As of today the Boy Scouts of America will start allowing openly gay boys into their organization. A huge win for equal rights activists and an epic fail for the conservative right. What does this mean for existing scouts and their families?
Much to my surprise, this news comes as almost a non-event for the local pack that my son is involved in. Perhaps this little corner of America is finally catching up to the rest! We have around 50 scouts in our pack and I can proudly say that I haven’t heard of one family leaving the organization yet. What’s even better, is that the local church which carries our charter hasn’t broken ties with the scouts. We are in the process of re-chartering and so far everything seems to be going smoothly.
Unfortunately, I have heard of a handful of families leaving other local packs. This is truly sad for the boys. For anyone not involved in scouting, it’s hard to understand the amount of time and hard work the boys put into earning their various badges and patches. They learn numerous skills, build strong friendships and experience so much in the world. If parents are going to remove their boys from BSA, then they should probably go ahead and remove little Johnny from all sports and start homeschooling while they’re at it.
I don’t understand this “stay away from the gays” mentality people have. Don’t parents understand that they are doing their child a disservice by keeping them in the closet? They are teaching their kids that it’s ok to avoid people who are different from themselves.
I for one, want to raise my children to be strong independent thinkers. I want to raise them to feel comfortable around all types of people. Most importantly, I want my children to appreciate and love all of humankind.