Boy Scouts

Eagle Scout: RIP Boy Scouts of America. You were great for 100 years

We all knew this was coming. The Boy Scouts of America stood for over a century on its strong foundation of Judeo-Christian values, growing boys into young men, and young men into leaders. However, in recent years the BSA has allowed cracks to form in that foundation. From the lifting of the ban on openly gay boys from joining the organization, to the sanctioning of openly gay adult leaders, to the encouragement of so-called “transgendered” boys to join, the BSA’s moral foundation has been rapidly and steadily eroding into dust. As soon as the BSA changed the definition of the phrase “morally straight” in the generations-old Scout Oath back in 2013, allowing for homosexual membership, we all knew that this first compromise would not be the last. We all knew that it was only a matter of time before the BSA compromised itself into oblivion. That day has now arrived. From the BSA’s website: “Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.” This is incredibly disappointing news, but in light of the BSA’s changes over the last few years, it isn’t at all surprising. It does, however, mark a complete transformation for the organization. The Boy Scouts has always been exclusively for boys. As Ben Shapiro famously noted, it’s in the name. There are plenty of organizations out there for all different varieties of youth. The Boy Scouts even have several co-ed programs for both boys and girls. The girls already have the Girl Scouts. If the Girl Scouts isn’t working, why not work to fix that organization instead? There is absolutely no need for the Boy Scouts to change who they are to be “inclusive.” What now separates the Boy Scouts from any other youth organization? The BSA has now effectively rendered obsolete both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. If the Boy Scouts is a better youth organization for girls, why would any girl ever want to join the Girl Scouts? More incredibly, I have to wonder why any parent would want their young teenage girls camping in the woods with young teenage boys? Who exactly is okay with this? As an Eagle Scout myself, this is an incredibly difficult piece for me to write. My fondest memories from my youth come from my time in Boy Scouts. I learned a great deal about myself, about leadership, and about manhood in those years. The friendships I made with both adult leaders and fellow Scouts can never be replaced. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 2002 was the greatest achievement of my life at the time. Another honor was when my beloved Scout troop invited me back to town to participate in its centennial celebration earlier this year. My scouting experiences have guided me throughout my adulthood and will continue to do so. I now see I was lucky to have been a Boy Scout at that time instead of today. Those experiences would not have been the same had the BSA not been so strict on its membership policies. It is important for boys and young men to grow together free from the distraction of girls. I suspect the Almighty Dollar now motivates BSA more than the Almighty. Membership (and revenue) has been declining steadily for years. Suddenly membership eligibility is now opened to a whole new demographic. Draw your own conclusions there. This is what the Left does best: target and destroy everything good in America. They cannot compete with us on ideas, so they have to eliminate everything that makes us who we are. If they were truly motivated to provide girls, homosexuals, and “transgenders,” with the same experiences Boy Scouts provides, then they would form their own youth organization. But it isn’t really about that, is it? Rest in Peace Boy Scouts. You will be dearly missed.

That touching op/ed was written by Eagle Scout, Russell Patten.  I too was a Scout; went all the way from Cub Scout to Webelos, to Boy Scouts…and made “Life” Scout.  I turned 18 before I could go through the Eagle program, although my “project” did receive initial approval.  So, that was a disappointment.  And, I was inducted into the Order of the Arrow (OA) program of the BSA.  Russell is spot on here..  It was inevitable what happened.   But, its heartbreaking all the same.  Glad I was a Boy Scout back in the day.  Shame on BSA for taking this special program specifically for young boys, away from them.  Awful…

 

In historic change, Boy Scouts to let girls in some programs

In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. Under the plan announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose. The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scout leaders say the change is needed to provide more options for parents. The Girl Scouts organization has criticized the initiative, saying it strains the century-old bond between the two groups.

Wow..  You really can’t make this stuff up, folks.  Glad I was a scout, before it all went to hell.  Lord Baden-Powell is rolling in his grave, I’m sure…

Boy Scout leaders vote to end ban on adult homosexuals

A key Boy Scouts of America panel has approved lifting the ban on “open or avowed homosexuals” as BSA leaders and volunteers, and the final formal decision is expected before the end of the month. The BSA announced Monday on its website that its National Executive Committee had unanimously adopted a resolution that would let adults lead Boy Scout troops without regard “to sexual orientation” if the local chartering organizations wish. The BSA National Executive Board, a broader body than the executive committee, is widely expected to ratify the change at a July 27 meeting and have it take effect immediately. The revised policy will both end the ban while respecting “the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” the BSA said. BSA National President Robert Gates virtually spelled out the change in a speech in May, saying that “rapid changes in society” and “increasing legal challenges” made the BSA’s adult membership policy unsustainable.

Wow.. No wonder Trail Life USA and other similar alternative scouting organizations are seeing a surge in their membership. Parents all across America are taking their boys out of the BSA. I was a Boy Scout. Was even in the Order of the Arrow. How things change…

Homeowners group drops opposition to Boy Scout’s American flag project

Homeowners group drops opposition to Boy Scout’s American flag project

Glad to see this HOA back off its original refusal to allow this.  Of course it was done under pressure, and it should NEVER have come to this point.  But, they made the right decision, ultimately.  And, good for this kid for pushing this idea and getting his Eagle Scout project approved.  Excellent!!   🙂

Disney drops Fla. Boy Scouts council from its approved-volunteer program

Disney drops Fla. Boy Scouts council from its approved-volunteer program

First Disney World started their Gay Days when  Michael Eisner was at the helm…and now this. I mean, c’mon!  They’re the Boy Scouts!  Disney used to be a place you could take your kids and not have to deal with liberal, pc, gay agenda, social engineering nonsense.  I’m sure Walt Disney is rolling in his grave.