Boy Scouts Officially Axe Tradition of Masculinity: Will No Longer Be Called "Boy Scouts" …
Boy Scouts Officially Axe Tradition of Masculinity: Will No Longer Be Called "Boy Scouts"
The race for total and complete equality continues as the Boy Scouts of America will no longer be the Boy Scouts, but just the "Scouts BSA." Just months after announcing they will allow girls into the organization, BSA has announced that it will effectively abandon its original mission to raise up boys into strong men.
The organization's 1916 charter reads as follows:
"The purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts."
These are all generally targeted toward male priorities. The Girl Scouts, which was founded just two years after BSA, has a motto more tailored to girls: to train girls “first as good women, then as good citizens, wives, and mothers.”
Yeah, it seems a little outdated, but by allowing girls into the boys' organization, and then changing the name, it shows that it has drifted from its mission of helping boys grow up to become strong men and good citizens. Rather, it has become more about inclusivity between the genders.
But as Daniel Davis, the author of the article, notes, these changes put the organization at war with itself.
"The Boy Scouts rightly recognize that male and female are inherently equal. But equal doesn’t mean the same. The Boy Scouts seem to have conflated the two... [I]f boys and girls are in fact different, and generally oriented toward their own unique masculine and feminine virtues, then it makes perfect sense to nurture them in separated settings—at least for discrete activities like scouting."
As Davis notes towards the end of the article, this kind of vision will be the death of an organization that sought to define itself by a single, unique trait.