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Atlanta Boy Scouts inflated black scout numbers for $$

“TRUSTWORTHY: A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.”
— from Scouting Law

NOT. While honorable gays that abide by the rules of Scouting are not welcome, lying about the number of black members in its ranks isn’t a problem unless you get caught. Its executive director has resigned.

An independent investigation of the Atlanta-area Boy Scouts found that the organization inflated its number of black Scouts by more than 5,000 in a program for inner-city youth.

…Auditors said Scout officials assigned to inner-city areas may have felt pressure to demonstrate membership growth, which is a part of their performance evaluations. Membership numbers also are used to help determined funding from the United Way, a major Scouts donor.

The audit found that former Scouts too old to participate remained on the memberships lists and that boys who had only attended informational meetings about the program were signed up. In one example, an official changed the birth date of 87 Cub Scouts so they would be old enough to participate in the program. In another case, an official continued to report membership of a church Boy Scout unit although the church had burned down three years earlier.

The inflated numbers also included 200 Scout units that did not exist.

Edgar Sims Jr., an attorney with the law firm that conducted the audit, said the Atlanta Area Council claimed there were 10,238 Scouts in Operation First Class in 2004, but the audit found that only 5,361 were registered. Operation First Class was designed to increase participation by boys in the country’s poorest areas, and it provides the boys’ books, uniforms and other opportunities, including scholarships for camp.

In resigning, David Larkin, executive director of the Atlanta Area Council, said he was “deeply disappointed both personally and professionally” and took fully responsibility for the false records.

Don’t forget, we recently featured “The Pacific Northwest Pedophiles,” which included Scoutmasters, Douglas S. Smith Jr. charged with one felony count of having photos that show “minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” and Alabama Boy Scouts also padding the rolls with “John Does” for dollars. I think this is one organization that needs to clean house before it casts stones.

Thanks to House Blender Paul for the pointer.

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