Cub Scouts are known for hiking, having adventures, and experiencing new things in the outdoors. A group of Cub Scouts in San Diego got all that and a lot more than they bargained for as they hiked on Saturday to Black’s Beach — a nudist beach. Actually, it is the largest nudist beach in the country, as reported by Epic Times.
This is not a beach you just “happen” on to. You have to purposely hike to get down to it.
This video gives details about the hike, and even a perspective from one of the nude sunbathers.
The group of fourth grade boys, ages 9 to 10-years-old, in Troop 766 were supposed to be hiking through Torrey Pines State Park. However, their leader Desmond Wheatley decided to go a different route, leading the half dozen boys and a few parent volunteers to a beach swarming with nudists. The Cub Scouts’ parents were completely shocked and outraged by the ordeal.
Diane Lekven, a mom of one of the boys, volunteered to help with the hike that day, believing they were headed to the state park. Lekven reported to CBS 8 News that she and her husband couldn’t believe that Wheatley would lead the boys to the beach that is well-known to be a nudist beach, with “dozens and dozens” of nude sunbathers that day.
Lekven was at the end of the group, and when she realized they were headed for Black’s Beach, she ran to the front and approached leader Wheatley, as per CBS 8 News.
“When I got up there I said ‘Hey what are you doing? We’re in the middle of a nudist beach.’ He 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.”
Wheatley knew exactly where he was going and he knew exactly what the young boys would see. This was no accident.
Feeling sick about exposing the boys to the nude beach, Levken was furious.
“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.”
Diane Lekven and her husband, who had also volunteered that day, immediately filed a complaint with the Boy Scouts, but according to CBS 8 Local, what happened “did not go against their policy,” and no action was taken against Troop 766 leader Desmond Wheatley. Instead, a public statement was made in response to the parents.
“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.”
Diane is not satisfied with the response from the scouts. She told CBS 8 News, “It’s not anything against the nudists. They were in their environment and they were looking at us like what the heck are we doing there. 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.”
Troop Leader Desmond Wheatley has yet to make any kind of public statement.
[Photo Credit: CBS8.com]