piqaboo wrote:"Forced"? I bet your troop leader expressed it as an opportunity to earn a merit badge, and it was more voluntary than you remember.
Perhaps memory fails, but it was pretty much presented as "thou shalt gather at the Goldwater". No one really objected. Sorry, but no merit badge was forthcoming. I got enough other ones to achieve Eagle +, however. Scouting was a very positive influence on my life. I never regrated doing it, although, by mid HS, I had tired of the program and eased out. Also HS kids can be very cruel in teasing about wearing one's uniform. Perhaps my enrollment and achievement in scouting will earn me a place on the "at risk" list.