Flashback: Boy Scouts embrace ‘gender rebellion’: Critics blast policy welcoming transgender ‘boys’

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February 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Boy Scouts of America continues its “progressive,” pro-LGBT, secular transformation, announcing January 30 that it will now admit “transgender” members – i.e., girls who adopt a “gender identity” as males.

This latest pro-LGBT shift in the nation’s oldest boys organization comes after the BSA first allowed openly homosexual boys to become Scouts, in 2013, and then allowed adult homosexual men to become Scoutmasters, in 2015.

The Scouts’ descent into sex-and-gender political correctness is driving up interest in Trail Life USA, the leading Christian alternative to the BSA. The group’s CEO told LifeSiteNews that unlike the Scouts, Trail Life USA’s “timeless,” “Christ-centered” core values do not bend to liberal shifts in culture.

In a statement, the Boy Scouts said, “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”

The statement noted that for more than 100 years, the Scouts “have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.”

Pro-family and Christian conservative reaction was immediate to what is perceived as the BSA’s latest capitulation to the Left.

“The Boy Scouts of America sacrificed its last vestige of integrity on the altar of political correctness,“ writes conservative Fox News commentator Todd Starnes. “The BSA is also going to face some logistical issues. Will boys and girls be allowed to shower together? Will they be allowed to use the same camp dressing rooms? What sort of restroom accommodations will be provided for transgender scouts?”

“This is Exhibit A of the insatiable demands of those pushing this sexual anarchy,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins told Starnes.

“This political surrender to intolerant, doctrinaire leftists harms the girls who seek to become Boy Scouts in order to reinforce their false belief that they’re male,” said Laurie Higgins, cultural issues writer with Illinois Family Institute. “It also harms boys in that it teaches them the lies that one’s sex has no intrinsic meaning and that in order to be compassionate they must relinquish their privacy.”

LGBTQ Pressure Group Celebrates

Meanwhile, the homosexual-bisexual-transgender lobby group Human Rights Campaign celebrated the new BSA policy: “This marks a significant policy shift, and will allow transgender boys whose parents cannot change or have not changed their son’s gender on their birth certificate. … The news today comes as one New Jersey family has been fighting back after their son, an 8-year-old boy, was kicked out of the Cub Scouts because he is transgender.”

HRC approvingly noted that now both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts now allow transgender youth, saying that the two youth organizations serve four million youth combined. CNN reports that the Girl Scouts have allowed transgender “girls” (boys who identify as girls) since 2011; see the Girl Scouts’ social issues FAQ page here.

An Alternative to the BSA Is Growing

Linda Harvey, founder of the Ohio-based Christian group Mission America and a conservative expert on the LGBTQ agenda and youth, told LifeSiteNews: “The Boy Scouts of America continues to be oblivious to the realities of the emotional disturbance of gender rebellion in kids. The presence of these confused children in any troop is a risk to all the boys present, setting an example that can have tragic consequences.”

Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, formed in 2013 in direct response to the BSA relaxing its moral opposition homosexuality—echoed that sentiment in an interview with LSN. Trail Life USA is three years old and has 26,000 members in 48 states. Its network includes 700 participating churches.

Hancock said he was “saddened” by the BSA’s embrace of “transgendered” members, and is concerned about its effects on boys, “psychologically, spiritually, and possibly even physically.”

He also voiced concern over the biologically female “transgender boys” who “could be subjected to compromising situations” under the new Boy Scout policy.

Hancock said he was surprised by how speedily the Scouts’ leadership endorsed the entire LGBT agenda, noting they were under no legal compulsion to do so. (The BSA’s initial capitulation on homosexuality essentially wasted its hard-fought 2000 Supreme Court victory in BSA v. Dale, which upheld the BSA’s constitutional right as a private organization to set its own membership standards excluding self-avowed homosexuals and atheists.)

“We thought they were braver than that,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Despite the claims by Scouts’ chief executive Michael Surbaugh that the organization still adheres to its old values, which include being “morally straight” and “reverent,” Hancock said, “We see how they have been redefining [Scout values] to accommodate the culture.”

