Secret Weapon in the War on Terror: Boy Scout SWAT Team

Photo: Todd Krainin/NY Times

Boy Scouts's motto "Be Prepared" apparently extends all the way to modern day's terrorism. In this post 9/11 world, you can't be too careful, so the Border Patrol in Imperial County, California, has a - shall we say, unique - program for the Scouts:

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times has more: Link

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Even though we wouldn't want to use scouts in dangerous situations it is The AMERICAN Way to survive when confronted....Hey here in the South we teach our kids how to survive early in life...SO more Power to you and keep up the GOOD WORKS...give them a fish they eat him How TO Fish he can feed his self forever....HAPPY 100th Aniversery!!!
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Anyone that sees a problem with this is a paranoid idiot.

Besides it is better then getting pregnant in high school and smoking weed.

I commend these young men and women. Most of you couldn’t fight your way out of a wet paper bag.
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This is sick!

Has our entire nation gone mad? There is no reason for this if you have an armed public. That is the main reason why America has never been invaded.

Isoroku Yamamoto said in World war 2 that "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."

Let the citizens protect this country - not government agents!
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Something kinda' important is to remember Explorers is a program for Scouts about to go into College - it is intended to help them choose a career. As such there have always been programs that fed into military careers. And as to whether Scouts has always been a military preparation program, well, it has. It was founded in response to Lord Baden-Powell being deeply disturbed at how poorly English boys were prepared to deal with the rigors of a dangerous world - he was a vet of the Boer Wars I believe - and how many died out of a lack of basic self-discipline and survival skills. The distinction between the Scouting movement, which is imperfect and does need revision, is that it is in the liberal arts tradition - it encourages public service and self-education not a very particular ideological stance. Indeed, the fact that ideological stances have become the center of internal discussions in the last decade and a half indicates the BSA needs to recenter on skill development and helping boys choose their own path - which of course includes careers in law enforcement and the military as options.
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