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I was in Scouting from third grade through high school and for a few years beyond that. I attained my Eagle Scout rank and worked two seasons at Boy Scout summer camps in the Cascade Pacific Council.
Overall, I had positive experiences in Scouting, and I was certainly never the subject nor perpetrator of any of the type of abuse alleged in this recent trial. I grew increasingly uncomfortable with my involvement in the organization, however, as a result of the national organization's misguided response to sexual abuse scandals.
In an effort to bar pedophiles from the organization, Boy Scouts of America started rooting out and banning people based on their sexual orientation. I was uncomfortable with the implication that homosexuality and pedophilia were somehow linked, and eventually I came to the conclusion that I could not be actively involved in an organization with such homophobic policies any more than I could comfortably be a member of, say, a country club that bars membership by African Americans or Jews.
My own children are girls, and they are in the process of joining the Girl Scouts, a separate organization. I am hoping to some day feel comfortable interacting with the Boy Scouts again, but as long as current policies continue that won't be happening.
posted 3 years, 2 months ago
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