aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

A lament

I grew up in Scouting. I became a Cub Scout fifty-four years ago this Fall, earning the Arrow of Light three years later. In Boy Scouts, I earned the Eagle Rank. I was awarded the Vigil Honor as a young Arrowman. Scouting formed me in some ways far more profoundly than did the Church, for I spent most of my youth unchurched; my boyhood encounters with God were mostly in Scout camp chapels. I have been a Cubmaster, a Scoutmaster, an Exploring and Venturing Advisor. I have worked on camp staff and served as a Chaplain in many venues.

So, my reaction to BSA's change in adult membership standards was one of deep loss. I felt as though I were sitting in a restaurant with an elderly, much-loved father or grandfather who suddenly shat himself. He's embarrassed and I'm embarrassed for him. His trying to brazen it out just makes it worse. I realize suddenly that this strong and confident man who unfailingly guided me in my youth is now weak and confused. And what we once shared seems so very long ago, in another world.

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