Crisis of the Home School Scouter

Nathan Exley

With one century in its backpack, the Boy Scouts of America is considering a new and controversial amendment to its age-old values: allowing homosexuals into their leadership.

From the Scouting Website

“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.”

BSA leadership is polling the public to find the answer to this dilemma. Because of scouting’s importance to home school dads and their sons, it is imperative that the home school community stand behind the wavering leadership and push them to reject this compromise of principles.

Scouting is a rare, boy-oriented, and rich resource where scouts gain discipline and a variety of skill sets through earning merit badges and rank advancements. They also gain leadership experience as they elect, or are elected, into troop offices.

As one home school graduate and Eagle Scout said, “Boy Scouts gave me an environment to practice and pursue integrity. It rounded me out as a person and gave my dad and me a door to a plethora of rare opportunities like leadership and problem-solving experience as well as challenging high adventure trips.” It is not a surprise that two of THSC’s Watchmen are Eagle Scouts.

Perhaps most importantly, scouting sets a clear standard for manhood. The Scout Oath and Law state:

Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

By applying pressure to some of scouting’s top donors, the liberal left is seeking to take possession of our young men.

Should BSA’s leadership crumble under that pressure, home schoolers will lose one of the oldest and richest resources fathers and sons have.

The BSA Board is voting on this amendment February 5-6. Please contact the scout headquarters and oppose allowing homosexual men leading our young men:

Contact the BSA national office through their website contact form.

Nathan Exley – has written 3 posts on this site.
Nathan is a home school graduate, Eagle Scout, founder and CEO of Tria Chordae Ministries, oldest of four boys, founder and club coach of the Brazos Valley Rhetoric Club, public speaker, blogger, and Christ follower.

6 Comments on “Crisis of the Home School Scouter”

  1. Nathan, I respect you and your opinion, but in this particular article, you have failed to provide any reasoning as to why we should be concerned about homosexual leaders in the BSA. You have only given a description of what happens in the BSA, with the implication being that homosexual men are unable to keep either the scout law or the scout oath.

    The only reason I can think of to make this assumption is to only be considering a stereotype, but there is no homosexual stereotype, just as there is no heterosexual stereotype. There are even many Christian men who have homosexual attractions, but choose to remain celibate and live lives of integrity and service to God. For what reason should these men be kept from being boy scout leaders?

    There is also no reason to believe that homosexual men are any more likely to commit any sort of sexual abuse toward boys (not something you mentioned, but a concern I’ve heard pretty consistently) than heterosexual men. As someone who works with victims of sexual abuse and assault, I can tell you that the evidence shows that protecting children from abuse in organizations like the BSA depend on the organization to do thorough background checks, have high standards for accountability (at least two adults around at all times, for example), etc., not making blanket assumptions based on something like sexual orientation.

    I would be interested in your reasoning as to why homosexual males who live in an upright manner should be barred from serving in boy scouts. Most of the objections I hear (again, not anything you’ve brought up in this article, but in general) are based on false information and fear. Every time we react from that place, we weaken our credibility.

  2. Suffice it to say, we disagree over the definition of “homosexual.”

    My case is based on this definition of homosexual: An individual openly practicing the homosexual lifestyle, vs. an individual who may struggle with that lust but chooses not to give in to it.

    Therefore, with that definition, allowing homosexuals to lead in scouting is not only dangerous (because they are practicing), but also contradictory to the Scout Oath and Law.

    You are correct in saying that danger to scouts can be prevented by background checks and accountability. I heartily agree.

    The harm I meant to focus on was that BSA, which is supposed to be known for its honesty and integrity, is going to compromise those principles and crumble to the fancies of pop culture.

    They are considering homosexuality as equivalent to heterosexuality and we disagree with that.

    That was the focus of this article: Support BSA against outside pressure to compromise on its principles.

    It was a pleasure hearing from you Shaney!

  3. I can’t believe this came to my inbox. Don’t homeschooled kids face enough discrimination that we should not support anyone else being discriminated against? I called and voted for the change to the Boy Scouts. I recently received the membership request from you guys in the mail, we won’t be joining now.

  4. Nathan, great article and I totally agree with your response.

    The real issue here is the homosexual movement’s efforts to not only force acceptance of the lifestyle but to coerce people into promoting the lifestyle as equivalent to heterosexuality.

    This, of course, is what has lead to two decades of legal action against the BSA that ended up with the US Supreme Court saying that as a private institution they had the right to set their own leadership standards. Other legal actions continue.

    So those on the board of the national organization are attempting to walk away from their position and let “each troop or sponsoring organizaiton” decide. Which will of course make every troop a target for these tactics of intimidation and harassment.

    BSA needs to stay the course they have so bravely defended for decades and not give it up just to satisfy those on the radical left who will never be satisfied until homosexuality is promoted as normal.

  5. Does noone see anything wrong with the statement ‘homosexual males who live in an upright manner’ ? It seems our whole world is experiencing some type of mass insanity. We must use the bible as our moral compass, not what we think.

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