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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 02:47 PM
To the Scouts that did there work congratulations!! To the parents and the Troop 298 East Hampton Boy Scouts.. How interesting.. In our very community only a short time ago a young man choose to take his life because he was being bullied for either being gay or perceived as gay... How nice it is to see that we are glorifying an organization that promotes discrimination and encourages this behavior through exclusion WELL DONE Maybe there is a badge you can give to the kids and/or the staff who either bullied this child or stood by and did nothing ..... By supporting this group you are continuing to promote hate & intolerance be proud of yourselves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Scouts_of_America_membership_controversies#Position_on_homosexuality
Laura Otto October 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Really inappropriate Daniel!
Brian Lydon October 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Not the proper forum for your agenda. This is a time for the children and their parents to enjoy the moment.
Daniel October 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Yes lets look the other way and whisper and do nothing.. This is a forum regarding the BSOA.. a bigoted organization.. I'm sure like the BSOA you would be happier if I looked the other way.. .. oh wait that already happened didn't it!!!!
Gail Simons October 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Gross place to be saying this, Daniel. This is about some young boys who have gained a great achievment. My kids are in scouts, they have NEVER been taught to "spit in others faces" EVER! There are some antiquated rules, no doubt, that need to be changed but the values and lessons taught in scouts are immeasurable. I highly doubt that the bullies of the child that was this past week's victim were Scouts!
Brian Lydon October 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Not the proper forum Daniel, this is a special moment for the boys and parents to enjoy.
Daniel October 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
So you do not believe being part of an organization that publicly excludes people to say that they are not worthy of being a member is teaching a child to spit in someones face.. that they are not deserving of being a member.. antiquated or not by joining and participating you are supporting it.. You the adult not the child.. you/parents are the ones who are adults and can make these choices.. As far as I can see this is not a child's site.. maybe you believe that I am not entitled to my opinion only you are.. maybe you learned that from the scouts and didn't even know it
Preliator October 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thank you to the Patch staff for removing those unfortunate and unnecessary comments.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM
There is a forum for this discussion posted previously on Patch. Here's the link: http://patch.com/A-wl7w
Daniel October 10, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Taylor.. Respectfully intended... The BSOA is a private organization.. this is a public forum. You as the editor choose to put this article up as a news article these are my opinions they have been made with in the guidelines that I am aware of for Patch.. obviously some do not want me to have them.. for future referance is this a place where only some people can have an opinion? Preliator for one certainly has put out some doosies.. some I agree with some I don't.. but I believe in his right to his opinion
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I did not delete your initial comment - I think it got flagged. It's back up. It is your opinion and you have a right to state it. My previous comment was just meant to lea this discussion to a more appropriate place. This was just meant to celebrate the kids.
Gail Simons October 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The children are not even aware of the rule. My step-children's mother is a gay woman married to another woman. The children are all in scouts, they have never been excluded, nor have their mother. The subject of sexuality doesn't ever come up (nor should it). Anyone who knows me and knows our family, knows that we definitely DO NOT teach our children anything other than acceptance and tolerance of all people - even the ones who are intolerant themselves. Only by doing that can we hope to change things. Scouts is not an anti-gay organization - they don't sit around bashing gay people - the subject doesn't even come up. They do, however, learn to support their community, learn survivalism, selflessness and responsibility.
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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