It is time for the Boy Scouts to adapt

Now, of course, it’s time for the Boy Scouts themselves to learn a lesson about adaptability—one that I fear may be coming too late to save the group from its long decline in numbers and influence.

I still draw on what I learned in the Scouts, whose mission statement talks about preparing “young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.” That creed has helped to make me a better father—or at least a less-bad one—to my two sons, whom I kept from joining the Boy Scouts because of the group’s position on gays.

It was a decision that I made with much sadness and not a little anger, but it was fully in keeping with the Scout Oath, which requires members to do their best to be “morally straight” at all times and to do what they think is right.

I hope that by the time my sons become fathers, they will feel comfortable enrolling their own children in the Scouts, and I will be able to talk with my grandkids about what it’s like to sleep in a tent outdoors and to pull a sled over frozen ground and how to stand at attention without laughing inappropriately and all the rest.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sbark

    adapt…… seem to call for them to captiulate…..

  • LastBestHope

    Homosexuality is not a value, it’s a choice. Time for US to honor the Boy Scouts and Their values.

  • Neiman

    If that is what they will do, accept homosexual leaders, then at least be honest and modify the Scout Oath below and core scout beliefs:

    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.

    Remove for all time “duty to God” and a promise to be “morally straight.” That last word seeming quite applicable to this subject. So, let us at least be honest and say God shall have no place, nor will morality in the Boy Scouts, the Scouts no longer believe in these things. Then let the Scouts die out, they have nothing to offer any young boy. You might as well merge them with the girl scouts, boys and girls wear skirts and make them a youth ministry of the DNC, like the Hitler Youth it will become the Obama Youth Scouts.

    • realitybasedbob

      Darn those homos, huh Old Pal?

      What, do they think they were created equal, that they were endowed by
      their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are
      Life, Liberty and the pursuit?

      • Neiman

        You answer my question first Gay Bob and stop calling me your pal, liar.

        • realitybasedbob

          You’re not my pal, Old Pal. Stop pretending you think I think you are.

          Why does your god keep making the homos anyway? You’d think by now he’d understand that you, the man who created him, hates the homos and would cease and desist.

          • Neiman

            I wold be happy to discuss the issue, after you stop lying by calling me your pal and answer how your god can promise you heaven without being Born Again in Christ Jesus, by faith in Him.

            YOU FIRST! Everything your wrote above were lies and result from the spirit of anti-Christ within you.

          • realitybasedbob

            No they weren’t, Old Pal.

            If you don’t know why your god keeps making new homos every day, just say so.

          • Neiman

            If you don’t know how your made up god can promise you heaven outside of faith in Christ alone, just say so, we all know you are lying anyway.

            Yes, they were all lies, including your insistence on falsely calling me your pal.But, let’s face it Gay Bob, all you have are your many lies.

          • realitybasedbob

            No matter what you believe, Old Pal, God makes His own decisions without your consent.

          • Neiman

            If you don’t know how your made up god can promise you heaven outside of faith in Christ alone, just say so, we all know you are lying anyway.

            What God? Not the Almighty God of the Holy Bible, as He says salvation is only in Christ, so who is your god that does not require faith in Christ Jesus? We know you are lying anyway, so make up a good lie or admit you are a pathological liar.

            Yes, they were all lies, including your insistence on falsely calling
            me your pal.But, let’s face it Gay Bob, all you have are your many

  • splined

    Would not you think that the boy scout organization could learn a lot from the disasters that have permeated the catholic church as well as other churches.

  • Stan

    Scouting number have been declining for years, but not because of some silly gay issue. It’s because there are more activities available to kids now than in the past, and they can’t do everything so they make choices. If the ban on gays is having any impact on membership, it’s keeping more kids in scouting because parents want wholesome, safe activities for their kids.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Agreed… let those with a gay agenda participate in those “other activities.”

      • Guest

        Just like two amber lamps is such a fat pathetic b*$$tch she has to isolates herself to “other activities” like posting unfunny, lame posts on an obscure, local blog. Except for burger king trips, though; that’s her only motivation to roll her fatt ass onto the Rascal.

        • two_amber_lamps

          As I said, if you don’t like the Scout’s ban on gays, you should really find another hobby.

          So are you ready to explain why you impersonate 5 year old girls on hockey blogs? A lot of us have had a lot of questions about this peculiar habit of yours yet you’re simply evasive when politely prompted for information about this strange behavior.

          So Gusty ol’ bud, care to elaborate? Why do you impersonate 5 year old girls on area hockey blogs?

        • Your_Mommy

          Everyone knows the kind of woman you prefer. Do you find them in those special bars you go to, or do you beg for one on the internet ?

  • Stan

    We keep hearing the gay rights crowd crow about allowing consenting adults to do as the please. Okay. But now we’re talking about kids. The gays need to stay away from anything to do with kids, even exerting the most slight or subtle influence. Let kids grow up and learn to make their own choices before presenting sphincter spearing propaganda. But of course they subscribe to the theory of “get ‘em while they’re young.”

  • The Whistler

    Adapt and make scouting safe for pederasts.

    • devilschild

      Adapt and require parental supervision.

  • $8194357

    Zero tolerance policies but of course in the name of tolerance and diversity.

    To destroy from within a western rule of law Biblical moral people
    with atheist marxist social justice false moralitly…Workin great isn’t it.

    What once was good is now evil and evil good.
    Total cultural inversion…As designed and intended…