Comment of the week comes from long term commenter Allen on the Scouts Australia article.
Fortunately I was able to teach my boys myself about the outdoors, and they got more out of it as well. I still laugh about one aspect of it though, my wife’s input. Before the first trip into the wilderness my wife said only one thing about it to me. “Bring my boys home safely or come home being carried.” Quite Spartan of the woman. The great thing about the wilderness is that boys learn that it is indifferent to them and might actually kill them if they are unwary. Good prep for life.
People who want girls to be admitted to Scouting seem to be completely ignorant and indifferent to the fact that male bonding comes through shared hardship, and competitiveness. I don’t think they have the slightest clue that male bonding is one of the very reasons our species survives the crucible of evolution.
The second paragraph is the part that I think is really important.