Boy Scouts pamphlets from school

Sandy - posted on 02/11/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I get them fairly regularly through the school year but I'm an atheist mom and raising my children to be free thinkers as well. It aggravates me to no end when my kid brings home pamphlets showing how rewarding it would be to be a scout and listening to them go on and on about how they really want to be a scout. Considering my oldest is a girl, I suppose I don't have to worry about it because her gender prevents her from joining anyway, but my son isn't far behind her in age and will be starting school in the not so distant future. I can't blame either of them for wanting to be a part of the scouting experience. Camping, learning how to survive, and making new friends are all great - especially for youngsters. I would happily dismiss the whole issue if the Boy Scouts of America wasn't a federally funded club that excludes children and scout leaders who are openly atheist or homosexual.

Does it bother anyone else here?

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Ruby - posted on 05/09/2011

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I am a mother from a Troop in Texas. We do not ask the children or parents their sexual preference or if they believe in a higher power. As a matter of fact we have a boy that comes from a home with two moms. It amazes me how the same people who do NOT wish to be stereotype feel that it's okay to stereotype other people or organizations!

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Jullie-Ann - posted on 04/21/2013

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Scouting dose not discriminate they will take anyone. Will you please research things before bashing them, and before you say they do discriminate you will need to show me proof form the official web site.

Jullie-Ann - posted on 04/21/2013

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Boy Scouts Is NOT federally funded and being an organization that works with kids why is it so important that people be openly gay? Being gay makes no difference on leadership ability, or want to do the job. So why is it that important? Also boy scouts asks that they do service to god they don't say which one or which ones as long as they have faith in something.

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Because of a lawsuit here in Portland, Oregon, BSA is no longer allowed to send their info home in school envelopes. You might check with your school board and ask about their materials distribution policy. I sat on the committee to revise ours, so I know that is an option.

Charlene - posted on 07/06/2011

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Maybe the rules are different here in Canada but our groups are open to girls and people of all beliefs. However it is a Christian based group. In our group we have some native children and when they do their pledges instead giving legion to the queen or god or jesus they give thanks to the creator. We are laid back and have had 2 kids in recent years with atheist parents, I never heard of problems and I think the boys just went along with the group.
What I like is the be kind to others and doing good deeds which has nothing to do with religion.

Pansy - posted on 02/24/2011

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My son will not be allowed to join the Scouts. He's only 4, so it hasn't been brought up much. ;) But seriously, I can't deal with discrimination, and I won't support it.

I recently found out that the girl Scouts have their own level of discrimination ... and now I'm upset, cause damn, I love their cookies! Does this mean I'm a hypocrite if I still want to eat them?

So no, you aren't alone. I'm hoping that my son has no interest in it ... or perhaps it will force me to consider creating a secular local group for Camp Fire USA or something like that ...

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