In contrast, Trail Life USA adheres to “true, timeless values” rooted in the Bible, he said, as laid out in a Statement of Values: “God calls us to lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.”

He said Trail Life USA’s executive leaders originally used the word “boys” to define their eligible members, but then changed that to “biologically male children,” foreseeing just the sort of “transgender” pressure that led to the BSA’s shift.

Trail Life USA founder and Board chairman John Stemberger, a veteran Florida pro-family activist, said, “It’s simply stunning that a leading youth organization which parents entrust the protection of their children with has opted to again appease political activists rather than follow clear, common-sense best practices for child protection.”

“Aside from the fact they are now going to confuse literally hundreds of thousands of young men and boys – you are now going to have further youth protection problems,” Stemberger told Fox News’ Starnes. “Facilities and campgrounds are not designed for this type of thing.”

Hancock said Trail Life USA gets a big jump in inquiries and interest with each politically correct maneuver by the Boy Scouts.

“Our website was struggling” yesterday, he told LifeSiteNews, adding that those interested in starting a TrailLifeUSA chapter should go to the organization’s website, which Tuesday had a special notice about “high volume.” The group can be reached by calling 321-247-7761 or emailing: contact@TrailLifeUSA.com; see also its “How to Charter a Troop” page.

Flashback: The End of the Boy Scouts

We all knew this was coming. The Boy Scouts of America stood for over a century on its strong foundation of Judeo-Christian values, growing boys into young men, and young men into leaders.

By Russell Patten

However, in recent years the BSA has allowed cracks to form in that foundation.

From the lifting of the ban on openly gay boys from joining the organization, to the sanctioning of openly gay adult leaders, to the encouragement of so-called “transgendered” boys to join, the BSA’s moral foundation has been rapidly and steadily eroding into dust.

As soon as the BSA changed the definition of the phrase “morally straight” in the generations-old Scout Oath back in 2013, allowing for homosexual membership, we all knew that this first compromise would not be the last. We all knew that it was only a matter of time before the BSA compromised itself into oblivion.

That day has now arrived.

From the BSA’s website:

Today, the Boy Scouts of America 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.

This is incredibly disappointing news, but in light of the BSA’s changes over the last few years, it isn’t at all surprising. It does, however, mark a complete transformation for the organization. The Boy Scouts has always been exclusively for boys. As Ben Shapiro famously noted, it’s in the name.

There are plenty of organizations out there for all different varieties of youth. The Boy Scouts even have several co-ed programs for both boys and girls. The girls already have the Girl Scouts. If the Girl Scouts isn’t working, why not work to fix that organization instead? There is absolutely no need for the Boy Scouts to change who they are to be “inclusive.”

What now separates the Boy Scouts from any other youth organization? The BSA has now effectively rendered obsolete both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. If the Boy Scouts is a better youth organization for girls, why would any girl ever want to join the Girl Scouts?

More incredibly, I have to wonder why any parent would want their young teenage girls camping in the woods with young teenage boys? Who exactly is okay with this?

As an Eagle Scout myself, this is an incredibly difficult piece for me to write. My fondest memories from my youth come from my time in Boy Scouts. I learned a great deal about myself, about leadership, and about manhood in those years. The friendships I made with both adult leaders and fellow Scouts can never be replaced. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 2002 was the greatest achievement of my life at the time. Another honor was when my beloved Scout troop invited me back to town to participate in its centennial celebration earlier this year. My scouting experiences have guided me throughout my adulthood and will continue to do so.

I now see I was lucky to have been a Boy Scout at that time instead of today. Those experiences would not have been the same had the BSA not been so strict on its membership policies. It is important for boys and young men to grow together free from the distraction of girls.

I suspect the Almighty Dollar now motivates BSA more than the Almighty. Membership (and revenue) has been declining steadily for years. Suddenly membership eligibility is now opened to a whole new demographic. Draw your own conclusions there.

This is what the Left does best: target and destroy everything good in America. They cannot compete with us on ideas, so they have to eliminate everything that makes us who we are. If they were truly motivated to provide girls, homosexuals, and “transgenders,” with the same experiences Boy Scouts provides, then they would form their own youth organization. But it isn’t really about that, is it?

