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    Default Boy Scouts (USA) To Train To Fight Terrorists and More...

    Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More...article at link below:


    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/us...s.html?_r=2&hp

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    Initially, I was shocked, since the Boy Scouts go out of their way to emphasize that they are not a paramilitary organization. But as soon as I read that this was an Explorer post, it all made sense.

    Explorers aren't "Boy Scouts" in the traditional sense, although the Explorer program is part of the Boy Scouts of America. It's a program for older kids (14-21) where they learn about a particular career. Each Explorer post (equivalent of a Boy Scout troop) specializes in a particular vocation and is sponsored by a complementary organization. For instance, there might be an Explorer post sponsored by a fire station that is geared toward learning about a career in firefighting. In that context, I have much less of a problem with this. I'd be horrified if it were a normal Boy Scout troop.
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    This has wrong written all over it.

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    At the very least, it is another positive option with which to deter our precious youth from joining gangs. Looks like a fun drug free activity. We are most definately headed in the "right" direction of ideas to promote positive alternatives
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    Actually I think it's a really great thing. Having been a scout myself for several years, I can attest for the need to strengthen militaristic aspects of the scouting programs. Over the past few decades, at least in the Boy Scout branch there have been significant increases in the number of boys who reach Eagle, which is the highest rank. Some even get it as young as 14. The fact that this is even possible is a disgrace to the program, something that is supposed to be a several years long process. On the whole the program has become too soft, motherly, easy, and arts and craftsy. Youth who want more realistic and tougher challenges I think will be intrigued by experiences such as this one. Simulated field exposure in law enforcement is no less valuable than exposure to other careers would be, and exposure to different fields if interest is at the core of all the branches of scouting.

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    That's kinda cool. I would have liked to experience something like that when I was in scouts.

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    I never liked the whole "Boy Scouts" thing. It seemed to have too much of a military element. Now I know I was right.

    I think they shouldn't do this, because it seems really dangerous, and a lot of people who enroll their kids in the scouts don't realize they're signing them up for a somewhat military-like experience.

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    This seems like a PR move to me. They're probably doing this to make the Boy Scouts seem less gay.
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    The idea itself seems good. But I do not think it's good to start young. 18+ fine but 'boyscouts'? Nah.

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