Wherever there is intolerance or discrimination based upon outdated morals and ideologies, we ought to be really glad that there are people like Todd Schweikert out there too.
Fed up with the way things were going in the Boy Scouts of America lately, the father of two kids decided to detour around the close-minded national organization and, according to a Salon piece today, started his own scouting troop near his Brooklyn, New York home; a troop where all kids are welcome, no matter who you are, boy, girl, gay or straight.
The 5th Brooklyn Scouts , who operate free and clear of the BSA (they are instead affiliated with the Baden-Powell Service Association ), will have regular meetings just like any other scouting troop as well as jaunts to study nature in nearby Prospect Park and longer weekend camping trips to get the full outdoor experience, according to a great article on the progressive bunch over at DNAinfo.com. The only real difference between them and most of the rest of the organized scouting community is that they are insisting on this open-door policy so that no child or adult ever feels left out.
Scweikert told DNA that the interest was there for something like this, so he took action.
“A lot of people want their children to be in scouts, but a lot of people have issues with their policies.”
And now, at least in Brooklyn, where a lot of beautiful ideas have been born, they have a choice. So three Big Scout Huzzahs (is that a thing even??!) for Troop Leader Schweikert!
And if you are in their area, by all means, head over to a meeting!
Image: 5th Brooklyn Scouts
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