Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Boy Scouts Thing in the News

Growing up I was in the Boy Scouts.   Outside of my parents,  Catholic teachers, and Catholic pastors growing up, it was a singular blessing that the BOY Scouts of America helped form me from a boy into a man.   I was a Boy Scout from age 12-18, and in high school I was active in two Scouting affiliate organizations Medical Explorers and Civil Air Patrol.  In college, I was an Assistant Scoutmaster and member of the Scouting affiliate Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.

So I feel the need to express my thoughts about the most recent change.  You may have heard the recent news about the Boy Scouts.  It is momentarily impossible to support the BOY Scouts because they currently do not exist.  I am unable to support something that does not exist.  Wha, Okie Trad, they don't exist?

Yes.  An organization has a certain essence or definition; if you change any defining aspect, then it ceases to exist; it has morphed into an entirely new, distinct entity.  If you replace a basketball court with a soccer field, or the basketball with a soccerball, or the basketball goal with a soccer goal, then the Game is no longer "Basketball."  It has been substantially altered into a different Game, in this case Soccer.

In the case of the Boy Scouts, part of its nature is that it is reserved for Boys.  The Scout Law, Motto, and Slogan;  the whole Merit Badge and Award system up to Eagle Scout is based on forming Boys into Men, especially men devoted to God, country, and family.   Not Gender-Neutral Robots into Politically-Correct World Citizens.

When you remove the Boys Scouts' distinction as being exclusively (boo hiss, I said the "e" word) for Boys, then you have removed part of the very definition and nature that makes the Boy Scouts of American what it is.   So right now, the BSA does not exist.

But I do continue to support the IDEA of the Boy Scouts, an organization for ya know BOYS, for the purpose of Scouting, to make boys into men, gentlemen, and citizens of the community, state, and nation.

Maybe Trump can take care of this with a couple phone calls.  Withdraw the support of the federal Executive branch and its resources (ie $$$$$), simply because the government cannot support an organization that currently does not exist.  The national BSA leadership might cave. 

In the meantime, how can Troops handle this situation, who wish to be faithful to the BSA mission?   If they are not willing or able to boycott the PC decision of the local Council, they can take a strategy that is very much along the lines of what it means to be a Boy Scout in the first place. 

Form Boy Scouts to be what a Boy Scout is supposed to be:  trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, brave, clean, and reverent, and to do their "duty to God and my country" then I'd bet a non-vital organ any girl and her parents who would consider enrolling in a Troop like that, would instead join, ya know, the Girl Scouts of America (who made a public statement against this latest decision, btw).

Onward and upward. (a Boy Scout slogan, which comes from St. Paul)!


  1. What about obedient, cheerful and thrifty? Have the Boy Scouts excised those, too, from the Scout Law? The BSA that served so many of us so well has most certainly ceased to exist. Now, what becomes of a church that whitewashes or even encourages mortal sin in the name of accompaniment?

  2. Good catch. I forgot those last three.