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    I'm considering signing DS up for the Boy Scouts since a couple of his baseball teammates are in it. But I have a few reservations....

    1. Is Christianity and God often mentioned at events and meetings? This is one of the main reasons I had never signed up DS. I don't want him to be unnecessarily exposed to a religious system we don't ascribe to. We get enough of this in Little League, "Jaxon, imagine that God is right there with you when you go up to bat."

    2. DS will be 10 in July. I know scouts can join as young as kinder. Would he be too old or behind others who have been a part of it for years?

    3. If your son has joined Boy Scouts, what has your family's experience been like? Is it a cliquish group?

    I do think that DS would enjoy the outdoor activities, camping, hiking, etc.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    I'm considering signing DS up for the Boy Scouts since a couple of his baseball teammates are in it. But I have a few reservations....

    1. Is Christianity and God often mentioned at events and meetings? This is one of the main reasons I had never signed up DS. I don't want him to be unnecessarily exposed to a religious system we don't ascribe to. We get enough of this in Little League, "Jaxon, imagine that God is right there with you when you go up to bat."
    Yes some dens/packs can be like you describe the baseball team. They often have prayers at the banquets, they learn and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sometimes they will have prayers at meetings but it depends on the leader.

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    2. DS will be 10 in July. I know scouts can join as young as kinder. Would he be too old or behind others who have been a part of it for years?
    In my experience, no he won't be behind necessarily. He will be in a group with his age mates regardless of how long he has participated.

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    3. If your son has joined Boy Scouts, what has your family's experience been like? Is it a cliquish group?
    Again this is just my experience but yes the scouting groups we've been a part of over the years have been extremely cliquish and rife with the same social problems that come with mixing large groups of children and adults with different backgrounds, values, etc.

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    I do think that DS would enjoy the outdoor activities, camping, hiking, etc.
    My boys, and my daughters in GS when they were younger, all enjoyed this component of scouting but I think they would have enjoyed it as a family activity too.

    My husband and I refuse to put our youngest son in scouts at all. Beyond the religious thing, they have been outwardly opposed being inclusive of the LBGTQ community. Seeing as we have good friends who are LBGTQ, I cannot let my kids participate anymore with a good conscience. We are looking into getting our son into 4-H. My son is interested in showing animals but 4-H also does a lot of things that don't involve animals, even things like science and STEM things and camps like scouts. 4-H is secular and inclusive.

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    Maple Hill,
    Thank you so much for your thoughts. From what you say, this doesn't really sound like something that may be for us. It's true that camping is an activity that can be enjoyed, and probably more so, as a family rather than a large unwieldy group. Sometimes these groups end up mirroring the ugliness that exists in our world rather than raising new generations to rise above them.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

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