Scouts of America: New Information, Still a Wrongheaded Decision

So, it turns out I had some wrong facts when I wrote last week’s blog post.  Thanks to local Scout leaders I have an opportunity to correct my errors.  Here are the facts.

First, the Boy Scouts of America is not changing their name.  It will remain the Boy Scouts of America.  The program name will change in February 2019 and become “Scouts BSA” and will begin serving girls as well as boys.

Second, boys and girls will not be in the same troops.  Each will have their own single gender troop.  Girls as well as boys, age 11-17, will be able to work toward the Eagle Scout rank.

Third, boys and girls will be referred to as Scouts following the program name change.  Good to know, I would hate to see girls called Boy Scouts.

Fourth, Cub Scout troops will continue to be called Cub Scouts and will have all girl and all boy troops.

Those are the facts.

This seems like bs from the BS.  Changing the program name without changing the organizational name keeps it a male dominated organization that adds girls on as an afterthought. I believe Girl Scouts are undercut by this action and the value of Girl Scouts is diminished in the public eye.

Girl Scouts has specific goals that are geared toward girls becoming strong, independent and self-confident young women. Young girls learn what it means to be female in a male dominated culture. Is the curriculum for the Boy Scouts going to change?  Or are girls going to learn to have male focused character building? To think that young men and women do not face different issues in growing into mature adults is pure nonsense.

The Boy Scouts of America says on its website, “Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission”.  The BSA mission is (in part) “…to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

It seems this is an effort on the part of the Boy Scouts of America to shore up dwindling participation. Given the number of Boy Scouts who have exited the organization since the announcement, it just may backfire.  It’s still a lose/lose for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts



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