(You know the video – Bryan is full squish soyboy and Surbaugh can’t help blushing for the outrageous whoppers he lobs at us.)
To BSA’s leadership:
You guys are captains of industry and I’m not.
You are all millionaires many times over and I’m not.
You are probably graduates of Ivy League schools and geniuses, and I’m not. I’m just a regular dad.
But I’ll tell you this: I am the gatekeeper to your access to my son, and that’s not going to change.
I don’t need scouting to do fun things with my son. We can go fishing and backpacking and all the rest all on our own just fine. And truthfully, the hassle factor is a lot less.
So, you should ask yourselves why someone like me is involved in scouting, and the answer is values. I want some help transmitting a certain set of values to my son and I enjoy being part of an organization that shares those values. So when you start tinkering with those values you are altering our relationship at a fundamental level and causing me to question that relationship.
When you decided to let gays and lesbians in and take over leadership roles you lost a sizable number of participants. They will not be replaced by new people from the groups you are catering to because that demographic has no interest in the things that BSA traditionally represents. As the program gets more and more watered down and inevitably larded up with more modern day gobbledygook your numbers will continue a long, steady decline. If I’m right BSA will become a remnant of something great that once-was, and fade into the pages of historical Americana.
I would rather BSA be a much smaller organization that is true to its values than to try to serve everybody by submitting to the culture and standing for nothing. I don’t think that is going to work for you.
My father was an Eagle Scout and son is an Eagle Scout who is now off to college. I would like to say that one day I will camp with a troop that my grandsons are in but that is very much in question right now. I can’t say that and that should bother you. You should think about that.
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