Now the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls. Does it become the Boy/Girl Scouts of America? Or, will the organization become the Scouts of America? What happens to the Girls Scouts of America?
“‘We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,’” said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts in a statement to NBC News.
But wait a minute, wasn’t the Girl Scouts of America doing that for young girls? Why the change?
Boy Scouts of America had its beginning when Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the Boys Scouts of America was incorporated, Feb. 8, 1910. That seems straight forward.
Boy Scouts, being originally founded on Christian values, grew into the largest voluntary youth movement in the world, with membership over 25 million.
In a 1917 pamphlet on Scouting, Baden-Powell wrote an introduction, Scouting & Christianity, stating:
“Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity.”
In 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th U.S. president and honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. At the same time, organized pressure began to be applied for the Boy Scouts to embrace the gay agenda. Faced with declining membership and revenues, talk circulated that more money would come if the Boy Scouts abandoned its century-old definition of “morally straight” and allowed entrance of those engaging in homosexual behavior.
After an orchestrated campaign with public debate, the 1,400 members passed the change on May 23, 2013, with volunteer leaders feeling betrayed.
It didn’t end there. Boy Scouts of America allowed transgender boys (biological girls who want to become boys) to join. Net result? Well, from a peak of 25 million, Boy Scouts of America has only 2.35 million in 2015, an enormous decline. Will Boy Scouts survive after this latest change in admission?
A rival organization has emerged to replace Boy Scouts of America: Trail Life USA launched in 2013, boasting 20,000 members and 700 troops in 48 states. “Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.”
Trail Life’s Mission Statement is: “Our mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
Trail Life’s motto is “Walk Worthy.”
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
―George Orwell, 1984