Getting it Half Right
The BSA adjusted its policy to allow openly gay scouts to participate:
“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone”.
This is great and I am so happy this has happened. All children can benefit from scouts. All my children are in it and one is an Eagle so far. I can’t say enough about how much the program does that helps boys have fun and become men.
We need to go the rest of the way. There are good parents who are openly gay who deserve to be scout leaders and from whom our children can learn much. And I don’t mean anything sexual. Sexual matters are completely irrelevant to scouting as sex is not a subject of the program (outside of Child Safety training).
I have been advocating for this for some time and have had several people in the blogosphere say that scouting is what it is and if I don’t like it, I should go form another group that allows gays. Well…. Scouting is NOW accepting of openly gay scouts. And will shortly allow openly gay leaders. Should I say it is your turn to go find another organization? I won’t. I want to see your kids get the benefits that scouts offer – just like every other kid.
By the way, Scouting has excellent Islamic and Jewish troops and programs. My kids are in a regular and excellent local troop, but I know the Islamic troop leaders and they run excellent troops. This weekend there is a joint Jewish and Muslim Camporee at Camp Snyder that I will be attending. It will be fun and strengthen the bond between our two communities.
I would be interested in knowing how many other on here are or were involved in scouts. I never was a scout as a kid, but involved my kids and have been very happy. One Eagle, One First Class, and One Webelo.