Rest in Peace Boy Scouts. You will be dearly missed.

Flashback: Broken promises: 5 reasons Christians should leave Boy Scouts

Broken Promises

When you can’t trust even Boy Scouts to keep a promise, you know our culture is in deep trouble.

By Ed Vitagliano
On May 23 more than 1,400 delegates to the Boy Scouts’ National Council meeting voted on a resolution that called for an end to the organization’s ban on homosexual membership. By a 61-39% margin, delegates said yes, although by a similar voting margin, the ban on homosexual adult leaders was maintained.

Many Christians were shocked by the vote to open membership to homosexual youth. As a result, AFA is calling for Christians to exit the 2.6-million-youth organization and find other alternatives for their young men.

Here are some reasons to say goodbye to a once trusted organization:

1. BSA failed to stand for traditional values.
According to the Scout Law, bravery is an attribute that is supposed to characterize BSA and its members. What the organization has demonstrated instead is cowardice in the face of a persistent opponent.

There can be no doubt that homosexual activists have badgered the Boy Scouts for decades to abandon its ban on homosexuals. A 1992 lawsuit was filed in New Jersey by scoutmaster James Dale after it became public that he was a homosexual. Dale filed the suit after the state passed a law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Scouts narrowly won that decision in a landmark case, Boy Scouts of America v Dale (2000).

But activists refused to quit, constantly bringing pressure on BSA through more lawsuits, municipalities with non-discrimination laws, and funding cut off from non-profit groups and corporations.

Nevertheless, Christians and other moral conservatives expected the Boy Scouts to remain resolute. After all, in June 2012, BSA released the results of a two-year study on the issue that concluded that the ban on homosexuals was “the absolute best policy for the Boy Scouts of America.”

“Why, less than a year later, is this no longer true?” asked culture critic and writer Robert Reilly, senior fellow at American Foreign Policy Council.
That’s what everyone wanted to know.

Attorney John Stemberger, founder of On My Honor, a coalition of Scouting members who affirm the organization’s traditional values, said the BSA flip-flop demonstrates “that the organization’s values are not timeless, and instead they are governed by changing tides of polls, politics and public opinion.”

2. They have embraced moral relativism.
In its statement about the May 23 vote, the Boy Scouts said: “While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting.”

Deron Smith, BSA’s national spokesman, called the vote over the homosexual ban a matter of “personal preference.”
Is the controversy over homosexuality merely a matter of “personal preference,” akin to an argument over changing the color of Boy Scout uniforms? Bible-believing Christians don’t think so.

To state that the controversy was nothing more than the clash of “different opinions” reveals the triumph of moral relativism within the Scouts. It is to argue that all views are equally valid. That is a disappointment to the many Christian parents who expected the Boy Scouts to defend traditional values, not undermine them.

This is a stunning departure from the Boy Scouts’ defense offered in the Dale case, when it argued before the Supreme Court that BSA “teach[es] that homosexual conduct is not morally straight,” and does “not want to promote homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior.”
Of course, that was then, and this is now. Apparently for BSA there is a time to stand for moral truth and a time to abandon it.

3. Homosexual men will soon serve as troop leaders.
Gary Glenn, president of American Family Association of Michigan, himself an Eagle Scout and the father of three Eagle Scouts, expects that the Boy Scouts will eventually be forced to accept openly homosexual adults as leaders.

He insisted in an opinion piece following the BSA vote that it will be a step that “will not be long in coming, whether by court order a few years from now or by vote of BSA officials themselves in a final act of moral surrender.”

The pressure to allow gay leaders has already begun with demands issued by homosexual activists.

According to Human Rights Campaign spokesman Paul Guequierre, the Scouts are “not on our good list yet.” He told Associated Press that HRC would deduct points in its influential annual equality rankings from any company that gave to BSA – until the Boy Scouts agreed to drop its ban on homosexual adults.

