October 22, 2021

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Never disregard the fantastic from Scouting

I am outraged. I am crying. I am outraged that a motion as healthful and adventurous as the Boy Scouts really should be tainted by some bad actors. The motto “Character counts” is the essence of BSA.

I am not discrediting authentic statements of folks who ended up damage. I’m defending so a great deal that is very good in Scouting.

In no way, in my many years as a scout mom, did I have any trace of abuse of kids. Our troop was energetic and pleasurable simply because of great youngsters and tons of dad or mum participation like several moms. I adopted my two sons from Cub Scouts through a Initially Course and an Eagle Scout.

I was a den mother and den chief coach for 10 decades (I have two sons four yrs apart). People minimal boys learned to respect the kid who was not a excellent college student but could use a hammer and establish issues. Those little ones promised to “do my most effective for God and my nation, to aid other individuals at all periods, and to obey the legislation of the pack.” They were taught to respect each individual other even even though they have been Jewish, Christian and Hindu. (I experienced the ecumenical den.) They learned to use a saw to obvious a path. They have been 8 a long time old and really capable. They labored together to place on skits of fantastic humor for conferences of the pack. We set on magic reveals for nursing houses that was eye-opening for all of us.

Several of “my boys” went on from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.

They figured out to stand in front of other boys and adults as leaders and carry out a assembly. Wherever else in a youthful adult’s everyday living could one particular get that knowledge? My sons utilised that talking practical experience in their grownup lives.

Boys realized to pitch a tent in the darkish or in the rain. They could make a campfire and cook a meal — to be self-sufficient!

They learned that the bowman of a canoe is the electrical power and the stern person is the rudder. So, they negotiated rapids, or nonetheless water and portages. They discovered to offer with a snake in a tent, to make evening meal when exhausted, to sing all over a campfire. They had been solemn and attentive when the boy chaplain executed a nondenominational service on a Sunday morning in excess of a canoe as a pulpit together a Connecticut river.

When in your existence did you go down a rabbit gap in a subject and conclusion up spelunking by means of a maze of caves? (This was with a guidebook, of system.)

Our troop was a numerous bunch of youngsters that realized to value the internal-town young ones who joined our troop. They seasoned the incredibly hot meals cooked by the Thai youngsters at Global camporees. They learned to trade patches and swaps with little ones from all about the U.S. at Nationwide Jamboree. Boys could see that this motion is something more substantial than just me.

I’ve viewed may of these little ones as they grew to become grownup males with important occupations in which they are pleased, capable, and highly regarded.

Like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Mark Spitz, Mike Rowe, Thomas Norris, Gerald Ford, and more, they realized that character counts.

Susan Moore Kallmeyer