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  •  That "weirdness" wasn't universal. My camping (2+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, ivorybill

    experiences as a scout were about as regimented as a pick-up basketball game with an adult doing some coaching from the sideline.  Aside from summer camp run by the Scout district,  we never wore uniforms.  Even though we lived in the suburbs, we were near very large wooded "reservations" and farmland, so the kids often went on long hikes with no adult supervision.  

    My guess is that the degree of weird regimentation with any specific troop is proportional to the degree of delusions of military grandeur held by the adult leaders.  Our leaders were very young guys who years later came out as gay -- not that that shocked anybody who had been in our troop or that it made any obvious difference to our experience in scouting, except probably to improve it.  

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