Boy Scout leader accused of giving troop member LSD, pot

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Boy Scout leader accused of giving LSD, marijuana and alcohol to 13-year-old troop member.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An assistant scoutmaster at a suburban New York Boy Scouts troop is facing criminal charges after allegedly sharing LSD, marijuana and alcohol with a 13-year-old troop member. Petula is a columnist for The Washington Post’s local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things.Mike Madias, the Scoutmaster for Troop 200, takes pride in his scouts’ abilities to balance their fundraising activities in Luminaria selling along with their continued hard work and service where needed in a variety of local community service needs. “Whether it’s the Elks Club, Kiwanis, Sausalito Winterfest or the Buck Center, our scouts find the time to help when asked.School-age boys and their parents are invited to a unique, “Rocket into Scouting” event at Swamp Lutheran Church, 275 Swamp Church Road, Reinholds, on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, to make a model rocket and launch it up to 400 feet in the air.While many nonprofit leaders believe advocacy to be a fundamental obligation of their organizations, if not the raison d’être, some want to stay as far away from it as possible.

View Archive “In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful,” he said in Arabic, reciting “The Opening,” phrases from the Koran that Muslims use to begin most gatherings. All this while balancing their academic loads. . .it is an impressive group of young men.” Madias wanted to remind the community that “scouting is a long-standing tradition which began in the early 20th Century in Great Britain. A group of 15 Scouts recently traveled to Cameron to deliver Christmas cards, share smiles, handshakes and conversations with residents of the Veterans Home.

The Associated Press (via ABC News) reports that when the Boy Scouts of America revised its rules this week to emphasize a “duty to God” and ban political advocacy, it may have been a quite purposeful attempt to block new charters being based in LGBT organizations. Then they switched to their three-fingered Scout salute and recited the oath in English, including the promise to “do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout law.” Despite the ugly rhetoric of Donald Trump and the Islamophobia swirling around them, these Muslim boys aren’t giving up on their dreams of becoming Eagle Scouts.

Moschitta, who works as an operations manager at a Long Island industrial business, was charged with two misdemeanors: unlawfully dealing with a child and failure to exercise control of a minor. After the prayers and pledges, Troop 114 moved on to Scouting business — merit badges, adventure trips, designing patrol flags, anyone know how to play the bugle? — just like any other Scout meeting in any school, church, synagogue or community center across the country. Restore Our Humanity, which advocated for the legalization of gay marriage in Utah, filed an application in September for an LGBT troop, but the organization’s executive director, Mark Lawrence, expects a rejection. “We’re being very careful on how we do this,” Great Salt Lake Council Scout executive Rick Barnes said. “We want to make sure that organizations are willing to follow our policy.” The largest sponsor of Boy Scout units in the U.S. is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, based in Utah. For example: 57 percent of NASA astronauts were involved in scouts; 36 percent of West Point cadets were scouts; and 191 members of the 113th Congress participated in scouting as youth or as adult leaders. Sponsored jointly by Denver Scout Troop 32 and Reinholds Troop 95, with assistance from Reamstown Boy Scouts, the event showcases how a boy’s varied interests can be explored through a multi-faceted Scouting program.

His father, Anthony Moschitta, said his son, a former Eagle Scout, returned home after being released Tuesday night but was not immediately available to speak about the charges. They love the campouts and get nervous when it’s time to face the board of review — three women in hijabs at a table down the hall — to make each rank. Although only five percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, scouting helps all boys between the ages of 11 and 18 in many skill and life enhancing ways.

We talked with them and they mostly talked about their families.” The Boy Scouts’ small act of kindness in honoring America’s military veterans attracts the attention of the Patriot Guard Riders, an organization comprised of individuals who share a deep respect for those who serve our country. While church leaders were upset by the decision to allow gay troop leaders and had considered leaving the organization, they decided to stay after the Scouts assured them that they would allow church-sponsored units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. Scoutmaster Madias best sums up his philosophy of scouting and its effect on the development of young men: “it’s the journey that counts, not the destination.” Novato residents can purchase them at NovatoLuminarias.org.

After horrifying attacks by extremists in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., Trump and others want to bar Muslims from the United States, put mosques under surveillance and require Muslims to register with the government the way Jews were ordered to do in Nazi Germany. “We are constantly explaining that all this ISIS and terrorists and those world events, that’s not us,” one Scout said. “My friends know. Lawrence said the faith pledge was not a problem, but that he expects a denial based on the rule banning political advocacy or troops chartered by single-issue groups. The letter said the troop is working closely with police in the ongoing investigation. “The alleged incident happened outside of a Troop function, but did involve one of our scouts,” Zummo said in the letter.

Scouting also develops leadership skills. “There are experiences and adventures that only Scouting can offer,” said Ken McCrea, veteran Scout leader and volunteer with the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, “and this rocket program is one of them. Upon arrival, the Scouts were greeted at the door by Caldwell, and Brad Hook, a veteran who leads them around the facility year after year on his motorized wheel chair. A new program, which is co-ed and offered for ages 14-21, is the Adventure Crew program. “Like the name implies, this program targets more adventurous sports and some boys choose to be active in their troop, and participate in an Adventure Crew, if they have the time,” said Styers.

Austin has been in Scouts since 2009 and enjoys community service activities. “It makes me feel good,” he said. “I get the feel good feeling by making other people feel good.” Boy Scout Troop 121 is sponsored by the Chillicothe Elks Lodge and Grace Episcopal Church. Many Scout leaders, such as Denver’s assistant Scout masters, Tim Zimmerman and Glenn Steffy, Adamstown Scout Master Bob Hinkley, and Schoeneck Scout Master Sheldon Brubaker were quick to comment on the special leadership training offered to young men through Boy Scouts. “We want kids to live by the Scout oath and law,” said Brubaker. “They are high ideals and they build character. Another boy, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is trying to start a STEM tutoring service for his project. “Here, we want them to learn more about being self-sufficient,” said Ahmed Abutaleb, Scoutmaster to Troop 114 by night, telecom engineer by day. “And to give them a break from computers, phones, electronics. Apply that on a daily basis, as a Scout and as a Muslim, especially,” he tells the troop. “Every day, ask yourself: ‘Have I been helpful?’ ”

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