Boy Scouts

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    Jun 17, 2011 8:27 AM GMT
    Has anyone here ever been a boy scout? If so, how was it? I don't know much about it. Does or did some DADT-related policy apply to it?
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    Jun 17, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    It's not a military organization, it's a private organization. Policies like DADT would have no bearing on it. Being a private orgnization though means they are free to be as exclusive as they want. The problem with that is that they tend to use a lot of public resources (e.g. school buildings) to run a discriminatory group.
  • jc_online

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    Jun 17, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    I am an Eagle scout; there are quite a few of us on this site. I loved the Boy Scout program, worked a boy scout camp for years during high school and college - it really is a great organization for building character in young men. their core values of citizenship, camping skills and sportsmanship are good.
    However, somewhere in the late 1980's they began to reinterpret part of the scout oath ("morally straight") to mean that gays were no longer welcome. Homosexuality was never mentioned when I was in scouts; no inappropriate actions by other youth or leaders; no basis for the bigotry.This shift has been really unfortunate for their membership - it has shrunk significantly since the supreme court case, James Dale VS Boy Scouts of America. James Dale was an adult leader and a gay activist on his college campus. someone in the scouts found out about his activism and his local troop kicked him out. he sued and it went all the way up to the supreme court. They decided that the Boy Scouts are a private organization, not a public accommodation, and therefore they could create discriminatory membership practices.
    The Boy Scouts of America is the only scout organization in the World Scouting Movement that discriminates in this way. Recently the UK Scouts has been specifically recruiting gay youth and leaders. You can also get more info at
  • TheIStrat

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    Jun 17, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Eagle scout. Worked at a boy scout camp for 5 years (16-21yo).

    They do allow gay boys to join it, but you cannot be openly gay and be an adult leader. I enjoyed the scouts and the values they instilled in me, but at least in my troop, there was a lot of homophobia, but 10 years later, I like to think things are better.