I should temper my remarks by stating that scouting was a huge part of my youth. I belonged to an active troop that took us on far-away adventures, backpacking through Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and canoeing in the Quantico wilderness of Canada. After earning eagle I spent four summers during my college years working at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Colorado, probably the best job I ever had other than for my current job. Later in life I served as a National Partner Representative to the BSA board.
There came a time, however, when I felt the need to disassociate myself from scouting due to its intransigence on the issue of whether homosexuals could participate in its activities. The times had changed but scouting didn’t, and so we parted ways. I was glad, a few years back, when those positions softened, and the BSA decided that it was possible to be gay and a scout at the same time.
And now a boy has been kicked out of the cub scouts because he is transexual. Scouting has decided that any boy who was born in a girl’s body is not good enough for them, which amounts to the ultimate chauvinism.
This eagle has once again had his heart broken.
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Natural History Institute
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