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Is Today’s Scouting Experience For You? (I hope Not.)

May 19, 2009
The NewScouts

The NewScouts

There was a time when you heard the term Boy Scout and thought of kids dressed in a tan uniform helping a little old lady cross the street, or out in the woods on a camping excursion. The saying he’s a Boy Scout meant he was a good person, or maybe a little naive. It seems that those days are gone, and the scouts are trying to form a new image, but not for the better.

It seems the new Scout image is that of a Military Youth Hit Squad. According to a New York Times article, Scouting is a totally different mindset from when I was a Scout.

NY Times

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

It is amazing, parents could lose their children if they tried to do this on their own, or even worse yet, raise them with home schooling and a healthy lifestyle. However, you put them in a group run by some waked-out police or military and it becomes ok.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

I added the Bold Lettering

The simulation being run in this story is teaching the Scouts how to raid and apprehend the ever dangerous “POT SMOKER”.

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

The children that were at this session had different reasons for being involved, but core was pretty much the same empowerment.

One participant, Felix Arce, 16, said he liked “the discipline of the program,” which was something he said his life was lacking. “I want to be a lawyer, and this teaches you about how crimes are committed,” he said.

Cathy Noriega, also 16, said she was attracted by the guns. The group uses compressed-air guns — known as airsoft guns, which fire tiny plastic pellets — in the training exercises, and sometimes they shoot real guns on a closed range.
“I like shooting them,” Cathy said. “I like the sound they make. It gets me excited.”

Acorrding to the article, there have been no complaints, or objections to the content of these exercises. With that said, there have been many complaints and law suits brought against the officers who run the training.

The Explorers have faced problems over the years. There have been numerous cases over the last three decades in which police officers supervising Explorers have been charged, in civil and criminal cases, with sexually abusing them.

The thing that astonishes me when I come across these types of articles is that, people always ask way the youth do things that they do? “Why are they violent, why do they bully, why are they obsessed with death and killing?” All I can say is, “I don’t know”?


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