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BSA seeking ways to increase numbers

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Jaime Wilder
With summer well underway, many children are still looking for activities to be involved in. Though the usual sporting activities have begun, and it's a little late to be involved in 4H, there is another alternative.

The Clay County Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is actively seeking youth to join the ranks.

"We have three aims within the Boy Scouts," District Director of the Wabash Valley District Jaime Wilder said. "We encourage character development, citizenship training and personal fitness."

After working in BSA for nine years, Wilder said she is still amazed by the activities and the opportunities the young men experience from climbing a tower to firing a bow and arrow.

"There are so many experiences the kids can't get anywhere else," she said.

According to Wilder, scouts of all ages are encouraged to work on all of their merit badges. There are a total 126 merit badges and to advance to Eagle Scout an individual must earn 21 merit badges, including twelve from a required list. Another right of passage is to become involved in their Eagle Scout project and those of their fellow troop members. This project alone encourages the young men to take on the leadership role of the operation.

"It is like when you are in college," Wilder said. "You have the required curriculum, that in order to graduate you must take. It is just like that to become an Eagle."

The Boy Scouts of America is a private organization and therefore it is governed by its own set of rules.

"All we ask is for the scout and parents have a belief in a higher being," she said. "We do not tell them what to believe."

For the last 100 years, the BSA has continued to encourage young men to reach their highest potential.

"Scouting is one of a few organizations still in existence that teaches positive moral values," Wilder said. "We continually try to push them in the right direction."

In recent years, the Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops in Clay County have seen a decrease in numbers. This is in part due to changes made within the Clay Community School Corporation policy to not allow any organizations to pass out material or recruit students during class time.

"Our organization is in sync with what the schools are trying to teach," Wilder said. "So not being allowed in the schools is very frustrating."

Though the BSA has continued to conduct recruitment activities they are not having the same impact and results in numbers compared to the interaction in the schools with the students.

"We have made some progress with the board of trustees," Wilder said. "We want to let the community know scouting is still here."

The goal of BSA is to prepare the future leaders of tomorrow.

"Every meeting starts with the pledge of allegiance, the scout oath and then prayer," she said. "In the 100 years we have been around, our merit badges may have changed but our morals and values have stayed the same."

For more information or to become a BSA Ambassador, call Wilder at 812-232-9496.

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Anyone ever see the Penn and Teller HBO show on the BSA. Kind of an eye opener.

-- Posted by olmedic on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 11:49 PM

Here is a quip from this first article that came up when I googled "Penn and Teller HBO show on BSA" - The magical duo looks at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which is troubling because of their overly traditional and strict rules for admission. They do not allow homosexuals and atheists into their ranks, because, well, they make "bad" leaders. The episode consists of Penn and Teller investigating the matter by interviewing an eagle scout and three individuals who have a beef with the BSA's anti- policies. The episode outlines how absurd the restriction is and ends with a test that only supports Penn and Teller's claim that the BSA are wrong.

Based on the rest of the information I read as a result of the google search I say keep up the good work BSA. I was involved with BSA for several years and I can vouch for the fact that this is a wonderful organization that teaches leadership skills, Self confidence, good morals, work ethics...the list goes on and on. I encourage all families with kids to get involved in boy or girl scouts.

I understand why the school corporation doesn't allow recruiting in the schools but I think there should be an exception made for scouting.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 9:43 AM

I don't understand the dichotomy of jddriver4960's comment. First, he/she speaks to the absurdities in Scouting restrictions (which is correct--they are absurd); then he/she says to "keep up the good work...?" Dear jddriver4960 if your gay son or daughter wished to join any organization and he/she were kept out due to the way they were born, would you feel the same? Wouldn't you want them to have the same opportunities? And by the way...prayer to whom? The God of Israel, Allah, a Pagan Tree Grove, an American Indian's "Great Spirit?" Please be specific here. Thank you.

-- Posted by wands on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 11:31 AM

My kids aren't gay. And, God means God.

-- Posted by LastSanePerson on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 3:40 PM

How do you know? If your kids, friends, family, know your exclusionary, prejudical stance, of course they know you're too closed minded and closed of heart for them to be honest with you. As to "God means God." Again, I ask, which one?

She is everywhere, but called by many names...

-- Posted by wands on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 8:08 PM

I know my kids aren't gay because I raised them right. And my God is the only God that matters. Leave the Boy Scouts alone. There's already a perfectly good club for gay, tree worshipping communists...it's called the Democratic Party.

-- Posted by LastSanePerson on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 8:32 PM

Maybe your school board then ought to pay for the hundreds of thousands of dollars that that Scout projects provide, free to schools,parks and your community.

The BSA has provided to the USA, well over a BILLION DOLLARS in selling War Bonds, planting Victory Gardens during WW2, as well as be the "first in green" with recycling way back in the early 1900's.

Scouting DOES not state that one must believe in God; rather it is a international movement that requires one to profess a belief in a Supreme Being.

it is not a Christian organization; in fact the largest faith in Scouting worldwide is Muslim.

They do not discriminate against youth; in sexual orientation, the BSA's rule is that Leaders can not be an gay acknowledged public position.

The Boy Scouts, and the World Scout Movement provide significant contributions through our country and in all other countries except 5.

embrace what they stand for; and know that it is a fluid movement that reflects the decisions of the country.

When any solid, strong value based organization is pushed by the agenda of another, who is slanted in their political attitudes,(to benefit themselves) what do you expect them to do?

-- Posted by scouter on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 11:45 PM



-- Posted by wtfizdat on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 3:21 PM

no-one is born gay.. its a choice you make.. and thank GOD all my children made the right one... none of them are gay!!! Thank You JESUS!!

-- Posted by some1ispraying on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 11:11 PM

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