Chalk one up for the in­clu­sive Scouts

Enterprise-Record (Chico) - - OPINION -

A lit­tle over a year ago the Boy Scouts started al­low­ing girls into their or­ga­ni­za­tion, and this de­ci­sion was met by many as the down­fall of our civ­i­liza­tion. Well … My daugh­ter heard sto­ries from her brother about his ex­pe­ri­ences in scout­ing. He told her about Camp Lassen, camp­fires, hik­ing, and ad­ven­tures in na­ture. She wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence these things for her­self, so she joined the BSA as soon as she was al­lowed.

Now … 16 months later I want to share my ex­pe­ri­ence of what the down­fall of our com­mu­nity looks like. In that time my daugh­ter has done over 30 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, spent about three weeks camp­ing, learned about world govern­ments, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, the US Con­sti­tu­tion, var­i­ous knots, out­door cook­ing, archery, con­ser­va­tion, and wa­ter sports. Most im­por­tantly, she did these things with a group of girls that 15 months ago were strangers, but to­day are more like a fam­ily than friends. If this is what the burn­ing of a civ­i­liza­tion looks like, I'll bring the marsh­mal­lows.

— Nathan Methvin-Terry,


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