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Boy Scouts to require diversity and inclusion merit badge for rank of Eagle Scout

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Monday it will implement a specific “diversity and inclusion merit badge” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that will be required to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout going forward. In a letter to scouting families, the organization said it will also require diversity and inclusion training for all BSA employees starting on July 1, and a review of property names, events, and insignia, will be conducted “to build on and enhance the organization’s nearly 30-year ban on [the] use of the Confederate flag.” “The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter,” the letter said. “This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.” The BSA used the term “murders” when discussing George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Their deaths ignited recent protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. The organization said all those not named were are equally important, adding it hears “the anguish, feel[s] the heartbreak, and join[s] the country’s resolve to do better.” “As our country reckons with racial injustice, we all must consider our role and our failures and commit to meaningful action,” the BSA said. “There is no place for racism – not in Scouting and not in our communities. Racism will not be tolerated.” The organization said the new diversity and inclusion badge will build on components within existing merit badges that require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures. To ensure diversity and inclusion are “engrained at every level” the BSA will also be reviewing “every element of our programs.” The changes come nearly four months after the BSA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Tuesday, halting the hundreds of lawsuits it faced after decades of sexual abuse claims within the 110-year-old organization over the years. Sexual abuse settlements had reportedly strained the Boy Scouts’ finances, with states passing laws last year so victims from long-ago abuse can sue for damages. On Monday, the BSA said it wasn’t as brave as it should have been in the past, but said, as scouts, “we must always stand for what is right.”

And the BSA continues it’s downward spiral…  Of COURSE there shouldn’t be any discrimination on the basis of race in the Boy Scouts.  That’s always been the case!   But, this over-the-top pandering to the latest politically correct racial trend is beyond ridiculous.  And a diversity brainwashing merit badge?!?!  Seriously?!?!?  Those things were for things like swimming, first aid, tying knots, etc.; NOT liberal social justice bs.  I was in Boy Scouts all the way from Cub Scouts, Webelos, and then Boy Scouts…was even in the (once upon a time) elite “Order of the Arrow.”  Just glad I was out LONG before all of this nonsense started.  If you’re looking for an alternative to the BSA, that’s more like it used to be before all of this politically correct bs destroyed it, try Trail Life.

Trail Life USA, American Heritage Girls announce formal alliance – Groups offer Christian-based alternatives to Scouting

The leaders of Trail Life USA (TLUSA) and American Heritage Girls (AHG) announced Thursday that they have entered into a formal alliance. Both groups are Christian-based and offer alternative programs to Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Girl Scouts of the United States. Under the terms of a Memorandum of Ministry Alliance, each organization has agreed to support the other in their shared missions for spiritual and character development of youth through Christ-centered programming, said TLUSA Chief Executive Mark Hancock and AHG Executive Director Patti Garibay. The alliance will continue the “phenomenal growth” of both organizations by allowing troops to operate side-by-side with a shared Charter Organization, typically a church, they said. The signing took place at AHG’s 20th Anniversary National Convention on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. “Maintaining our unique identities while leveraging the synergy between the two ministries promises to be an exciting journey,” Ms. Garibay said. “It’s a natural and spiritual connection that will enhance each of our missions. We couldn’t be happier,” said Mr. Hancock, whose organization was formed 18 months ago, after BSA leaders voted to admit openly gay youth as members. TLUSA says it has nearly 25,000 members. It is open to boys and youth of any age, but its leadership is all-Christian. AHG has over 40,000 members. Separately, leadership of the century-old BSA said in May it is now considering opening its adult membership to gay adults.

Very interesting… The growth exponentially of these two organizations, and other similiar organizations, can be directly attributed to recent decisions by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and the Girls Scouts of the USA, with respect to their admission of gay youths and leaders. Both of those organizations were founded on certain, overt, Christian principles. It wasn’t even subtle. And, most scouting troops were sponsored by churches and such. That’s all changed in the last couple of years, and the folks are looking for alternatives like Trail Life, USA and American Heritage Girls. The pendulum is swinging…again. Definitely something to keep an eye on…