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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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My Story And The Boy Scouts of America

September 26, 2007

Thank you Steven for all you have done for young people, both gay and straight, in Scouting. I was in Cub Scouts many, many, many years ago. I never went on to Boy Scouts. I saw and experienced the allowed cruelty toward the boys that did not fit the mold of the "Red Blooded American Boy" of the time. That was around 1963 to 1966 or so, give or take a year. (I'm over 50 now so some dates are not as clear as they used to be. So forgive me if I am off a year or two in either direction.) I was petrified to go on to Boy Scouts. I loved Cub Scouts, and I loved it when we got together with the Boy Scouts at Camp Tri-Mount, at least in the beginning. But there were things that were allowed to happen that should not have been, all in the name of making the "less manly" boys more manly. Things that could cause bodily harm even. Those of us who did not fit the mold were picked on, held under water when swimming, knocked off the side of the boats and left out in the lake so we had to swim back in to shore. We would be hit, and kicked, and beat up. Of course none of this was ever done in view of the Scout Masters, or Den Mothers. My final year of scouting, when I was in Webelos on a camp out at Camp Tri-Mount, I was sexually assaulted by three Boy Scouts who wanted to show me what my future was going to be like. I'll leave it up to your imagination as to what happened in that tent, that I had been forced to be in by my self, as no one wanted to be with the fag. I cried all night, and the next day I forced the leaders to call my parents and have my mother come pick me up stating that I was sick. I had to finish Webelos as my Aunt and Uncle were my Scout leaders and my parents made me. But I never went on. I refused no matter how hard they pushed. They tried to force me, it was a different time then. But I became very withdrawn and depressed. (I still suffer from Major Chronic Depression) So eventually they stopped. I have been married for 29 1/2 years now, I have two kids, a boy and a girl. Both grown, and two grandsons, one 9 years old whom my wife and I are raising, and a 9 month old. I would not let my son join scouting, and I would not let my grandson join scouting. I have told my wife what happened so she would not try to press the issue with me, and I have told my son and daughter. My son had no problem with me not letting his son join scouting, and my daughter assures me that she will not allow her son to join. (Of course the fact that my daughter is a Lesbian may play a small part in that also.) I do not support the United Way, because they support the BSA. Steven you have more courage than any one person I have ever heard about. To take on such a monumental task at such a young age is not only extremely impressive, it is astounding! I don't know you, but I am so proud of you. I know your parents are very proud of you. You help to restore my faith in my fellow human being. Keep up the good fight. I wish you all the success that life has to offer you. You are a fine and caring young man. Don't ever lose that. With all my heart I wish you a joyous and happy and fullfilled life. May all your dreams and wishes come true for you.

With a grateful heart,





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