But the breaking point will probably come from legal pressure – i.e., lawsuits. When the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly granted BSA an exemption to New Jersey’s non-discrimination law, it was because the Scouts claimed they had a moral objection to homosexuality rooted in religious belief.
Since that defense has willingly been jettisoned, most observers believe BSA will soon be legally forced to allow homosexual men as leaders.
So what’s wrong with homosexual men serving as leaders in the Boy Scouts?

For Christian parents it will be problematic precisely because homosexuals will then be in a position of moral authority and influence in the lives of their sons. Those parents don’t put their boys into Scouting to have Christian values undermined by those whose very lifestyle stands in opposition to the Scriptures.

4. They will promote homosexuality.
The policy shift itself speaks volumes about the historic change in attitude within Boy Scouts of America. While the organization once viewed homosexuality as incompatible with BSA values, that is no longer the case.

In fact, the Supreme Court decision in Dale turned, in part, on this very issue: What message is sent by the presence of self-identified homosexual members in the Scouts, and how does that message reflect BSA’s actual moral views?

Writing in Dale’s majority opinion, then Chief Justice William Rehnquist said that the presence of homosexuals “would, at the very least, force the organization to send a message, both to the youth members and the world, that the Boy Scouts accepts homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior.”

Since BSA did not approve of homosexuality, the high court reasoned, then forcing them to admit gay boys infringed on the Scouts’ religious beliefs. The Boy Scouts would be compelled to send a message they did not believe.

All that has now been flipped. If a ban on homosexual Scouts sent a message of moral disapproval of homosexuality, then ending the ban does the opposite.

Once homosexuality has been accepted, there is no going back. There is only going forward into promotion, or at the very least, the suppression of disapproval.

If discussions around the campfire turn to current events – such as the controversy over same sex marriage – what will impressionable young men hear? Will they be subjected to the litany of one-sided arguments pushed by activists, as gay Scouts speak up?

The answer is clearly – and sadly – yes.

5. Boys will be placed at risk.
Along with all the sad consequences of the BSA vote listed above, the worst danger is “the tragedy of countless boys who will experience sexual, physical and psychological abuse,” according to Stemberger.

Ironically, Stemberger noted the Scouts have always been aware of this hazard. “BSA’s own Youth Protection videos indicate that ‘70% of abuse to boys is by teenagers,’” he said.

“The question is whether the safety and security of boys in general are better off with the ‘open and avowed’ homosexual boys living and sleeping with them in close quarters,” Stemberger said.

“Based upon personal and candid conversations with BSA officials at the highest levels,” he said before the May vote, “BSA is fully aware that this proposed resolution will absolutely increase the risk of boy-on-boy sexual contact in Scouting, and yet there has been no discussion or risk analysis done on this topic in any of the resolution reports or presentations.” (Emphasis in original.)

Some might argue that this is merely Christian hysteria, but parents should ask themselves these questions: Would I allow my 14-year-old daughter to sleep in a tent with a 17-year-old boy? How about with a boy her own age? Why not?

If sexual attraction and the power of hormones in the teen years are a potent mixture that creates great danger for heterosexual kids, it won’t change when homosexual boys are thrown into the mix.

. . . . .

There is no saving Boy Scouts of America now. Once it stood strong and unwavering, as evidenced by its courageous stance in the Dale case.

Now, however, it has quickly collapsed under pressure and departed irrevocably from its original foundations. Sadly, the Boy Scouts will undoubtedly go the way of the Girl Scouts into that gray relativistic world of moral mush.

Our young people are already choking on the secular sludge served up by many public schools, the media and even some churches. Where can our young people turn to get the pure, unadulterated truth?

Now at least we finally know: It won’t be in the Boy Scouts.

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What should you do? Leave.

Thousands of adults and youth are expected to be departing from Boy Scouts of America over the next several years.

Gary Glenn said the example of Scouting in Canada does not bode well for the U.S. organization. “Canadian Scouting made the same policy change in 1998, and its numbers fell from over 300,000 to less than 75,000 today,” he said.

Stemberger agreed with that assessment: “The BSA’s own estimates are that a policy change [over the gay ban] would create a ‘significant membership loss of 200,000 to 400,000 youth.’” (Emphasis in original.)

