N.Y. Boy Scout earns all 121 merit badges

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    Amazing young man.

    N.Y. Boy Scout earns all 121 merit badges - USATODAY.com
     
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    Just kidding!


    That is great. My 16 year old nephew is going for Eagle Scout! :cool:
     
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    I do NOT mean to insult anybody here, nor do I wish to insult the BSA, but am I the only person here who has noticed a high correlation between teens who stay in the BSA into their mid and later teens who also end up being homosexuals?

    I know of my chums who were boyscouts every one (ever one!) who stayed on to become an eagle scout was gay.

    Nice guys, nothing wrong with that, but what's up with that?

    Is it the uniforms or the commoraderary or the badges or what?
     
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    i'd say yes, you are.

    not that there's anything wrong with that.
     
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    hmmmmmmmm.... my husband might take issue with that one. he was an eagle as were two of our (very hetero) friends and the father of the kid in the story.

    :confused:

    And I wouldn't let my own son go to scouts because I have issues with excluding gay kids, but the kid in the story happens to be awesome.
     
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    Good luck to your nephew!
     
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    Okay, it might just be one of those statistical quirks that sometimes happens.

    In my personal case I suppose that these four (then in the closet) young men simply found one place where they could express their masculinity (they're all pretty butch gays) in the company of other like minded gay men, while not appearing to be gay.

    That actually does make a kind of sense given the time period these guys were eagle scouts.

    That's why I was asking for confirmation of my experience from others.

    My point obviously wasn't that being an Eagle Scout makes one gay, rather that being a particular type of gay makes Eagle Scouting look like an attractive lifestyle. (ESPECIALLY when being exposed as gay (like in the 60s's) was basically a quick trip to becoming socially ostracized.
     
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    oh..ok, fair enough. maybe the people you know liked the environment where they can stay closeted, too.
     
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    You live in a peculiar community Edit my lad. I was senior patrol leader for a year, never meta scout who was gay but then that was when I was in high school forty years ago...
     
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    my son's girl friend is going to be really surprised when he tells her. he's an eagle. most local units don't really pay attention to the stricture against gays, BTW. at least that's been my experience over the past 20 yrs.

    sexuality isn't really part of the program-gay or straight.
     

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