I'm in a similar boat about (1) tons of older gear that is too good to toss but heavier than my new stuff, (2) find the 20th-century policies of BSA to be as problematic as a country club or the pre-1979 LDS church excluding blacks, and yet, I got a LOT out of my scouting experiences (in the upper-middle-class burbs, my father the scoutmaster de-emphasized the one-God, one-country aspects, and we learned skills and went on trips) and (3) I (a straight guy, but very pro-human rights) find the BPL "profanity" filter offensive because it bans "g a y" but not "straight". p.s. both words have totally non-romantic meanings, but even as an orientation, G and S (and B and T) just are. So get on board or at least get over it! (not talking to you there, Kevin).
But how about these options:
- Call BSA individual troops and ask if they disciminate. If not, donate. If so, or not, tell them your concern and why you're donating or not and maybe you'll help move them a bit to a better, more inclusive policy. My nephew's troop in Piedmont CA is very explicitly inclusive and ignores discrimatory national policies.
- Girls backpack, too! And more girls should backpack, IMO. I met my wife on a backpacking trip. GSA has handled all these issues with vastly more tact, wisdom and forward-thinking.
Thanks for the question, Kevin, it's got me thinking about my extra gear and what to do with it.