About Today’s Episode:
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Today’s episodes is the “New Frontier of the Boy Scouts” Edition, where I will discuss the Boy Scouts of America’s unanimous decision to allow girls into boy the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout, as I’ve mentioned before, and my panelists are all Eagle Scouts also: James Wolf (@MusicMan478), Everett Verner (@RedECritique), and Scott Corkery (@UncorkedView).
This episode is a tad different in that the dialogue of the panel will focus exclusively on the issue of the Boy Scouts’ recent policy change. We will of course also have News and Blogger Fodder, though. The Show starts at 6PM EDT, and can be heard live, right here.
On October 11, 2017 the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts voted unanimously to “welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.” Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive said the following:
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women….We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”
The decision has been met with a good bit of criticism from conservatives, some even calling it the “end of the Boy Scouts.” While it is true that both attendance and money have been down in the Boy Scouts, and some see this as a ploy to open a new revenue stream, most “conservatives'” concerns come from a desire to relentlessly push back against any and all issues relating to gender. As such, the BSA has been accused of being beholden to the “PC Police.”
In reality, the logistics of this change have not been completely worked out just yet. Whether or not this will create a co-ed Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts program is not yet known. The Scouts have had a co-ed Venture Scout program for decades, and it has been a way for older girls and boys to participate in high-adventure camping and exploring trips. However, this program does not include the rank system of the Boy Scouts, and so Venture Scout girls have not been able to be Eagle Scouts.
Another important point of critcism comes not from political pundits pushing back on the issue because of the embroiled gender issue, but rather from another organization, the Girl Scouts of America. Read a letter from the President of the Girl Scouts America below, sent back in August, suggesting that the Girl Scouts should focus on improving its program, and the Boy Scouts should seek to include the Boys that do not participate in its program, as opposed to essentially siphoning off the Girl Scouts’ membership. There’s certainly a lot of views to consider here, and we will do our best to address it all fairly and justly.
Letter from Girl Scouts to Boy Scouts, August 21, 2017
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