Boy Scouts of America

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Alameda Boy Scouts of America Troop #73 is joining the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group’s cycling team, the Storm Troopers, is joining the Ride to Defeat ALS on September 28 in Napa Valley, and the cyclists are trying to raise money to fund efforts to find a cure. The team is one of nearly four dozen seeking to raise $400,000 with the ride. The team’s fundraising page is here, as are links to individual riders’ pages.

Representatives of Alameda’s local Boy Scout council will be voting in favor of a proposal to lift their national organization’s ban on gay youths – and will recommend the Boy Scouts of America extend that change to adults.

The leaders of the Alameda Council voted unanimously on Thursday to support a proposal to be voted on May 23 that would lift the national organization’s ban on gay youth. The vote followed a survey that showed an overwhelming percentage of Alameda’s Scouting community opposes the ban, a view that was reiterated by members in letters and at a meeting held Wednesday.