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About TomTrailblazer

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  1. Some people believe that homosexual behavior is more sinful than other forms of sex outside of marriage. I believe that all sex outside of heterosexual marriage is equally sinful, but that none of us are perfect. I would not reject a potential Scouter simply because he is gay. I would, however, prefer a straight man as Scoutmaster unless a gay Scouter was siginficantly better qualified.
  2. Thanks for the responses. I was just a volunteer who showed up on the day of the event. It would be great if more girls could participate, but the event is already as big as the camp can handle. Here is a link for more information. http://www.longhorncouncil.org/Program/Orienteering-Events/CUB-O.aspx
  3. Our council has an annual Cub Scout orienteering contest on the first Saturday of the year. The event has always been limited to Cub Scouts and their parents. More than 1700 people pre-registered this year and several hundred registered on site. I was given the job of entering information into the computer for the more than 200 teams that competed this year, categorizing each as Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. Two AHG teams came this year. They were told that AHG has an arrangement with BSA that gives them permission to participate in any age-appropriate Scouting event. I was the onl
  4. RLDavis, My twin boys are in your troop and we think you are doing a great job. Everyone in town knows the old Scoutmaster. Many people will continue to think of him as the leader of the troop for years to come. I am an inactive ASM in your troop. I considered not renewing my menbership last year but the old SM encouraged me to stay. I have never been asked to do anything. There are usually a number of other adults at the meetings and I have never felt needed. I think the boys and adults respect you more than you know. Thank you and keep up the good work.
  5. I worked a concession stand at the Super Bowl to raise funds for my son's high school band. During the National Anthem, a huge crowd of impatient fans wanted their pizza and beer before the kickoff. It did not feel right to continue working, but I could barely hear anything above the crowd and there were no flags in sight. Nobody around me paid any attention to the National Anthem. We also work concessions at Rangers baseball games. Our stand faced away from the field. During a regular season game, there were only a few people in line when they played the National Anthem, so I simpl
  6. I think local units should be allowed to decide whether or not to accept gay volunteers. However a number of people in this forum have said that many chartering organizations would leave Scouting if local option were allowed. I have wondered for years (I am sorry about lurking for so many years without posting) if there is any way to allow a local option without losing the socially conservative groups. Packsaddle wrote "would like to see what you think would be a starting draft of the declaration that you propose. As is, it is kind of left to the imagination." It would be int
  7. Sorry, I probably should have said "I heard rumors that Unitarians, some Reformed Jews, and some local United Ways reduced their support of Scouting." I am simply expressing my opinion as a concerned Scouter and do not claim to be an expert on the topic.
  8. After the Dale decision groups such as Reformed Jews, Unitarians, and United Way stopped supporting Scouting. I was worried that Scouting would turn into a right wing organization. My boys joined as Tigers in 2003 and I was pleasantly surprised to find that Scouting had not changed very much since I was a Scout in the 60's and 70's. I have been reading these forums for about 6 years and am happy to see that there are many dedicated Scouters who respect each other even though they disagree about some political issues. I believe that homosexual behavior is unhealthy, but I also think the curr
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