Few words conjure up the image of a well behaved, God fearing, community driven young man more than the word "Boy Scout." In fact, employers and universities get excited when they see "Eagle Scout Award" on a resume. It is common knowledge that kids who participate in the Boy Scouts obey direction, work hard, and are courteous, just to mention a few traits that are sorely lacking in the rest of our youth today.
Scouts have been hard at work helping communities all over this country since 1910. In 2011, they reported 11,963,746 service hours performed by 2.7 million Scouts along with another 1 million volunteers.
Want your son or grandson to become successful? Think Scouting.
181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4% of astronauts). 39 are Eagle Scouts.
35.4 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in Scouting as youth. 14.7 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
23 percent of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in Scouting as youth. 12 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
25 percent of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in Scouting as youth. 11 percent of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.
206 members of the 112th Congress participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult leader. 29 are Eagle Scouts.
15 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult volunteer. Four are Eagle Scouts, including our own Governor.
It should be no surprise that a successful, private, youth leadership organization like BSA has been attacked by the left for decades because they believe in God and exclude homosexuals and girls.
Let’s be honest, no one cares if anyone is gay anymore. Although the left tries to make this an issue of discrimination, let’s look at the real facts: BSA is a private organization that believes in God. They have stood strong against the secularism of the left; so now the left wants to destroy the basic truths the BSA holds dear. Keep in mind, the BSA has always had a policy kind of like the military used to be, "We won’t ask and you don’t tell us." But if they found out you violated their policies you were removed.
Various people, including the ACLU, have sued BSA for not allowing girls, atheists, or homosexuals to participate. In every case the Supreme Court ruled in favor of BSA. Since BSA never lost in court, many public schools and government entities began to deny Scouts from using their property and sponsorship of any kind because they considered the group discriminatory. The United Way, along with other charities, withdrew their financial support, yet the Boy Scouts continue to thrive.
One of the greatest privileges of being elected was giving Eagle Scout Award Recognitions. It was an opportunity to see the Scout’s service projects, hear stories about their merit badges and camping experiences since they were boys. Now, achieving Eagle Scout, they were becoming men. And all the Scouts, young and old would repeat:
"On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."
If the BSA decides to change their admittance policy in order to strengthen their organization and build stronger leaders for our country, then go for it and make changes. But please, don’t change your belief system just to make the secular left shut up.
Because they will not.
From the list of Boy Scout success stories, BSA looks strong enough to stand on its own for another hundred years.
Michelle Litjens is a former state legislator from Oshkosh. You can follow her on twitter @michellelitjens.