SACRAMENTO — Ten staff members at a Boy Scouts camp in Northern California have resigned to protest the firing of a 22-year-old Eagle Scout who says he was let go because he is gay.
Tim Griffin says his sexual orientation was not a secret during the eight summers he worked at Camp Winton in Amador County. He thinks the Scouts' regional council decided to fire him on Friday after the national organization last week reaffirmed its ban on openly gay members and leaders.
Glen Goddard, program director for the Golden Empire Council, tells The Sacramento Bee http://bit.ly/M8nv6x ) that Griffin was dismissed because he refused to adhere to uniform guidelines.
At issue were the nail polish and earring Griffin wore, although someone also had complained about his mannerisms, Goddard says.
Other staff members started wearing nail polish and then resigned Saturday to show their support for Griffin.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com
Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees
Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.
The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.
There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.