Boy Scouts and the loss of faith in American institutions

Fri, 2017-08-04

by Robert G. Boatright | The Hill 

Contemporary American left wingers tend not to be huge fans of the Boy Scouts. My own experience is probably pretty typical. My Dad grew up in Oklahoma in the 1950s and is a proud Eagle Scout. I grew up in the Cleveland suburbs in the 1970s and 1980s. I gave up after reaching Second Class.

The allure of the stash of marijuana that the older scouts were alleged to have couldn’t compensate for the fact that it just wasn’t cool to be seen wearing a Boy Scout uniform. A few years ago, my son tried our local chapter in Massachusetts but lasted less than a couple of years. We found it frustrating to navigate the religious politics of the organization and to fit Scouts into the mix along with all of the other after-school activities. It is perhaps not surprising that Boy Scout leaders are easier to find at Republican Party conventions than at Democratic ones.