He argued that his estimates suggest an even worse scenario for the Boy Scouts: “500,000 to 600,000 youth leaving over a three-year period as the negative effects of the policy become evident. These estimates do not even calculate the adult volunteers and parents who will leave also.”

Loss of revenue, camp closings, staff and executive lay offs will also follow, he said.

AFA is asking supporters to take these immediate steps:

1. If you are in Scouting or have a son or grandson in Scouting, show your convictions by resigning from the organization. Your dropped membership will send a strong message that your values are steadfast, faithful and unchangeable.
2. If your church charters a Scouting unit, contact the pastor and Scouting committee members. Urge the church to drop the charter based on the truth of God’s word and Christian values
3. Find an alternative to BSA. To help you in this endeavor, we have compiled a list of faith-based organizations that promote scouting-type activities from a Christian perspective, which can be found at www.Scoutingalternatives.com or call 662-844-5036 X226.250.

Who Took the Boys Out of Boy Scouts?

Here’s a candid telling of how girls, then homosexuality, were brokered into the UK’s Boy Scouts over a forty year period.

The U.S. is well down this path.

You’ll notice the exact words, rationale, and Soviet-style sex integration objective. Boy Scouts = Young Pioneers in every meaningful sense.

Oh and BSA Inc wanted to rename itself “Scouting” in the 1970s when it tried — and failed — this exact program the first time.

Logo for “Scouting/USA” the original attempt at unisex, de-Americanized Boy Scouting.

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/who-took-the-boy-out-of-boy-scouts/


Who Took the Boy Out of Boy Scouts?

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Scouting is one of the world’s most successful men’s movements. So how did it become a feminist movement in the UK that excludes male leadership and bans boy-only groups? 

I’ve often wondered if my interest in gender started in the Scouting movement—it’s where I discovered cross-dressing, had my first kiss and learnt how to start fires.

My mum used to take me on camping trips with the Brownie Guides (for girls aged 7 to 10), where I got to hold hands with one of the girls and experienced my first kiss through the strings of a wooden tennis racket.

I progressed to the Cub Scouts—for boys aged 8 to 11—and took part in an annual “Gang Show” that mostly involved singing, dancing and cross-dressing for the amusement of audiences filled with old ladies.

I’m not sure if my experience was what Lord Robert Baden-Powell (BP) had intended for boys when he formed the Scouting movement—and I‘m interested to know what he would make of the Boy Scouts of America’s ongoing refusal to include gay men—a question made more curious by speculation that BP was a repressed homosexual.

As far as Europe is concerned, we don’t seem to have an issue with gay Scouting—it’s guy-only Scouting we don’t like.

Being “an out Scout” is accepted in the UK, where a dedicated fellowship of Scouts actively supports the recruitment, retention and ongoing support of LGBT adults.

In the country where Scouting began, we’re so progressive that we’ve taken the “boy” out of Boy Scouts and converted the Girl Guides to feminism. So how did that journey happen?

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The worldwide Scouting and Guiding movement now has more than 40 million members and attracts more nations to its global “Jamborees” than the Summer Olympics—and it all began in 1907 with Baden-Powell running a camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island near Poole in England.

BP was a celebrated war hero and his ‘Scouting for Boys’ book inspired boys (and some girls) across the country to set up their own Scouting groups.

By 1909 11,000 scouts attended a national rally at Crystal Palace and according to the Girl Guiding UK website:

“Several girls demanded a place for girls at the Crystal Palace Boy Scout Rally. They were the very first advocates of the Movement—speaking out and challenging the norms and gender conventions of the time.”

The following year the Girl Guides was formed as a separate body by BP’s sister Agnes, giving girls equal but different access to the Scouting movement. It was another 18 years before all women in the country were given an equal right to vote.

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So how did this global Scouting craze that provided parallel movements for boys and girls from its earliest days, end up banning male-only groups and embracing feminism? It seems that the parallel movements have gone on two very different journeys.

