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[at-l] Re: Boy Scouts
As much as I deplore their current policy on non-heterosexuals, when I was
11, that sort of thing wasn't an issue in my family. The Scouts taught me
skills I still use today, both at a personal level, and when I am an
Campiong/Backpacking would still be some arcane ritual for the masochistic
if I hadn't has so much fun, support and generally good experiences with my
scout troop (#502, Amherst MA) back in the day. However, I suspect the
level of training and respect for other outdoor citizens varies widely from
troop to troop. If possible, I'd take a hike with them to see how they do.
We've all heard stories (some of us have been featured prominently) about
"hordes of scouts" making a trip less than plesant. Like Little League, or
any other endeavour that is parentally driven, make sure the leaders are
centered on the kids, not on themselves. I believe this is all too rare,
perhaps you could help out the local Troop....
I applaud your "intervention" in your grandson's life. It is likely to be
a significant factor in his future. Kids need and want non-parental adults
to help them learn about the world. I wish now (having often being one of
the "too tired" myself) that I could have had the help of a local
grandparent, and I miss the opportunities lost.
Go for it.
"There are three great times for thinking --
On the john, in the shower, and while hiking.
And the best of these is while hiking."
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