Two local sponsors say yes, but the decision will not likely come easily. What's your take on allowing gay scouts in local troops?
A decision by the Boy Scouts of America may soon put the decision to allow gay scout participation in the hands of local sponsors. This includes the congregation of Faith United Presbyterian Church and the Tinley Park Police Department. Both sponsor Tinley scout troops, and both are bracing for the upcoming decision, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I think the congregation would (support lifting the ban on gay scouts) ... but it would not be a unanimous decision or an easy decision, and it would require some people to struggle deeply with their faith," United First Reverend and Eagle Scout Adam Malak said. Bill Brady is the committee chair of Tinley police sponsored Troop 911. He, too, anticipates allowing gay membership in his troop, …
Someone electronically cleared out $1,400 from a checking account for Boy Scout Troop 341.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lauren Traut
Friday, February 18, 2011
In four separate transactions with Saudi Arabian Airlines, someone siphoned off about $1,400 from a the troop's bank account. The money, which the Scouts earned through popcorn sales, had been earmarked for the boys' summer camp fees, said Gacek. After the funds were swiped electronically through fraudulent debits, one generous leader stepped up and dipped into his own money to cover the cost. "All the money that's in there is money they worked for," Gacek said. "I guess the boys just don't realize what happened. We're going to make sure it doesn't affect them." Boy Scout Troop 341 includes members from Oak Forest, Tinley Park, Midlothian and Mokena. Many costs will have to be covered out of scout leaders' pockets, Gacek said. In addition …