New Jersey Boy Scouts Agree to Pay $18,000 for Excluding Girl Who Identifies as Boy

SECAUCUS, N.J. — A New Jersey branch of the Boy Scouts has agreed to pay $18,000 to the family of a nine-year-old girl who identifies as a boy after they filed a civil rights complaint for excluding the child from participating in the organization.

The Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts will also issue a written apology to Kristie Maldonado and her daughter who goes by the name Joe. The child had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 87 for approximately a month when a Boy Scout official advised that she could not continue with the program because she is a girl.

“It made me mad,” Joe told reporters. “I had a sad face, but I wasn’t crying. I’m way more angry than sad. My identity is a boy. If I was them, I would let every person in the world go in. It’s right to do.”

Maldonado consequently filed a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and weeks later, the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America decided to overturn its current policies requiring deference to the child’s birth certificate.

“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state,” the organization said in a statement on Jan. 30.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” it wrote.

The Secaucus Cub Pack therefore agreed to allow the child back into the scouting group, and on Thursday, it entered into a formal agreement in response to the civil rights complaint.

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“The Boy Scouts of America is pleased that we’ve reached a mutually agreed upon settlement. We are happy to welcome Joe and the Maldonado family back into the Scouting community,” Director of Communications Effie Delimarkos said in a statement on Friday.

In addition to the payment, the Council agreed to also create “revised policies and procedures” surrounding the admission of youth with gender dysphoria in light of the state’s “prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.”

“Joe is happy that they admitted they were wrong,” Maldonado told reporters.

As previously reported, the Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1909, was created to mirror the British Boy Scouts, and was stated by some to be a Christian organization.

“Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity,” wrote British founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell in a 1917 publication entitled “Scouting & Christianity.”

John L. Alexander, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, also expressed this sentiment in the 1911 handbook.

“The Boy Scouts of America maintain that no boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God,” he wrote. “The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe, and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings is necessary to the best type of citizenship and is a wholesome thing in the education of the growing boy.”


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  • Steven

    It’s like a live showing of Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s called boy scouts; she’s a girl. No amount of self-delusional identifying is going to change that. They (boy scouts) should just call themselves “scouts.”

    • Amos Moses

      we should call them DEFUNCT ………….

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Exactly. Christian churches have alternative scouts for all those who would hold the self-evident truth about gender.

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Absolutely! No Christian should be putting their children in the BSA any longer. The BSA ceased to be the organization it once was about 2yrs ago. The have made a mockery outta the Law, Code, and Motto.

        And that comes from one who wore the uniform all the way to Eagle. Two of the greatest heartbreaking things I’ve had to watch is the destruction of the BSA and the Military due to an abandonment of all it once stood for.

        • Dianne S

          I’d be down with no Christians in the BSA. It’d improve the atmosphere tremendously.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Thank you for publicly displaying your honesty. If only all the atheists and other God-haters were as honest as you folks might wake up and realize your true intent.

            Though it’s highly ironic given the organizations roots are founded in and on Christianity.

          • Johndoe

            Too funny rip van winkle! Atheists cannot hate that which doesn’t exist.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Actually your very post surely proves otherwise.

  • “Joe is happy that they admitted they were wrong,” Maldonado told reporters. You see Joe, as you grow older & look back at this, you’ll recognize that tho they may have said they were wrong, they truly didn’t believe it. The ‘so-called’ apology wasn’t for you so that you feel ‘included’ because you whined. It was because they pretty much had no choice. They were forced to write a letter of apology. How can an apology mean diddly squat if it’s demanded to be written?

    To this girl’s parents: Shame On You. You don’t allow a small child to determine their gender other than the one they were born with, especially at such a young age. You have allowed this child to come to this decision at this young age. A parent’s job is to do everything in your power to teach them the truth, not encourage a lie. At 11 years of age, you are teaching HER that if she doesn’t get her way, she should stomp her feet, cross her arms & scream bloody murder as well as take them to court for everything they can squeeze out of their pockets. If they can’t get the Christians to change their beliefs, they will hit their pockets.

    So many Christian businesses are being taken advantage of. It’s as if they have a huge target painted on the front wall. They purposely walk into these businesses knowing the values of the owners or directors. They pretty much say my way or no way & if you deny me that right, I’m taking you out. They are thinking, “How dare them disagree with me & they definitely better not refuse me service.” They absolutely LOVE IT when they are denied because the Benjamins will start rolling in. They know they will win. No judge is going to stand on the side of Christians. They know who to target.

    Since this organization’s foundation is based on Christ, can they get in trouble for teaching the gospel to the kids or are they safe since it’s at the very core of their being? How does that work?

    • Ambulance Chaser

      “To this girl’s parents: Shame On You. You don’t allow a small child to determine their gender other than the one they were born with, especially at such a young age.”

      You’re right, you don’t. A child with gender dysphoria doesn’t determine their gender. They just know that they’re in the wrong body. They don’t choose it, they don’t ask for it, and they don’t want it. But they have it anyway.

      • Amos Moses

        No ……. they “FEEEEEL” they are in the wrong body …… and their “FEEEEELINGS” are not a valid test ……… FAIL ………….

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Okay, why don’t you tell us all what you think the medical procedure for diagnosing gender dysphoria is?

          • Amos Moses

            you cannot diagnose “FEEELINGS” …….. they are not a true representation of reality …… and if they are having trouble with reality ….. medicine is not the answer …………. and anyone trying to sell them anything like surgery to “fix it” is the worst snake oil salesman trying to make a buck off the unfortunate ………. and unfortunately …. there are any number of them ……

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Since you seem to be either ignoring the question or not understanding it, let’s try this again.

