My last year at camp, when I was 18, I began to fall in love with guys so deeply I finally understood I was different. We performed this song not only at summer camp but later at regional camporees. One close friend made out like a bandit in his troop. And the world continued to change. At Kiwanis I met other scoutmasters, who were not like Mr.
He was stern during the day but extremely friendly with the younger counselors in the evening. There have always been sexual predators in the Scouts, as there are in the Catholic Church. Civil rights arrived, and black troops as well as white troops came to Kiwanis; the camp staff was integrated. But only predators lie about who they are, like that man back at Camp Kiwanis. Official sexual attitudes were changing as well. I don't know what he said, but he gently put everybody's mind at ease. Nowadays teenage boys are able to name their feelings, and the bolder ones do so aloud. In fact, they went backwards. We all felt shocked, confused, and betrayed. Lord, we must've been obnoxious. Next week the national organization will finally vote on a proposal to allow gay boys to serve — just boys, not adults. Beginning with James Dale back in , a handful of heroic gay scouts, often with the support of their families, challenged these antigay policies. We performed this song not only at summer camp but later at regional camporees. He led more by example than command Mr. It's an absurd position, suggesting that a boy who's valuable to his troop suddenly becomes dangerous the day he turns Mormon, Catholic, and fundamentalist churches became more involved. My last year at camp, when I was 18, I began to fall in love with guys so deeply I finally understood I was different. But nobody complained, nobody made fun of us. Barber more than ever. Barber, a soft-spoken, quietly good man. But I wasn't ready for that and, looking back, I'm glad desire was sublimated. Yet we believed in being good. His most recent book, Eminent Outlaws: But one boy reported it to his father, an evangelical minister, and there was a huge blowup. My Life as a Gay Boy Scout Gay author Christopher Bram recounts how scouting helped him make it through adolescence and discover his true self. I belonged to Troop 66, and we met once a week at the local Episcopal church. I assumed his interest was as platonic as mine.
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