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  • BSA to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Boys Scouts of America will open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018, the latest move in the BSA's evolution from a gender-specific character development organization limited to biological boys.

    BSA's board of directors unanimously approved the change Oct. 11 at its Texas headquarters and announced plans to roll out a similar program for older girls in 2019 to allow girls to obtain the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. The changes cater to requests from families too busy to enroll sons and daughters in separate programs, BSA leaders said, and is not a tactic to increase membership numbers that have ... Read More

  • Mormons pull older teens from BSA, open own program

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (10 months ago)

    The Mormon church is pulling its older teens from the Boy Scouts of America in 2018, but said the decision is not related to BSA policies opening Scouting to gays and transgender males. Read More

  • Boy Scouts' transgender policy 'sad,' 'predicted'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Boy Scouts' decision to include girls who identify as boys in their programs is a tragic but predictable step, said conservative Christian leaders.

    "Tragically, the Boy Scouts seem to be continuing their trajectory toward embracing the moral priorities of the Sexual Revolution," said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "Many of us predicted that earlier decisions by the organization were the beginning of an organizational reinvention and hoped we were wrong. Those fears have now been justified. Read More

  • Lutheran group severs relationship with Scouts

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 02, 2015 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The second largest Lutheran denomination in America has severed its official relationship with the Boy Scouts of America based on concerns over the BSA's decision this summer to allow openly homosexual Scout leaders.

    The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod (LCMS), a theologically conservative denomination with 2.1 million members, said in a news release it "no longer seems tenable" to abide by a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding with the BSA, in which the two organizations pledged to "work cooperatively" to "establish and nurture Scout units as an expression of the nurture and outreach ministry of The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod." The release was issued by LCMS President Matthew Harrison and Bart Day, executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission. Read More

  • Scouts' vote may diminish numbers, Bapt. leaders say

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Boy Scouts of America's executive board has voted to lift the Scouts' national ban on gay adult leaders and employees -- a move Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said may hasten the exodus of Southern Baptists from Scouting.

    Sadly and regrettably, I believe churches who stand on the biblical ethic of sexuality will have to cease their sponsorship and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America," Floyd told Baptist Press in written comments. ... Read More

  • Boy Scouts should allow gay leaders, BSA pres. says

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 (2 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- The Boy Scouts of America should end its ban on gay adult leaders, BSA President Robert Gates said today (May 21), lending credence to the concern expressed in a 2013 Southern Baptist Convention resolution that opening the group's membership to homosexual youth was "merely the first step toward future approval of homosexual adult leaders in the Scouts." Read More