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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Scouts 

A couple months ago I gave my opinion about the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America. I think I'll elaborate a bit. The people that run the Scouts are fucking insane. Leaving aside the Kiddy Porn Scout Leader, the whole homophobic God Is Neato vibe they put out is creepy. That being said, at the Cub Scout level it is still tons of fun for the boys involved. In the 1970s I was a Cub Scout, a Weblo, and for a while a Boy Scout. By the time I reached Boy Scout stage, I had figured out on my own that they were just a bit too militaristic. It probably didn't help that I was a Boy Scout while I lived in Taiwan (my dad was a surgeon in the Navy and was stationed in Taiwan for 2 years). The Troop leaders were officers and non-commisioned officers. There was a lot of standing at attention, inspection and other psuedo-military chickenshit. I had no desire to continue on with that kind of crap. But Cub Scouts was quite entertaining (Pinewood Derby, Soapbox Derby, Rocket Derby, having your own pocket knife, etc). I won't force my boys to be in Scouts one minute longer than they want to do it, but I will give them the opportunity to have fun with a group of their friends from school.

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