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  • charlesmead

    Due respect to Mr. Atchley, but... 6 years ago there was no rule prohibiting women from becoming Cub Scout leaders. The last male-only rule for Scout leaders was eliminated in 1988.

    Also, Mr. Atchley is quoted as saying Scouting is "supposed to be focused on two things: outdoor skills and public service." While public service is certainly a bedrock principle of Scouting, leadership skill and character development are the other areas of focus. The Boy Scouts of America's program uses the outdoors and the process of learning outdoor skills as context in which to encourage the development of peer leadership abilities (just like Baden-Powell did).

    I'd guess that if Baden-Powell lived in today's world, he'd understand and support the inclusion of computer programming and other technical areas of knowledge in the program since they are important parts of the solutions to problems dealing with conservation, clean energy, climate science and more that factor heavily into our future enjoyment of the outdoors.

    I'm sure BPSA means well and if it provides a good program to the children involved, then good for anyone who participates as a leader. However, it pales in comparison to the program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.... a program that added more than 9,000 new Cub Scouts (elementary school-aged boys) nationally in September 2014 alone.

    Charles Mead
    Director of Marketing and Public Relations
    Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

  • David Dodge

    It's Baden-Powell, not Balden-Powell.