Hundreds of former Boy Scouts reveal new sexual abuse claims, exposing 150 alleged pedophiles No, they don't protect them. As we have seen over and over with the Catholic Church, they are happy hunting grounds for pedophiles. And now we see that the Boy Scouts, which are strongly affiliated with religion and churches, are just as bad. If parents have not learned by now to keep their kids away from churches, they will never learn. P.S. And, the Boy Scouts, which bans gay scout masters, might want to rethink that policy.