LETTER: Ideals of Scouts reinforced by challenges of backpacking trek

To Ozaukee Press:
    Let it be known that these are my words and I do not speak on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America or any BSA council or troop.
    I recently spent five days and four nights backpacking and hiking through the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with eight Boy Scouts and four other adult leaders.  
    We hiked as far as 11 miles per day carrying 30-50 pounds of gear. I witnessed boys, ages 12 to 17, dealing with physical challenges, improving their nature skills and being respectful of their fellow scouts and surroundings.  Though the boys talked about video games and tech stuff, we had no cell service, electricity or indoor plumbing.  They were focused on their place in nature, with the potential threat of bears and dehydration ever present.
    Much has been said about BSA bowing to political correctness by allowing girls to join its ranks. All organizations must adapt or die.  For the Boy Scouts, or “Scouts” as we will soon be known, it is the adult leaders and volunteers, regardless of gender, who help mold these young people by following a basic oath and law. I couldn’t be more proud of the adult volunteers and scouts in our troop for what was accomplished on this trip.
    Further, I want to thank the troop’s past adult leaders who spearheaded trips to such places as the Badlands, Boundary Waters and SeaBase in the Florida Keys.
    It truly is a special time when boys can be boys without the pressure of social media and its ilk.
Jeff Williams
Port Washington

 

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