Originally Posted by liamsmom
Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts are so different, they rarely cross paths. And I agree, it;s a shame how Boy Scouts have such cooler opportunities. We have Sea Scouts here for boys and girls in high school and it's all on the water, with learning to sail and they have regattas and other events , I had a few friends do that.
Around here, the Boy Scouts are much more controversial than Girl Scouts. The anti-gay stuff is a really big deal and many people refuse to let their sons participate.
HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE BSA
For more than 80 years, the Boy Scouts of America has brought the moral values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law to American boys, helping them to achieve the objectives of Scouting.
The Boy Scouts of America also places strong emphasis on traditional family values as being necessary components of a strong, healthy society. The Scouting program is designed to be a shared, family experience.
We believe that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the requirements in the Scout Oath that a Scout be morally straight and in the Scout Law that a Scout be clean in word and deed, and that homosexuals do not provide a desirable role model for Scouts.
Because of these beliefs, the Boy Scouts of America does not accept homosexuals as members or as leaders, whether in volunteer or professional capacities.
Our position on this issue is based solely upon our desire to provide the appropriate environment and role models which reflect Scouting's values and beliefs.
As a private membership organization, we believe our right to determine the qualifications of our members and leaders is protected by the Constitution of the United States.
I am torn. My dad and brother are Eagle Scouts and I think there are many positives to Boy Scouts. And I know a lot of the attitude is troop specific, my brother was a part of a troop that outright said they did not agree with the official BSA position on homosexuality. But, I will not give any money to a homophobic organization, that goes against my family values of tolerance and acceptance.