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    • Many kids who go through this do not change their biology.  For them, they do not need to.  They already feel that they are the other gender and so physical steps are not necessary.  But, yes, some do. Again - all I'm asking is that we be mindful of the rhetoric around the Scouts - all the Scouts.  You may not have yet met a transgender kid, but it is coming.  These kids have hard enough life as it is.  @Hedgehog's crew sounds like a great group.  If you are some day faced with these kinds of decisions please simply do the same.
    • I saw nothing negative in Hedgehog’s description, but rather an embracing of the quirks and foibles of each person’s individuality. It’s entirely possible to be a strong goofball, a smart goober, a well-adjusted and socially-adept geek, and a devoutly religious misfit all at the same time. Highlighting only those qualities of perfection sets up a pretty impossible standard to follow, doesn’t it? Everyone has something that makes them unique or strange to others.Your devoutly religious young man may be struggling inside with his attraction toward other men. Your strong and smart Scout may only eat PB and pickle sandwiches. Extreme illustrations, sure, but I hope you see the point. A pedestal is no place for a young man or woman to live. In the words of one of my daughter’s friends recently, “We’re all weird!” - while simultaneously also being kind, caring, thoughtful, wise, and creative young people. To me, that was and is what was great about Scouting: It provides a safe space for our youth to learn, experiment, explore, take risks and be themselves in a natural outdoors environment outside of the constraints of school and society. My troop had your traditional popular church-going perfect kids, sure. It also had a guy with some attention issues who really liked playing with fire; two brothers from a tough home life who acted out and needed some stability and security of a group to belong to; and one or two boys who wouldn’t meet your CO’s standards because I’m pretty sure they were gay. We were all Scouts, we were all weird, and the program helped us and supported all in different ways.
    • Keep the fire burning brothers
    • That is possibly the worst indictment of scouts and scouting that I have ever heard. The vast majority of my scouts have been strong, smart, well-adjusted, socially-adept, and devoutly religious. They don't fit your negative stereotypes at all.  
    • Pope Francis has made it clear that he does not agree with the concept of gender identity.  
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