — are watching how the courts address the vexing question at the heart of this dispute: how should a group determine who qualifies as gay?

New York Times
Apr 23, 2010 Jury verdict hits Boy Scouts with $18.5 million in punitive damages

QUOTE: An Oregon jury on Friday found the Boy Scouts of America liable for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy more than 25 years ago, returning a verdict of $18.5 million in punitive damages....alleged that though the scout leader was removed, he was allowed to stay on as a volunteer and the abuse continued.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 17, 2009 One Person’s Boondoggle, Another’s Necessity

QUOTE: Those [certain] proposals for spending federal stimulus money were all criticized... But they have something else in common, too. They are popular locally. And they underscore a truth that has been evident since the New Deal: sometimes the boondoggle is in the eye of the beholder

New York Times
Nov 28, 2007 To Muslim Girls, Scouts Offer a Chance to Fit In

QUOTE: Scattered Muslim communities across the United States are forming Girl Scout troops as a sort of assimilation tool to help girls who often feel alienated from the mainstream culture, and to give Muslims a neighborly aura. Boy Scout troops are organized with the same inspiration, but often the leap for girls is greater because many come from conservative cultures that frown upon their participating in public physical activity.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2006 Court Ruling Prompts Ban on Groups Sending Fliers Home With Students

QUOTE: Montgomery County school officials announced yesterday that they are temporarily banning outside groups such as parent-teacher associations and the Boy Scouts from distributing fliers about activities and events in student backpacks.

Washington Post
Jan 29, 2005 Boy Scouts Suspected of Inflating Rolls

QUOTE: The uproar in Alabama, the latest in a string of at least five bogus-membership scandals in Boy Scout councils around the country since the 1990s, has exposed an undercurrent of tension between unpaid volunteers and the professionals who are paid -- sometimes handsomely -- to run Boy Scout programs.

Washington Post
Oct 29, 2002 Atheist Scout fights decision to boot him

QUOTE: The Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts has given Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert about a week to decide "in his heart" if he's truly an atheist.

Seattle Times
Jul 10, 2001 Charity Cites Bush Help in Fight Against Hiring Gays: Salvation Army Wants Exemption From Laws

QUOTE: The Bush administration is working with...the Salvation Army, to make it easier for government-funded religious groups to practice hiring discrimination against gay people...

Washington Post