SCOUT’S HONOR Part 6: A Scout is Courteous


This is Part 6 of a Series on the subversion of the Scout Oath and Law.

“A Scout is Courteous” – a phrase by phrase comparison

BSA Scout Law, 1911-1972 BSA Scout Law, 1972 to present
A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS. 5. A Scout is courteous.
He is polite to all, especially to women, children, old people, and the weak and helpless.  He must not take pay for being helpful or courteous. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
He is polite to all, A Scout is polite to everyone
especially to women,
children, regardless of age
and the weak and helpless.
 or position.
He must not take pay for being helpful or courteous.
He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

 

SCOUT’S HONOR Part 5: A Scout is Friendly


This is Part 5 of a Series on the subversion of the Scout Oath and Law.

“A Scout is Trustworthy” – a phrase by phrase comparison

BSA Scout Law, 1911-1972 BSA Scout Law, 1972 to present
A SCOUT IS FRIENDLY. 4. A Scout is friendly.
He is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout. A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their customs are different from his own.
A Scout is a friend to all A Scout is a friend to all.
and a brother to every other Scout. He is a brother to other Scouts.
and respects them even if their customs are different from his own.
He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations,

 

SCOUT’S HONOR Part 4: A Scout is Helpful


This is Part 4 of a Series on the subversion of the Scout Oath and Law.

“A Scout is Helpful” – a phrase by phrase comparison

BSA Scout Law, 1911-1972 BSA Scout Law, 1972 to present
A SCOUT is HELPFUL. 3. HELPFUL.
A SCOUT is HELPFUL. He must be prepared at any time to save life, help injured persons, and share the home duties. He must do at least one good turn to somebody every day. 3. HELPFUL. A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
He must be prepared at any time to save life, A Scout is concerned about other people.
help injured persons,
and share the home duties.
He must do at least one good turn to somebody every day. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

 

SCOUT’S HONOR Part 3: A Scout is Loyal


This is Part 3 of a Series on the subversion of the Scout Oath and Law.

“A Scout is Loyal” – a phrase by phrase comparison

BSA Scout Law, 1911-1972 BSA Scout Law, 1972 to present
A Scout is Loyal. 2. LOYAL.
A SCOUT is LOYAL. He is loyal to all to whom loyalty is due; his Scout Leader, his home and parents and country. 2. A Scout is LOYAL. A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, nation, and world community.
He is loyal to all to whom loyalty is due; A Scout is true to his
his Scout Leader, Scout leaders,
his home and parents family,
and country. nation,
friends,
school,
and world community.

 

SCOUT’S HONOR Part 2: A Scout is Trustworthy


This is Part 2 of a Series on the subversion of the Scout Oath and Law.

“A Scout is Trustworthy” – a phrase by phrase comparison

BSA Scout Law, 1911-1972 BSA Scout Law, 1972 to present
1.  A Scout is Trustworthy. 1. 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. A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
If he were to violate his honor
by telling a lie A Scout tells the truth
or by cheating
or by not doing exactly a given task, He keeps his promises.
when trusted on his honor
he may be directed to hand over his Scout Badge.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.

 

SCOUT’S HONOR Part 1: How the Scout Law was Subverted by the Improved Scouting Program


This is Part 1 of a Series on the subversion of the Scout Oath and Law.

Were you a boy scout in the 1970s? Are you a scout leader new to the scouting movement?

If so, you never experienced actual boy scouting. You know only the Improved Scouting Program that was a disastrous subversion of everything that made boy scouting great. It’s not far off to say Improved Scouting was the evil mirror twin of true scouting.

Sound crazy? Good ! That’s the skepticism we need and it will be well served as we examine each point of the Scout Law in turn.

When we’re finished, you’ll understand why boy scouting was almost revered in its heyday and why its echo today remains strong enough for crooks at BSA Inc, like the useless Mike Surbaugh, to look our legacy without raising suspicion.

In the Nineteen Seventies, an oft-heard slogan was, “Do your own thing, man” accompanied by the ever popular, “If it feels good, do it!”

This was the basic rationale for the Improved Scouting Program that came close to killing American boy scouting and did manage to kill boy scouting in most of the anglophone world.

Imposing girls into the Boy Scouts of America was bad enough but they eviscerated the meaning of the movement by gaming the words of the Scout Oath and Law. Students of history recognize the tactic as Phariseeism and the basis for reformed Communist George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and its up-side-down use of newspeak. to gaslight the subject people of Oceania into submission as the language made it impossible to conceptualize dissent, rebellion or disobedience by eliminating the very possibility of unapproved ideas from the human mind.

BSA made a good start at subverting American morality and manhood by subversively reengineering the Boy Scout Oath. In the posts that follow is a point by point comparison of the authentic Scout Law and its Orwellian substitute. Unfortunately the false law remains in use even now.

In most cases the basic form was preserved but meaning was inverted phrase-by-phrase. The use of carefully selected synonyms allowed quite radical changes to pass unnoticed by all but trained counterpropaganda experts.

 

Scholarly analysis of the Improved Scouting Program and Membership Decline


Here is an excerpt of a fascinating academic paper on Boy Scouts of America membership trends from its foundation through to publication. This section concerns the abject failure of SCOUTING/USA, SCOUT:B.S.A. and the Improved Scouting Program of 1971.

Written in 2016, Cartographic Depiction and Exploration of the Boy Scouts of America’s Historical Membership Patterns is a master’s thesis by University of Kansas graduate student Matthew Finn Hubbard.

The paper is well worth reading. It’s a quantitative analysis of BSA membership trends by geography over time. Hubbard’s main interest is “scout density” as a function of “available boys” or put another way, “What fraction of school-age boys are involved with the Boy Scouts of America” and how that fraction varied over the years.

He has a secondary interest in the contrast of rural and urban membership density. The insight is bolstered by factual discussion of related events and trends, such as the Great Depression (economic deprivation) and demographic disruptions (the Baby Boomers). He uses available membership data from counterpart organizations like Future Farmers of America and the Girls Scouts of the United States of America to differentiate membership fluctuations as a function of broad secular trends (i.e., market risk) and narrow BSA policy decisions (i.e., company risk).

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