“What I learned in Boy Scouts”
As some of you know I am a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America and our local troop. I have learned many things since stepping into that role, both about myself, boys and recently the organization and how it does things. There has been a lot to learn within the Boy Scouts, one of the biggest is that we’re not supposed to call it Boy Scouts anymore, because they now have girls in the Boy Scouts. The politically correct term for the Boy Scouts now is Scouts USA, well, as I always tell people, our family joined the Boy Scouts and we’ll continue to call it Boy Scouts.
I’ve learned that not all parents see raising children as I do and the amount of disrespect that some kids are allowed to walk through life displaying is not only sad but down right reprehensible. I’ve learned that, though things are supposed to be “equal” between the boys and the girls within the organization, they are not.
The organization has changed long standing policies and rules to make room for the girls concerning everything you can imagine including placement in photos of their literature to rank advancement. I recently heard some recruitment numbers that indicated for every 1 girl joining the Boy Scouts, 11 boys were leaving. When you consider that 77,000 girls joined in the first quarter they were allowed, and the Mormon Church announced they’re pulling 460,000 by Dec 2019, these numbers seem plausible. By the way, those 460,000 boys leaving will create about a 15-million-dollar loss in membership revenue.
I also learned that if you started a girls Troop and became a Scoutmaster in February of 2019, then you will be awarded the “Scoutmaster of the Year for 2018”, and as I was told by the local Council leadership that this was the reason for the award being presented to said individual. It’s good to see the Scout principle of fairness practiced at the leadership level.
I’ve learned that the old saying that 20% of the people do 80% of the work applies in Boy Scouts, just like most “volunteer” organizations. I’ve learned that the difference is that Boy Scouts is the only volunteer organization I have been involved with that I actually have to pay to volunteer for. Did you know that when an adult volunteer takes Boy Scouts camping that they must pay to go? Neither did I. Until our first Boy Scout Summer Camp that I went too that cost me a weeks’ vacation and $650 bucks. ($325.00 for the kid and $325.00 for me “volunteering)
These are just a few of the things that I’ve learned in Boy Scouts but as I write this it occurs to me that what I learn is not important, it’s what my son learns that is and that is why I “volunteer” to be in Boy Scouts. We still say the Pledge of Allegiance and we still teach the values of the Scout Law and we still recite the Scout Oath, and these are values that I want him raised on. So we continue on our journey through the Boy Scout path to him becoming an Eagle Scout as he has set his eyes on.
The things I’ve learned in Boy Scouts are not the things I thought I would learn………
Keith Lefebvre from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin has been a RidersUSA member since 2007. He is a Father, Husband, Mentor to youth and men, a Student of life, Speaker of truth, and a Lover of Liberty. Keith is a US Air Force Veteran and a NRA Certified Shooting Instructor. He rides a 1977 Electra Glide and a 120 horse 2001 Electra Glide