Never an Eagle Scout

My dad is an Eagle Scout. He was always encouraging my brother to be in Boy Scouts and earn his Eagle Scout. My dad explained to my brother that his status as an Eagle Scout opened doors for him in his career that might not have been opened otherwise. My brother wasn’t that interested. But I was.

I tried Girl Scouts. But back then it was all about crafts and selling cookies. I wanted to earn badges like navigate by the stars, or hunting with a bow and arrow.

When I was in high school, my dad found out about a new co-ed group called Post Explorers (which I think is now Venturing). My brother and I both joined. There were no badges, but I did get to do things like rappelling, rock climbing, and two-week hikes in the remote wilderness. It was an experience that I will never forget.

I’m happy to see that BSA continues to expand their co-ed programs. I know they also didn’t have a good reputation in the LGBTQ space for a while, but I’m happy to see that they’ve opened Boy Scouts to transgender boys. Maybe one day Boy Scouts will change their name to Scouts, and open the program to any child who wants to navigate by the stars or hunt with a bow.

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