Hey guys, today is the day that openly gay boys (under the age of 18) can join the Boy Scouts, and despite the predictions, it appears that all the straight kids didn’t flee the organization to join the Xristian Xrazie alternative, the ominous-music inspired Trail Life, that requires you to not only be straight, but swear allegiance to Baby Jeebus. Sorry kids of other faiths.
So far, the vast majority of charter partners nationwide have chosen to remain Scout sponsors, said BSA spokesman Deron Smith. The organization estimates that less than 2 percent of its 116,000 troops and packs were dropped by their sponsors.
In Pomona, church officials delivered the news in mid-December that Troop 101’s charter would not be renewed after it expired on Dec. 31, leaving troop leaders scrambling to find another sponsor within weeks. On Sunday, the troop voted to accept an offer from a new partner, also a church. Scoutmaster James Meyette said he felt “encouraged.”
Of course, some Baptist and Mormon churches kicked the Boy Scouts out of their basements, but even that has worked out:
“Scouting is just as strong as it always was,” said Joey Kiker, spokesman for the Greater Alabama Council in Birmingham, by far the largest council, with 33,000 youth and 5,100 adult volunteers as of last May. “We feel very positive about the new year.”
Although some churches did end their relationships with Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs, Kiker said that “every single unit that lost a charter partner, within an hour, had a new charter partner.”
“We’re just scouting as we always do,” he said.