Never use the language of the Enemy. Our boys are boys. They are not “youth.”
If you’ve subjected yourself to reading anything produced by the BSA Inc since ~ 2010 you are dumbfounded by the strange, cult-like vocabulary deployed.
Chief among this is the curious, strange, even perverted use of “youth.”
“That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts.”
Historically, “youth” is a noun used to describe a period of someone’s lifetime, “in my youth.” It also refers to the older children of a nation, “the youth of America” but while it is not specifically masculine, it was almost always intended to mean a nation’s older boys and young men poised to assume their rightful place in society.
The BSA Inc uses “youth” to lie. It is a politically correct way to avoid saying “boys” and everyone knows it.
To me, it’s a simple way to discover the BSA Inc’s covert “political officers” among a group of dads. No man in his right mind calls his own son a “youth” and no parent ever smiles and brags of helping raise “youth” to “adulthood.”
No, fathers are proud of their boys and work, sometimes die, to see them into manhood.
Never use the language of the Enemy. Our boys are boys. They are not “youth.” Saying “youth” instead of “boys” is a sneaky means of normalizing girls in the Boy Scouts. It is exactly the same as call abortion “choice.”
Let our boys be boys. Literally.