My opinion keeps my son from being a Boy Scout

My opinion keeps my son from being a Boy Scout

Apparently there is a Girl Scouts or Brownies troop at my boy's after school program, but no Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts.  He has repeatedly shared that he wants to be a Boy Scout.  My initial thought is that the group would teach my son necessary survival skills and camaraderie.

For over 100 years, The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to

  • Try new things.
  • Provide service to others.
  • Build self-confidence.
  • Reinforce ethical standards.

These are all important lessons and morals in my family and normally I would investigate and register, but this organization is one that I'm not sure I can stand behind.

According to CBS News in 2012 the Boy Scouts do not have a clean record by any means.

Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.

On the afternoon of Aug. 10, 1965, their distraught mother walked into the third floor of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office. A 31-year-old scoutmaster, she told the chief criminal deputy, had raped one of her sons and molested two others.

Six days later, the scoutmaster, an unemployed airplane mechanic, sat down in front of a microphone in the same station, said he understood his rights and confessed: He had sexually abused the woman's sons more than once.

Then there is the reported gay ban.  I support equality and will not condone any organization that does not allow all types of people to be a part of it. There has been talk to lift the gay ban, yet I am still not convinced everyone is treated the same.

To make the situation even less likely, when doing a search for Chicago Boys Scouts I came up with nothing on the North side and one defunct group many miles from our home.

Is this old school organization fading away or should I support the scouts in hopes to turn it around so my son can learn survival skills? Is it fair to continue the Girl Scouts as the Boy Scouts disintegrate?

 

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