After re-directing the first wave of enthusiastic women and girls into their own movement, women also began to enter the Boy Scouts movement as leaders and helpers, particularly during the World Wars when male volunteers were in short supply.

Scouting continued in this way until 1966 when the Chief Scout’s Advance Party Report kick-started a 40-year process that led to the end of boy-only scout groups in the UK and beyond.

The first step was a name change from “Boy Scouts” to simply “Scouts”. Girls were admitted to the Venture Scout movement for older teenagers from 1976 and after an on-off debate that lasted until 1990, Scouting in the UK decided to admit girls of all ages.

The change was optional at first and the final move from “you can involve girls” to “you will involve girls” happened in 2007.

Scouting in the UK now has around 500,000 members and about a quarter of them are women and girls. The Guiding movement is a similar size and almost exclusively female.

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I spent a fascinating hour chatting with Simon Carter, a volunteer Scouting Manger in Hertfordshire whose wife runs a Scout Troop locally.

Their commitment to youth work is inspiring and Simon paints a compelling picture of a diverse, inclusive movement that is working to reflect society in its membership at every level and every age group.

When you talk to the Scouts, you don’t get any impression of a movement that’s consciously doing gender.

“We’ve reached a tipping point in the movement where it’s less about gender and more about leadership and inspiring people,” he told me.

The Scout movement that Simon Carter describes is about providing young people with adventures that can help to produce good citizens, boys and girls, who grow up to be part of a society where men and women work together effectively.

READ MORE AT THE GOOD MEN PROJECT

BSA’s Surbaugh: Cuck or Conspirator?

Is BSA Corp CEO Surbaugh a cuck or a conspirator?

The Jan 2018 edition of Scouting magazine quotes the hapless BSA Corp CEO Mike Surbaugh in an article by head cheerleader Bryan Wendell:

Admitting girls into Scout units, says Surbaugh

. . . is widespread and it’s been going on for a very long time.

Naturally, the Official Boy Scout response to violation of the Oath is to capitulate, to endorse the lawless rule-breaking of “rogue packs” and in the process, tell every boy brave enough to associate with Scouting he is somehow defective, part of the evil curse of America’s scourge of toxic masculinity.


cuck noun: 

1 US informal A weak or servile man (often used as a contemptuous term for a man with moderate or progressive political views). 

2 A man whose wife is sexually unfaithful; a cuckold.

Origin: Early 18th century: abbreviation of cuckold; cuck (sense 1) dates from the early 21st century.


Surbaugh then reassures sexually repressed fathers and their insecure sons they will be tolerated, at least for the present.

If you’ve got a pack that has all boys in it and you want to keep doing this, we celebrate it and we love it. We think it’s fantastic.”

That’s really White of you, Michael. Really. It is.

Words Have Meaning

This would not be possible except BSA Corp helpfully revised the Scout Law as part of  Improved Scouting:

A Scout is Trustworthy.  A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.  If he were to violate his honor by telling a lie or by cheating or by not doing exactly a given task, when trusted on his honor, he may be directed to hand over his Scout Badge.

— “Handbook for Boys” (1911 — 1959) Earnest Seton, editor, also
— “Boy Scout Handbook” (1960 — 1972) William Hillcourt, editor

was changed in 1972 to be more . . . umm . . . flexible, with a built-in “out” — no need to hand over his badge for deliberate moral failure:

TRUSTWORTHY. A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

— “Boy Scout Handbook” (1972 — 1979) simulacrum edition by Frederick L. Hines

Improved Scouting Redux — Because It Didn’t Work the First Time

The clueless editorial board had the audacity to publish, in an amazing display of ignorance or hubris or worse, a glowing hagiography of Green Bar Bill Hillcourt.


conspirator noun:

a person who takes part in a conspiracy; plotter.
Origin [1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin] 

Those of us old enough to remember the disaster that was “Improved Scouting” know it was Hillcourt who single-handedly resuscitated BSA after its nearly successful suicide. Of course, BSA Inc was never the same despite his heroic effort.

Galactica Super Scouts
Galactica’s unisex scout troop was in the best example of Women’s Lib. What PYT can resist a strawberry beret?

