Boy Scouts Are Just Scouts Now, and That’s Making Girl Scouts Mad


As usual, no one gives a damn that boys’ literal identity was appropriated from them. Strike that – expropriated in the name of communism.

From Bloomberg:

Boy Scouts Are Just Scouts Now, and That’s Making Girl Scouts Mad

The 100-year-old organizations are prepared to take their battle over self-identity to court.

One evening in early February, in the back room of a small Lutheran church in Blacksburg, Va., seven girls joined the Boy Scouts. They stood in front of an American flag, wearing the same khaki shirts and bandanna neckties as the 19 boys there with them. Together they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the traditional Boy Scout oath. As historic moments go, it was a quiet one.

Over the next hour, members of Blacksburg’s Troop 158 discussed a coming campout and held a physical fitness challenge that amounted to running a few laps around the church parking lot. The girls demonstrated the sled they intended to use in a multitroop race, while some boys debated whether an assault rifle would make a good weapon during a zombie apocalypse. (The consensus was yes.) “I like Boy Scouts so far,” said Amalie, who’s 13, when the meeting was over. “Sorry, I mean Scouts. We’re supposed to say the new name now.”

A week earlier, the Boy Scouts of America—the national organization that oversees various outdoors programs for about 2 million children, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing—had changed the name of its original, 109-year-old program to Scouts BSA. That made Amalie one of its first girl scouts. Not to be confused, of course, with the Girl Scouts—though Amalie said she’s one of those, too.

The process by which a male-only centenarian institution transforms itself into an inclusive, co-ed brand would be complicated under any circumstances, but for the Scouts it’s been doubly so. For decades—in fact, as recently as 2015—the organization had argued, in interviews and in court, that scouting was only for boys. And a lot of people associated with the Boy Scouts still agree with that.

“ ‘This is crazy! This is what’s wrong with America! Girls in the Boy Scouts? I mean for crying out loud!’ ” says Michael Surbaugh, the group’s chief scout executive, imitating angry emails and tweets he’s received. Conservative news outlets have run articles with headlines such as “The Boy Scouts Admit Girls, Failure” (Weekly Standard) and “Girls in Boy Scouts Is Bad for Everyone” (Washington Examiner). But strangely, the fieriest reaction has come from the group most famous for supporting young girls: Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

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Liberalism Catches Up with Boy Scouts. Organization Faces Bankruptcy as Members Flee


And these reports don’t even mention the unrepayable $400,000,000 in debt secured for the boondoogle Bechtel Summit, future home to the sex-and-beer party to be called “World Jamboree 2019.”


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By Kara Pendleton
Published December 13, 2018 at 4:36pm

After making controversial decisions over the past few years, the Boy Scouts of America is now facing bankruptcy and a massive decline in membership.

The organization has “hired law firm Sidley Austin for assistance in a possible chapter 11 bankruptcy filing,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Daily Caller reported that at its peak, the organization had a membership of approximately 4 million. Now that number has dropped to an estimated 2.3 million. The controversy the organization has faced in recent years and legal costs for sexual abuse lawsuits are both believed to be factors in the decline.

The trouble may have begun in 2013 when the organization decided to allow openly gay boys to join the ranks. From there, the changes continued to bring outrage across America.

In 2015, the Boy Scouts of America lifted the ban on openly gay scout leaders. In 2017, the changes continued and transgender boys were allowed to be members.

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Boy Scouts of America lifts nationwide ban on gay leaders, @AllenSchauffler reportshttps://t.co/WpcUgku62M

— Al Jazeera America (@ajam) July 28, 2015

For the first time ever, transgender boys can join The Boy Scouts of America. pic.twitter.com/tNu5UjdsCm

— Stitch (@watchstitch) January 31, 2017

Girls were allowed in the program in 2018 — despite the fact that they have their own Girl Scouts program. The new program was given the “gender-neutral name” of Scouts BSA.

