Date: September 17, 2023 12:33PM
Have never really been a fan of Boy Scouts and scouting. More my problems with Authority and liking individuall pursuits than anything really associated with them.
Years of mountaineering (expeditions of more than a month many times) and outdoor activities were normal for me. Growing up shooting rabbits & squirrels to help with food, spending the time alone and even the occasional deer...
Got enrolled in Cub Scouts and that didn't last long. Too structured and it all seemed so simplified. Never got into the higher scouting. Watched them tho, badge crazy types who drove you nuts.
Teens we moved to Utah and Mormon troops. Way different from the guys I knew in Oklahoma and Texas. More superficial and it seemed every other kid was EagleScout by 13 years old.
I do know there are and were problems. At the same time I met many involved at all levels who were dedicated, sincere and worked hard to help the kids. They hate the dirtbags even more than most of us do.
They deserve credit for their work with the kids. Some I know would be first in lie for a firing squad to deal with the abusers.
Watching through the years I have seen a lot of differences in Scouting with most of the troops outside MFMC being better run with actual volunteeers rather than desperate appointments.