BOY Scouts of America
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Hi, my name is Hunter McCloud and I am a former member of the Boy Scouts of America. I was in scouts all of my life not missing a single year of ranks or camp outs and eventually earned my Eagle Scout rank in 2015. I only state that so no one can say I have no idea what I am talking about. I devoted years to this organization and had an amazing time because of it. I made some great life long friends and had experiences that taught me more than I could ever learn in school. I am not here to say that girls shouldn't be able to do the things as the Boy Scouts I am simply saying that we have put so many years and hard work into an organization that was created to build a boy into man hood. If girls want to do the same things as us Boy Scouts then simply rework the Girl Scouts. I came to college for the first time this year and one of the many things I like to see is hypocrisy. One of the many clubs here on campus is the Women's Student Association. And if they want to have that then that is completely fine, because there are things that are different for us based on what gender we are, and that is okay. We need groups such as this to allow us to come together and work on ourselves in our own way because we are different. You can't just neglect fact. I don't think there is a single Boy Scout that doubts the legitimacy of the Girl Scouts. Because we know that they have every same reason to have a scouting organization as we do. However, the Boy Scouts has boy in the name for a reason and it needs to stay that way. Growing up with this organization and the friends I made created me into the man I am today. I can't thank the BSA enough for that. But that is the point of the organization to be a group that young boys can have to become trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. It is built to teach and help young boys. BOYS. It was made specifically for boys and to teach boys that is why a majority of your leaders are men. They are there to be role models for boys to look up to. Don't get me wrong some of my best leaders were women, but the people I listened to, I respected the most were the men. Boys learn and experience things very differently from girls especially early on. I think every guy remembers thinking how disgusting girls were when we were younger. It was nice to go to a meeting and just have all of your guy friends and to connect. You can't change any of that. I hope that you can join me in getting out our message as not only the scouts, because I know many current scouts who are upset as well, but as the general citizen who agrees that it is okay to accept there are differences among gender and each learns, grows, and experiences life differently.
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