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Bye-bye BSA

Bye-bye BSA

Soon the church will say bye-bye BSA.  I remember when I was a District Commissioner and having a discussion with another L.D.S. Scouter about the fate of Scouting and its relationship to BSA.  The other Scouter was of the opinion back then (late 1980s) that the church would eventually part company with BSA due to BSA’s relaxing of policy and rules.

At the time, the big issues were (1) camping on Sundays, and (2) adult leaders who were not living the law of chastity.  After all, a Scout is morally straight.  In our own district, this was an issue.  I recall one district award banquet a member of the district committee asking for certain members to leave their girl friends home and bring their wife instead. (Evidently, the guy he was addressing has a mistress on the side.)

I also had it out with the council Order of the Arrow advisor for being overly harsh on L.D.S. Scouts because they would leave the Ordeal on Saturday nights.  His words to me were, “As long as I’m advisor, no L.D.S. Scout will earn his sash.”

Skipping Ahead

bye-bye bsa


Skipping ahead, on my later rounds through church/Scouting callings I was seeing an overall relaxation of Eagle Requirements.  A merit badge counselor could not change the requirements, however, with a wink and a smile he could sign off on a requirement even though the young man hadn’t really met the standard.  This REALLY bothered me.  (It’s kind of like how some universities hand out degrees these days.)  As a result, the Rank of Eagle began to look more like a participation award than it did an achievement.

The Last Straw

There were contentions about women Scouters, women on camp outs with the boys, and more.  While having a woman camping with 11-18 year old boys may not endanger the boys as would having a man camping with girls of the same age group, it was more than impropriety.  There was the issue of male role-models.  And, as sexist as that may sound to some, it was at the top of my concerns.

It wasn’t long before the idea of allowing gay Scout leaders came up.  Many BSA units were sponsored by churches that had moral teachings that sex between anyone other than a man married to a woman is a sin.  The Scout Oath says a Scout should keep himself “morally straight”.  Many saw allowing gay men in as adult leaders would be a violation of this part of the oath.

Bye-bye BSA, that was the last straw.

Still Valuable

My Eagle Award is still valuable.  I think there will come a time when people find out someone is an Eagle Scout and ask, “So, did you receive yours prior to 2018?”  (Or even some earlier date.)

Day Tripping

Day tripper… one-way ticket, yeah…

Can’t beat the Beatles when it comes to song to sing-along with.

Today I took a day-trip with a model friend to work on some portfolio images.  Wouldn’t you know it, it rained.  Now, 10 years ago this would have been a trip canceled because of the rain, but I have since  learned that you have to make do with what you’ve got.  Just because it is raining doesn’t mean you can’t photograph.

Fortunately for me, I brought some 1 gallon ziploc baggies to protect my camera.  They worked great.  Judge for yourself…

Model: Tiffany

Her hair was quite wet because it was drizzling at the time.  But I wouldn’t have got this wonderful shot had it NOT been raining.

At one point, it was just pouring down rain, and so I shot through the car window with my reflector overhead shielding me from the rain.

Tiffany with a Red Twist

And, I probably wouldn’t have shot through the car window like this had it not been raining.  It is kind of like the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Well, when it rains, shoot differently.


We had our Scouts and their leaders from Augusta, Georgia, arrive about 9:30pm.  They have filled every nook and cranny of the house.  They will be here until Tuesday morning.

Twelve Wonderful Years

It was twelve years ago today that Elizabethe and I were sealed in the Oakland Temple.  It has been the best twelve years of my life, and it keeps getting better.  We never fight and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company.

After church I made my ever-increasing-popular cashew chicken, only I used left over turkey from Thanksgiving.  (That pre-cooked turkey breast really soaks up the sauce.)   It was good, but not as good as the chicken variety.

We watched the movie Scout Camp.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.  I was a bit worried that it might try to make Boy Scouts look like total buffoons.  It did not.  In fact, the movie accurately portrayed Scout Camp.  There was not one thing in the movie that was far-fetched.  Everything in the movie was stuff I personally have witnessed at Scout Camp in one form or another.

I was expecting far-fetched pranks, and stupid things that would make me say, “Nobody is that stupid.”  I was wrong.  I mean, I was wrong about the far-fetched pranks.  Also, there was nothing in the movie that made me think, “That wouldn’t happen”, or “Nobody is that stupid.”

I told Elizabethe after one scene where the patrol leader gave the boys a lecture about using the bathroom before getting to camp, “I thought I had made up that speech.”   It was like deja vu as the  boy in the movie told the younger scouts all the horrors of using the camp K.Y.B.O.

At that point, Elizabethe asked, “What’s a kybo?”  (Pronounced K-eye-bow)

I told her it stood for “Keep Your Bowels Open”.

About then in the movie, one of the boys explained what K.Y.B.O. stood for.

Like I said, it was all true to form even down to the silly patrol yells.

Yeah, the movie has some crude juvenile humor, but so does Scout Camp.  Blue darts, the lake jacuzzi, and tipping the kybo are all things that go on at camp.  That said, there was no cussing, and it had a nice message.

Again, I would recommend it – especially if you have ever been to Scout Camp.

(This might not appeal to many women, or people who have never been to Scout Camp.  There is a lot of Scout-oriented esoteric references.  But, for me, it was a trip back to Loon Lake in the summer of 1969, and Camp Harvey West in 1970 and Loon Lake again in 1971 and so forth.  With over 35 years of Scouting experience, this movie triggered  memories with every scene.)