Band of Scouting Misfits Attains Eagle Ranking Achievement of 11 Teens Is Called Unprecedented

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    Jan 19, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    makes me think of an outdoors History Boys story

    ...and Michael Moore was an Eagle Scout ... icon_eek.gif

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/18/AR2008011803722.html?hpid=moreheadlines&sid=ST2008011900241
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    I wish I would have known hoagie eating was one of the elective badges when I got my Eagle. It seems a lot more fun that basketry was.
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    One day last fall, I was having a beer in the tiny bar in the little restaurant in our town. Somebody pointed out that of the seven guys in the bar, six were eagle scouts. (We covered about three generations from the local troop - for some reason, they used to call us "F Troop.")

    There are only six bar stools available in that little bar. So after all, it turns out to be good for something, later in life.
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    Caslon, thank you for that story. I always felt like the misfit of my boyscout troop. And the fact that 11 people from the same patrol (a subset of the troop) attained Eagle is really fucking amazing. I was the only one of my patrol to stay with scouting & one of few in my troop to attain Eagle -- much to the objection of some troop leaders.

    My troop was very 'builder' oriented. They approved of building bridges or the like as a means for their Eagle projects. They discouraged me from pursuing my own project because I wanted to organize a community-wide Health & CPR Awareness event with the American Heart Association. We educated people on healthy habits, tested blood pressure, donated blood and most importantly taught community members how to perform CPR. Apparently that wasn't as important as building a plywood bridge over some mud. Whatever. My event went over well & I was awarded Eagle status.
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    I wonder if any of them is gay. It would be interesting to know how their lifes play out. I am sure they will keep in touch.
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    I know for a fact there are many many gays in the Boy Scouts. Which is hard for me to decide how I feel about them. I am an Eagle Scout and worked at a Boy Scout camp for 6 years including being Camp Director. I was out to some of my staff, but never the scouts. There were even years when 1/4 of the staff were gay - go figure.

    I wish it wasn't controlled by the Mormon church and other churches because it is a great organization that does some amazing things for youth in America. I'd probably be even more fucked up if it wasn't for Scouting, and hell, those short Scout shorts are fucking hot!
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    I was an Eagle scout. Then I got kicked out for suggesting our council draft a letter of protest to national council concerning their policy on Gays and Atheists.

    Obviously I don't know any of these people or the particular troop. But I have known troops where they give the rank of Eagle to anyone with a pulse and half a uniform. The rank of Eagle is mostly conferred by the individual troop, without much outside influence or oversight. So, some troops just hand it out willy nilly. eh, what can you do.
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:07 PM GMT
    I agree with milkdog about having mixed feeling about scouting these days. On one hand I learned a lot. On the other hand I remember how acceptable not just homophobia, but racism and religious intolerance was and how it was encouraged by the scoutmasters.

    I started out in a Mormon troop that was run in part by my grandfather a venerated recipient of the the "Silver Beaver" award and life long scouting enthusiast. Under his direction I was beaten and harassed every day at camp by the other scouts for not converting to Mormonism and giving my testament as to why it was the one true church at chapel every night. I was punched, kicked, jabbed with burning sticks and peed on by these noble little scoutlettes.

    Things got much better for me when I transfered to the presbyterian troop. Not so much for the kid that was studying Buddhism for a book report at school and made the mistake of showing everyone the book at a troop meeting. He was expelled from the troop the following week.

    I know my experience probably isn't "typical" but I'm sure it isn't rare either.
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    Jan 22, 2008 2:08 PM GMT
    At my camp we've had some LDS troops come, but I never really got to see the insides of them. I could see how things like that would happen, but it is still wrong. I actually didn't see very much homophobia at my camp which has over 5000 Scouters a summer or in my troop. I'd hear the occassional Scout use "Gay" negatively because they didn't know any better, but that was about it.

    Even my bosses over the years knew I was gay and didn't really seem to care and continued to promote me. For me being gay wasn't a problem on the local level, it just became a problem at the national level.
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    Feb 01, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    Nice article. Inspite of the controversy, Scouting is a great asset to our country.
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    Feb 01, 2008 5:48 AM GMT
    Cool Article.

    Nice to see that the more things change the more they stay the same...

    I remember doing the Raquette Falls portage a couple of times during the early 1970's when I was in Scouting.

    Eight members of my Patrol made it to Eagle then - over a period of about four years, and that was considered exceptional - Eleven Eagles at a time in a single Patrol is truly a great thing!

    Congrats to all of them.