There's also a mention of the scouting movement having started in England, yet no mention of how the English scouts have a nondiscrimination policy.
Their comparison of the American Boy Scouts to the American Girl Scouts is particularly offensive. I'm particularly offended as someone who was a scout for many years and continues to support the Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts is an organization that actively conducts research and initiates programs that promote diversity and acceptance of self and others. It's a very progressive and feminist organization, really. The Boy Scouts is an organization that actively works to inflitrate our public schools and public community centers with groups and events that exclude individuals and families who are athiest or include queers. They use government resources to spread the message that it's important to teach leadership and discipline to boys, but only those who are straight boys from straight parents. Is it to much to expect that professional journalists would know that every group with "scout" in the name is not the same type of organization?
For those who are interested in some aspects of Boy Scouting but don't wish to support homophobia, Scouting for All provides resources for starting troops that have an antidiscrimination policy at the troop level, and helps members and families locate these troops. As far as I know, the troops still have to pay dues to the (homophobic) national organization, so it's not perfect, but it's at least a way to be involved in scouting without supporting homophobia to quite the same extent. And no, Boston.com didn't bother to mention this wonderful organization. So, uh, happy 100th anniversary, Boy Scouts. Hopefully it won't be another 100 years until your organization learns that real leaders need to be taught acceptance of everyone.