Barry Richard: The Politically Correct Crowd Killed the Boy Scouts

Barry Richard: The Politically Correct Crowd Killed the Boy Scouts

Oh, boy. The 108-year-old Boy Scouts of America has announced to rebrand to Scouts BSA, dropping "Boy" from its name as it gets ready to welcome girls next year.

The name change applies to its program for 11 to 17 year-olds. (The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America.) They will have the potential to earn the same merit badges that boys have had for the past century, as well as the ability to work toward the prestigious Eagle Scout award earned by world leaders such as former President Gerald Ford and astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. "That is why it is important that the name for our scouting program for older youth remains consistent with the single-name approach used for the Cub Scouts", chief scout executive Michael Surbaugh says in the press release announcing the transition.

While some decry the loss of the masculine moniker, the Boy Scouts of America was looking at fast-dwindling coffers and declining membership-2.3 million, down from 2.6 million five years ago and 4 million at its peak.

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Williams joins the many voices criticizing the Boy Scouts' decision, including Marine veteran Johnny Jones, who addressed the controversy on "Fox & Friends", saying, "We live in a culture where you can't ask kids to be tough".

Boy Scouts of America made a major announcement this week that the name of one of their staple programs is changing. In many packs, sisters of Blue Mountain Council's Cub Scouts have been present and participating in Pack meetings and other family events for years.

The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, feels this creates confusion. "The organization, founded two years after Boy Scouts, now claims a membership of about 1.8 million", Bacon writes.

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The center, which opens to the public this weekend, marks the Girl Scouts of USA's first scout camp property that's been integrated into a STEM Center.

But the decision didn't impress the Girl Scout organization, which noted no new, "girl specific" programming. Several months before that, the group announced it would accept and register transgender youths into its organization. So she's joining Scouts BSA next year.

CEO Nikki Williams of the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline is concerned about the programming for girls who enter Scouts BSA. So far, around 3,000 females have joined the Cub Scouts.

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"Girl scouts really empowers girls and helps them achieve what they didn't think they could achieve, but then boy scouts gives you a lot of new experiences and adventures", said Neely. Waning numbers have sent both groups scrambling to entice people to join and remain active.

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