Thinking back to when I was in Boy Scouts. I took the few oaths seriously. I liked the survivalist / making-do stuff. Yet I didn’t understand all of the Native American lore mixed into it. It always felt “tacked on”. We didn’t do much of that but it was in the Scout magazine and the handbook, and was apparently a big part of some bigger troops. So many years later when I first heard of the idea of “cultural appropriation”, I immediately thought “Oh yeah, *that’s* what the Scouts were doing” and why it seemed ‘odd’ to me suddenly made more sense. So I was a natural to the idea. This makes me a bit of an oddball in my generation I think but for me it was a relief.

Thinking back to when I was in Boy Scouts. I took the few oaths seriously. I liked the survivalist / making-do stuff. Yet I didn’t understand all of the Native American lore mixed into it. It always felt “tacked on”. We didn’t do much of that but it was in the Scout magazine and the handbook, and was apparently a big part of some bigger troops. So many years later when I first heard of the idea of “cultural appropriation”, I immediately thought “Oh yeah, *that’s* what the Scouts were doing” and why it seemed ‘odd’ to me suddenly made more sense. So I was a natural to the idea. This makes me a bit of an oddball in my generation I think but for me it was a relief.

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