The Boy Scouts of America are getting a new name as girls join the program https://t.co/QfuJzZZZJU pic.twitter.com/hNGivgiwj5

— TIME (@TIME) May 3, 2018

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2015: Why Boy Scouts stance on gay leaders leaves it in limbo – CSM


Learn your history if you want to avoid the same failure next time around.

From the Christian Science Monitor:


The Boy Scouts have tried to strike a compromise on gay rights, but the continuing uproar from both sides shows how difficult that is.

The Boy Scouts of America were expected Monday to lift the group’s controversial ban on gay adult leaders, citing a changed legal landscape that no longer allows for such a ban.

At the same time, the group reaffirmed the right of local faith-based groups, many of which sponsor Boy Scout troops, to continue to set their own hiring policies.

It’s a compromise that, in the end, is likely to anger people on both sides of the gay-rights issue and that points to the difficulty for an organization like the Boy Scouts – which is increasingly tied with religious groups – that may try to stake out a middle ground on such a fraught issue.

“You’ve got a highly divided organization,” says Richard Ellis, a political science professor at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and the author of “Judging the Boy Scouts of America.” “Now it’s not clear that even this solution, which is an attempt to get the [gay rights] issue out of the way, can do it, because nobody is happy with it.”

In some ways, the Boy Scouts are emblematic of the struggle that much of conservative America, and particularly conservative religious organizations, have had as they try to remain relevant, and compliant with the law, in a rapidly shifting legal landscape.

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American Heritage Girls Responds to BSA’s Co-Ed Program Acceptance


CINCINNATI,  Feb. 1, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ — The Issue: Boy Scouts of America-now coined Scouts BSA- officially announced its decision to welcome both boys and girls into its program on Feb. 1, 2019. While co-ed troops are not part of this change, the once boys-exclusive organization will now allow girls to participate in the Boy Scouts curriculum.

Amid this announcement, American Heritage Girls would like to reiterate its belief in the benefits of a Christ-centered, girl-focused, outdoor-adventure program that is specifically tailored to the needs of a girl. Founded over two decades ago by Executive Director and Founder, Patti Garibay, AHG remains committed to celebrating a girl’s journey of discovery of who she is and whose she is in Christ today and in the future. AHG believes that allowing girls to grow physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually with other girls is key to building women of integrity.


Learn more about AHG and the benefits of a Christ-centered, outdoor adventure and girl-focused program through a conversation with AHG Executive Director and Founder, Patti Garibay.

When: Patti is available for interviews. Please contact AHG Media Relations Specialist Megan Rose to make arrangements.

LGBT, Gay Feminist Left attack on masculinity is really about the Bible


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Traditional Masculinity under attack: Prepare your boys

We wage war not against flesh but principalities and for decades, they have meticulously prepared an attack against Christian values. The Bible predicts a war, and it’s coming on all sides. It began with the LGBTQ and Feminist rights, under “leftist ideology.” They have succeeded so far in allowing male transgender in women’s sports, for transgender males to participate in beauty pageants and actually win, allowing boys to be members of ‘Girl’s Scout,’ and introducing “homosexual and transgender education” in elementary schools.

Masculinity is branded as “toxic” and is responsible for the many woes in American society. It exploded with Harvey Weinstein, giving way to the #MeToo movement which has evolved to attack men in general. In short, everything is blamed on tyrannical patriarchy by leftist ideology.

The gaying of America

The “gaying of America” is evident on TV, movies, and fashion. In 2018, Celine Dion launched Nununu, a clothing line where boys can wear girl’s clothes and vice-versa, under the pretense of fluidity and anti-discrimination. Some saw it as demonic and exorcist. Laws are being placed to remove gender pronouns and boys are in danger of growing up in an environment where women and transgender not only dominate the media but dictates how boys should be boys.

The emasculation of men

In 2019, we see a new movement rising and its the emasculation of men, under the pretense of a social revolution against tyrannical patriarchy. Consider the latest American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines on “traditional masculinity.” They suggest parent should not expose “traditional masculinity” among boys. “Stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression is harmful,” according to APA guidelines. Thus the iconic images of Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) or Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) are deemed inappropriate for boys growing into men.

“Clinicians are encouraged by APA to recognize their own biases when dealing with males,” said Ronald F. Levant, EdD, University of Akron. But here is the thing, clinician Jordan Peterson whose sudden rise to fame because of his lectures on Youtube on political correctness is shaking up how groups like APA make assumptions on feminism and sexuality. Although Peterson doesn’t say he is a Christian, his views on masculinity support the Biblical tradition on how boys to men should behave. The APA, the LGBTQ, and Feminists say the opposite.

LGBT and gay feminists groups who are up and arms against traditional masculinity have an “insane narrative generated by a tiny minority of people,” says Peterson. Yet people listen because of the great deception (2 Peter 2:1–3). We should not wonder that towards the last days, the world will be introduced to demonic preaching hidden in intellectual fallacies (2 Timothy 3).

Why is this happening now?

For thousands of years, men have led to the rise and fall of civilization. Leaders in the Bible were mostly men and homosexuals were outcast. Women (or gays) were not given equal rights to men. Thus instilled tyrannical patriarchy to which the LGBTQ and Feminist demand change. Most societies are partly to blame because it has allowed men to treat women with disrespect.

Warning to Christian parents

The greater reason why this is happening is because traditional masculinity is difficult to control in tyrannical socialism. Socialism wants to promote equality and it is rooted with Lucifer, who first claimed equality with God. These are all part of the bigger agenda of Satan. A spiritual war is coming, prepare your children who will face the battle soon.

What parents can do

“Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue,” says John Eldridge, author of Wild at Heart. Young boys are naturally inclined to wanting a mission. As a young adult, he needs to know his identity as a man. “Only then is he fit for a woman, for only then does he have something to invite her into,” said Eldridge.

Every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.

Parents must protect their boys into growing up the way males are supposed to be – to be strong, lead, and respect the women, the helpless, and the innocent. It begins by having a strong and responsible Father, who is not only a good provider but someone who leads by example. Share these Bible verses with your boys: 1 Peter 3:71 Timothy 3:1-71 Peter 2:17Philippians 2:31 Timothy 5:1-2;

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Boy Scouts No More // WBAP’s Chris Krok


Here’s a radio talkshow segment for your viewing pleasure. He speaks for most of us scouting fathers. From station WBAP 820’s webpage:

Scouts BSA inducted the first all girl troops into the organization, and Chris Krok isn’t mad, just disappointed.

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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Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy Scouts // The American Spectator


Liberalism is a parasite that kills its host.

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Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy Scouts

George Neumayr

The other day President Trump called Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock.” That was payback for an interview in which his former Secretary of State called Trump undisciplined and a poor study. Trump had selected Tillerson for the job based in part on the recommendation of Robert Gates, Obama’s Secretary of Defense, according to press reports. Gates and Tillerson knew each other largely from the Boy Scouts, where they both held leadership positions during its transition from a traditional organization to a politically correct one.

As president of the Boy Scouts, Gates had endorsed the adoption of the LGBT agenda, urging the organization to succumb to the demands of its critics. He cast adherence to Christian principles, not their betrayal, as the real threat to the organization’s future.

“The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” he said. Don’t resist “the social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country,” he argued. Shamefully, Gates presented his counsel of capitulation under the guise of dutifulness, putting a perverse spin on the Boy Scouts code: “Our oath calls upon us to do our duty to God and country. The country is changing, and we are increasingly at odds with the legal landscape at both the state and federal levels. And, as a movement, we find ourselves with a policy more than a few of our church sponsors reject, thus placing Scouting between a boy and his church.”

Tillerson, who served as president of the Boy Scouts a couple of years before Gates, laid the groundwork for this capitulation. He said that embracing the new PC morality would allow the Boy Scouts to “serve more youth.”

