The Destruction of the Boy Scouts is Complete

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The Destruction of the Boy Scouts is Complete

As I men­tioned last year, I spent many years in the Boy Scouts as an adult leader while my son, who became an Eagle Scout, was going through the pro­gram, only to be dis­ap­pointed by the national orga­ni­za­tion in recent years. As pre­dicted, the Boy Scouts went from allow­ing homo­sex­ual boys into the pro­gram, to allow­ing homo­sex­ual scout lead­ers to admit­ting girls-​who-​claim-​to-​be-​boys to now allow­ing girls to be Boy Scouts.

While the par­ent orga­ni­za­tion will still be knows as “Boy Scouts of Amer­ica,” the name of the group of 11– to 17-​year-​olds that used to be called “Boy Scouts” will now be called “Scouts BSA,” fur­ther dis­tanc­ing them from the orig­i­nal point of the orga­ni­za­tion, which was to teach boys how to become men and good cit­i­zens. The BSA is claim­ing that they are doing this to give girls the oppor­tu­nity to earn the cov­eted rank of Eagle Scout and to give fam­i­lies the oppor­tu­nity to have their sons and daugh­ters in the same pro­gram to make it eas­ier to coor­di­nate the children’s activities.

That goal, how­ever, com­pletely con­tra­dicts their pledge that the new Scouts BSA troops will be single-​sex. As a for­mer scout­mas­ter, the idea that any local spon­sor­ing orga­ni­za­tion will be able to pro­cure sep­a­rate spaces at the same time so that boys’ and girls’ troops can meet at the same time, to say noth­ing or recruit­ing enough par­ents to sup­port both groups, is ludi­crous. It’s sim­ply not going to happen.

A large part of my son’s jour­ney to Eagle Scout was Sum­mer Camp. Aside from the oppor­tu­nity to just learn how to “be a guy” by spend­ing a week in the woods with other boys, he earned the major­ity of his merit badges at camp. It is sim­ply not pos­si­ble to rec­on­cile these two impor­tant aspects of scout­ing when girls are added to the mix. If girls are not given the oppor­tu­nity to attend Sum­mer Camp, it will be much more dif­fi­cult for them to become Eagle Scouts. To avoid yet another dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit, BSA will be forced to either a) allow girls to attend Sum­mer Camp along­side the boys or b) cre­ate par­al­lel camps for girls. It is sim­ply too expen­sive to cre­ate sep­a­rate camps (also sub­ject to a “separate-​but-​equal” law­suit any­way), so the BSA must allow girls to attend Sum­mer Camp along­side boys.

It is sim­ply a fact that boys will behave dif­fer­ently when girls are present. They will spend more time try­ing to impress the girls and com­pete with the other boys for the girls’ atten­tion than they will learn­ing how to just be com­fort­able with them­selves around other boys. The very nature of scout­ing will change.

While it sounds nice to give girls the oppor­tu­nity to become Eagle Scouts, there is no way the BSA can give girls this oppor­tu­nity with­out rob­bing boys of the unique things that made the Boy Scouts the Boy Scouts. Any­one who tries to con­vince you oth­er­wise is either lying to you or doesn’t know what Scout­ing used to be.

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As I mentioned last year, I spent many years in the Boy Scouts as an adult leader while my son, who became an Eagle Scout, was going through the program, only to be disappointed by the national organization in recent years. As predicted, the Boy Scouts went from allowing homosexual boys into the program, to allowing homosexual scout leaders to admitting girls-who-claim-to-be-boys to now allowing girls to be Boy Scouts.

While the parent organization will still be knows as “Boy Scouts of America,” the name of the group of 11- to 17-year-olds that used to be called “Boy Scouts” will now be called “Scouts BSA,” further distancing them from the original point of the organization, which was to teach boys how to become men and good citizens. The BSA is claiming that they are doing this to give girls the opportunity to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout and to give families the opportunity to have their sons and daughters in the same program to make it easier to coordinate the children’s activities.

That goal, however, completely contradicts their pledge that the new Scouts BSA troops will be single-sex. As a former scoutmaster, the idea that any local sponsoring organization will be able to procure separate spaces at the same time so that boys’ and girls’ troops can meet at the same time, to say nothing or recruiting enough parents to support both groups, is ludicrous. It’s simply not going to happen.

A large part of my son’s journey to Eagle Scout was Summer Camp. Aside from the opportunity to just learn how to “be a guy” by spending a week in the woods with other boys, he earned the majority of his merit badges at camp. It is simply not possible to reconcile these two important aspects of scouting when girls are added to the mix. If girls are not given the opportunity to attend Summer Camp, it will be much more difficult for them to become Eagle Scouts. To avoid yet another discrimination lawsuit, BSA will be forced to either a) allow girls to attend Summer Camp alongside the boys or b) create parallel camps for girls. It is simply too expensive to create separate camps (also subject to a “separate-but-equal” lawsuit anyway), so the BSA must allow girls to attend Summer Camp alongside boys.

It is simply a fact that boys will behave differently when girls are present. They will spend more time trying to impress the girls and compete with the other boys for the girls’ attention than they will learning how to just be comfortable with themselves around other boys. The very nature of scouting will change.

While it sounds nice to give girls the opportunity to become Eagle Scouts, there is no way the BSA can give girls this opportunity without robbing boys of the unique things that made the Boy Scouts the Boy Scouts. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is either lying to you or doesn’t know what Scouting used to be.

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