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June 15, 2011
Recently, a Federal judge in Baltimore ruled that a Boy Scout chapter did not have to provide accommodations for its disabled members under the Americans with Disability Act. What has happened the basic Scout tenets, "do a good turn daily, help other people" and the Scout Law "A Scout is ...helpful, friendly, kind ... " Are these no longer the basic creed of Scouting? Benjamin J. Dubin, Baltimore The writer is vice chairman of Baltimore County's Commission on Disabilities.
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NEWS
May 28, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial on the Boy Scouts of America ("Scouts and equality," May 23) leaped right over the Scout Mission Statement, "To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimeā€¦," because it conflicted with the newspaper's view. And the Scout Oath - "Mentally awake and morally straight" could not validate the editorial's position either. So the authors jumped to the Scout Law which they thought gave them wiggle room for their position. They began by stating that the Scout Law is so famous that many people outside the organization recognize it. That isn't true.
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NEWS
May 28, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial on the Boy Scouts of America ("Scouts and equality," May 23) leaped right over the Scout Mission Statement, "To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimeā€¦," because it conflicted with the newspaper's view. And the Scout Oath - "Mentally awake and morally straight" could not validate the editorial's position either. So the authors jumped to the Scout Law which they thought gave them wiggle room for their position. They began by stating that the Scout Law is so famous that many people outside the organization recognize it. That isn't true.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
One of the first things that an incoming Boy Scout must learn is the Scout Law. It's become so famous that many people outside the organization likely recognize it. "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. " There is no line about Boy Scouts being exclusionary, nor one suggestion that the organization discriminate. There isn't even a mention of sexuality. To be kind is to be kind. To think of Boy Scouts as some narrow-minded, anti-gay organization is anathema to how many of us have experienced scouting in our lives.
NEWS
May 12, 2004
Bernard Joseph Kuhn Jr., a college student and Eagle Scout, died Friday at his Mount Airy home of cancer diagnosed nine months ago. He was 19. Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Airy, he was a 2002 graduate of Linganore High School in Frederick, played trumpet in its marching band and was a member of the National Honor Society. He performed with his school's band at Walt Disney World in 2002 and also traveled with the ensemble on its Caribbean band cruise in 2000. An engineering major, Mr. Kuhn completed his freshman year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He was found to have cancer of unknown primary (CUP)
NEWS
May 22, 2013
One of the first things that an incoming Boy Scout must learn is the Scout Law. It's become so famous that many people outside the organization likely recognize it. "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. " There is no line about Boy Scouts being exclusionary, nor one suggestion that the organization discriminate. There isn't even a mention of sexuality. To be kind is to be kind. To think of Boy Scouts as some narrow-minded, anti-gay organization is anathema to how many of us have experienced scouting in our lives.
NEWS
By Patrick Boyle | February 4, 2013
Over the past 103 years, America's churches have built the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) into the nation's most successful youth group - which makes it remarkable that the BSA stands ready to let gays join Scouting, thus publicly renouncing the wishes of some of its oldest and dearest friends. A proposal to let the local organizations that run Scout units decide whether to accept homosexual boys and leaders - to be voted on by the BSA board of directors this week - is monumental not only for Scouting but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America.
NEWS
By Sandra Kelman | December 28, 2000
Several years ago, my oldest son, then a teen-ager, was detained at a mall on suspicion of stealing a wallet the previous Saturday. When questioned about the theft, my son responded, "I'm a Boy Scout. I would never steal." While he may have resembled the actual thief, my son had been far from the mall at the time the wallet was taken. My son first learned about the Scouts when he was seven years old. A few months after he turned eight, he joined a local Cub Scout pack. Since that day, he has never wavered from scouting.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 26, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The Boy Scouts of America, claiming a constitutional right to decide who can join its troops, asked the Supreme Court yesterday to allow it to maintain its ban on homosexuals as Scouts or leaders."
NEWS
February 9, 2013
Scouting has been built by the mostly volunteer labor of parents and other interested adults who have formed troops attached to many different non-profit service organizations (The Scouts and gays," Feb. 4). While religious institutions may constitute a majority of the sponsoring groups, Scouting was and remains, when done according to the Baden-Powell spirit, non-sectarian, non-religious and primarily devoted to civic service. The Scout Law declares only that a scout is reverent; your op-ed writer, Patrick Boyle, has added his own "to God. " Churches may be using Scouting to inculcate their particular beliefs, but that is not what Scouting is all about.
