None of my kids have been part of Scouting. It would not have been a good fit for Chet or Rob and frankly the Boy Scout position on gays troubles me too much to find a way to re-closet myself for the sake of my children. The Pinewood Derby always intrigued me and I had a dear friend who was a life long Scout. As an adult he became an awesome leader, taking boys on winter overnights and such. But I could not reconcile what the organization said about gays, and thankfully as I said, it was just not a good fit anyway for the older two boys.
I am hoping that the Scouts are going to change their views--I have read some potentially positive things about this recently--because it would be a good fit for KC. He is at 9, just really starting to spread his wings and to want to do things with friends when family are not present. Camping is something dear to all our hearts, it would be great.
I myself was a Girl Scout up through Cadette level and worked at Scout camps in the summer. I have always hoped that my daughter would experience Girl Scouting. They haven't the language and the out there ban on my lifestyle. But Girl Scouts sure have changed since I was involved. There are quotas on the amounts of cookies that must be sold and my friends kids spent literally hours with their troops week after week standing in the cold hawking cookies. I bought an untold number of cookies that I don't eat because I felt so badly for the kids. (thankfully Chet also loves thin mints but I think even he got sick of them after a while, I bought so many!)
Badges have changed too. One of my friends has a daughter who is going for her cupcake badge. Yup, you read that correctly. She posted pics of some very beautifully decorated cupcakes that her daughter did for the badge. But I still can't wrap my mind around a cupcake badge!
Maybe we will look at 4H!