Nice to get the occasional reminder of why my kids aren’t involved with the Scout movement in any way, shape or form.
According to the New York Times, when they’re not busy pushing their patrio-religious shtick on unsuspecting little kids, teaching them to be good bigots, the Boy Scouts of America are teaching kids the fine art of xenophobia and militancy. Little brownshirts-in-training — Adolph would’ve been so proud:
The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.
The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.