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Judge Tosses Girl Scouts' Suit Arguing Branding Confusion

Boy Scouts can avoid gender references by using 'scouting,' ruling says

(Newser) - Update: The Girl Scouts have lost the legal argument that its brand and recruiting efforts have been damaged by the wording used by Boy Scouts in marketing. Because Boy Scouts are entitled to leave gender out of it by using "scouting" and similar terms, "there are no issues...

Boy Scouts Reach Pivotal Agreement in Bankruptcy Case

It would be one of the largest sums in US history involving sexual abuse cases

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America have reached an $850 million agreement with attorneys representing some 60,000 victims of child sex abuse in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the organization’s bankruptcy case, the AP reports. The settlement would mark one of the largest sums in...

Boy Scouts Plan 'Unthinkable' Move to Pay Abuse Claims

Group says it will sell the nearly 60 paintings it owns by Norman Rockwell

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America this week proposed establishing a fund of at least $300 million that would be used to settle the more than 80,000 sex-abuse claims it faces. An attorney for 1,000 of those alleged victims called that amount "chump change" in comments to CNN...

Boy Scouts Welcome First Female Eagle Scouts

Nearly 1,000 young women have attained the rank

(Newser) - Growing up in Minneapolis, Isabella Tunney followed the progress of her older brother with admiration and occasional envy as he worked toward earning the Boy Scouts' prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. This weekend, at age 16, Tunney will be one of nearly 1,000 girls and young women honored by...

Scouts' Latest Badge Inspired by Black Lives Matter

You'll now need to earn a diversity and inclusion badge to ascend to Eagle Scout status

(Newser) - Becoming an Eagle Scout, an elite rank within the Boy Scouts, requires time, effort, tenacity—and now, a new merit badge inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that those who wish to attain Eagle Scout status must now earn a "diversity...

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

Organization faced flood of sexual abuse lawsuits

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America, fighting for survival amid a flood of sexual abuse lawsuits, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing early Tuesday marks the start of what is expected to be one of the most complex bankruptcies in US history, lawyers tell NBC . Changes in statute-of-limitation...

Suit: Boy Scouts Hiding 'Pedophilia Epidemic'

Lawyer group says it has 800 clients in the wings and has identified 350 new alleged abusers

(Newser) - A lawsuit was filed Monday in Philly against the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of a man who says a Scout leader sexually abused him for years in the '70s, and the lawyer group that filed the complaint says there's new proof that the BSA tried to...

If It Wasn't for the Scouts, They Wouldn't Have Survived

Troop rescues 2 fisherman on remote lake

(Newser) - Two brothers whose canoes capsized on a remote lake in Maine say a crew of fast-thinking Boy Scouts from New Hampshire helped save their lives. Michael Fiori, 67, of Brunswick, Maine, said he was shivering after more than an hour in the 50-degree Fahrenheit water when the Scouts, who were...

Hundreds of Men Join Boy Scouts Lawsuit

But talking about what happened is still hard

(Newser) - Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men, the AP reports. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited they...

Teen Dies After Boy Scouts Run Out of Water

16-year-old showed signs of dehydration on hike

(Newser) - A 16-year-old died on a Boy Scout hike in Arizona after the group ran out of water. The group hiked the 1,500-foot Picacho Peak last Saturday, officials said, and drank the last of its water at the top, the Arizona Republic reports. The boy reportedly showed signs of dehydration...

Lawyer: 7.8K Suspects Named in Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

He says expert found there were more than 12K victims

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America "perversion files" contain the names of a staggering number of suspected pedophiles and their victims, an attorney revealed Tuesday. Jeff Anderson, who represents former Scouts who say they were abused, said an expert hired by the Scouts to audit the files on suspected abusers...

Girl Scouts to Boy Scouts: You Have to Keep the Word 'Boy'

GSUSA claims trademark infringement in new suit over gender-neutral 'scouts'

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts program will soon have a new name, and a more "inclusive nature" as it allows girls into its ranks, but its sister group is rankled over the whole rebrand. Per MarketWatch and Fortune , a complaint filed by the Girl Scouts of the USA on Tuesday in...

Boy Scouts Neckerchief Sliders Recalled

About 110,000, due to lead content

(Newser) - Part of the Boy Scout oath is to keep oneself physically strong, meaning Scouts should heed uniform-related news out of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fox News reports about 110,000 brass neckerchief sliders have been recalled due to lead content. "The colored enamel on the neckerchief slides contains...

Tragedy Strikes Boy Scout Summer Camp

Teen killed after tree falls on tent

(Newser) - The last week of a Boy Scout summer camp in Georgia ended in tragedy when a tree fell on a Texas teen's tent, killing him. The Houston Chronicle reports the incident took place at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp in Covington, and that a weather alert had been...

New Mexico Wildfire Doubles in Size, Threatens Village

Meanwhile, California wildfire is officially extinguished

(Newser) - A wildfire threatening a village in northern New Mexico has doubled in size to over 42 square miles as firefighters try to protect nearly 300 homes and a Boy Scouts camp, the AP reports. Fire management team spokeswoman Sandra Lopez said the fire on Saturday was about 3 miles west...

After More Than a Century, Mormons Dump Boy Scouts

The complete severing will come at the end of 2019

(Newser) - The Mormon church said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of 2019 and place its remaining 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program it's developing. The move ends what USA Today calls a "long, symbiotic relationship," one...

After 'Incredibly Fun' Deliberations, a New Name for Boy Scouts

Coming in February: Scouts BSA

(Newser) - For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group announced a new name: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February, reports the AP . Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many...

Boy Scouts Shakes Head at Suit on Teen With Down Syndrome

Logan Blythe's dad says son was stripped of merit badges, Eagle Scout opportunity; BSA says no

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America is pushing back after a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 15-year-old Utah boy. The complaint filed by Logan Blythe's father, Chad Blythe, alleges the BSA nixed a project Logan needed to complete to become an Eagle Scout because the organization decided Logan couldn'...

Cub Scout's Questions for Lawmaker Get Him Kicked Out of Den

His mom says den leader was not a fan of 11-year-old's line of questioning

(Newser) - A Colorado state senator was visiting, and Ames Mayfield had questions for her. Specifically, questions about gun control, as well as comments the lawmaker made back in 2013 regarding black people. As a result, Ames was kicked out of the organization that Sen. Vicki Marble was visiting. That organization is...

Boy Scouts Will Start Accepting Girls

Historic change starts with Cub Scouts, will ultimately allow girls to become Eagle Scouts

(Newser) - In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts, the AP reports. Under the plan announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens—the smallest...

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