What did it profit the Boy Scouts to gain the PC world and lose its soul? Judges may have to put a figure on it. According to press reports this week, the Boy Scouts organization, reeling from costly homosexual abuse lawsuits, is “considering” bankruptcy. Adding to its woes is that membership has “dwindled.”

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“Woke” Goes Broke: Boy Scouts Filing for Bankruptcy


“Woke” Goes Broke: Boy Scouts Filing for Bankruptcy

The once proud organization known as the Boy Scouts is declaring bankruptcy after severely flagging numbers due to a myriad of problems, including implementing social justice measures to make it more inclusive.

According to the Daily Caller, the Boy Scouts changed its name to Scouts BSA and began to allow girls into their ranks. Before that, the Boy Scouts ruled that openly gay scouts and scout leaders could also join the program. This lead to a serious decline in membership and now the organization is filing Chapter 11:

The Wednesday report comes in the wake of sinking membership and multiple controversies surrounding the 108-year-old organization, including sex abuse allegationsand its controversial decision to change its program name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA and allow girls into that program.

Chicago law firm Sidley Austin has reportedly been hired to assist in what would be a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

As the organization has made decisions deemed to be more inclusive, such as allowing openly gay scouts in 2013 and scoutmasters in 2015 as well as the 2018 decision to allow girls, membership has continued to decline sharply, from over 4 million members at its peakto a claimed 2.3 million members at present.

It’s only going to get worse as well. The Mormon Church has announced that it’s discontinuing its partnership with the Boy Scouts and will be starting up its own boy’s program in 2020, according to the Daily Caller. When that happens, the Scouts will lose a third of its membership.

Combined with the fact that it kept sexual abuse allegations secret for decades, the Scouts seems to have rotted from the inside.

Whether the Scouts would have survived in this modern age without any of these events happening is still up for debate, but it definitely didn’t help it. Boys clubs are becoming few and far between with each of them coming under attack for not being inclusive to girls or members of the LGBT community.

Boys are increasingly encouraged to be safer and more accepting of things that run against their nature. This is more dangerous than our society as a whole can realize yet, as boys need to be able to be boys. However, in this day and age, the very nature of boys is often the subject of ridicule and even labeled as a societal evil.

It’s my honest hope that the Scouts survive, but I can only see it doing so by making itself return to its original principles. The chances of that happening, however, are slim to none.

Battle of the Sexes: Girl Scouts Sues Boy Scouts for Trademark Infringement


Read the link for lots of interesting details on how the B.S.A. Inc screwed up.

Battle of the Sexes: Girl Scouts Sues Boy Scouts for Trademark Infringement

Posted on Dec 6, 2018

Caesar Revive, Intellectual Property Law

Since their respective beginnings, the Boy Scouts (of America) limited their membership to boys and the Girl Scouts (of the United States of America) limited their membership to girls. But, in a significant switch, the Boy Scouts recently announced they will now be accepting girls into their ranks. All would be well and good, except for the fact that this transition resulted in a lawsuit for trademark infringement.

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(so as not to offend intellectual property rights!)

Other causes of action include common law trademark infringement, trademark dilution (basically an erosion of the Girl Scout’s current trademarks) and tortious interference.

. . . On the other hand, Boy Scouts has an obligation to control actions (of their volunteers) that incur legal liability and bears a responsibility for infractions thereof. With millions of volunteers all over the country, insisting that the rights of the Girl Scouts be respected is no small task, yet if the Boy Scouts cannot do so then an appropriate remedy might be to deny them a right to use the Scouts mark without a gender specific prefix.

The Boy Scouts have not yet filed a response to the complaint . . .

Or, perhaps the two parties will find a way to settle their differences. The Boy Scout law requires that a Boy Scout “Obey the laws of country.” The Girl Scout law requires that a Girl Scout “use resources wisely.” Now would be a good time for both parties to follow their laws by sitting down together and reaching a fair and amicable resolution.

By Lawrence E. Ashery

Published December 4, 2018 issue of the Legal Intelligencer.