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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How Scouting was Saved in ’79 – Scouting Rediscovered


How Scouting was Saved in ’79

There is a period in the history of the Boy Scouts of America that not many people like to talk about.

Some of you may have heard the story before; some of you may have lived through it. I think it is vitally important for all Scouters to know because of what it teaches us about Scouting and its place in the modern world.

It was the late 1960’s, and youth membership in the BSA began to decline. People weren’t quite sure why. Some suspected that the modern world was starting to outgrow the traditional framework of Scouting. Everyone agreed that we still needed a good youth organization… but maybe the stuff of the past didn’t really appeal to boys anymore.

So, in the spirit of the time, we set to work crafting an “Improved Scouting Program”. This was going to be a modern program that fit the needs of the modern boy. We went back to the drawing board and reworked advancement, leadership, and the entire Scouting program. Finally, it was ready to launch.

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