Somewhere amongst the bric-a-brac spread across different countries is my academic robe, also this strange thing pictured right.
It’s a Gilwell scarf, three bead lanyard and special woggle.
You get the scarf, woggle and two bead lanyard if you pass leader training, my third bead was because I trained leaders but insiders will note that I did not get to the fourth, nor did I ever become Akela, only ever Bagheera and the reason I left it behind was manyfold.
Full time teaching in my 20s really put a dampener on things scouting, I lost the enthusiasm but there were other things.
The leaders I trained could be any age, even up to 50 and the overwhelming sense I got were that these were dedicated people, good people at heart who wanted to do good. If there’d been anything off, it would have come through as we did discuss such things.
What got to me a bit was the mothers who were so into boys in a way I found personally off – it really just wasn’t my thing in my mid-20s.
But there’s another reason and it comes from my own scouting days and a camp at this place called Gilwell where I asked my parents to get me out of there. It wasn’t the scoutmasters in shorts and knobbly knees who were the issue, it was the older boys – 14 is exactly when boys experiment with that sort of thing and they weren’t experimenting on me at 12, no way.
I did manage to keep their tadgers out but it was a miserable experience and even today, if I hear Ging Gang Goolie or Kumbaya, I have to shut it out. So, having escaped that, I fell prey to fathers of mates, gays, even women felt me up. Not a great time.
So there I was with this scarf, woggle and lanyard, thinking what the hell am I doing here?
In the ensuing years, society itself changed in the way you’ve seen in the tabloids and so it’s little surprise that this has happened:
The Boy Scouts of America put a new spin on “go woke, go broke” in filing for bankruptcy:
The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection. Facing mounting legal costs from defending itself against lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of boys, the venerable nonprofit sought Chapter 11 protection in a court filing early Tuesday.
Vox is more scathing than I:
It’s impossible to feel any sympathy for these suicidal organizations. Once you allow infiltration, cooption is only a matter of time. The remarkable thing is that they still managed to permit this infiltration despite the language of the very Boy Scout’s oath.
Yep, he’s not wrong. It just doesn’t go, doesn’t work. Let’s re-run that experience of mine at 12 – if there had been girls in equal numbers, you could be sure they and all of us would have been right into it, there were always ways. I would have organised it with one of the girls during the day. It’s just a stupid, stupid idea, maybe even naive on behalf of the Scout ‘authorities’, I don’t know.
One comment from the site:
There were pedophile scout masters as far back as the 1970’s in my hometown (and a huge scandal). They actually dealt with this by the late 80’s, partly by not allowing scout masters who were known to be gay. The problem is, as we’ve all seen everywhere else, is the SJW PC crowd showed up and forced their way into scouting starting about 20 years ago. The SJW’s are pure parasites. They do not create their own organizations, nor do they create any value of their own, whatsoever. Rather, they infest other peoples’ organizations and force their views.
Yep, haven’t looked at the Woke part specifically, although admitting girls is part of that.