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Trail Life: Boy Scouts Lost in Woods of Political Correctness

With Boy Scouts Lost in Woods of Political Correctness, Compass for the Masculine Journey Desperately Needed

Concerned about how co-ed trends are negatively affecting their sons, many parents turning to Trail Life USA for character and life lessons

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BELTON, S.C., May 2, 2018 /Standard Newswire/ — With the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) having completely lost their way in the woods of co-ed political correctness, many parents believe that someone else needs to provide a compass for young men’s masculine journey.

Stepping forward—and drawing wide support—is Trail Life USA (www.traillifeusa.com), a faith-based outdoor adventure program offering the kind of boys-only character and leadership development opportunities needed for learning what it really means to be a man.

Rapidly growing membership has boomed even more in the past few months, since the BSA dropped its long-time boys-only policy.

Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock, former advertising executive turned professional counselor, is available for interview and guest appearances. Also an award-winning writer and speaker, he has raised the alarm about the latest rounds in what he calls the ongoing “war on boyhood” that threatens society.

Among the recent concerns:

Well-intentioned as these kind of moves may be, they are alarmingly all wrong, says Hancock.  Confined to classroom settings more suited to girls, and denied rough-and-tumble experiences that help them learn and grown, it is no wonder “boys are struggling,” he believes.

“They are losing out and not developing as strong, capable men because we are not letting them be fully boys,” he says. “Weakened expectations and participation trophies have led to our culture producing unproductive narcissists.

“They are unproductive because we’ve never expected anything from them and they are narcissists because we’ve never let them fail.”

The BSA move and others are part of a climate that is unquestionably having a negative impact on boys, says Hancock, as evidenced in government statistics that show they are:

  • three times more likely to be enrolled in special education
  • four times more likely to be diagnosed ADHD
  • outnumbered two to one in top-10 senior rankings

As Trail Life USA membership grows, with more parents looking for an appropriate development program for their boys, now is a perfect time to consider the important issues the organization’s growing popularity raises:

  • Why being politically correct is developmentally wrong, for everyone involved.
  • How to raise real men in the light of the #MeToo movement.
  • Where and how the Boys Scouts of America went wrong and what needs to be done.

We can help you address such topics by connecting you with Mark Hancock, Trail Life USA participants and supporters, and other materials.

Since it was founded in 2013, Trail Life USA has been embraced enthusiastically by families seeking a faith-based nurture and activity program based on traditional values. Today there are almost 30,000 members in almost 750 troops across 48 states. The organization has seen significant growth since the BSA’s decision to welcome girls.

Typically chartered by local churches, Trail Life USA troops offer a K-12 program centered on outdoor experiences that build young men’s skills and help them grow on a personal level and as role models and leaders for their peers.

Trail Life USA (www.traillifeusa.com) is a Christian outdoor adventure, character and leadership program for boys and young men, K-12. Chartered through churches in 48 states, the program centers on outdoor experiences and biblical values that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.

The Boy Scouts of America Have Lost Their Way


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Earlier in the month, the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) announced that its 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.

They framed the decision around the notion of “inclusiveness” and expanding family values through better enabling the sharing of common experiences.  Critics immediately suggested that the gesture was an attempt to improve the financials by expanding the pool of potential members.

Interestingly, the Girls Scouts of America responded by doubling down on its commitment to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

This week, a story broke in the national press that a cub scout in Colorado has been cast out of his den after he asked a state legislator, Sen. Vicki Marble (R), a pointed question about a gun bill she co-sponsored and her racially charged comments made about African-Americans in 2013.  Decent questions for a self-motivated kid who had done his homework and wanted to be prepared for meeting his state senator.

So, what happened to being inclusive?  I guess, if the BSA doesn’t like your questions, you’re out!

Pardon the pun, but, I have to wonder has the Boys Scouts of America lost their way?

Here’s some advice for BSA’s leadership from the Board of Directors on down:

  1. Press the reset button!  Craft a vivid and compelling vision for the Boys Scouts of America 2.0.  If you want to include everyone, consider changing the name to reflect the new direction.
  2. A vision is best presented as a story that people can relate to.  From an early age, we have all learned to learn through stories.  Present your vision as a story that your people can imagine being part of and personally succeeding through and you will engage them in the process of making that story a reality. Banning a kid for asking pertinent questions shouldn’t be part of the story!
  3. Details about people, the work that they do and how they do it are key parts of the story of every organization and group.  After all, organizations are simply comprised of people, doing important things (processes) and using tools to do those things – whatever those things happen to be.
  4. A discussion about an organization’s social and environmental consciousness helps to draw a more complete picture of what is envisioned.  Including those details in your vision story for BSA 2.0 can further assist your people in understanding the “bigger picture” that you imagine for them.
  5. Asking people to work in helping achieve the vision is essential to gaining their commitment to the changes intended.  As important as it is to tell your vision story in captivating detail, you still have to remember to ask your people to be a part of the changes that lie ahead for them.  Clearly, the troop leader in Colorado hasn’t bought-in because he doesn’t understand the vision for the future.

