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Court of Honor Leads to New Ranks

Several local boy scouts have new rank.

East Hampton Troop 298 held its Court of Honor this past Thursday at the American Legion Post #419 in Amagansett, and several scouts earned new ranks.

Springs School students Andrew Wilson, Matthew Lester, and Travis Santiago ranked to Star Scout, according to Andrew's mother Mary McPartland.

For his Star Scout service project, Andrew designed, constructed and donated three bat houses to the Springs School to help eat up to 1,000 mosquitos a day. He learned how to make bat houses while earning his woodworking merit badge.

During the ceremony, John Claflin and Taky Dimopoulis also earned a new rank — Tenderfoot.

Check out the photos some of their parents sent in. Congratulations to all.

In case you missed it yesterday, check out what Troop Leader Paul Casciotta's son Mario Casciotta built for his Star Scout service project. 

Daniel October 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Thank you for your response.. Understand I would be as offended personally if you did an article that was based on a youth supremest group cleaning up a neighborhood do they do good yes.. but it doesn't forgive the rest. not in my book
Daniel October 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Gail, My statement was and is if you participate you support it all of it not some all of it.. with regard to you personal statements.. I'm happy you have had those experiences.. to bad the gay kids that would like to go can't have them also. Just like the people who witnessed what happened at EHS who saw the behavior and looked the other way.. I bet the kids who did do it have done some good in there life also whether they were scouts or not.. does that make what they did ok? but being a part of an organization that does good for "some" isn't practicing what is preached
Daniel October 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
and you do understand that if there mother choose to be a part of the organization as an out woman not just attend the event.. she would not be welcome according to the BSOA rules. If she does you may think differently when the prejudiced is directed at you
Daniel October 10, 2012 at 08:54 PM
You have described your family.. your beliefs and what you are trying to instill in your children.. All admirable When you have an understanding of being hated.. beaten.. and tormented as I have for no other reason than the way that I walk and talk.. you may have an understanding of my adamant dislike for people and groups that discriminate against me as the BSOA does. I looked the other way when I couldn't speak for myself.. Now I speak up and will continue to do so.. The group is in my opinion a hate group through omission.. overlooking it doesn't change it
TheWaterMillian October 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Interestingly/ironically, the founder of the Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell was most likely a closeted homosexual himself. It's a shame that the social mores and bigotry that probably forced him to keep his sexuality a secret continues to be perpetuated in the organization he founded. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/opinion/scoutings-gay-founder.html?_r=1 And for those who say that this is an inappropriate forum to discuss this in...There were people like you who said the same thing about discussing women's liberty and their right to vote, and about campaigning for freedom for slaves...Do yourself a favor - Don't be on the wrong side of history. There is nothing wrong with taking any opportunity to stand up for the freedoms of ALL people. And for those who are involved with the Boy Scouts who might not be aware of this issue, why not offer some education and enlightenment? A little bit of education, information, and rational thinking can only help.

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