“Improved Scouting” effeminized and de-masculinized Boy Scouting. It also marked the formal effort to “broker in” females to Boy Scouting just as the apostate Episcopal church did at approximately the same time.

Oh and in case you are wondering, the Episcopal church is all but dead.  It seems embracing feminism, homosexuality, and the Other while expelling masculinity, Holy Matrimony and their Anglo-Saxon customer base is bad for business. Worse for the church business is rejecting the actual teaching of Jesus Christ.

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The future of the BSA Inc is carved in stone.

As it happens, BSA Corp membership peaked in 1972, the year Improved Scouting was introduced, at 6,500,000 boys.

By 1980, it was 4,300,000 boys, a 34% decline in eight years.

Today, BSA Corp counts a measly 2,400,000 kids despite kicking its core White suburban kids in the teeth. Have you read anything published by BSA in the past decade? It’s embarassing, how they chase after Hispanic, African-American, homosexual, and now feminist members that never show up for the date.

9/10 of red blooded, all-American boyhood wants nothing to do with Boy Scouting. It’s is no wonder, really. Scouting stopped being manly decades ago. The current BSA “Scout Handbook” mocks every Boy Scout ever to swear his oath to the Scout Law.

BSA Decline
BSA membership has decayed under the influence of feminism, gender-queer, and unpatriotic leadership desperate for paying customers and social “relevance.”

BSA membership perfectly tracks major American social trends. Notice the inverse correlation of feminism and LGBT acceptance, which is mirrored by really awful BSA Inc policy decisions and gender-neutral, emasculated language in Scout Books. Also, official patriotic recognition diminishes steady during periods of decay as confirmed in most recent Handbook. Of particular interest, both previous efforts to effeminize Scouting, 1972’s “Improved” Scouting Plan and 1998’s “Family Cub Scout Camping” backfired dramatically. Boy Scouting is for Boys. Period.

Cuck or Conspirator?

Is clueless Michael Surbaugh an idiotic cuck who actually believes the Left will love him by destroying the last remaining traditional American institution?

Or is he a willing conspirator, destroying an effective institution that still, despite fifty years of subversive sabotage, manages to transmit the traditional American culture to our sons?

Read his biography. Read his speeches. Watch his videos. If you can stomach it, read what passes for ‘handbooks” and other literature out of Surbaugh’s BSA.

When you’re done, you tell me. Is Surbaugh a cuck? Or is he a conspirator?

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Van Gogh, “Man in a Red Beret” 1888

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Comparison of the 1911 and Centennial editions of Boy Scout Handbooks

Scouting Then and Now.
The Boy Scouts of America: Then and Now — A Comparison of the 1911 and Modern Handbooks and Merit Badges

I stumbled on this today looking for material to train our Webelos scouts for their Arrow of Light award.  The present handbooks are simply awful — the Soviets wrote more inspiring manufacturing reports, translated into English than the soul-killing, mind-numbing awful that is the Boy Scout Handbook series today.

The Art of Manliness blog — one of our favorites! — took a close look at the Centennial edition of the BSA Handbook and compared it to the classic original. This portion was largely inspired by a 2013 Clairmont Institute essay by Kathleen Arnn.

The Boy Scouts of America: Then and Now — A Comparison of the 1911 and Modern Handbooks and Merit Badges

 

What has been dropped or reduced in the modern handbook is telling. Gone is the section on chivalry, which traced the Boy Scouts’ heritage back through the pioneers and Pilgrims, and to the knights of the Middle Ages. While the 1911 handbook has a lengthy chapter on Patriotism and Citizenship (including a letter from Theodore Roosevelt on “Practical Citizenship”), which outlines the history of the United States, the meaning of the flag, and the purpose of various governmental bodies, the modern handbook has greatly shrunk the discussion of such things in both length and detail. The original is also generously peppered with references to great men in history for young boys to emulate, while the mention of such “heroes” is almost entirely absent from the one published in 2009 (being inspired by history isn’t much in fashion these days).

