May 2010

Free Scout-Like Program, Nature Curriculum

Getting my daughter into a scouts-type program is something I’ve always wanted to do. I didn’t get the opportunity myself as a child, and I’d love her to make friends while learning about the environment and how to take care of it. I’m wary, however, of admitting her into an actual scouting program.

I know there are costs involved, though I’m not sure how much they are; even so, that’s not what worries me. What worries me is the compromising of the very values that I’m teaching her. For example, the Boy Scouts program—which is more attractive than the Girl Scouts one overall, in my opinion, though it’s out for us already just because of gender—does not admit gays into the program. Were my daughter a son, I would not let her join on those discriminatory grounds alone. There is no way we would condone such a gross form of bias in our lives, and we do not support the Boy Scouts because of this.