BSA Approves Gay Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council has voted to change the direction of the BSA forever by allowing openly gay scouts to become official members. As a former Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow member, Pack Leader, Senior Patrol leader and Assistant Scout Master I wanted to help frame the issue and consequences that this change in policy presents.
The BSA is designed to teach leadership skills through outdoor and civil activities. This has been very successful in shaping the future leadership and character of men. One such skill that all scouts must learn is orienteering. For those not familiar, orienteering is a navigation skill which involves finding your way using a map and compass. This will allow you to traverse unfamiliar terrain. As long as you have a compass, and know how to use it, you will never get lost. The reason is simple. No matter what your eyes tell you based on your surroundings, the compass will show the true path. It is a constant that does not change, always showing which way lays North. Therefore, you can rely on it to avoid the pitfalls of misdirection.
Unfortunately the BSA leadership no longer posses this skill and has become lost. They have forgotten the moral compass woven into the fabric of the Boy Scouts. It is known to all scouts as the Scout Oath and Law.
The Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law:
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent