Boy Scouts 100 years ago vs. now: What’s changed?


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Boy Scouts 100 years ago vs. now: What’s changed?

The Christian Science Monitor

Today marks a little-known yet significant occasion for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA): the 100th anniversary of the organization receiving federal recognition from the US government.

On June 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a unanimously approved Congressional charter that allowed the group to be recognized under Title 36 as a “patriotic and national” organization. This charter, which came approximately six years after the Scouts were founded in 1910, established the group as America’s one “true” scouting organization, providing the BSA with a national platform to recruit and eliminating the need to seek incorporation on a state-by-state basis.

The charter is still in place, but today’s BSA has since undergone a century’s worth of cultural and political changes, forcing leaders to adapt in an effort to fight steadily declining membership rates. While Scouts certainly still have a strong presence in the United States – there were 2.4 million members in 2014 – that number reflects a 7.4 percent decline since the previous year.

“It’s not cool,” David C. Scott, who has authored four books on scouting, offers as one simple explanation for the relatively low recruitment numbers. “Boy Scouts aren’t perceived as cool, they’re perceived as goody-goody,” he tells The Christian Science Monitor. “There’s the traditional image of the Boy Scout walking a grandmother across the street, and that will probably always be here.”

 

Recruitment challenges lie not only in attracting young people, but in attracting the parents of young boys as well. This can be especially challenging in communities with large minority populations, where very few parents were involved in scouting themselves, who may also be put off by the cost and language and transportation barriers, according to BSA leaders.

That’s where Scoutreach, a program that spreads Scouting into low-income neighborhoods, comes in. Through coordination with public schools, local BSA divisions offer after-school scouting programs led by trained teachers. Good behavior is rewarded with “points” that can be traded in for things such as uniforms, backpacks, or camping trips.

“We’ve had some really great successes,” Alana Hylton, urban coordinator for Scoutreach in Boston, told The Boston Globe. The program also provides incentives for parents to get involved, The Globe reports, as their involvement earns points for their children.

But parental engagement, crucial to the BSA’s success, is dwindling overall for modern-day Boy Scout troops, says Don Sachs, development director for the Minsi Trails Council in Pennsylvania.

“Parents just don’t have the time they used to have. People’s lives are too busy,” Mr. Sachs told The Atlantic. While the council still gets “amazing good financial support … from families,” it’s increasingly difficult “to get parents to devote time.”

Parents’ relationships to the BSA have been something of a roller coaster over the past 10 years, as the group suffered membership losses first from parents unhappy about policies that excluded gay Scouts and leaders, then from others unhappy with changes made in 2013 and 2015 to include them.

It’s a challenge for the Boy Scouts to “continue to survive and adapt to the social standards that they have to deal with in order to maintain membership, without sacrificing their values and morals,” says Mr. Scott.

In 2007, in reaction to the BSA’s ban on gay Scouts, father David Atchley of Missouri started the first US chapter of Europe’s Baden-Powell Service Association, the scouting model on which the BSA was founded nearly a hundred years earlier.

His troop welcomed gay and female participants, but, as Mr. Atchley told the website Good, his program’s true focus was bringing back “traditional scouting.” This meant eliminating merit badges for technology-based activities such “programming” and “computer game design,” and making a return to the basics of outdoor survival and navigation.

“Scouting is supposed to be focused on two things: outdoor skills and public service,” Atchley said. “These seem to have been forgotten over the years.”

The question of how to adapt Scouting to a rapidly changing, increasingly technology-dependent world is one that’s still being debated among BSA leaders. Some argue that in order to remain relevant, Scouting should cut down on its focus on physical activity and time in the wilderness; others worry that straying too far from traditional activities will diminish the effect of Scouting.

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What’s important to remember, Scott says, is that the point of Boy Scouts is to give young men goals and to “build character.” The merit badges are simply a means for participants to learn the values of the BSA.

“Scouting should accept a changed culture as a challenge to implement its unique program in the best way, but the program itself is still relevant and should not change,” Eagle Scout Enoch Heise writes in his blog, Scouting Rediscovered. “The only way the Scouting Movement will lose its relevance is by ceasing to strive for a higher standard.”

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Note to BSA: Career Girls are Societal Suicide


There’s a fascinating series at The Atavisionary on the genetic suicide underway thanks to pressuring our brightest girls into professional careers at the expense of motherhood.

So why is B.S.A. Inc hell bent on forcing them on our sons? Could there be an atavistic gene expression responsible for this?

This lengthy article explains the evolutionary dysgenic pressure of career girlism:

The lesson here is clear. The huge direct costs, opportunity costs, and the inefficiencies created from reserving jobs for women that they aren’t biologically suited for aren’t just unaffordable. Diverting women away from motherhood disproportionately and negatively impacts the fertility of the the most intelligent women . . .

The result in the short term is decreasing the average intelligence of the population and greatly exaggerated sexual dimorphism favoring male intelligence in the long run  . . .

If the current environment doesn’t send humanity back to the stone age first, then it will likely create a version of humanity of very smart men and dumb women . . . Lameness of mind will be protective against a loss in fertility for women . . .

So insidious are the effects of deprioritizing motherhood that any culture who implements them is patently suicidal.

There is so much happening and so much baked into the demise of the boy scouts it’s impossible to produce high quality analysis while the job of cataloging the assault for the record remains undone.  But clearly all parties can admit the boy scouting movement was the last place for boys to be masculine in an increasingly pozzed American society.

UK: First they came for the boy scouts . . .


I wish this was a joke but it is not. The UK armed services have taken leave of their senses and deserves the invasion and conquering that waits for it.

The Royal Boy Scouts Association was destroyed ca 1968 and girls were forced on it without consulting the British public. Within a few years, British “scouting” membership plummeted.

 

Of note, the single-sex Girl Guides stabilized and avoided the worst of the post-war Baby Bust years.

But the effect on British manhood was the final straw. Two world wars literally decimated two generations of men, sacrificing the best and brightest before they could produce children. The remaining K-Selected boys of Britain in the post-war years we able to learn masculinity in the boy scouts. But since the Seventies there has been no actual boy scouting in Britain.

What’s a red blooded Englishman to do?  Join the service?

Hell no.

BEND OVER, LIMEY. HERE IT COMES AGAIN.

Not A Parody – British Army Recruitment Posters Reflect How Far the U.K. Has Fallen…

Former British Prime Minister Winston S Churchill famously said: “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”  Perhaps, in an ironic way, that is exactly what the British Army are doing as they reveal an ad campaign to recruit the finest young men and women the U.K. has for military service:

This is not a parody; these recruitment posters are very real. The stereotypical traits of British Millennials are accepted as the standard and re-branded as strengths.

The indulgent trait of self-centeredness becomes “self-belief;” the generational obsession with phones and gadgets becomes “focus”; and those with a propensity for compulsive selfie-taking are now cast with internal “confidence.”

Yes, the British Army have officially accepted that a generation where everyone deserves a trophy is now the first line of national defense; and thus recruitment efforts need to be modified accordingly.

Despite my notation promising this is not a parody, I am quite sure there are reasonably grounded people reviewing this who would nevertheless believe this has to be a joke.

It’s not.

Swear.

This is very, very, disturbingly real. [See Daily Mail]  There’s even a highly produced set of broadcast commercials to support the recruitment campaign.

Great Britain has come a long way from Winston Churchill…

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston S. Churchill

The Liberal Mainstream Media Is Now Using Communist Tactics to Push Their Propaganda and Lies on the American Public


This is so very true and exactly what B.S.A. Inc. is doing in Scouter and Boys Life magazines — not to mention online discussion forums and listserves.
December 29, 2018

The American Catholic recently published an article titled, “The Purpose of Politically Correct Lies.”The brief article explains how communist societies use propaganda to control the population.

Author Donald McClarey included this quote:
In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels)
This quote clearly describes the actions and intent of today’s mainstream liberal media in America.
The goal of the US mainstream media and the tech giants in Silicon Valley is not to inform or report the truth but to deceive and control.

