bouer wrote:More on topic, do countries other than the USA have boy scout equivalents? what do they think of homosexuality? I think Canada has something similiar but it's secular so there's no problem.
scouting didn't originate in the US.
There's scouting groups in almost every country in the world.
Most based on the model of the UK scout groups founded by Baden-Powell.
The boy scouts of america are just one little organisation among hundreds.
there's about 40 million scouts worldwide.
Their ban on gay scouts has actually caused some international friction with other nations scout groups since one of the central tenants is that a scout is a scout no matter if they're part of your own particular organisation. the BSA was basically pissing all over that by declaring that scouts from other countries weren't real scouts if they also happened to be gay.
religion-wise internationally scouting is something like the masons: no specific religion but in theory you're supposed to believe in some kind of higher power with individual scouting organisations taking different positions.
Side note: I was a Venture scout. IFAIK there was no hanky panky going one, but we totally did not follow any rules about tent proximity. It probably helped that we were an all girl troup for the first few years we existed when culture was being set.
this varies massively by country.
I don't remember any rules about tent proximity but my old group didn't allow co-ed tents.
on the other hand when we went to a German event the whole german group slept in one giant tent.
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