Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts allow gay youth

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Families looking for an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America after the group voted to drop its ban on gay youth earlier this year descended on Nashville, Tenn., this weekend to help launch a Christian-based scouting organization.

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Obese Boy Scouts left out of national gathering

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Boy Scouts attending this year’s National Scout Jamboree will have a lot more physical challenges to endure there, but even before setting up camp in West Virginia they had to undergo fitness exams, including a screening tool for obesity.

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Boy Scouts defy orders, wear uniforms in Utah gay pride parade

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Boy Scouts and adult volunteers wore their uniforms Sunday as they marched in Utah’s gay pride parade — defying a leader of the youth organization who had said they couldn’t do so under the organization’s guidelines prohibiting advocating political or social positions.

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After vote allowing gay kids to become Boy Scouts, some families call it quits

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The father of a Cub Scout sat his son on his lap late last week and told him news that tore up both their hearts: The family was leaving the Boy Scouts.

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Bittersweet victory for gay adults kicked out of Scouting

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GRAPEVINE, Texas — After years of dedication to an organization that ultimately didn’t want them, former gay adult leaders with the Boy Scouts of America were elated to see the group finally accept openly gay youth. But the moment was tinged with bitterness, because as gay adults, they remain stuck on the outside.

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Scouts await decision on gay membership

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Cub Scout Pack 215 in rural Arkansas is waiting for a vote that could mean big changes for their tiny outfit.

That’s because of a decision being made Thursday at the national Boy Scouts of America annual meeting that will have ramifications for their pack and other Scout units across the country: whether or not to end its controversial policy banning gay Scouts.

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BREAKING: Boy Scouts of America says it needs more time for decision on gay membership

The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it needed “more time for a deliberate review” of its policy banning gay Scouts and leaders, delaying a final decision on the controversial membership guidelines that have dogged the private youth organization in recent years.

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Exclusive: Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders

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The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.

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California chapter defies gay ban, tells Scouts to award teen Eagle rank

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A California chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is directly challenging the national organization’s ban on gays by formally recommending that an openly gay former Scout be awarded the top rank of Eagle. 

Boy Scouts release secret child abuse files — ‘the pain and the anguish of thousands’

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More than 1,200 formerly  secret Boy Scouts’ files detailing accusations of child sex abuse within the organization from 1965 to 1985 were published online Thursday by lawyers, who said they offered lessons in the battle against pedophiles.

Eagle Scouts return badges to protest policy banning gays

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Bill DeVos, a Scoutmaster in upstate New York, packed up his Eagle Scout medal, badge and knot, and mailed the awards to the Boy Scouts’ headquarters in Texas.

Though it was hard to part with the symbols of his Scouting achievements that harkened to his childhood, the 56-year-old father of two Eagle Scouts said he didn’t want them as long as the organization kept its ban on gay Scouts and leaders.

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Boy Scouts: We’re keeping policy banning gays

The Boy Scouts of America will keep their controversial policy banning gay scouts and leaders after a two-year review, the organization said Tuesday.

The announcement comes amid a stepped-up campaign from activist groups urging an end to the membership guidelines.

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