NEWS
February 9, 2013
Scouting has been built by the mostly volunteer labor of parents and other interested adults who have formed troops attached to many different non-profit service organizations (The Scouts and gays," Feb. 4). While religious institutions may constitute a majority of the sponsoring groups, Scouting was and remains, when done according to the Baden-Powell spirit, non-sectarian, non-religious and primarily devoted to civic service. The Scout Law declares only that a scout is reverent; your op-ed writer, Patrick Boyle, has added his own "to God. " Churches may be using Scouting to inculcate their particular beliefs, but that is not what Scouting is all about.
NEWS
By Patrick Boyle | February 4, 2013
Over the past 103 years, America's churches have built the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) into the nation's most successful youth group - which makes it remarkable that the BSA stands ready to let gays join Scouting, thus publicly renouncing the wishes of some of its oldest and dearest friends. A proposal to let the local organizations that run Scout units decide whether to accept homosexual boys and leaders - to be voted on by the BSA board of directors this week - is monumental not only for Scouting but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America.
NEWS
June 15, 2011
Recently, a Federal judge in Baltimore ruled that a Boy Scout chapter did not have to provide accommodations for its disabled members under the Americans with Disability Act. What has happened the basic Scout tenets, "do a good turn daily, help other people" and the Scout Law "A Scout is ...helpful, friendly, kind ... " Are these no longer the basic creed of Scouting? Benjamin J. Dubin, Baltimore The writer is vice chairman of Baltimore County's Commission on Disabilities.
NEWS
May 12, 2004
Bernard Joseph Kuhn Jr., a college student and Eagle Scout, died Friday at his Mount Airy home of cancer diagnosed nine months ago. He was 19. Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Airy, he was a 2002 graduate of Linganore High School in Frederick, played trumpet in its marching band and was a member of the National Honor Society. He performed with his school's band at Walt Disney World in 2002 and also traveled with the ensemble on its Caribbean band cruise in 2000. An engineering major, Mr. Kuhn completed his freshman year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He was found to have cancer of unknown primary (CUP)
NEWS
By Sandra Kelman | December 28, 2000
Several years ago, my oldest son, then a teen-ager, was detained at a mall on suspicion of stealing a wallet the previous Saturday. When questioned about the theft, my son responded, "I'm a Boy Scout. I would never steal." While he may have resembled the actual thief, my son had been far from the mall at the time the wallet was taken. My son first learned about the Scouts when he was seven years old. A few months after he turned eight, he joined a local Cub Scout pack. Since that day, he has never wavered from scouting.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 26, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The Boy Scouts of America, claiming a constitutional right to decide who can join its troops, asked the Supreme Court yesterday to allow it to maintain its ban on homosexuals as Scouts or leaders."
NEWS
By CINDY PARR | February 7, 1994
Just the other day, I was helping my oldest daughter organize some of her books and other belongings in her bedroom.One item that caught my attention was a Scouting handbook used by her Brownie troop.This was a book I had browsed from time to time, but on this particular day I found myself wanting to explore more thoroughly the contents behind the bright attractive cover.As I flipped through the pages, I remembered my days as a Brownie Scout. I gasped as I realized that was well over 25 years ago.Clearing the cobwebs, I had vivid memories of the fun my fellow Brownies and I had hiking, camping, making s'mores (those graham cracker, toasted marshmallow and chocolate goodies)
NEWS
By Geri Hastings and Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 19, 1998
SCOUT TROOP 737 of Clarksville held a dual Court of Honor for its newest Eagle Scouts: Eric Ellingson and Timothy Winters. Tim and Eric exemplify the best of Scouting and citizenship principles. Throughout their Scouting careers, they have demonstrated responsibility, confidence and perseverance. They were honored for their leadership, outstanding community service and practice of the Scouting ideals contained in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Jan. 17 Court of Honor -- preceded by dinner -- was opened by Eagle Scout Tim Hartman.
NEWS
By Geri Hastings and Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 19, 1998
SCOUT TROOP 737 of Clarksville held a dual Court of Honor for its newest Eagle Scouts: Eric Ellingson and Timothy Winters. Tim and Eric exemplify the best of Scouting and citizenship principles. Throughout their Scouting careers, they have demonstrated responsibility, confidence and perseverance. They were honored for their leadership, outstanding community service and practice of the Scouting ideals contained in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Jan. 17 Court of Honor -- preceded by dinner -- was opened by Eagle Scout Tim Hartman.
FEATURES
By Ken Fuson and Ken Fuson,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- The civilian is lost. He has not been a Boy Scout, obviously. You can spot that right away. He is the only person in camp not wearing khaki.He needs help.He has come to the right place.For here, on a military training installation, are 30,000 boys between the ages of 11 and 17 who have memorized the third plank of Scout Law and are eager to show him that they can be:HelpfulA scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
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