NEW YORK (AP) — Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and...
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — Six former scouts have sued the Boy Scouts of America and its New Hampshire division, alleging that the groups failed to protect them from sexual abuse by an ex-scoutmaster...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A well-funded group backing Adam Edelen shook up Kentucky's Democratic gubernatorial primary on Thursday, running a short-lived TV ad denouncing rival Andy Beshear's private...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. national team gymnasts backing a Texas bill that would allow victims of sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court on Monday urged the state's lawmakers to...
SEATTLE (AP) — Local and national Boy Scouts groups have settled a lawsuit brought by a Washington state man who says he was sexually abused at the age of 14 by two scout leaders who had...
DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado Boy Scouts of America councils are merging before a split with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Denver Post reports the Boy Scouts' Denver Area...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who said he was abused by a Boy Scouts troop leader in the 1980s announced a lawsuit against the organization Tuesday, joining others nationwide who are pushing to open...
NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over past allegations of child sex abuse, the Boy Scouts of America defended its current prevention policies on Wednesday and said there were five known victims in...
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Margaret Downey was dressed all in white as suffragist Alice Paul, registering students at Haverford College to vote last month, when a young man asked about the stack of...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police have filed additional sexual assault charges against a former Catholic chaplain for the Boy Scouts.
BRYANT, Ark. (AP) — Ten girls stood in a single line alongside the Boy Scouts of Troop 17 and raised three fingers on their right hands as they recited the Boy Scouts oath during a recent ceremony...
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Doug Cuthbertson is four decades older than an average Eagle Scout.
The 61-year-old, who earned the high rank in January, is among the roughly 100,000 special needs people who have participated in Boy Scouts of America since the organization started in 1910.
Normally scouts earn their Eagle Award by age 18, but people with special needs can work on the rank requirements as adults.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police say a former Catholic chaplain for the Boy Scouts has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man with disabilities.
Police said 74-year-old James Glawson is charged with first-degree and second-degree sexual assault.
The Exeter man was held without bail at his arraignment Friday. He was referred to the public defender's office. No plea was entered.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A board of trustees for an Ohio art museum has delayed accepting Norman Rockwell art from the Boys Scouts of America, fearing community backlash because of a recent report detailing the scouting organization's problems involving child sex abuse allegations.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man accused of secretly recording boys changing clothes at a YMCA, his home bathroom and in teepees at an Ohio scout reservation has been indicted on federal charges including sexual exploitation of children.
The four counts against 39-year-old Thomas Close also include having child pornography.
An affidavit submitted by a Homeland Security investigator indicated that Close acknowledged filming boys between 2011 and 2018.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas family is suing the Boy Scouts of America after their son was hit in the eye by an arrow while attending a Scouting event.
The lawsuit filed last week in Nevada court alleges that the boy was at a multi-day camping event in February 2016 that features outdoor and "dangerous activities" including archery and knife throwing.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits and dwindling membership.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 44-year-old man has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, saying two Catholic priests who served as scout leaders in New Mexico sexually abused him for years starting in the early 1980s.
The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the organization of negligence — with the victim saying officials knew or had reason to know the priests had abused boys.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America in central Indiana allegedly engaged in sex acts with a 15-year-old Boy Scout.
NEW YORK (AP) — In some versions of a story Nov. 6 and 7 about a lawsuit brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America against the Boy Scouts of America, The Associated Press erroneously reported the day the complaint was filed. It was filed Tuesday, not Monday.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program's name change
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Ralph Herron has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for almost his whole life.
While he worked with the program in his later years as his sons were participants in the group, he still continues to serve as a coordinator with the United Methodists of West Virginia.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The girls are Cub Scouting.
They're doing just what their brothers and male classmates do. They'll learn knife safety and make cars for the Pinewood Derby and earn badges for astronomy and Scouting heritage.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America have signed up about 4,800 Cub Scouts since registration opened in August, and about 700 of those children are girls.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed Friday.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A young woman who was sexually abused as a teenager during a mentor program at a fire department in western Michigan is suing the Boy Scouts of America and others involved in the case.
