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The start of the new school year is one of the busiest seasons for the The Boy Scouts of America, which happens to be among of the country's biggest youth organizations. Right now, the group's representatives are focused on recruiting new scouts, but this year, they're taking a different tack with their usual membership drive.

The Mormon church and the Boy Scouts of America have announced that they are ending their relationship, after more than 100 years of close ties.

The Boy Scouts program is becoming Scouts BSA in February 2019 to reflect the decision to include young women, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday.

The organization's name will remain the same; only the program for older youth will change its name.

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The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America recently launched an effort in some area schools, helping to teach classes and introduce more kids to scouting during the day.

The program, currently running in four Dallas middle schools, was inspired by the Girls Scouts, an organization that's been going inside local schools for decades. 

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Embracing a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.

The head of the Girl Scouts is accusing the Boy Scouts of America of a "covert campaign to recruit girls," as a way to boost flagging membership, according to a scathing letter published by BuzzFeed News.

Three Boy Scouts have died after a sailboat they were aboard struck a low-hanging power line on a lake east of Dallas, Texas, over the weekend.

The Scouts were sailing in a Hobie Cat on the Lake O' the Pines when the catamaran's mast snagged the transmission cable.


The chief executive of the Irving-based Boy Scouts has apologized to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump's recent speech to the Scouts' national jamboree.

Updated at 4:49 p.m. ET

The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized Thursday to the organization's members, telling them that the group did not intend to showcase the "political rhetoric" in President Trump's speech to the National Jamboree earlier this week.

Scouts For Equality

Update: Irving-based Boy Scouts of America voted to lift it's blanket ban on openly gay adult leaders Monday evening. This change will go into effect immediately. Below is a statement posted on the Boy Scouts' Newsroom Blog:

Noah Berger / Reuters

The executive committee of the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue.

Daniel Giles / Boy Scouts of America

Incoming Boy Scouts president Robert Gates told KERA he doesn’t plan on pursuing an end to the group’s ban on gay adult leaders because it would be “divisive.”

Gates, the former defense secretary, CIA director and Texas A&M president, spoke with KERA Friday afternoon before he delivered remarks in Nashville at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting.


Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been named the next president of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Irving-based organization announced Gates' appointment to the volunteer position Wednesday. His two-year term begins next May, once he's formally approved by the voting members of the Boy Scouts' National Council.

Boy Scouts Host National Child Abuse Forum In Grapevine

Oct 14, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America is hosting another closed-door meeting of experts and leaders to discuss ways to identify and fight child abuse.

The group's second National Youth Protection Symposium began Monday in Grapevine.

About 100 participants from various youth and faith groups heard from Scouting leaders and an expert who identified how abuse leaves an imprint on children that can last their whole lifetime.

Lauren Silverman

The vote has been taken but the controversy isn't over - The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America will lift its long time ban and allow gay boys to join their organization – although the ban on gay adults remains. 

The  Boy Scouts of America, based in Irving, will  lift the organization's ban on openly gay members.

KERA reporter Lauren Silverman says 61 percent of the 1,400 national council members meeting behind closed doors in Grapevine have voted in favor of including  gay scouts.

Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts' governing board, gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.

The outcome is unlikely to end a bitter debate over the Scouts' membership policy.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Activists made one last push for support before Thursday’s vote in Grapevine on openly gay membership to the Boy Scouts of America.

And both sides say the result will dramatically impact the future of the Irving-based organization.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

No matter which way Boy Scout delegates vote this week on banning gay members, a local leader says troops may be impacted.

We caught up with Cubmaster James Maddux at the Rangers game Sunday during Boy Scouts of America weekend.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The conservative Heritage Foundation says national Boy Scout leaders are pulling a  bait and switch with a proposal that would change the current gay ban policy.  

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Boy Scouts of America, with national headquarters in Irving,  is proposing an end to its longstanding ban on gay scouts. It would however maintain a ban on  gay/lesbian adult  scout leaders.

Bill Zeeble / KERA

 It’ll be another three months before we know if the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America will change its gay ban policy. More than 100 supporters of the policy rallied at Scout headquarters after the organization said it would keep its gay ban, for now.                                             

Bill Zeeble / KERA

Former Boy Scout leaders say they've turned in more than 1.4 million petition signatures demanding the Boy Scouts of America end its policy banning gay scouts and leaders. The national organization, based in Irving, might consider a change this week, but that’s unclear.

Boy Scouts of America

An announcement by the Boy Scouts of America last Monday has raised expectations that the organization's board will vote to eliminate its ban on gay scouts and volunteers during a quarterly meeting in Irving this week.

Boy Scouts of America

The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America says it's discussing actions that would end the national organization's ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. The Scouts' National Executive Board is scheduled to meet next week in Irving.

More Battles For The Boy Scouts

Dec 5, 2012
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: 'Scout's Dishonor', a murder suspect recaptured, pink toys for mini-engineers and more.

Boy Scout Sex-Abuse Files Go Public Today

Oct 18, 2012
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Boy Scout revelations, Halloween political clashes, tweeting the debate and more.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

In her light khaki uniform, Jennifer Tyrrell, her partner Alicia Burns and their children, 7-year-old Cruz and 5-year-old Jude, hauled three large boxes into the Irving Boy Scouts building. 

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The government says apprehensions of people for federal immigration violations have dropped to the lowest level in 40 years.

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The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America says it stands by its policy banning openly homosexual members. It says after a two-year study that included diverse views from volunteers and professionals, BSA leadership confirmed its policy and says it is the best “for the organization and supports it for the BSA.”

The board will also take no action on a pending resolution to reconsider the policy.

Former Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford has been sentenced to 110 years in prison for orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.