posted on Oct, 28 2012 @ 02:15 PM
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
It's nothing but my own two cents as a proud former scout myself, but I hope this isn't used as some leverage to further attack the BSOA as a whole.
What they did in denying the Eagle Scout candidate his rightful place of honor after SO MUCH done to earn it was absolutely and without question,
WRONG. So too are these latest stories of abuse and molestation....if none of this was reported to the police (and within Statute of Limitation time
frames of course). Heads need to roll. Absolutely.
Having given acknowledgement to some of the bad of the Scouts which needs addressed, I'd ALSO note there are millions of good men in this nation that
owe a fair part of their solid character, integrity and personal sense of values to the Scouts, both Cub and Boy Scouts as they got older. I have an
Eagle Scout in my own family, for some context, and for him it was one of the single proudest things about his life and accomplishments in it.
No free passes...NO easy rides or skates on what they've done wrong in this context, but attacking an organization with so many sides to it and which
generally does one hell of a fine job of making boys into well rounded and skilled men seems wrong. Like I said to start, I just hope the focus is
kept to those guilty and not the whole national organization for the multitudes of people that would hurt for no good reason.
There are always good people mucked up with the bad, and that is what upsets me. However, it can not be denied that the protection of children and
the background checks for scoutmasters have been neglected in the past. Hopefully it's not nearly as bad as it once was, and I'm sure it isn't...
but there are many people too ashamed or afraid to step forward and admit what happened to them.
However, I know a few eagle scouts, and they are proud upstanding citizens, and two joined the military along with me.