The Marxist-Progressive War on the Boy Scouts // The American Spectator

Back when I was fighting the then-current iteration of Marxist-Leninists at university (we won!) I came to knew the old crew at The American Spectator. True patriots who managed to earn their living writing about it. Nice work, if you can get it.

I’m delighted they wrote this about the Boy Scouts of America because it’s true and because it must be understood if we are ever going to win it back for America. Our boys deserve it.

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The Marxist-Progressive War on the Boy Scouts The American Spectator

Paul Kengor

June 1, 2018, 12:05 am

Today’s progressives have completed the takeover and destruction communists first started calling for more than a century ago.

The title of this article will raise eyebrows even among conservatives, but read on. The title is accurate and undeniable.

The left has succeeded in driving a final nail in the coffin of the Boy Scouts as it once was. The organization is now a shell of its self. It capitulated first on “gay” scout leaders, then on “transgender” scouts, and now on girls joining the Boy Scouts.

Progressives bask in their triumph, dancing on the grave of an organization they never wanted to build up; it was an organization they wanted to take down. For the left, this is less about giving something to girls than taking something from boys. It’s another scalp on the cultural-ideological wall.

Lest anyone think this isn’t a take-down, or a fundamental transformation, well, consider that the Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910, will now be called simply “Scouts BSA” for those ages 11 to 18 (a change openly celebrated with puffy propaganda pieces by PC-stylists at the BSA website). This is a coerced inclusion of gender-neutral “Cub Scouts.”

The Boy Scouts have been emasculated, neutered. The organization that prided itself on courage stands impotent, fearful in the face of feminists and LGBTQ militants. They’ve cowered to the forces of “diversity” and “tolerance.”

And for cultural revolutionaries, the defeat of the Boy Scouts is the end of a long march through yet another institution. This march began literally a century ago not with the New York Times or Democrats but with socialists and communists.

Surely that’s an exaggeration — a right-wing red herring? Grab the nearest liberal to howl accusations of Red-under-every-bed McCarthyism?

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‘Boy’ Scouts gone wrong

‘Boy’ Scouts gone wrong

“To make boys who will turn out as men to be fine citizens and who will, if their country needs them, make better soldiers for having been Scouts.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 1911 (from the first edition of the Boy Scouts of America Handbook)

The Boy Scouts of America has lost its name, and its way. According to a CNN report, “Less than a year after the Boy Scouts of America decided to invite girls to join, the organization announced that it will refer to its older youth program as ‘Scouts BSA’ starting in February 2019.”

The announcement comes despite widespread public criticism, including that from the Girl Scouts of America, who remain solely dedicated to the development of girls and yet will lose girls to the NEW “Boy” Scouts.

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AMSPEC: Good Bye, Boy Scouts

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Good Bye, Boy Scouts – The American Spectator

Melissa Mackenzie

October 13, 2017, 2:03 am

So Girl Scouts is not good enough for girls?

Boys will not be boys. Boy Scouts will not be Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts will be Boy and Girl Scouts so says a new edict from the leadership of the Boy Scout organization:

The Boy Scouts of America agreed Wednesday to start admitting girls into the Cub Scouts next year and to create a program for older girls in 2019.

The change calls for Cub Scout dens, which are the smallest groups, to have either all boys or all girls. Larger Cub Scout packs could accept boys and girls.

The program for older girls is expected to allow them to earn the top rank of Eagle Scout.

“The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the group’s chief Scout executive. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and life-long experiences for their children.”

The plan was adopted unanimously by the organization’s board in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts has 2.3 million members ranging in age from 7 to 21.

This is a sad day for boyhood.

Boys will have no place to just be themselves on their way to learning to be a good, decent leaders. While they traverse puberty, they’ll hike, camp, climb, and test their limits amongst girls. It will change their behavior. It will restrain them.

Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts, the organization created specifically for young, growing women will continue to wither. They’ll lose girls to the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts will lose boys to boy-only groups like Trail Life USA.

By attrition, both organizations will be diminished. Worse, boys and girls who could benefit by having a place to grow and develop inside the safety of a same-sex environment won’t. Or, they’ll go to other organizations.

Anyone who has witnessed the joy of a boy between the ages of 10 and 12, knows the delight of unselfconsciousness of a group of them rolling around like puppies. They play, giggle, wrestle, and just breath. My son said it best, “Even smart boys are dumb when a group of them get together.” He said this while laughing at the thought of him and his buddies goofing off.

Introduce a girl into that mix and awkwardness descends.

What is wrong with the adults of America that they don’t see the value in protecting that innocence and delight? Why must everything be ruined on the altar of inclusion?

Girls have a fine organization — made by and for young women. Admittedly, the Girl Scouts lacks some of the stature of the Boy Scouts and has lost its soul pursuing progressive politics instead of preserving leadership development among girls. The solution to this is to make the Girl Scouts better.

