The Boy Scouts are in a no win situation, and this bothers me. I was an Eagle scout and a recipient of the Ner Tamid religious award in a troop that was founded in 1940 by a Rabbi - Alexander D. Goode, one of the Four Chaplains, and by my father, and met at the Jewish Community Center, and was based on non-discrimination. In 1952, this troop was featured on the cover of the National Jewish Monthly for being the first troop in the nation to have boys earning the religious awards in all the major denominations.
In the early 1960’s a Catholic troop lost its leader and met and camped with us until they got a new leader, and some of those boys, and some of their assistant scoutmasters stayed with us. When the Crispus Attucks troop lost its leader, many of those boys, African-Americans, joined our troop. That troop awarded the first Eagle rank to an African-American in York, PA. Our troop awarded the next two.
Our troop was kicked out of the Jewish Community Center about ten years ago because of the BSA’s policy on homsexuality.
My father’s position was that any sexual activity was inapproriate, and I think that was the BSA’s position, because during a council sponsored tour of the Norfolk Naval Base, four boys were caught off base in a bus necking with some local girls, and were disciplined.
My dad was often contacted by the probation officer and an inner city guidance counselor, and was sent boys who were in trouble. We never knew who they were, and many credit my dad for straightening them out.
There were incidents in the troop of molestation, and they were dealt with quietly, but never tolerated.
As usual, intolerant liberals just don’t get it.