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If the Boy Scouts wanted to "win" they would announce tomorrow they have changed their names to "The Scouts" and embrace this/
They would have about 0.001 percent of girls show up, and it would be a non issue...
But folks aren't that smart...
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they need to call them kids with out parents that give half a shit.
the help from parents in these org's is 65% ,
here in tiny town , the surrounding big cities
generally 25% - 40%.
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What is your evidence of this? Actual evidence, not just conspiracy theorizing. BSA is not rolling in dough.
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This Screams money grab...
Damaged Rep and poor membership numbers explains a lot.
My girls are still MORE interested in GIRL scouts.
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I'm kinda meh on it. I get the tradition & it being "boy scouts".
But some chicks wanna go camping, make a fire, shoot a gun, Get a archery badge and fish. I say let each troop decide and as long as it's not being done to prove a point. Some sort of social justice warrior non-sense agenda pushed by a parent. Meh...
*This opinion is provided by a Eagle Scout of 1997. First Eagle in my troop.*
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Never said they are rolling in dough, they want, and likely need more.
BSA membership has been declining for years, even prior to the policy changes for membership and leadership.
Now for my anecdotal evidence. Having reengaged scouting 5 years ago as parent I have noticed a few things. Many of the packs I knew as a scout have dwindled or dissolved altogether. This goes for Troops as well. As a pack chair working with a great Cubmaster we were able to grow a small pack of 18 to an enrollment of 42 but retention is problem. Out of 12 tigers we may end up with 4 Webelos, 2 of which may continue to Boy Scouts. Probably the biggest competitor for scouts is sports, particular out of school club type sports. This is common across our district.
BSA as organization is great at supporting us with enrollment and fundraising. The payback is little with activities and programs. There is a big push with the Lions program to get boys engaged earlier, it seems to have success getting kids signed up but the drop off continues.
I am curious, with your recent experience, have you been having issues with families splitting between Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts? One of the stated motivations for the change, which is accurately reflected in our local Council, is the difficulty for families that have both sons and daughters to be engaged together as a family. Cubs welcome complete family participation, even in camping, but the girls cannot earn ranks. We have a large pack with over 100 boys, and as the younger sisters come of age to be in scouting, the re-direction is difficult, and we find good, active leaders that would stay, leaving to support their daughters in Girl Scouts. I think, at the Cub level, this move is a no-brainer. The gender separate dens will accommodate the different rate at which boys and girls develop, and allow entire families to choose Cub Scouts as the activity for them. FWIW, I understand anecdotally, that fathers are not allowed to stay in the same physical camp ground as the girls in Girl Scouts. The anecdote comes from a Pack campout at a location that also had a GS unit, and the fathers from the GS unit camped in our campsite, as they were not allowed in the GS site with their daughters. Doesn't sound very family friendly, to me.
My concern is at the Boy Scout level. There needs to be a place for boys to be boys, and learn to grow to be men. All of the goals of BS can apply equally well to girls, and I applaud girls that are interested in those things. But, in the awkward puberty years, and at times when boys "hate" girls, I do not see any benefit, and a number of potential downsides, to mixed units. That being said, BSA has not yet said what inclusion of girls in BS will look like. Perhaps it will be a non-issue, but I really do not know. My greater concern is the potential for pussification of the program as some SJW parent pushes a daughter into the BS, and then raise a stink when it is "too hard," or "too masculine."
Apparently the BSA approached the GS about merging programs, but the GS told BSA to eff-off. While the GS have a much better fund-raising program than BSA, their apparent anti-male attitude will prevent entire families with both boys and girls from choosing the GS over BS. In many ways, given the 40-year old mixed-gender Venturing program, allowing girls into the BS is a bridge between the already family-friendly Cub program and Venturing. The key will be in the details, as always. As you must know, Scouting is international, and the US is the only boy-only program on the planet. That is not a justification to make the change, but we do have many examples across the globe to see how mixed-gender Scout programs are working.
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I find it interesting that so many are so vehemently against ANY type of legislation that even however remotely might be construed to go against the 2A because it is clearly nothing more than the camel's nose under the tent flap, turn right around and see no problem with this progressive nose under the tent flap of our American culture.
Make no mistake, this is a YUGE win for the cultural marxists across this country who have been working at this for years.
But yeah, "simmer down", this isn't a big deal.
Wrong! It is a very big deal. Each of these drops is forming an ocean and many are too blind to see it.
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy." Winston Churchill
Whatever. If you are relying on the BSA to win that battle you already lost.
I was a Boy Scout. I achieved Life Scout. If a girl wanted to do Scouting she joined a group called Girl Scouts. Holy Shit! I want some Boys to join Girl Scouts and see how tbat goes...
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I left the Boy Scouts with one citizenship badge and project to be completed for Eagle! I started driving, and girls! Looking back and having my own children now, I wished I would have stuck it out.
I have three children, both boys in their twenties, and 16 y/o daughter. She puts her brothers to shame when it comes to hunting, fishing, and shooting! But, still is a "girly girl". The Girl Scouts need to step it up a notch for some of these girls!