The Girl Scouts don’t have an Eagle Scout ranking. So make one — or make an equivalent to one. Incorporate survival training and all the rigors of the Boy Scout training or more and different training. Physical fitness is a big part of the Boy Scouts. Include more physical rigors into Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts tends to peter out after the “Juniors” level, which is fifth grade. Girls get the badges and then move on to other interests and organizations. My own daughter and I joined a mother-daughter service organization that started in 7th grade and continued through High School. The girls had leadership opportunities and opportunities for community service. There is no shortage of ways for girls to serve their community and learn good citizenship and leadership.

Boys, too, have opportunities to grow and lead. However, Boy Scouts provides, or did provide, something unique: leadership by Christian men and learning amongst boys.

What will happen, for example, at overnight rock-climbing lock-ins with boys and girls? This is a concrete example as my son attended just such a Boy Scout event last year. Imagine a bunch of pubescent boys and girls in this situation. Imagine the liability.

What about the camping arrangements? The majority of scout leaders are men. Who wants their daughter to be on a camping trip led by men? Right. So that will mean that moms will be going with daughters to boy-dominant camps. The dynamics change.

Boy Scout camps will be the coming of age drama of every church and band camp across America. Boys were spared the social pressure before today. They could exuberantly not shower for a week and offend no one except their mothers when they returned home. Boys had a place to do boy things and to learn how to be a good man from men.

In a bow to social justice warriors or to economic pressures, the Boy Scouts decided to lose their competitive advantage, which was catering to boys. Now, they’ll be nothing special.

Another American institution has “progressed” to obsolescence.

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DALY: The Emasculation of the Boy Scouts Continues / Focus on the Family

The Emasculation of the Boy Scouts Continues

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 The Emasculation of the Boy Scouts Continues

Jim Daly

Yesterday’s announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will drop “Boy” from the name of its signature program is yet another sad development for the once storied and celebrated organization.

You’ll recall that the Boy Scouts announced in 2013 that they would be allowing openly homosexual scouts to join local troops. In 2015, they began accepting openly homosexual leaders. Since these changes, scout membership has dropped approximately ten percent. Many churches have decided to cancel sponsorship of troops.

The Boy Scouts have also announced plans to allow girls into their program.

So while this latest move in the interest of “inclusivity” reads like something of a satirical punchline, the decision to rebrand the century-old organization isn’t entirely shocking.

But it’s nevertheless sad – and exactly the opposite of what boys today need from those in positions of youth leadership.

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DAILY SIGNAL: Boy Scouts Nix the Word ‘Boy,’ Showing They No Longer Believe in Masculinity

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday it would remove the word “boy” from its flagship program. (Photo: Richard Graulich/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom)

On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts announced that their signature program known simply as the “Boy Scouts”—which serves ages 10 to 17—will no longer bear the word “boy.” Beginning in February, it will be known as Scouts BSA.

This change comes only months after the Boy Scouts announced girls would be allowed into the program. Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said they wanted to choose a name that “evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward.”

This name change, and the “inclusive” policy change that preceded it, indicates a fundamental shift away from the mindset that first gave rise to the Boy Scouts in the early 20th century. One can’t shake the impression that if the Boy Scouts were starting from scratch, they’d ditch even the acronym “BSA” and go completely gender-neutral.

It’s worth probing that fundamental shift in mindset.

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WND: Boy Scouts’ destruction is now complete

From WND:

Boy Scouts’ destruction is now complete

The steady and intentional destruction of one of the most revered institutions in America representing all that we once aspired young men to be is essentially complete. The insidious takeover of the voting leadership of the Boy Scouts of America by radical LGBTQIA activists and sympathizers led to the open acceptance of homosexual scouts and scoutmasters just a few years ago, a 180 degree turn from it’s historic standard for boys to be “morally straight.”

BSA also very intentionally eradicated the lines between male and female, which today, May 2, 2018, reached the depths of this attack as news reports came out with the following stunning revelation:

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NATIONAL REVIEW cucks again: Forget the Media Hype — Boys Scouts Will Still Be Boys

 


Boy Scouts attend a Memorial Day weekend event in Los Angeles, Calif., 2013. (Reuters photo: Jonathan Alcorn)

The decision to allow some participation by girls was made by families of current members, not activists or leftist lawyers.When word went out late Wednesday that girls would be allowed to participate in some Boy Scout programs, conservative reaction was swift and not subtle:

“Gender benders, ” said Fox Host Laura Ingraham. “I thought that was what Girl Scouts was for?????” tweeted out Donald Trump Jr. “This is a slippery slope. Where does it stop?” asked Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “Another notch in that Leftist, anti-God, anti-traditional family belt,” announced Cheryl Chumley in the Washington Times.

Whoa. Pull back them reins. The Boy Scouts are not turning your sons into pajama boys.

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