The following are 10 odd facts about the Boy Scouts of America that you didn’t know before.
Who is not familiar with the Boy Scouts of America. The groups of Cub Scouts which includes in its repertoire Girl Scouts who sell cookies is a term as American as Mom, Baseball and Apple Pie. And their motto is the age-old “Be Prepared”. Indeed these competent and brave practitioners of all sorts of stuff are always prepared to handle anything that might come up. That covers the whole gamut from lighting a fire in the wilderness to dealing with an emergency situation when there is no first aid.
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So, we have compiled 10 odd facts about the Boy Scouts of America that you may be unfamiliar with. Here goes nothing:
They have Embraced Homosexuality: Finally after a long and conflicting history of wavering between the devil and the deep blue sea, the Boy Scouts of America have kowtowed to the pressures of the Gay Lobby. The barricades against gay adult leaders in its ranks have been dismantled much to the relief of those who were afraid of coming out of the closet.
According to CBSNews, the church-sponsored scout chapters have kept up their resistance though. Scouting is a change agent and thus it has taken the side of “gay is good”. Thus those who were evicted from the scouting groups due to their sexual proclivity will be allowed to reapply for membership. The Mormon chapters and several other denominations have voiced their disapproval at this decision though.
The Reaction to this Openness is Very Harsh in its Tone: Although the ban on homosexuality has been reversed, some of the responses among the ranks have been not all that tolerant. It will take some time to get used to the new rules. That may be why many of the church-sponsored chapters will be given the liberty to disallow any homosexuals from entering their columns. According to NYMag, this issue of accommodating those with alternative sexual systems (or different engines) arose in the 80s and 90s. And today it has reached its denouement and has been vindicated.
The Birth of the Boy Scouts of America: According to Visitwv, exactly a century ago the Boy Scouts of America came into being. It was a very solid foundation that was laid in Washington D.C. By the way, the White House was the venue for their first yearly get-together. That is the same White House where a Black President (Barack Obama) may be seen making decisions that affect global geopolitics today. We sure have come a long way since those early days but sometimes going all the way is just a start.
Many Boy Scouts have Ventured into Outer Space Too: It is a fact that so many boy scouts have entered the confines of space. While the profession is one that often sticks with the earth and all things practical, that has not kept its members from exploring the infinite entity that is outer space. Some 179 astronauts were boy scouts in their times. And at least 39 of these were Eagle Scouts which comes as somewhat of a surprise.
They have Mysterious Code Methods of Greeting Each Other: The scouts like another organization (the freemasons) have a secret method of acknowledging each other when they do meet occasionally. That is the special handshake that they employ. Termed the left handclasp, it is a code method of saying hello between those who hold membership in the Boy Scouts of America.
Their Oath which they take is Quite Noble in its Demeanor: The oath of the Boy Scouts says that they will give their word of honor to do their best to fulfill their duty to both God and their country. And they also promise to follow the scout law. They vow to be helpers and remain physically strong and mentally awake. Besides this they also take an oath to be the moral agents of society. The last proviso may undergo changes as people from all sorts of lifestyles (and that includes gays and lesbians not to mention those having other sexual preferences) enter the organization in scads.
Females Form Half the Human Race: The Boy Scouts of America has included females among its ranks although they seldom mix freely with their male counterparts. Most of the girl scouts engage in a slightly different set of activities and for obvious reasons. Many of the very young girls may sell cookies in order to collect funds for charitable purposes.
Steven Spielberg was an Eagle Scout: Yes, you heard right. America’s #1 director was once a member too. And he went on to make some of the most imaginative and lucrative films the world has ever seen. Spielberg was saddened when some of the religious chapters refused to allow homosexuals from entering their ranks.
They are Famous for their Idealism and High Standards: No matter what situation may arise, a boy scout is expected to be upright, resolute and show fortitude. The Hemingwayesque “Grace Under Pressure” is the way of the boy scout. Where the ordinary person’s moral fiber ends is where their moral stature begins.
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Their Impact on America has been Immense: Americans are tough people. They are not known for being wimps and losers. After all, 90 pound weaklings are rarely Americans. Scouts epitomize the very qualities that most Americans have at their core. Individualism, self-reliance and a sense of being capable of doing what can be done lies at the heart of the boy scouts’ mode of living.