My son desperately wants to join the Boy Scouts, but I've had to say no due to the local troop's religious agenda.
I've been helping my friend try to come up with ideas for her daughter's new Girl Scout troop, as the activities have been incredibly dumbed down over the years (there are now only 15 skill badges brownies can earn, compared to dozens when I was a child, and the girls' books contain much more nebulous fluff and far fewer activities).
Is there a challenging, secular program that gets kids together to work on outdoorsmanship and citizenship, and gives them the chance to meet other kids with those values?
Notes: Both children are in elementary school. I'd prefer a coed program, but if there isn't one, a single-sex alternative would be fine.