The lawsuit was filed last month in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids and WOOD-TV reported it seeks damages for gross negligence, but doesn't specify an amount.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — For John "Jack" C. Lewis, "scouting" has been an inseparable part of his 92-year life. Mr. Lewis was honored by the Del-Mar-Va Council and National Boy Scouts of America on Aug. 16 when he was inducted into their "Second Century Society" for 70 years of being a registered scouter and a significant donation to support projects at the Akridge Scout Reservation in Dover.
A Dover native, Mr. Lewis joined the scouts in 1938, just before the start of World War II.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America is facing another lawsuit out of Connecticut, this time from people who say the organization should have done more to stop a former scoutmaster from allegedly molesting boys in the 1970s.
The lawsuit filed last week says the organization should not have allowed the Stamford scoutmaster to be alone with the victims for hours at a time. It also claims the organization failed to conduct a background check on the scoutmaster.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America have severed ties with a 74-year-old New Jersey Scout leader facing child pornography charges.
County prosecutors say James Roberts was arrested Friday after a raid at his home. They also seized numerous digital devices that are now being reviewed.
Roberts has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. It wasn't known if he's retained an attorney, and a telephone number registered to him went unanswered Monday.
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Boy Scouts officials are offering condolences after a 14-year-old boy from Texas was killed when a tree fell on his tent at a Georgia Boy Scout camp.
Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America CEO Tracy Techau said in a statement the death is a "difficult time for our Scouting family." The teen was participating in a Scout gathering when the incident occurred Monday at the Bert Adams Scout Camp in Newton County, north of Atlanta.
DETROIT (AP) — The head of the Girl Scouts says that while the organization is disappointed that the Boy Scouts have decided to accept girls it is focused on helping "parents understand the benefits of Girl Scouts."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An 11-year-old girl who always wanted to enlist in her older brother's troop is among the first wave of girls joining the Boy Scouts of America in two all-girl dens near Salt Lake City.
Miriam Cook of Tooele has already earned 11 badges in her first three months as a Cub Scout with the pack based in Taylorsville, The Salt Lake Tribune reported .
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon church formed an ideal pair as they helped each other expand their organizations and build their brands while molding countless young men through bow knots, pinewood derby races and campouts.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year and place its remaining 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program it is developing. The move ends a nearly century-old relationship that was based on their shared values.
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 says that iconic name will change.
The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect in February.
Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many possibilities were considered during lengthy and "incredibly fun" deliberations before the new name was chosen.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America by 17 men and two women who say a scoutmaster sexually abused them when they were children in the 1960s and 1970s, ruling a 30-year statute of limitations prohibited the lawsuit.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Ten-year-old twins Tatum and Ian Weir aren't about to let matching, minor injuries deter them from their goal of becoming the first sister-brother pair of Eagle Scouts.
"I cut myself, too!" Tatum said, pausing only briefly during a recent Cub Scout meeting to touch her thumb to her brother's before continuing on with a woodworking project.
Thousands of Girls Across US Become Cub Scouts
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah family who sued the Boy Scouts of America for policies they claimed discriminated against their son with Down syndrome has withdrawn the lawsuit after the organization said it would help the boy earn his Eagle Scout award.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that attorneys for 15-year-old Logan Blythe's family met March 27 with national Boy Scouts representatives.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Rifle Association gave nearly $47,000 in materials to Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at four Utah high schools and $178,000 to local Boy Scouts of America in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis.
The Boy Scouts of America is putting out the welcome mat for girls, too, at more of its summer camps this year. The changes follow a decision by the Scouts last fall to admit girls into more programs. For some camps — like Cub Scout Camps — this will be the first summer that girls can participate as full members. Other BSA programs with summer camp options, like Venturing, have been coed for years.
CHELMSFORD, Mass. (AP) — Girls in Massachusetts are taking part in their first official event as members of the Boy Scouts: a miniature car race.
Pack 45 in Chelmsford says five new female members have built small wooden cars that they'll race against other scouts on Saturday afternoon in the organization's annual Pinewood Derby competition.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys will discuss how they might settle a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America by women who were raped by a Montana scout leader in the 1970s.
Pre-trial mediation talks are set to start Thursday in Cascade County District Court.
The lawsuit is scheduled for trial on Nov. 27 in Great Falls.