To close, there’s much for all of us to learn from the current goings on at the Boys Scouts of America.  It’s one thing to change policy.  That’s fairly easy.  Just write it up.  It’s an entirely “other thing” to do the necessary work required to institute that new policy.  If the BSA is about inclusiveness, it better be about including those with opposing points of view.  Otherwise, the recent change in membership policy is just another type of money grab.

Reach out to me, if you’d like some help developing a vivid and engaging vision story for your organization.

BSA Scouts out New Condom Policy

Originally posted by Family Research Council

May 22, 2018

What kind of fire are the Boy Scouts teaching kids to start? Angry parents want to know now that the organization is making condoms an official part of its World Jamboree. Almost five years to the day that it threw open doors to homosexuality, BSA leaders are making their leftward lurch complete with the announcement that birth control would be provided at their next 12-day jamboree where 12- to 17-year-olds will convene.

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Destroying the Boy Scouts

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Another venerable American institution surrenders to the radical Left.

May 31, 2018

On May 1, the Boy Scouts of America took the “boy” out of the Boy Scouts of America, renaming itself “Scouts BSA.” Though the Supreme Court in 2000 had upheld longstanding policies restricting membership to boys, the ban on gay scouts was lifted in 2013 and a ban on gay scoutmasters was eliminated in 2015. Last year, the Scouts agreed to admit biological females who identify as boys. Now the organization has lifted all membership restrictions, including the requirement that Boy Scouts be boys.

It isn’t clear what problem this solves. Girls already have an organization—the Girl Scouts—that embodies many of the values promoted by the Boy Scouts. In fact, some feminist critics of Scouts BSA’s move see it as a nefarious attempt to poach girls due to flagging membership—Boy Scout numbers have plummeted from 4 million in 1990 to 2.1 million today. But if the Girl Scouts become collateral casualties here, don’t expect regret from radical activists pushing for “inclusion.” The radicals’ fervent belief that differences between the sexes are socially constructed means that any group or organization that maintains those differences must be transformed. With the Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of the Scouts’ right to exclusionary membership making lawsuits fruitless, activists decided on public relations warfare, pressure on corporate backers, and accusations of bigotry or sexism. These efforts have proved remarkably effective.

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Is boy a dirty word? Changing the Scouts won’t change the differences between boys and girls

Is “boy” a dirty word? It is for the Boy Scouts of America, which now wants its premier scouting program to be known as “Scouts BSA,” eliminating the word “boy” and all its problematic, rambunctious associations in favor of a sterile new name that sounds like it should belong to a Big Four consulting firm.
By Kevin D. Williamson

Is “boy” a dirty word? It is for the Boy Scouts of America, which now wants its premier scouting program to be known as “Scouts BSA,” eliminating the word “boy” and all its problematic, rambunctious associations in favor of a sterile new name that sounds like it should belong to a Big Four consulting firm.

There is some precedent for this. The nation’s leading abortion-rights group can’t quite decide what it wants to be called. It was founded in 1969 as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws — NARAL. Having seen to that repeal, in 1973 it was reborn as the National Abortion Rights Action League. It later became the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, and in 2003 it was rechristened NARAL Pro-Choice America. The term “pro-choice” polls better than “abortion” does.

In 1991, Kentucky Fried Chicken did much the same thing, changing its name to “KFC” in hopes of minimizing the chain’s association with the word “fried.”

One can understand shrinking away from the words abortion and fried. But boy?

The Boy Scout, with his uniform and his neckerchief and his vow to remain “morally straight,” is an icon, and in these perverse and stupid times all icons must be put into the service of politics. And American politics is not about policy — American politics is about kulturkampf.

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What We Lose When We Lose the Boy Scouts – Breakpoint

BreakPoint: What We Lose When We Lose the Boy Scouts

It’s a Big Deal, Folks

The Boy Scouts have marked yet another milestone on their journey away from being the organization it once was.

Last week, the Boy Scouts announced it would drop the word “boy” from its name. In a clarification in response to the response to that announcement, the Scouts announced that “boy” would remain in the name of the national organization, and would only be removed from the name of its flagship program—the one that everyone knows the Scouts by. It was, you might say, a confusing clarification that didn’t really alleviate any concern that people had.

Announcing the name change, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said, “As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting.”

This “new” era, as Surbaugh put it, has been on the horizon for quite a while now. First, the organization acquiesced to threats by LGBT activists to allow both gay boys and eventually even gay scout leaders to join. Then it opened the scouts to transgender girls. Next, it simply opened the doors to all girls. And now the name no longer accurately describes their program, so that had to change too.

Since the series of acquiescence began, the overall membership numbers of the Boy Scouts of America have been hemorrhaging, from a high of around 4 million not many years ago to only about 2.3 million today. This only underscores something we ought to all know… capitulating to activist demands and their threats about “staying relevant” will not help you stay alive.

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