Re: Stable Support in the 21st Century -Forwarded
Stephen Gregson (email@example.com)
Wed May 13 15:39:35 1998
I must agree with Bill Sills in his discourse pointing out what I have
found out in my experiences. I have been in Scouting since my youth,
and as adult participated in Cubs, Scouts, Exploring, OA, Sea Scouts,
District and Council leadership and training.
We have a private Chartering Organization just for the purpose of
maintaining the mission of serving the youth of the community without
outside influence. We do not receive special treatment other than as a
non-profit organization. We survive, and we look good in the
communities eyes. There is a vast majority that continues to look at
the BSA as a foundation of moral values.
The vehicle of Scouting is provided by the National office. We are
allowed to use the program to fulfill our mission in serving youth. If
our mission does not correspond with the BSA there is nothing preventing
us to go somewhere else.
I personally believe that my morals and the values that I want for my
children are best laid out by the BSA and that as an organization it
provides the template for successful individuals.
Chartering Organizations choose to use the BSA as a method of fulfilling
the CO's mission for the youth of their community. It is their choice.
BSA does not need to change to fulfill its mission. To me this only
confirms that the BSA is the best program in town. Otherwise, why all
the attention. If someone believes that there is something better or
there needs to be a change in BSA's fundamental values, there are
plenty of other organizations or create your own.
This may sound harsh, but I believe that each of us can be tolerant of
those that choose a different path, but in the same manner I do not wish
to be imposed by them to change mine. I have had several friends that
have chosen an alternate life style including being a confirmed
bachelor. I do not fault them, however nor do they fault me for not
giving up marriage to join them. They do not join me nor do they insist
in joining me when I meet with other married couples. In fact they
would rather stay away. This does not mean that I am not their friend,
only that there are things we do not do together.
Skipper, Ship 7873