Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019
AFTER 108 YEARS, the Boy Scouts program is set to drop the gender from its name and re-emerge as “Scouts BSA,” a more “inclusive” group that will also
soon welcome girls in its ranks, Fox News reports.
Boy Scouts of America, the parent organization of the Boy Scouts program, made the announcement May 2.
“Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, ‘Scout Me In,’ as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts,” Boy Scouts of America (BSA) said in announcing the change.
Trail Life USA (TLUSA), a Christian alternative to Scouting birthed in 2013, described BSA’s transformation as a “lost journey into the woods of co-ed political correctness.”
In 2017, TLUSA had 30,000 members in 750 troops spread across 48 states, but membership has “rapidly grown” in response to BSA’s changes, according to TLUSA.
“Well-intentioned as these kind of [BSA] moves may be, they are alarmingly all wrong,” TLUSA CEO Mark Hancock said. “Confined to classroom settings more suited to girls, and denied rough-and-tumble experiences that help them learn and grown, it is no wonder ‘boys are struggling.’”
The loss of such gender-specific environments leaves boys “losing out and not developing as strong, capable men because we are not letting them be fully boys,” Hancock said. “Weakened expectations and participation trophies have led to our culture producing unproductive narcissists.”