Archive | May, 2005

Boy Scouts Release Study on Ethics

Posted on 25 May 2005 by admin

Boy Scouts of America: New Study Reveals Youth Unprepared to Make Challenging Ethical Choices

IRVING, Texas, May 24 — A new Harris Interactive study shows that while many of today’s youth are unprepared to make moral and ethical decisions, Americans who participated in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are more likely to make the most ethical, but not always the easiest choices.

The Values of Americans – A Study of Ethics and Character, commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America, highlights the values held by society. The Values of Americans study is a follow-up to the 1995 Harris Interactive research The Values of Men and Boys in America and provides a comparison of current American values with those of ten years ago. The survey results reveal a clear picture of the values of American adults and youth.

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Boy Scouts of America Helps Youth Lead Physically Active Lifestyles

Posted on 23 May 2005 by admin

This Press Release was issued in Recognition of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of overweight children and adolescents has almost quadrupled since the 1980s, while research consistently shows that many of today’s youth are leading an increasingly automated and sedentary lifestyle. As one of the nation’s leading youth organizations, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is recognizing National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (May) by encouraging youth to increase their levels of physical activity in their daily lives, as well as hosting a Stars & Strides 5K Run/Walk during their National Annual Meeting, May 28, 2005.

For nearly a century, the BSA has been known for fostering an environment of physical fitness for the youth of America. Boy Scouts take an oath that “On my honor I will do my best … to keep myself physically strong.” As part of its ongoing Good Turn for America program, the BSA is urging American youth to look to physical fitness and participation in sports for entertainment, rather than more sedentary choices like television, computers, and video games. Since its inception, the BSA has awarded nearly 17 million physical fitness-related badges.

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Live Web Cast of Constitutional Debate

Posted on 17 May 2005 by admin


A panel of leading constitutional scholars, including Dean Kenneth Starr, will debate “The Constitution and The Boy Scouts: Equal Access to Government Land and the First Amendment,” on Wednesday, May 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time

The public and the media are invited to attend the program or to watch and participate in the Internet. For those attending in person, lunch will be served free of charge.

The program is sponsored by the Federalist Society on Law and Public Policy and will be held at the Wyndham Hotel at Emerald Plaza 400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA, in the Crystal Ballroom. If you want to attend in person, you are asked to register for the event by calling (202) 822-8138 or by sending an email to

Specific cases affecting the Boy Scouts will be discussed, as well as the constitutional rights of charities to have access to public forums and government property.

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Intellectual Property Badge Confusion

Posted on 03 May 2005 by admin

There is increased confusion over an announcement about a program to teach intellectual property to scouts in Hong Kong. It has no relation to the Boy Scouts of America or its Merit Badge program. According to the Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong, one of the co-sponsors of the program, it’s a proficiency badge for attending a series of seminars and can not even be worn on the uniform.

Numerous sites that picked up the story are trying to sound informed while making horrible connections to various Scouting programs. A little bit of research would go a long way. A post on a political blog at links to the U.S. Scouting Service Project’s list of merit badges. It appears they missed the fact their story came from Hong Kong and not the U.S.

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