When I picked up my copy of the Daily Cougar a few days ago and turned to the editorial page, I saw something that surprised me. I saw an editorial by Amanda Mahmoudi written about the new scandal in the Boy Scouts of America.
As a lifelong scout, I have heard a great deal about this problem, and I have this to say: the Boy Scouts have an oath that is to be recited by every scout no matter what they believe in.
If anybody wants to leave out certain words due to his beliefs it is his prerogative, but the fact that the two boys in California refused to say it and openly bragged about it is making an abomination of what scouting is all about.
The truly ridiculous part of the column came after the story of the two boys. Mahmoudi went on to make outlandish and stereotypical statements about what scouting is all about.
Scouts do not just learn about nature and how to tie a knot, though those are two of the things scouting can teach you. There is so much more.
Scouting teaches young men leadership, teamwork, brotherhood, honor, dignity, self-respect and shows them a way to live their lives to grow up to be upstanding men.
This ignorance is nothing short of a lack of proper research on the topic, and just for your information, I taught merit badges for two years in photography and journalism, a far cry from orienteering and pioneering indeed.
Secondly, just ask any employer if when in an interview a person mentions that they are an Eagle Scout it makes the interviewer feel positive about the person.
It means much more than "nuts and berries" as mentioned in the column. Finally a word of advice, to the columnist: do a little better job of researching what you are writing about.
To The Daily Cougar: next time you want a story written about the boy scouts, go out and find yourself a real boy scout. There are many of us out there.
Joshua Silberman is a freshman communications major.
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