YOUTH SERVING ORGANIZATIONS
“Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life.” All Thiings Considered/National Public Radio. April 8, 2013. Picture a tiny town set along a creek in West Virginia. A mountain rises from the town’s eastern edge, overlooking the 1,400 people living below. Then, July comes — and 50,000 people arrive on that mountain for the National Scout Jamboree. The town is called Mount Hope. I’ve heard some call it “Mount Hopeless.” The town went through the long, downward slump from the boom days of deep-mine coal, when it was a grand, small-town capital of coal mining. Now it’s crumbling, struggling, but recently hopeful, because there’s a veritable pot of gold on top of that nearby mountain. The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, an adventure camp, sits there, right on the Mount Hope town line. The Boy Scouts of America says it’s already spent $300 million there. This summer, the camp on the mountaintop opens with the big jamboree. A mannequin in the window of an odds-and-ends store in downtown Mount Hope sports an assortment of Boy Scout-related paraphernalia. So how do you get some of those gold coins to roll down the mountain?
“California lawmakers threaten to strip Scouts of tax exemption; The goal of their proposed legislation is to force the Boy Scouts to abandon its ban on openly gay members. The bill clears a state Senate committee.” Los Angeles Times. April 11, 2013. [For story, go to Law & Public Policy].