There are not many organizations left with even anything close to the quality, dedication, universality, and sheer goodness of the Boy Scouts and I’m damn sick of these ‘urban rangers’ type of things designed to teach kids to use quarters to get a soda out of a machine instead of a crowbar.
BTW: Ex-scout here and ex-scoutmaster and Police Explorer. Served with pride, determination and sheer bullheadedness. Learned more than I can express in the limited space here and am proud to say that in my town, I had the first and possibly still only black and white, integrated troop and I still keep track of ‘my’ kids when I can.
Today, I’d not want to be a Scoutmaster what with all of the fuss over molestation’s, homosexuals and whatnot. I’d need a damn lawyer and probably get sued for making a kid actually wade knee deep into a lake when he did not want to 'cause he was tired. Some idiot would probably get mad because I made him sand scrub his mess kit and boil it out instead of letting him pack it away dirty and accuse me of ‘inappropriately touching’ him and I’d have to spend a few grand clearing myself.
I don’t know about the homo bit, but I figure they are boys and that’s what Scouts are for but I certainly would not be interested in adjusting the teachings for ‘homosexual needs’. They’d learn just what everyone else needed to learn.
Heck, I helped build the counsel camp in Sebastian Florida and had been going there since it was a spot in the swamp. Now it’s a big counsel camp and I need a Scout Card to even set foot on the locked grounds and can’t even go up there without permission to spend a day or so camping and reflecting. I don’t have a card anymore, since I left the scouts 10 years ago, but now and then I get called back to Camporees to spin them some horror tales at the Counsel fire.
Hopefully, Scouts will survive this for they survived the 60s, when even the hippies were snickering at them, and they survived the 70s, when something besides pot was starting to go around. They have survived right up to now and their teachings are invaluable because so many parents refuse to teach honor, loyalty, right and wrong, discipline, respect and justice, preferring to gloss it over in a gray area.
I was a cub scout and my folks were active in the system, my Mom being a Den Mother, my older brother a Den Chief and my Dad being a Scout sponsor and general handy man for the troops. We went right through the system, all of us boys being scouts from cubs to explorers. My younger brother made Eagle, though I never did. None of us kids even today are unprepared when we hit the sticks or something happens, thanks to the Boy Scouts. I can still make a fire out of almost nothing and while watching an English survival show Sunday, found myself telling the contestants what to do before they did it! Scout teachings might fade, but never die.
My younger brother still likes camp cooking and so do I and we still camp and use Scout training to set and strike camp, police the grounds and respect the forests. I shake 'em up a bit on council camps though because I show up wearing my old bowie knife from my tenderfoot days, and ‘new’ scouts here are not allowed knives. (DAMN! A Scout without a knife is like a car without gas! Morons!) I’ve turned down several requests to get back into scouts because, to tell you the truth, I’m not willing to risk my reputation, job, home and bank account on some little prick getting mad at me and claiming I touched his scrawny butt or something when we were alone. Plus, if you get real involved with the kids, the folks will start looking at you like you might be Chester the Molester or something. Sorry, but it’s not worth it anymore but my hat’s off to those who still do serve.