Cub Scout Master Takes 9-Year-Olds to Nude Beach

little boy covering his eyesWell, this is a new perspective on "nature hike," that's definite. The Cub Scouts are facing criticism from parents after one Cub Scout Master led his troupe on a nature hike ... through a naturalist (read: nudist) beach.

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San Diego parents signed off on their sons' trip through Torrey Pines State Park. Little did they know that the walk would include a pass through famous Black's Beach, a nudist getaway.

About half a dozen fourth grade boys from Troop 766 were led by pack master Desmond Wheatley and chaperoned by their parents. When the boys went ahead of their moms and dads, mom Diane Lekven and her husband Erik realized the surroundings and the non-clothed beach guests.

That's when Mom ran ahead to the kids and later retold the story to CBS 8 in San Diego:

When I got up there I said, "Hey what are you doing? We're in the middle of a nudist beach." [Wheatley] said, "This is a naturalist beach, and my family and I go through here all the time it's not a big deal." And I got really angry.

I was nauseated because I've never seen just a bunch of nude people walking around holding hands, strange people that I don't know.

I don't think it's OK for somebody to not disclose that they're going to put other people's children in an environment like this. I think it's wrong.

The parents filed a complaint with the Scouts, who responded with this statement:

During a planned hiking trip at Torrey Pines State Beach, a local Cub Scout Pack encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed. This outing, involving both parents and adult volunteer leaders, was quickly rerouted to protect the youth. Following the trip, both San Diego-Imperial Council and Pack leadership met with parents to discuss the events and determine if further action was needed. Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter.

Parents are still furious -- and they make a great point: they should have been given a heads up before the trip. The leader knew what he was doing and where he was leading the 10-year-olds and should have told parents of his plans.

No matter where your kids are -- in school, at a friend's house, on a field trip -- all parents want to know the details. Who else is there? What will they be doing? Where will they be going? There's nothing wrong with keeping tabs on the kids and their activities, so giving Mom and Dad a heads up about the kids' plans is more than just a courtesy.

How would you have responded in this situation?

 

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