This morning while I was drinking my morning coffee, this story hit the CNN airwaves. Now, I don’t know what other Cub Scout Packs do, but the idea that a parent complaint on a leader’s sexual orientation should NOT be a reason to be able to dismiss a man from Scout leadership.
The absolute worst thing? The tagline into the story was that Scouting teaches honesty and duty, but not tolerance. Greeeeat.
So, thanks for that Pack 70 in Park City, Tx. Thanks for screwing up our image with your bigotry.
But I refuse to let that be the last word. In my pack, we do believe in tolerance. In fact, several of us have put aside our personal feelings, our “prejudices” against others to continue to work together. Here’s hoping this Pack’s short sighted solution is not the norm.
1. It teaches kids responsibility
“Duty” isn’t often a word bandied around, but in Scouting, it’s integral.
2. It’s open to new ideas and concepts
The Cub Scout books section on religion addresses the varied belief systems of all Scouts. It encourages acceptance and toleration. (It’s some individuals that force the issue)
3. Scouting encourages patriotism
I’ve gotten seen my kids learn to fold a flag, a flag retirement ceremony, and present colors. It’s awesome.
4. Scouting has taught my kids to try
The Cub Scout motto is “Do your best” and we quote that all the time.
5. Scouting teaches “Leave No Trace”
In every single book, the kids have to learn to go in the outdoors and not destroy it/litter.
6. Scouting teaches tradition
Family, God, Country, is all covered in a great way.
7. Scouting encourages cooperation
Working together is a big deal.
8. Scouting helps teach leadership
In both the kids AND adults.
9. Scouting Gets Kids outside
camping, hiking, paying attention to nature.
10. Scouting Takes All Kinds
Misfit or Jock, it doesn’t matter. You belong. Which is why the above story pisses me off.
11. Scouting Needs Family participation
It’s a volunteer organization and mom and dad HAVE to be a part of it.
12. It’s community oriented
Being involved in the local community is huge.
13. Teaches kids to care about issues
Food For Scouting–providing food for the homeless. Military Donations–sending a taste of home to the guys in the military. This year, our kids are trying to do a fundraiser for Miranda’s Rescue for abandoned and abused animals.
I love Scouting. It’s going to be a fun year for us this year. I just hope other packs don’t follow Pack 70’s example.
Let me just add this. Scouting demands that each adult leader submits to a background check AND that all dens/packs follow “2 deep leadership” so no boy is ever left alone with ANY adult (gay or straight or whatever). There is NOTHING in any of the information I’ve read that says it’s required to be straight to be an adult leader. That’s ridiculous. And, IMHO, does not follow Scouting principles.
I hope that there is more to this story, more to the complaint by that parent, than the fact that this parent was a gay man. I really do. Because if they got rid of him solely due to his orientation, then it’s totally wrong.
Okay. I’m done now.