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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-19-06 02:15 PM
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Anybody have info on alternatives to Boy Scouts?
I'm especially interested in boys-only organizations.
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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-19-06 02:19 PM
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1. Spiral Scouts
But I think it's a co-ed thing. . .

http://www.spiralscouts.org/metadot/index.pl


Is there a pressing reason you want it boys only?
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-19-06 02:27 PM
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2. Our son wants it boys-only. That's the reason.
Our daughter doesn't want any (eeew! ick!) boys in her Girl Scout troop either, so Spirals aren't quite what we're looking for.

Thanks anyway.
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newblewtoo Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-19-06 05:26 PM
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3. DeMolay
It is a branch of the Masons.

http://www.demolay.org/whatis/
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 01:11 AM
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4. Hmmmm... I think I had a third cousin or something who was in that.
I'll have to follow the link and check it out. Thanks!
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 01:21 AM
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5. If you live in a fairly progressive community
I would bet that the Boy Scout or Cub Scout organizations reflect that pretty well.

I wouldn't rule the Scouts out.

Meet the local parents that are involved and ask them about the issues that concern you.

Boy Scouts is a great program, and it a shame some pig heads at the national level muck things up for parents who just want their children to have a great experience and grow into men.
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:06 AM
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6. Can the national BSA interfere w/ the local group?
I know they've been trolling heavily for financial contributions from Scout parents. I've never seen the Girl Scouts do that.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:36 AM
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9. except for the whole cookie pushing thing
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 03:59 PM
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16. Some girl scouts forced you to buy cookies?
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 02:01 AM
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20. What kind of pinko un-American statement is that? We're going to have
to send you to the Gulag! :spank:
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:44 AM
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14. My lesbian friend's son is in the cub scouts
We sit together in our RC church. Scout Sunday I saw her and we laughed about it. She said "Oh yes, We belong to all the best fascist organizations". Pretty funny really. But our community is great for the most part and they have been treated like regular humans, imagine! My friend believes in quietly infiltrating and changing people's thinking by just being a good neighbor and friend. She and her partner are terrific people.
I know some places are not like here though.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 04:02 PM
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17. Yes, my son is doing Scouts and so far so good :^)
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:20 AM
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7. I can't think of anything
Everything is co-ed except Scouts. I can't even think of anything in the business area that doesn't include girls, like martial arts or sports or something. Even boxing includes girls. Maybe my boys never cared because they had brothers. I know my only daughter enjoyed Scouts and the girl time. I can see where alot of boys would want that too. I don't know what to tell you, I would be hesitant about Boy Scouts these days myself.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:29 AM
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8. I only know of the Lutheran Pioneers, which was founded because...
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 02:32 AM by JVS
the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod considered Boy Scouts to be founded on false religious principles.

The Masons are also forbidden.

Strangely enough, completely secular organizations are not frowned upon, but once religion enters WELS insists that it must be WELS-doctrine or WELS members don't belong in it
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marano35 Donating Member (155 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:49 AM
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10. yeah
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yankeedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:15 AM
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11. Do you have a YMCA in your area?
Check out Indian Guides (now called Adventure Guides). Depending on the chapter, they may be chopped into gender. Don't be fooled by the "Christian" in YMCA, they don't push religion at all.
http://www.ymca.net/adventure_guides/
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 01:57 AM
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18. Oh, yeah. I remember "Indian Guides."
Have to check that out.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:42 AM
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12. ugh freeway blogger sprouts.
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 07:42 AM by lonestarnot
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lauren_victoria Donating Member (37 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:37 AM
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13. yes, Adventure Guides
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 08:38 AM by lauren_victoria
is what my dad and my brother were involved in for a while, but after the participants in that program get oldrer, they get moved up to Trailblazers and go on various campouts and do things together, and not always have to be involved in a lot of group activities. It depends on the age of your son, really.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 03:52 PM
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15. Hi lauren_victoria!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 02:00 AM
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19. Thanks. I will definitely check that one out.
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