Thursday, March 31, 2005

To Catch a Thief
An odd bit of trivia: The Scout leader accused of possessing child pornography was head of the Youth Protection Task Force. It's funny, but when I worked for the Scouts, we used to say that Youth Protection should really be called "Leader Protection", since it seemed to be more about how to protect yourself from accusations of wrongdoing, and less about not molesting kids. Of course, what healthy person needs to be told not to molest kids?

I do want to point out though, that the Youth Protection guidelines had some good ideas. For instance, if a kid needed to talk about a sensitive issue, you're encouraged to create a "private space in a public area", like a picnic table that's in plain sight, but far enough away from other people that you can talk privately.

I'm seriously ambivalent about the Boy Scouts. Some of the best experiences of my life have come via the Boy Scouts, and the values I learned as a Scout have shaped my life. But there's a slightly better than 50/50 chance that, when Christie and I have kids, they'll be daughters, and shouldn't they have access to those same experiences? And what if we have a son, but he's gay?

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Scouting is for straight males only. I can't get those two to match up.

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