Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts played an important part of my young life growing up. I looked forward to campouts and all of the many activities we did in Scouts. Many of the highlights of my years as a Scout were the many camping trips. We learned about nature and how to survive in the wild as well as things like first aid, lifesaving, canoeing and rescuing someone in trouble. I learned many skills, some of which I still use today and some which I wish I was still able to use today.
On camping trips, we slept 2-4 of us boys in a single tent, depending on the size and number of tents available. Getting dressed, changing clothes and cleaning up was not an issue since we were all boys. At official Scout camps, all of the boys used communal showers and never thought anything about it.
However, when I was in Scouts, there were two constants – it was all boys and it was Christian based. Today, Scouts have changed and are no longer Christian based, especially since they began abandoning their Christian foundation and values by excepting homosexuals as Scouts and Scout leaders. Had this been the case back when I was a boy, my parents would not have allowed me to join nor would I have wanted to join. Those were important values to them and to me and still are.
The big question now being asked about Scouts is if a transgender girl/boy should be allowed to join the Scouts. That question is being raised by a New Jersey youth who goes by the name of Joe Maldonado.
Joe was born a girl by the name of Jodi and is still anatomically a girl. However, Joe, now 8-years-old, claims to identify as a boy and expects to be able to do everything boys are allowed to do, including joining the Cub Scouts. Two years ago, with the help of his/her parents, Jodi legally changed her/his name to Joe. His parents say that Jodi/Joe identified as a boy from very early on and they went along with it, even allowing their child to cut her/his hair short by second grade.
In September, Joe joined Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Joe’s transgender identity was not hidden at the time and he was excited to join his friends. However, a month later, Joe was informed by a Scouting official that Cub Scouts was for boys only and that he/she was no longer welcome because he was really still a she.
Joe’s mom tried to explain about her daughter/son’s gender identity issue but it made no difference. She told the local media:
“I said, ‘my child is a boy — that’s his identity, but he seemed like he didn’t want to hear it. He seemed very arrogant and cocky. It seemed like it was a joke to him.”
To no surprise, the Maldonados are pursuing legal action against the local Scouting organization because of what has happened to Jodi/Joe. Mrs. Maldonado commented:
“I’m at least looking for an apology or something where we can look into it and try and change the policy and try to make things right.”
Make things right for who?
What they want is to force others to compromise their values and privacy by exposing their sons to their anatomical daughter. Would you want your son exposed to a girl’s body alone in a tent out in the wilderness?
I know I wouldn’t want my son going on campouts with an anatomical girl, regardless if she believed herself to be a boy or not. The fact is, when they change clothes or shower, the difference will be obvious and will raise many questions and concerns. Will Joe be required to sleep alone in a tent or shower alone with no others around? That would also raise concerns and be described as a form of discrimination.
The bottom line is that BOY Scouts is for boys just as GIRL Scouts is for girls.
As for Jodi identity crisis, many young girls like boys’ things and generally are described as being tomboys, but they remain girls and grow up, get married and have children of their own. I blame Jodi’s parents to catering to this false identity and not keeping their daughter as a daughter. If there is something anatomical that is causing Jodi to think she is a boy, then that should have been medically addressed and corrected from the very beginning and none of this would be an issue today.