Saturday, November 3, 2012
Last month, the Knox Trail Boy Scouts Council Board of Directors met and discussed taking a vote against the National Boy Scouts anti-gay policy. No vote was taken; the issue was table for further research.
Last month, the Knox Trail Boy Scouts Council Board of Directors met and discussed taking a vote against the National Boy Scouts anti-gay policy. No vote was taken; the issue was table for further research. The Council represents Framingham and 20 other communities in Massachusetts. The possible vote comes after more than half of the parents of Framingham Cub Scout Pack 12, based out of Plymouth Church, sent a letter in September to the executive director of The Knox Trail Council of Boy Scouts, stating they have and will continue to ignore the anti-gay policy of Boy Scouts of America. The letter, submitted and signed by 38 Framingham parents states: "Our Scout Pack has been an important and powerful force in our community, and in the …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
More than half of the parents of Framingham Pack 12 sent a letter to National Boy Scouts saying their Pack will be inclusive of all.
In July, Boy Scouts of America re-affirmed its policy to prohibit gay parents, guardians, leaders and youth. But one Framingham Pack is protesting the policy and will accept all parents, guardians and boys, despite the national policy. More than half of the parents of Cub Scout Pack 12, based out of Plymouth Church under Pack Leader Jim Been, sent a letter to the executive director of Knox Trail Council of Boy Scouts, based in Framingham, stating they have and will continue to ignore the anti-gay policy of Boy Scouts of America. Our letter expresses our disappointment with the Boy Scouts of America's discrimination policy prohibiting gay parents, guardians and youth, said parent Jody Gladstein, who has a second grade son in the Pack. The …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Do you think it's going too far?
Eagle badges and medals are being sent back to the Boy Scouts of America to protest its reaffirmation of its policy to not grant membership to open gays, according to a boston.com article. According to a national blog chronicling the protests, about 150 Eagle Scouts have mailed back their awards as of Aug. 26. The Boy Scouts of America have confirmed that medals and badges have been returned, according to the boston.com piece. “Each year more than 50,000 young men earn the rank of Eagle Scout, totaling to over 2 million,” said Boy Scouts national spokesman Deron Smith. “We don’t have an exact count of medals returned recently, but we have received a few. Although we are disappointed to learn of anyone who feels compelled to return his …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
What do you think of reaffirmation of the gay ban in the Boy Scouts of America?
After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America this week emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics, reported Telegram.com. An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts," the organization' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press. What do you think of the gay ban at the Boy Scouts? Let us know in the comments.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Den 9 Leader Phil Paget and his wife Chistine led a group of 8-year-old boys on a tour of the Henry Knox trail on Thursday evening.
Framingham's Boy Scout Den 9 is part of Pack 78, the Henry Knox Trail Council in the Boy Scouts of America. According to Den Leader Phil Paget, the group of 10 8-year old boys was visiting the Henry Knox Trail as part of their study of Framingham's history on Thursday, Sept. 8. Phil tells Framingham Patch, "Between Dec. 7, 1775 and Jan. 24, 1776, General Henry Knox and his men transported cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge. Part of the trail goes through Framingham." Boy Scout Connor McDonald commented, "I think that (Henry Knox) should be really proud of what he did." In addition to Connor, nine other members of Den 9 toured the Henry Knox Trail. They included Cole Ellison, Ethan Hippolyte, Brock Hoey, Justin Levitin, Ryan …