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|Subject: Gay Scouts kerfuffle||Date: 1/30/2013 8:40 AM|
|Author: Colovion||Number: 669181 of 722376|
The way I see it it's pretty simple: I support scouts, ALL scouts. If they are gay it's none of my business. I sure as hell won't punish them for that (not that it's an issue in Cub Scouts in terms of the scouts themselves, pretty much all of them think girls have cooties!)
As for leaders, I can indeed understand the concern parents have. However, I also know what measures have been put in place to protect scouts from all predators (and, no, I'm not saying gay people are predators, they're just as likely to be predators as anyone else) and, if adhered to by all parties (leaders, parents, the scouts themselves) they kids are safe. Every leader has to take Youth Protection Training every year. I took it twice in fact (the first time I took it I clicked on the wrong link, didn't get a certificate, had to take it again to get the certificate). Packs can't recharter unless they can prove that every leader has taken the training. One of the requirements for the scouts to get the Bobcat badge (which every Cub Scout has to obtain) is for them to understand what kind of behavior from adults towards them is wrong and what to do about it.
The point is that no Cub Scout should ever be alone with a leader (other than their parent, naturally, if their parent is a leader) at any time. The safety of the Scouts is the top priority (it is in our pack if I have anything to say about it... and I do!)
As such, I would support their changing the rules to allow gay leaders and, especially, gay scouts. Not only is it the right thing to do morally but it would also help packs who are often hindered by boycotts from businesses/organizations/people who adhere to non-discrimination policies. This harms the scouts by depriving them of opportunities and resources (many United Way chapters, the primary means of support for many packs, have dropped their support of scouts altogether). Not to mention that some people refuse to let their kids enroll due to their personal objections to this policy. I see scouting as a wonderful opportunity for boys to learn lifelong skills, create wonderful memories, bond with their caregivers and gain confidence... denying them that because of their sexual orientation (or the scouts policy on it) is ridiculous. This is 2013!
It's about the kids. Keep them safe but give them every opportunity you can. That's all I care about. If getting rid of this policy helps in those regards then by all means get rid of it. But it's not my call, I have to abide by what the BSA chooses to do. I just hope they do the right thing. I want every boy to have the opportunity to Do Your Best, and to be 100% safe while doing so.
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