Today marks the 100 year Anniversary of the induction of the first Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America is an organization that has always been near and dear to my heart. Two years ago, I watched my husband jump feet-first into something he had been eagerly, and painstakingly waiting for six years to do: lead my son’s Cub Scout Den.
My husband is an Eagle Scout. He accomplished earning his Eagle in 1990 and received his certificate signed by Papa Bush (there is no telling if he would have accepted his award with Clinton’s name on it). From there on, The Scouts have been very much a part of our lives. He and I were Co-Advisors for a Venture Crew before we had children, and have always been advocates for the right of this private organization to maintain standards in alignment with it’s core values…even if it excluded someone who did not agree with those values. And really, why would you want to be a part of a group you disagreed with?
There are many organizations out there that are tolerant of homosexuality. Because the BSA’s moral code, there is no room for the acknowledgement of homosexual behavior.
What there is room for:
For an organization to instill such things in our young men, our future fathers, husbands and leaders, is an amazing feat. No doubt Eagle Scouts have been trained up right…and will always be prepared.
Kudos to the BSA, and kudos to every Eagle Scout out there! And happy 100th birthday to an amazing program!