By John Stonestreet and Stan Guthrie
The Boy Scouts has been one of the great mediating institutions in our society. They are a prime example of what Edmund Burke, and much later, Chuck Colson, called the “little platoons.” Mediating institutions nurture and build values into a society. They play a role that neither individuals nor a state can play. We need these mediating institutions such as the family, the church, and voluntary organizations to help us cultivate rising generations of citizens, as well as to help us govern ourselves.