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Xmit Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-22-10 09:55 PM
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85. Please do not knee jerk the BSA
While I abhor everything the BSA stands for in the instance of sexual orientation and religion, don't paint with such a broad brush until you've been there. I spent a very good number of years as a very active participant in the BSA. I am an Eagle Scout. I NEVER was pushed into any religious activity, ever in my 10 years of ACTIVE scout experience, it wasn't even mentioned.

What I did have pushed on me though were morals, outdoor skills, fellowship, science, marksmanship, survival and community service. These things helped me sail through my coming of age, my military career and made me a much better person, on the whole.

The experiences I had in scouting I would not trade for the world, and absent the dogma, I would wish on every young man in the world.

What one needs to see and understand is that the headlines, don't really mean shit on the frontlines. I never was exposed to the amount of BS I see daily on the news when I was a member. The guys in the units, they generally don't give a shit about this stuff. They are all about bringing young men together to learn life's lessons and celebrate fellowship. This stuff comes from the top generally.

And please do not make comments about Baden Powell and his intent with the Scouting movement unless you are intimately aware of it. To say the Scouting movement is an arm of the military may be feasible but, in modern times it is just ignorant bullshit.
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