May 18, 2009

Boy Scouts Fight Terrorism?

You read that right...the Boys Scouts of America are in the fight to eliminate the global threat of terrorism, not to mention illegal aliens and renegade pot growers.

There was a fascinating and disturbing NY Times article this weekend, talking about how through their Explorer division, teenage boy scouts and even some girl scouts are engaged in simulated drug busts and hostage rescue situations with guns that shoot small pellets for ammo.
As a former Boy Scout who enjoyed my stint as a Tenderfoot doing simple things like pitching tents, roasting marshmallows and learning how to tie knots, it's somewhat alarming to see that 21st century scouting has come to this. Being a kid used to be fun but just looks pretty grim to me.