One of the main things alumni of the place I work tell us is that they regret not having more exposure to people who are different from themselves while they were young. Like it or not, when young people go into the work place they must be culturally competent, being open and accepting of people living in different religious traditions or who come from different racial or ethnic backgrounds or who have made different personal lifestyle choices. If they lack these skills they simply won't be as successful in adult life as people who have them. Boy Scouts is an excellent organization that for generations has prepared young people to be thoughtful, skilled, moral, and caring adults. Teaching young people to be comfortable with diversity ought to be a core value for Boy Scouts. We should encourage them in every way we can to be guided by values of tolerance and openness.
Carl Milofsky, Lewisburg