Perhaps most striking is the different way in which the two guides address the idea of good character. The original didn’t shy away from strong admonitions like, “It is horrible to be a coward. It is weak to yield to fear and heroic to face danger without flinching,” and “The honor of a scout will not permit of anything but the highest and the best and the manliest. The honor of a scout is a sacred thing, and cannot be lightly set aside or trampled on.”

vintage illustration from boy scouts handbook helping old lady

In contrast, the modern version frames its discussion of character in terms of its inoffensive modern equivalent: leadership and personal development. Instead of being couched in the absolute language of moral virtue, doing the right thing becomes a matter or “making the most of yourself” and “getting along with others.”

Arnn’s original essay — well worth the five minutes it takes to read completely — may be found here. Perhaps we shall post on it later.

AOM’s contribution was to compare merit badges from 1910 to merit badges of 2010. As there are a number of badges that survived the century, this was a straight forward task. The results are a side by side set of graphics with the requirements of each.

what stands out for all the modern badges is how much longer and more involved the guidelines are today than they used to be. In the 1911 handbook, earning each badge involved the completion of a short list of one-sentence requirements. Modern badge requirements, on the other hand, run to as many as ten paragraph-long sections, the first of which is always a discussion of the need to discuss safety considerations with one’s leader. The gardening badge for example, requires the Scout to discuss with his counselor what hazards he might encounter if he happened to unfortunately plant his tomatoes near a beehive.

All old time Scouts see this. The result is that Scouting is perhaps more boring even than school, so the handbooks become expensive bricks, heeded mainly in the breech.

Why? Observe:

Camping

Camping is the activity for which the Boy Scouts are best known. In comparing the original camping merit badge to today’s, one can see how the hands-on requirements have been loosened; for example, Scouts formerly had to sleep out for 50 nights, know how to build a fire without matches, and construct a raft. On the flip side, the modern badge has decreased that requirement to 20 nights, and has greatly expanded the more mental requirements — making checklists, creating plans, and describing different camping guidelines and pieces of equipment.

boy scouts camping badge requirements 1911 versus 2012

Perhaps the most compelling contrast is found in the Inventions merit badge:

boy scouts inventing badge requirements 1911 versus 2012

Yes, you read that correctly.  Our boys were expected to invent something and patent it.

Arnn captured the cucking self-abnegation of BSA honchos since the Improved Scouting Program nearly destroyed it in the 1970s.  Here is an extended quote:

Today, there is a different approach to leadership: “success begins with a vision—picturing yourself where you want to be.” And because anyone can have a vision, anyone can be a leader. “You are a collection of wonderful talents, ideas, and experiences,” the new handbook’s Leadership chapter begins. “What do you want your future to look like tomorrow?”

The old handbook spoke proudly of the chivalric tradition; the new apologizes for the antiquated example of the knights. It sandwiches a few cursory paragraphs on moral virtue between a lengthy discussion of drugs and alcohol and a section on sexual responsibility. Moral choices are reduced to healthy choices. Doing the courageous thing becomes equivalent to refusing a cigarette at a party.

Instead of an exciting chapter on Patriotism and Citizenship, the handbook now offers a perfunctory discussion, re-titled just “Citizenship.” In the new handbook Scouts are citizens of their country, but also of the world. There are the same detailed instructions for folding and flying the flag, but the accompanying history lesson has been shortened and stripped of its vividness. There are, by my count, four heroes in the book. They are the founders of Scouting: British founder Robert Baden Powell, the naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, outdoorsman Daniel Carter Beard, and James E. West, who led the BSA through its first 30 years. Each gets a sentence and a picture. American heroes, so numerous and colorful in the original handbook, are almost absent. Washington and Lincoln are each mentioned one time. Here is their sentence: “We remember the sacrifices and achievements of Americans with federal holidays, including observances of the birthdays of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

BSA was and remains a hollow shell of its formerly unquestioned status as the premiere training ground for our sons. Pandering to POCs became its own priority, even to the neglect and insult their core audience.  Membership is in free fall because BSA doesn’t want white boys.  They don’t want patriots or Christian believers.  They want your money and are willing to extract it from you by the extortion of your sons.

What would the knights of old do?