You're faced with a real moral dilemma, and the Boy Scouts are the ones that have put you in it.
On the one hand you've promised in the Boy Scout Oath to be truthful -- so you should tell them that you're an atheist, and you shouldn't in good conscience state in that same oath "...to god and my country." On the other hand, they'll kick you out if you are honest. Tough spot.
I'm a big fan of honesty. I don't believe that we really progress if in order to do so we have to lie or be dishonest. The Boy Scout oath should have meaning to you, otherwise you shouldn't say it. I suspect, though, that even if you tell your leaders they may assume (because they want to more than anything else) that you're too young to really decide that you're an atheist, and keep you in hoping that you'll "come around." That's up to them to decide, however -- I think you need to be honest with them.
I *can* assure you that you can still get into Harvard without being an Eagle Scout. You may have to find some other public service projects or community volunteer work to do to "fill out your resume," but being an Eagle Scout isn't a requirement for admission. It'll take a bit more creative thinking and initiative on your part, that's all.
I encourage you to be honest, and to have the courage of your convictions. Frankly, if the scouts kick you out because you're honest about being an atheist, then you're too good for that organization anyway. Think about it: you could stay if you were a liar, but you'll be kicked out if you're honest...who wants to belong to that kind of group?
Best of luck.
· 1 decade ago