            A person is preparing to have gender reassignment surgery. What procedure led them to this point?

          • Amos Moses

            reliance on their “FEEEELINGS” which are not reliable as an indication of anything …… how does a person “know” how the opposite sex “FEEEELS” when they are NOT the opposite sex …… it is all a lie …….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Okay so you have no idea nor any desire to find out. So I’m going to close this conversation until such time as you actually care to educate yourself about the subject.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Okie dokie, Oh great Obi Won Kenobi, why do you educate and enlighten all of us?

            This should be interesting.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Same citations as before: Arlene Lev: Transgender Energence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender Variant People and their Families and WPATH Standards of Care for Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Same response as the others.

          • Amos Moses

            i had a desire to find out …. i found out … i told you the truth and you reject the truth ….. nothing new here ………..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Oh you “found out?” Where did you do your intensive research on the subject? Did you publish a Ph.D thesis?

          • Amos Moses

            dont need to publish or have a fud (PhDuh) to figure it out …….. that has nothing to do with truth ….. which you reject …… your “tolerance” keeps them in bondage ….. nothing else ……….

          • Amos Moses

            “finding out” is not listening to the lies told by the world to these people ….. they need to hear the truth you reject ……… they can be healed …… and it DOES NOT require mutilation by “surgery” that does nothing but damage them further …..

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            What procedure led a 22yo man to spend $100K on surgeries so he “could make the outside look like” what he’s always “known” was on the inside.

            No double standard from where we sit. They are both Deceived, Deluded, Mentally-ill, or demon influenced/possessed.

            Tammy’s remarks are spot on. It’s not rocket science and no “medical procedure” is needed to diagnose Gender Identity Disorder/Dysphoria. All that’s needed is a mirror.

        • Dianne S

          So you FEEEEEL that god exists and therefore you should pray? ………… FAIL…………..

          • Amos Moses

            no ….. God is the evidence ……. has nothing to do with “FEEEELINGS” …. it has to do with the TRUTH ……….. and whether or not it is accepted or rejected …… as you seem to reject the truth ……

        • I promise you I’m jumping in here soon. I’ve been sick & haven’t felt like it brother. lol

  • Becky

    “In addition to the payment, the Council agreed to also create ‘revised policies and procedures’ surrounding the admission of youth with gender dysphoria in light of the state’s ‘prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and expression.'”

    Transgender…transpecies…etc…the homosexual activist groups are fully responsible for the unleashing of such lasciviousness.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      And supression against objective truths.

  • Nidalap

    They’ve already caved to the Perversion Movement.
    It will never be enough.
    There’ll be more caving to occur in the future…

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Yes. Evil does not stay in the same size. That’s why their tyranny must be countered at this point. So sad so many Americans are so obedient to Sodom; those obedient-to-Sodom Americans do not look like Americans. Godless liberal public education’s toxic generation.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    People are fined for upholding objective truth???? Whatever happened to America? Transgenders should work hard and earn their daily bread just as anyone else instead of relying on other people’s money.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    “The Boy Scouts of America is pleased that we’ve reached a mutually agreed upon settlement. We are happy to welcome Joe and the Maldonado family back into the Scouting community,”

    In other words, “The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce before World that we longer remotely resemble what we once stood for and the Principles on which we were founded. He are happy that all know we no longer have any Integrity and that we’ve become so deluded as to no longer understand and know what a “boy” is. It’s high time that all Americans know that we actually enjoy making a mockery outta the Law, Code, Motto and everything else we once held to. The BSA years ago became the same godless, meaningless, and morally bankrupt organization as the GSA and we’ve enjoyed following their lead.”

    And that comes from one who wore the uniform all the way to Eagle. Two of the greatest heartbreaking things I’ve had to watch is the destruction of the BSA and the Military due to an abandonment of all it once stood for.

  • bowie1

    I suppose they may as well call it Scouts as they do in Canada. Looks like the days of the single gender clubs are numbered. No more womens only clubs either!

  • Audiophile

    Aside from the whole silly tranny issue, feminism has always opposed male-only organizations, even though I never met a man who opposes female-only organizations (nor has any desire to join one). The left are big on conspiracy theories – they can’t just accept the world as is, they have to look for some group that is EXCLUDING some other group. It never crosses their paranoid minds that there might be times when it’s good for males to be with males and females to be with females (that would including the use of restrooms, btw).

    American politics is driven by paranoids, that’s why our laws have become so bizarre and perverse.

  • Dianne S

    Boy, not girl. Don’t you have copy-editors??

    • Audiophile

      We’re into reality here, fella.
      People who delude themselves into believing they are the opposite sex should be confronted, not coddled.

      Reality is where it’s at, dude.

      • Dianne S

        Heh. You really are a sad, petty, pathetic little pos.

        Poor hounded Christians, under attack again, the delicate little snowflakes. Oh boo hoo.

        A nine-year-old kid is sufficient to give them apoplexy.

        • Audiophile

          Dude, this has nothing to do with religion.

          A 3yo child can distinguish between male and female. The human crotch appears the same to all, regardless of religion. It’s called “objective reality.”

          Parents who let a child choose its own food and its own bed time would be accused – rightly – of child abuse. Letting a child choose its own sex is even worse.

          Dude, like all men pretending to be women, you sound like you’re about to explode. You’d be amazed at how peaceful one becomes when one accepts oneself, as is.

  • DawnJ

    I get messages all the time on Facebook telling me that a pregnant woman has just learned the sex of her baby, which can be as early as 3 months. It’s always either boy or girl, there are no other options.

  • “Our policy,” said they, “is to foster honesty by allowing our members to LIE on their application form.” We do this because we can’t afford to close down this organisation that is such a benefit to society. We prefer compromise.