I think the Boy Scouts are effectively dead.
There really is a difference between boys and girls and the way they think and the way they grow up.
– Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
The Washington Post reports that
The Boy Scouts of America announced last year that it would welcome girls for the first time in its century-long history.
Now the organization’s flagship program — long known as the Boy Scouts — has a new name to promote the message. And it’s missing the word “boy.”
Beginning in February 2019, it will be known as Scouts BSA.
“Scouts BSA perfectly represents the new, inclusive program for older Scouts that the Boy Scouts of America is proud to offer,” said Effie Delimarkos, a spokeswoman.
Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh told the Associated Press that many names were considered and that the ultimate goal was “to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward.” Surbaugh said he expects that kids enrolled in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves just as “scouts,” without “girl” or “boy” identifiers.
In October, Boy Scouts of America announced it would allow girls into the Cub Scouts program, a step in allowing them to earn the coveted Eagle Scout ranking. So far, 3,000 girls have joined roughly 170 Cub Scout packs in the first rollout of the new policy. Scouts BSA will begin admitting female members next year.
Also on Wednesday, Scouts BSA announced a new campaign for the Cub Scouts, “Scout Me In,” that features female Cub Scouts.
The organization has been forced to find new ways of bringing kids and their families into scouting, especially as its membership has dropped by about a third since 2000. But the changes also reflect shifting social and cultural norms that expect programs to be equally available to boys and girls.
Still, Girl Scouts of the USA, a separate organization, which has opposed efforts by Boy Scouts of America to recruit girls to its ranks, said the name change was not much more than that — noting that it came without any new girl-focused programming.
“We proudly own the ‘Girl’ in Girl Scouts,” a spokesperson said. “Since our inception, Girl Scouts of the USA have been about putting girls front and center, ensuring that everything we do is not only with their best interests in mind but equips them to be the fearless leaders and change makers who our 50 million alumnae prove to be.”
The Boy Scouts are over one hundred years old. On January 24, 1908, the Boy Scouts movement began in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys. Baden-Powell was already well known by English boys, and thousands of them quickly bought up the handbook. By the end of April, the serialization of Scouting for Boys was completed, and a lot of impromptu Boy Scout troops had sprung up across Britain.
Baden-Powell became a national hero in Britain in 1910, for his 217-day defense of Mafeking in the South African War. Soon after, Aids to Scouting, a military field manual he had written for British soldiers in 1899, caught on with a younger audience. English boys really took to the lessons on tracking and observation and organized elaborate games using the book. Upon hearing about this, Baden-Powell decided to write a nonmilitary field manual for British youth that would also emphasize the importance of morality and good deeds.
First, though, he decided to try out some of his ideas on an actual group of boys. On July 25, 1907, he took a diverse group of 21 adolescents to Brownsea Island in Dorsetshire where they set up camp. With the aid of other instructors, he taught the boys about camping, observation, deduction, woodcraft, boating, lifesaving, patriotism, and chivalry. Many of these lessons were learned through inventive games that were very popular with the boys. The first Boy Scouts meeting was a huge success.
American Scouting began with an event that happened in London in 1909. Chicago publisher William Boyce become lost in the fog and a Boy Scout came to his aid. After guiding Boyce to his destination, the boy refused a tip, and explained to Boyce that, as a Boy Scout, he would not accept payment for doing a good deed. The gesture inspired Boyce to start several regional U.S. youth organizations, specifically the Woodcraft Indians and the Sons of Daniel Boone, into the Boy Scouts of America. Incorporated on February 8, 1910, the movement soon spread throughout the country.
In 1916, Baden-Powell began the Wolf Cubs, which caught on as the Cub Scouts in the United States, for boys under the age of 11. Four years later, the first international Boy Scout Jamboree was held in London, and Baden-Powell was acclaimed Chief Scout of the world. He died in 1941.
Since then, scouting has produced a lot of good men, rooted in faith and trained to be leaders.
I remember it like it was yesterday, I was in Seventh Grade, and we were living in an area of Memphis, behind the Veterans’ Cemetery, affectionately known as “Nutbush”. I was a sickly undersized asthmatic kid, who was always getting picked on in the neighborhood. Anyway, my buddy Bobby and his older brother Ronnie were Boy Scouts in a troop, which their Dad, a mechanic, was the Scout Leader of. They asked me to join up, so I did. It was a lot of fun, and I “set the record” for making Tenderfoot, by learning all the knots and stuff in two days.
Unfortunately though, my severe asthma kept me from going out on the camping trips, so I had to drop out of the Boy Scouts.
That being said, I believe what irritates me the most about this whole situation, is them turning an organization with Christian roots, into a Liberal Social Engineering Experiment, just as they have our Armed Forces.
Boys and girls are different from one another.
Men and women are different from one another.
Vive le difference!
Being a Boy Scout shouldn’t be about gender equality. It should be about teaching young boys about nature,disciple, and self-reliance. It should be about learning about love of God and Country and how to be a leader of men.
The “smartest people in the room” love to throw out the term “inclusiveness” for every cockamamie idea they have which will blur the line between the gender identification or that will help them get rid of traditional American Faith and Values for their credo of relative morality and situational ethics.
Liberals are desperately trying to devalue masculinity and neuter American males.
In fact, they are so desperate that now they are about to get rid of a =n organization which has been a molder of young men and a starting point for American Leaders.
Next thing you know they will rewrite the Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Between this and their decision last year to allow openly Gay Scout Leaders, this latest decision by the BSA blows their oath all to Hades, doesn’t it?
Liberals have taken a once proud organization known for producing men like Neil Armstrong (Eagle Scout)and turned it into just another cardboard cut-out Liberal Organizations where everyone is “the same” and the male and femaile gender identities are gotten rid off in the name of “inclusiveness”.
If the Girl Scouts can be left alone, why can’t the Boy Scouts?
Until He Comes,