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On Chess: Boy Scouts learn the merit of chess

Mar 3, 2016
Joshua Becher constructed his own giant chess set, in which each of the pieces are represented by different scouting ranks.
Provided by Joshua Becher

On Feb. 27, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis again hosted a Boy Scout chess merit badge workshop. Since launching the merit badge in 2011, the Chess Club has helped hundreds of scouts achieve their chess merit badge. It hosts a free five-hour weekend chess workshop, where certified instructors teach scouts chess topics, including the basics of the game, intermediate strategy and tactics, and even how to play in a chess tournament.

Scout abuse files include 46 in Missouri

Oct 19, 2012
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Confidential files kept for years by Boy Scouts of America detailing allegations of sexual abuse against boys include 46 cases from Missouri.

A majority of the Missouri cases included in files released Thursday come from troops in St. Louis and Kansas City or their suburbs but cases also were reported in such places as Neosho, Fort Leonard Wood and Chillicothe.

The Boy Scouts released about 14,500 pages of what are being called "perversion files" on cases across the country dating from 1959 to 1985.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 19, 2011 - WASHINGTON - As one of 29 Eagle Scouts in the 112th Congress, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves takes pride in shouting out top scouts in his northwest Missouri district.

In fact, Graves, R-Tarkio, has mentioned scouting in 1,067 of his 1,543 speeches or "extensions of remarks" that are inserted in the Congressional Record, according to an analysis by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.