Originally Posted by catlover7731
I never let my son join the boyscouts for a number of reasons.
1. They met in a church and do not allow atheists.
2. All the sexual misconduct that has been in the news. No thank you
3. They don't allow homosexuals in the group.
I wish there was a spiral scouts in my area, I would gladly join.
#1 is not a fact of every scout troop. First of all Boy Scouts are very closely binded to the Native American traditions, and basic laws of reverncy, but not tied to any one religion. They are accepting of any religion, and infact illustrate that in several ways while teaching about religions and cultural practices. Meeting places tend to be churches only because there are few other organizations other than religious that lend out their space and resources so readily. However more often than a church being lent out to a local troop, you'll find they meet in Schools on weekday evenings. School systems have been the main contributors to the BSA organization as far as meeting places go, for decades. Alot of school disctrics even count it as an extra-cirricular activity for school credits.
#2 is also a fear blown way out of proportion by the media and other factors.
Unfortunately these things happen in ALL organizations to some degree just from the fact that the people involved could be anyone, anywhere. The BSA infact takes great care in educating both parents, and their sons, on how to deal with possible situations that could lead to inappropriate conduct of the leaders AND scouts. A previous post mentioned the very strict guidelines and rules of who belongs where on BSA events, and they are very strict about that to the tune of involving authorities if rules are broken and complaints no matter how small are filed. The notion that inappropriate conduct takes place on all, or even a significant number of events is completely untrue. Most leaders in the organization infact, are quite vigilant against any situation that could turn out this way.
#3 is infact true. The BSA does not recognize the homosexual lifestyle. I'm not privy to any details of why, nor is anyone else really, but... in their defense, they are a private organization and it is their perogative to allow/disallow anyone they choose as a member. I personaly don't agree with this, but there is nothing really to be said other than, they are a private organization and they are not required to open their doors to anyone they do not choose to.
I am an Eagle Scout, and proud to be one. I spent alot of time doing the activities and learning what was passed on to me by other Scouts, and leaders, including my father and brother (also and Eagle). I now have the ability to deal with situations far beyond the scope of what many of my friends can, and I attribute that to my time spent in the BSA all the way to Eagle. It's an experience that I think enriches a boys life, and thus continues to enrich his life as he becomes a man. One of my boys gave Cub Scouts a shot and the only thing that discouraged him was the lack of leadership and organization in our local Dens/Troops. The activities were inspiring, and challenging, and the outdoor activities posed adventures he otherwise would not have been exposed to.
I highly recommend that any boy interested in it, enroll. I also highly recommend any parent that wants to give their son a chance to expand their horizons and open them up to dealing with dynamic situations and more complex challenges later in life, enroll them to at least give them a chance.