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Boy Scouts need new mission

Why is it every year there is some unsupervised child on a outing with the Boy Scouts who wanders away from camp and gets lost? Where is the adult supervision? Doesn’t this organization teach kids that’s it’s not ok to leave camp and wander out on their own with no food, water, without telling an adult, and without a GPS?

According to the Boy Scouts mission statement they “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law”. They need to concentrate more on teaching kids common sense choices and less on ethical or moral choices. And who are they do teach moral choices? This is the same organization that believes in discrimination against gays. This is the same organization that incorrectly associates gays with child abuse, ignoring the statistics that say most children are abused by heterosexuals rather than homosexuals. So basically this organization matches up kids with the very people (statistic wise) that are MOST LIKELY to abuse a young child.

The Boy Scouts of America calls themselves the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. They say they will:

  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
  • Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
  • Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

I guess they’re not doing a very good job with their training. They regularly have kids getting lost which cancels out the responsible fun and adventure part. They need to train kids how to stay in the camp and stop walking through the woods on their own. If the Boy Scouts really wanted to practice what they preach, they should agree to pay the taxpayers back every time we have to foot the bill to find one of their lost kids. That would be a good value. And why not charge the “supervising adult” with child endangerment for not properly supervising the kid their suppose to be watching? Also, all parents need to agree to have a GPS device implanted into every child before they can join the Boy Scouts. This way when their kid goes out on one of their unsupervised adventures, we can find them in an hour or two rather than in days.

March 20, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events

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