That said, this pisses me off.
The Great Alaska Council (serving 6000 boys) is in line to receive a HUD grant, to the tune of $900,000+. The money will go towards the development of a BSA High Adventure camp in the council's territory.
As envisioned, the camp would occupy up to 3,200 acres of wilderness just south
of Denali State Park and attract Scouts from around the country -- as many as
600 a week for up to nine weeks a year.
It would serve both as a destination
for Scouts, and as a jumping off point where Scouts of both genders could stay a
few days before heading out for rock climbing and white-water rafting, among
So...why not give the money to the Girl Scouts? The Girl Scouts do not discriminate against anyone. The Boy Scouts, however, do...and do so openly. Why, then, are they receiving FEDERAL MONIES to build this camp? I liken it to giving an LDS stake the funds to build a stakehouse or the Catholic Church a fellowship hall. Since when is it okay for the United States government to pay for exclusive clubs? No matter what your position is on god(s) or religion, this is not right. Until the BSA returns to the ideals of it's founder, Robert Baden-Powell, I can't see any circumstance where it's okay for the federal government to help the BSA financially. Baden-Powell was undoubtedly a deist. He recognized a deity. But, he purposefully recruited from all social and philosophical backgrounds. The aversion to atheists and agnostics is a fairly recent development. Unfortunately, the government either doesn't know about the exclusion of gays and atheists or they're knowingly supporting a private, religious, para-military organization. Both are a bad sign.
Should you wish to weigh in on this before a grant is given, then you may do so here.
*Hat tip to Ben for the heads-up.