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The Boy Scouts of America ought to pay this victim his fair share. The national organization has real weaknesses, including its stances on homosexuality and atheism. I think it is incredibly important that the national organization be forced to reform.
However, that should not overshadow the amazing work that the program does on the ground level. Boy Scouts creates amazing leaders out of young boys. From Tiger Cubs through Eagle Scouts, youth are learning every day how to live in nature, be good citizens, and lead those around them. The practice of putting senior youth in charge of troops is irreplaceable experience. No other organization I know of empowers so many young people - not just a few impressive youth in every troop, but ever single troop member.
My own Eagle Award is not simply a line on the resume or a bragging right. With the support of an entire organization full of caring adults, I was one of many young men able to achieve more in our grade school years than some achieve in their whole lives. What we gave to the community and our fellow scouts was very real and simply cannot be undermined by the absolute negligence of those at the local and national level who allowed this travesty to occur.
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