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I'm a Pack Committee Chair, and I agree with just about all of this. Kids and parents are pulled in all directions nowadays. Way more than I was. And Scouts is a HUGE time commitment to really do it. And it is even more difficult for parents when only 1/n of their kid can participate. How does a single parent go on a campout if he has a daughter at home? Or even a Tiger den meeting where the parent must stay the whole time? I do believe those types of considerations are the big driver for this. I just hope the pros wind up outweighing the cons.
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The issue of having girls in the "Boy Scouts" aside, many of you are suggesting that our daughters should just become Girl Scouts.
Some of you may not be aware of how far left the Girl Scouts have gone and that it would never be an option for some of us. My daughter (who's still too young at this point) will NEVER be a Girl Scout. They are Trump hating, socialist loving activists.
The cookies are the only good thing they have going for them, and to be honest, I won't buy them any more.
Let me give you an example. Just a quick one that I pulled off of their facebook page:
I will still buy cookies, they are hard to resist. My girls were in Brownies for awhile. They thought it waste of time. BSA has done well with summer camp for kids who are socially inept.
Likewise. I note that BSA conducted "polls" and "surveys" of parents whose children WERE NOT involved in Scouting, but somehow forgot to poll those who WERE. Or Scouts, or it seems, many (any?) current Scouters.
My own "break" from BSA came years ago, over policy changes made-- admittedly, by National-- not because they believed the changes were the right ones, but that it had simply become too expensive and difficult to defend their position. In other words, a Scout is Brave... except when it's expensive or inconvenient.
Sorry, I can't do that.
This change (made only to boost enrollment, meaning "Money for National programs and the salaries of paid Executives") just reaffirms that decision.
Some years back, I made a "side trip" when in-country to visit this grave:
When/if I next have the opportunity, I will stop by again... and apologize.
Name change is official now.
Boy Scouts to get new name after 108 years as girls join group
NEW YORK — For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America’s flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change.
The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February.
Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many possibilities were considered during lengthy and “incredibly fun” deliberations before the new name was chosen.
“We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward,” he said. “We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.”
The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts — its program for 7- to 10-year-olds — will keep its title, as well.
But the Boy Scouts — the program for 11- to 17-year-olds — will now be Scouts BSA.
The organization has already started admitting girls into the Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA begins accepting girls next year.
Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding “boy” or “girl” as a modifier.
The program for the older boys and girls will largely be divided along gender-lines, with single-sex units pursuing the same types of activities, earning the same array of merit badges and potentially having the same pathway to the coveted Eagle Scout award.
Surbaugh said that having separate units for boys and girls should alleviate concerns that girls joining the BSA for the first time might be at a disadvantage in seeking leadership opportunities.
So far, more than 3,000 girls have joined roughly 170 Cub Scout packs participating in the first phase of the new policy, and the pace will intensify this summer under a nationwide multimedia recruitment campaign titled “Scout Me In.”
The name change comes amid strained relations between the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.
Girl Scout leaders said they were blindsided by the move, and they are gearing up an aggressive campaign to recruit and retain girls as members.
Among the initiatives is creation of numerous new badges that girls can earn, focusing on outdoor activities and on science, engineering, technology and math. The organization is expanding corporate partnerships in both those areas, and developing a Girl Scout Network Page on LinkedIn to support career advancement for former Girl Scouts.
“Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls,” said Sylvia Acevedo, the Girl Scouts’ CEO. “We are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents who want to provide their girls opportunities to build new skills … and grow into happy, successful, civically engaged adults.”
The Girl Scouts and the BSA are among several major youth organizations in the U.S. experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent years. Reasons include competition from sports leagues, a perception by some families that they are old-fashioned and busy family schedules.
The Boy Scouts say current youth participation is about 2.3 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013 and more than 4 million in peak years of the past.
The Girl Scouts say they have about 1.76 million girls and more than 780,000 adult members, down from just over 2 million youth members and about 800,000 adult members in 2014.
The overall impact of the BSA’s policy change on Girl Scouts membership won’t be known any time soon. But one regional leader, Fiona Cummings of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, believes the BSA’s decision to admit girls is among the factors that have shrunk her council’s youth membership by more than 500 girls so far this year.
She said relations with the Boy Scouts in her region used to be collaborative and now are “very chilly.”
“How do you manage these strategic tensions?” she asked. “We both need to increase our membership numbers.”
Surbaugh said BSA’s national leadership respected the Girl Scouts’ program and hoped both organizations could gain strength.
“If the best fit for your girl is the Girl Scouts, that’s fantastic,” he said. “If it’s not them, it might be us.”
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
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Just another liberal, progressive agenda to shove neutral identity down our throats. Parents should pull their kids from these programs and take them elsewhere.
Just another decline in America.......
As an Eagle Scout, I find this battle victory of the progressive movement detestable.
It was never about making Scouting better for girls.
Don't dissolve the Boy Scouts of America, restore it. Somehow. Someway.
Never give up.
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