I really didn’t know what the uproar was until last night, when Darrin messaged me and said that his comment wasn’t directed towards me. Well, that started a discussion, and I laughed about it. Then as I found out, there are some who felt the need to delete it, and then they promptly left the group. I belong to 2 FB groups, when I create a blog post, I always post the link to the post in both of the groups that I belong too, along with automatic feeds to my Twitter and my G+ feeds.
I write what I think, 1st amendment and the whole shabang. Obviously, satire can be lost to some, and to others, taken with a grain of salt, and still others think it’s downright funny. My post was my jovial way of ranting about the common complaints about Cub Scouting, stuff that as Boy Scout leaders, we should all remember.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum…the Boy Scout side got offended by my Cub Scout post, but the Cub Scout side didn’t. I posted a response over there, but nothing ill came of it.
I didn’t see or hear about any of the comments. I don’t know who said what, don’t really care. It’s their opinion…but to complain to get a link removed for a smarmy post, really? As my supporters on this forum and a lot of other places would say, read my whole blog post. If you did, and are still offended, then leave a comment on my blog page. I won’t delete anything. Or unsubscribe from my blog (if you are subscribing).
I can name a lot of names when it comes to support of what I know that I have done for Scouting, and bringing it to the forefront. Those names are the ones that actually know me, and have defended what I wrote, because they know me from chatting, or calls, or reading one of my 500 blog posts or listening to one of my 50+ podcasts that I have done.
Folks, I don’t know it all about Scouting, but I do know that if I don’t know, I am not going to pretend that I do. I will be the first to say, “Wow, didn’t know that” and I live my Scouting life trying to learn one new thing about this great program that I defend to many people, on a daily basis…from reporters finding my phone number online (because I stay transparent in the event a Scouter needs phone time) and fielding that call from him asking me about the new BSA standards that were passed in May.
Or to the sports coach that tells his player, who is also my Scout, that if he’s not at practice, he’s benched…and have to comfort that Scout, because Coach doesn’t understand that the Scout can do both, but his Scoutmaster does. *NOTE – I have spoken to a lot of coaches of my Scouts, most are happy that their athlete is a Scout, a couple have blown me off. And the ones the blew me off, the Scout chose Scouting over the sport, because of the coach.
Or sit on the phone with the vice-principal of the middle school, talking off the record about issues a Scout is having, both in school and troop meetings…and that Scout who returns to school from his suspension, and to troop meetings from his suspension, has now turned it around.
Or spend a Sunday afternoon in my driveway, talking to Dad about why his son doesn’t enjoy the program and to have to say that Scouting may not be for him or the family, and to know the kid is happy that he gets to quit, but Dad is upset.
Or to hug a kid who just lost his best friend in the 7th grade to a brain tumor, 3 days before Christmas.
Or to look at the Scout, who has respect issues with his parents, and remind him that should he ever disrespect his mother in front of me again, he will not be coming to troop meetings anymore. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to use “please” and “thank you” when speaking to her, because, you know, she gave you a ride to this troop meeting that you wanted to come to.
I could go on and on, but I won’t. I will let the record that my supporters know that I have, speak for itself. My council reads my blog, as does my district and many members of my unit. Many past members of my units still read it, and make mention about it to me.
If we’re going to live in a society where a bit of humor can’t be poked at something that can drive us a bit nuts at time, then it’s time to lighten up…or get out of the way. There are those out there that want to live the program with their Scouts and friends, not have to defend friends online for something that one person takes offense to.
So, lighten up, Francis…life’s too short.