 

BSA addresses program changes to The American Legion


The American Legion knows B.S.A. Inc is pozzed. This is B.S.A.’s attempt to justify its betrayal of America to the very men that sacrifice life and limb for her.
Notice B.S.A. flak made a big deal about citizenship. That’s rich.
First of all, U.S. Code requires B.S.A. to promote patriotism, citizenship being a component of patriotism. The boy scout program stopped promoting patriotism with the Improved Scouting Program. A strong case can be made the first large-format “Boy Scout Handbook”s — replacement for the pocket sized, “Handbook for Boys” — seriously deprecated patriotism which formerly comprised as much as a quarter of the handbook’s text.
This training plaque is from the classic era of the boy scouting movement. Notice the qualities and virtues enshrined along the border.

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced last fall that it would begin allowing girls into its Cub Scout and Scouting programs. Other BSA programs, such as Venturing, have already been open to girls. And beginning in February 2019, the Boy Scout program name will change to Scouts BSA to become inclusive.

The vision for BSA with this new change is “to provide an opportunity for girls and young women to share in some of the same benefits as boys have done for years in term of leadership development,” said Lee Shaw Jr., director of National Alliances for BSA.

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Church Of England’s Transgender Baptisms Blaze Trail For 3 More Blasphemous Rites


Lest you forget the insanity of BSA Inc is original, here’s a reminder that the Church of England was pozzed long before the boy scouts.

Church Of England’s Transgender Baptisms Blaze Trail For 3 More Blasphemous Rites

It’s time to stop marginalizing the Christians in polyamorous lifestyles, for example. We must institute ‘Holy Throupling’ to fully sanctify their love.

By Hans FieneDecember 20, 2018

Note: Ever the ecumenical fellow, throughout my life, I have made a multitude of friends from a variety of faith traditions. After learning that the Church of England has offered congregations some guidelines for affirming transgender identities, I was flummoxed. So I sought my progressive Anglican priest friend, Victoria Vivian Jambutter, hoping she might explain what’s happening across the pond. What follows are the thoughts and predictions of Rev. Jambutter, who is a totally real person.

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Never Satisfied: Now the Commies want Boy Scouts to Abandon God


Stupid BSA Inc capitulated on everything that made boy scouting great. They dumped “play army” in 1917; middle class White boys, earned ranks, barracks caps and campaign hats in 1972. They dumped the Armed Services uniform for the creepy de la Renta high fashion runway couture in 1980. They dumped the traditional program in 2014. They dumped “Morally Straight” starting in 2015. They dumped Boys in 2017 and in a Coup de Grace they dumped their own name in 2018.

DID YOU REALLY THINK THEY WOULD KEEP GOD ??? If you did you’re more stupid than you let on.

Post op-ed: Boy Scouts are rebranding, but they’re still excluding a big group


Washington Post

Monday, December 17, 2018
The Girl Scouts sued the Boy Scouts last month in federal court. When the Boy Scouts of America announced their intention to rename themselves the Scouts as part of their effort to attract female members, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America saw their trademark infringed.

Still, the BSA has been much praised of late, and justly so. Responding in part to a 30 percent drop in membership, from 4.2 million in 1989 to 2.8 million in 2009, the organization has approved a dazzling set of rule changes to open scouting to many young people hitherto excluded.

In 2013, pressured by two members of its executive board – the chief executives of Ernst & Young and AT&T – the BSA ended its long-standing ban on openly gay members, and two years later it lifted its prohibition on openly gay adult leaders. In 2017 the organization agreed to allow transgender boys to be members and just this spring the BSA announced the total membership inclusiveness. Beginning in 2019 the rebranded Scouts will accept girls as full members, though in troops separate from boys.

Given these stunning reversals, it is no surprise that the Mormon Church, the first religious group to widely sponsor Scout chapters 105 years ago, announced it will end its historic connection to the organization next year, creating its own scouting program for boys.

But before we raise three hearty cheers for the BSA’s inclusive turn, it is important to note that one sizable group of young people are still excluded from membership and leadership – nonbelievers. Even as the number of nonbelievers grows steadily in the United States, the Boy Scouts still require a religious oath.

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