Pandering or Accepting: Where Do We Draw the Line?

I have to wonder if our society has crossed over into some bizarre twilight zone. I see some of the strangest things on the “news”. Apparently, a 7-year-old boy from Denver wants to join the Girl Scouts. I’m not going to worry about how the child dresses or whether he paints his nails or even his sexual orientation. Frankly, none of that is anyone’s business. My issue with this is that the Girl Scouts are for girls. It seems I’ve heard of girls trying to join Boy Scouts, too. Same thing. Boy Scouts are for boys. With all this talk of accepting everyone and respecting every person’s rights, we seem to be forgetting that everyone actually does have rights, not just those who are different by birth or by choice.

I was in Brownies (the level of Girl Scouts young Bobby would be joining, in fact) for a year or two. We went to camp, where we shared cabins and showers and bathrooms. Obviously, all of those involve being partially or fully unclothed. At the age of seven, that may or may not be a big deal. (Although you may want to read this before you decide kids don’t think about sex.) But what happens when Bobby is twelve? And so are all the girls. Even if Bobby is homosexual, this is hardly appropriate, and do you really think that either Bobby or the girls are going to be comfortable with this arrangement? Or do the Scouts just tell Bobby and the other boys who have now joined that they can’t go to camp? Or should the Scouts build separate facilities at all of their camps to accommodate members of the opposite gender? That would be ridiculously expensive, and really folks, how much more cookies and popcorn can we buy?

So, the question is: Are we trying to teach our children that it’s okay to different, whether it’s looks, language, or gender? Or are we trying to teach them that no one can be different? That no one can ever gather with non-malicious groups of like-minded (or -bodied) people to form any kind of organization? We must all blend together 100%. We can not have our own interests, because not everyone has those interests so our group will not include everyone. If there were no such thing as Boy Scouts, then Bobby and his mother would have a valid argument. He wants to join a Scouting organization. But the Boy Scouts do exist, and Bobby is a boy. Why is this even “news”?

Note: Both Adventure Scouts and 4-H are co-ed, offer similar experiences as Boy and Girl Scouts, and are already set up to handle members of both sexes.

I know not everyone will agree with me, and I have no problem with that. I’m just stating my opinion. You’re welcome to leave your opinion in the comments. Rude comments or name-calling (of anyone) will not be tolerated, however, and the comment will be removed.