Boy Scouts of America

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Boy Scouts of America Reveals Name Change

Organization will become Scouting America next year

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America is changing its name for the first time in its 114-year history and will become Scouting America. It's a significant shift as the organization emerges from bankruptcy following a flood of sexual abuse claims and seeks to focus on inclusion. The organization steeped in...

Boy Scouts' Bankruptcy Plan Upheld in Court

Opponents argued that $2.4B deal stripped abuse survivors of their rights

(Newser) - A federal district court judge has upheld the approval of a $2.4 billion bankruptcy reorganization plan aimed at resolving tens of thousands of child sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America. The ruling docketed Tuesday rejects arguments by non-settling insurance companies and attorneys representing dissenting abuse survivors...

Boy Scout Troop's Hike Ends in Tragedy

Mom of one of the Scouts is killed by falling tree in California's Rancho San Antonio County Park

(Newser) - A Boy Scout troop's hike turned tragic over the weekend after a falling tree killed the mom of one of its members. Per NBC Bay Area and KPIX , the group from Sunnyvale was trekking through Rancho San Antonio County Park in Cupertino at around 10am on Sunday, in a...

He Earned $11K and Used It to Buy Gifts for Other Kids

Jonathan Werner makes it a tradition

(Newser) - Hundreds of children in domestic violence shelters and foster homes will get presents this year thanks to the compassion and salesmanship of Jonathan Werner, a Scout in Minnesota’s Troop 506. KARE 11 found him selling Boy Scout popcorn outside a department store. The 12-year-old has been doing this for...

Judge Approves $2.46B Plan in Abuse Case Against Scouts

More than 80,000 men have filed claims

(Newser) - A bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a $2.46 billion reorganization plan proposed by the Boy Scouts of America, which would allow it to keep operating while compensating tens of thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children while involved in Scouting. Although legal hurdles remain, the...

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 Agree on $2.6B Fund in Settlement

Total amount for sexual abuse victims could be the largest ever

(Newser) - Two years after filing for Chapter 11 protection while facing a flood of child sex abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America has reached a tentative settlement with an official bankruptcy committee representing more than 80,000 men who say they were molested as children by Scout leaders and others....

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...

Sexual Abuse Claims Pour In Against Boy Scouts

Court receives more than 82K filings before deadline

(Newser) - A bankruptcy court in Delaware handling the Boy Scouts of America case set a deadline of Monday for people who say they were sexually abused to file claims. By late Sunday, 82,663 had, from every state as well as military bases in Germany and Japan, the New York Times...

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...

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...

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...

Sand Dune Collapse Kills 12-Year-Old Boy Scout

Gage Wilson was found unresponsive at Van Buren State Park

(Newser) - Police say a 12-year-old Boy Scout has died after being buried by sand at a Michigan park. South Haven police tell TV station WWMT that the boy dug into the side of a sand dune Saturday and crawled into the small space. The sand collapsed while Gage Wilson of the...

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...

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Behind Obama's Silence: a Focus on the Long Game

A 'New York' profile says former president sees what's happening as a 'blip' in history

(Newser) - Gabriel Debenedetti sets out to answer a question raised in the headline of a lengthy piece in New York magazine: "Where Is Barack Obama?" In one sense, the answer is easy: He's traveling the world giving speeches, having visited every continent but Antarctica since leaving office. But in...

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...

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