OK, I am restarting, the blog and talking about whatever I feel like talking about. Tonight it will be scouting. Scouting has become an exceptionally big part of my life over the past couple of decades. Most of my involvement in scouting came after my kids had gone through the program and were pretty done with it.
I knew I would stay involved, that I enjoyed scouting, enjoyed the people I encountered and loved the mission of scouting, preparing young people to make a lifetime of ethical and moral decisions, and, ya know, I think we need more of that. But the thing that really sealed it for me was the BSA finally overturning their outdated and patriarchal policy, and allowing girls into the flagship programs.
I had left scouting at 15 or so, and really had no intention of ever going back. There was more than one reason why I left Scouting. For one thing, it was the late 60s / early 70s, Vietnam war and the social upheavals of that era made scouting uncomfortable for me. I often joke that I quit scouting because all my friends were smoking dope and getting laid, and there were no merit badges for that. And there was some truth to that.
It was also true that my experience at the national Junior Leader Instructor Training Camp (JLITC) the precursor to National Youth Leadership Training Leadership Academy (NYLT LA), was less than positive. I