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Boy Scouts To Be Separated From Military Support for National Jamboree

The Boy Scouts just can't seem to get any traction lately. Judge Blanche Manning, a federal district court judge for the Northern District of Illinois decided that the military can't sponsor the Boy Scout's National Jamboree.

Disclaimer here: I'm an Eagle Scout, earned a God & Country award and am a member of the Order of the Arrow. My dad was a minister, and was at one point, a leader of my Boy Scout troop. So, I'm pretty invested in this issue.

The annual Boy Scout Jamboree is held at the U.S. Army's Fort A.P. Hill, near Bowling Green and just South of Fredericksburg, in Caroline County Virginia. (I've attended the Jamboree there).

In addition to meeting other scouts from across the world, the Jamboree includes camping, cooking, archery, a bikathlon, buckskin games, confidence course, conservation programs, scuba, kayak fun, racing shell run, and raft encounters, according to the Scouts' web site.

According to Judge Manning, that event won't be going on much longer with support from the Army. She decided in favor of the Rev. Dr. Eugene Winkler, in a suit brought by the ACLU. No more can the Army host the Scouts, ruled Judge Manning.

This suit isn't the first time that Rev. Winkler and the BSA have tangled. The issue revolves around the separation of church and state. Rev. Winkler believes that the government should not spend money to support an organization that requires its members to "do my duty to God and my country."

The Scouts plan an appeal, and according to an AP quote of Boy Scout spokesman Bob Bork, "We are confident that an appeal to the 7th Circuit will return everything to the status quo."

Just in case you want to go, the Boy Scout's World Jamboree will be held in Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, England in 2007, where scouting was founded by Sir Baden Powell. The next National Jamboree is not yet scheduled and no location has been announced.


Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, July 09, 2005

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