(And not to worry: Several days and $1,000 worth of vet services later, he's all good.)
These women kick serious ass -- here's the intro to their inspiring story:
Skittish at first, then wide-eyed with delight, the women and girls entered the sea, smiling, splashing and then joining hands, getting knocked over by the waves, throwing back their heads and ultimately laughing with joy.
The women were Palestinians from the southern part of the West Bank, which is landlocked, and Israel does not allow them in. They risked criminal prosecution, along with the dozen Israeli women who took them to the beach. And that, in fact, was part of the point: to protest what they and their hosts consider unjust laws.
Ryan Andresen has been a Boy Scout for 12 years. Even after coming out as gay at 16, he stayed with the Scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America says its decision reflects its "Youth Leadership" policy statement:
In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.
Andresen is in shock, especially since he thought his Scoutmaster had his back:
He had been telling me all along that we'd get by the gay thing. It was by far the biggest goal of my life. It's totally devastating.
Andresen and his mom have started an online petition to convince the Boy Scouts to change their mind. But it would need to happen quickly -- he turns 18 in three days, which means his Eagle Scout eligibility is just about up.