Is there a non-homophobic version of the boyscouts?
September 2, 2012 11:23 AM Subscribe
Is their a non-homophobic alternative to the Boy Scouts in the USA? My wife and I think our six year-old son would love the boy scouts. He enjoys camping, hiking, and nature, and seems to thrive in structured situations and programs. However, we don't approve of the ban on gays and know that our close gay friends would be very hurt if we had him join a local troop (or pack? I don't know the lingo).
posted by Area Man to Society & Culture (29 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I'm also concerned about raising a boy in the modern USA, and I think that in many ways the boy scouts do a good job of teaching boys and young men to be positive and productive members of society. The popular media passes on horrible ideas about masculinity and manhood (all axe body spray, first person shooters, and sports fandom) and I worry that the schools aren't doing an increasingly worse job with boys. My dad and I will be good role models for my son, but groups and activities are also important.