Boy Scouts Kicked Out of Newspaper's Summer Camp Campaign

July 7, 2008 - 7:03 PM

( - The Los Angeles Times has denied the application of a California Boy Scouts chapter to be part of its summer camp campaign, which helps send low-income children to camp.

"Because of its policy regarding sexual orientation, the Boy Scouts will no longer receive funding through the campaign," the newspaper said. According to the Los Angeles Times, support to various Boy Scout Councils represents less than five percent of the Summer Camp funds distributed each year.

The Scouts' policy prohibits the hiring of Scout leaders and members who are openly homosexual. That's the problem, said the L.A. Times.

"The Times supports organizations and programs that do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national ancestry, color, age, mental and physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other criterion prohibited by law," the paper said.

The funding requirements for the newspaper's Summer Camp program were recently updated, it said, to conform to the policy.

The charitable donations in question are private contributions solicited in the L.A. Times for disadvantaged youth who cannot afford to pay for summer camp programs, some of which are run by the Boy Scouts.

"The Times limits its charitable support to organizations whose policies and practices are consistent with ours regarding non-discrimination," said Raul Bustillos, program director for the Family Fund, in a letter to the San Gabriel Valley Council of the Boy Scouts.

It will, however, continue to fund a program with ties to the Boy Scouts.

"The Times will continue to consider funding applications from Learning for Life, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation," it said.

Jack Fuller, president of the Los Angeles Times' parent company, Tribune Publishing, refused to comment.

Calls to the Los Angeles chapter Boy Scouts of America were not returned at press time.