I remember being in the scouts. Sexual orientation was never discussed…honestly sex was never discussed either. We met to have fun, learn new skills, serve the community, earn merit badges, and have fun. I remember that time fondly, we met in the basement of a church every Tuesday from six to eight. In fact, I still carry my scouting coin that has the scout oath on one side and the scout law on the other. Just to refresh your memory, or if you were never a scout, the oath goes:
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
I believed those statements and followed them then and I still believe them and follow them now. They have served me well over the years. When I was in scouting we learned important things, survival skills, camping skills, outdoors craft, hobbies, sports, proper ways to handle knives, guns, etc. This has been the way of the scouts for over a hundred years of scouting. But first and foremost scouting was about family and God. It just was, that is why meetings opened or ended in a prayer, that is why we had father/son camp outs, why we blessed our food, didn’t curse, served the community first, etc.
I understand that the gay rights movement desperately wants into scouting and I’m not sure why. I mean 70% of all scouting troops are affiliated with scouts through their religious organizations, which for the most part are anti-homosexual as a point of biblical principle. One of the scout missions is to instill Christian values and biblical truth into the young men and women who are in scouting. If a ban on gay troops and leaders is lifted is this going to change too?
Will the LGBTQBLGRTYFD community demand the bible be dropped or that condom appreciation and wear be taught or this standard needs to be tossed or many, many other things. I don’t know, but I do know that the decision has been delayed until May because of the massive backlash the scout council has heard from units, parents, and members who say, if you lift the ban, we’re gone. They are not interested in a politically correct scouting organization they are instead focused on something else.
Let me just say that the scouts are a private organization akin to a club and as we all know private organizations can set their membership standards however they want, they may choose to include or exclude those they wish based on any characteristics they choose. If they choose to let gays in or keep gays out that is entirely up to them. The parents who enroll their children or pull their children will be doing so based on their core beliefs, not in any deep-seated racism or sexism or homophobia. Different people have different standards for their lives and it should not be up to someone else to dictate what they can or cannot believe.