Stable Support in the 21st Century -Forwarded
Bruce C Johnson (email@example.com)
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Times change and the BSA must change with them. I am
not referring to the homosexual or atheist matters, I am
referring to the "public" versus "private" debate. As
America returns to its puritan roots, as the nation
reinvigorates our Founding Fathers' belief in the individual
and in self-reliance, the BSA and it Chartering
Organizations should take stock of themselves.
Judging from the messages of despair concerning
cities and other governmental entities cancellation of
donations and support; it appears that many units have
forgotten how to be self reliant.
When your chartering organization is a church,
service club, yacht club, "self" CO or other private entity,
the homosexual and atheist problems become merely of
peripheral interest. There is no problem following the
traditional, moral policies of the BSA if you are privately
Those units concerned about the future should audit
their sources of support and take steps to eliminate
emanating from the government. The exception would be
service related COs. We moor our boats at private marinas
and yacht clubs. We have always discouraged any reliance
upon city and state marinas.
We never have any problem with our small boats. Our
17' to 28' sailboats are dry sailed. That means that
expensive marina costs have no effect upon the youth sailing
them. Our 75' and 45' power vessels are expensive. We have
worked out private arrangements for them. However, our
program would not be destroyed if we only used small
sailboats and Boston Whalers. Yes, the big boats enhance our
program but NO, they are not our "Be all and End All". (Our
large sail boats pose a lot less of a problem than our large
The ACLU and its special interest allies will never
cease their efforts to remove morality from our government.
Since we have all learned to "Be Prepared", let us do so
now. That way, we can find stable sources of revenue and
support so that the BSA can provide a place for moral
individuals in the 21st Century. The USA is presently
undergoing a "Tyranny of the Minority". As long as that era
lasts, relying upon the government for support will be
extremely risky. Someone, somewhere will protest about
something we do or say or BSA does or says. Governmental
Boards will very likely dump us simply to remove an
irritant. If units are not prepared; they will die.
We must all adapt our programs to the reality of
today. If we can't afford to maintain a large vessel, then
we should sell it and use the funds to obtain several small
boats. There is really no need for BSA units to compromise
their principles for the sake of any of their assets.
Remember, the assets are to be used to further the program.
The program is not designed for the benefit of our assets.