Queerty is better as a member
Umm, I don’t mean to sound technical, but it isn’t the “Boy” Scouts if girls can join too.
That is why this group is not called “Boy Scouts”. The idea of the group is to take the focus off of the sex/sexual orientation of the children. It is like a unisex group.
I think this is a brilliant idea and I give him huge props for stepping up to the plate and making this happen. That’s a good dad AND a good human being.
where can we send him our donations?….
Wouldn’t it be funny if Scouts who disagree with the bigotry of the ‘B.S. of A’ start this all over this country?
@D9W: You know, I was just thinking the same thing! I applaud this man and his mission.
Actually this headline is incorrect. He is starting a Scout troop not a Boy Scout troop.
There are already established alternatives to the Boy Scouts. Why not join Camp Fire? It embraces everyone of any race, religion or sexual orientation, and it’s no longer just for girls. In fact its membership these days is about half boys. Members can become involved as a family, and Camp Fire helps kids learn the ideals of community service.
@Kieran: “Technically”, it’s “the Fifth Brooklyn Scouts” not “The Boy Scouts”… you gotta ignore the incorrectly written title. This hero of a man/dad started a “scouts” troop, not a “Boy’s Scouts [of America]” troop.
I had not heard of Camp Fire… I’ll have to look into that for my nieces and nephews. It’s great to know that people are finally “evolving”.
Awesome idea, and I’m all for it. In addition to being all-inclusive, it’s important to teach kids leadership skills (which sorely lack these days, unfortunately).
However, an open bottle of beer right next to him and his child? Hmmmm…(hoping it’s ginger brew or something). I’ve been around plenty of people who think it’s perfectly normal to have alcohol being used right around small children. Hoping it’s not the case here.
@gaym50ish: This *IS* an established alternative to Boy Scouts, as is Camp Fire. The Baden-Powell Service Association was formed in 2006, so it’s not brand-new. And we actually DO teach kids the values of community service. I’d suggest you take a few minutes to look into our program and see exactly what it has to offer… not only service over self but also instructing boys and girls on Scoutcraft/outdoor skills as Traditional Scouting was intended (by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907). Please visit our website for more info: bpsa-us.org
@Mike: Actually, if we want to get really technical, it’s the Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA). “5th Brooklyn Scouts” is just the name of the local group, of which there are many across the U.S. Visit our website for more info: http://bpsa-us.org/
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