Boy Scouts Are From Mars, Girl Scouts Are From Venus
How did this sharp division between Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts come to be? Most adults remembering their own scouting days are only vaguely aware that there’s any difference at all between the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts. What does it say about gender and child-rearing in this country that while the Girl Scouts foster a strong ethos of feminism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism, the Boy Scouts now embody a code of values Rick Santorum could endorse? Is the gender gap in electoral politics being replicated around our kids’ campfires?
To put it another way, are Boy Scouts from red states and Girl Scouts from blue?
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This is not surprising to me. Happy 100th anniversary, G-Scouts!
I become increasingly glad that I was in Boy Scouts in the 90’s and early 00’s, in a crunchy granola leave-no-trace backpacker troop mostly led by the openly nonreligious.
Another interesting note is that outside the US, Scouting is often co-ed, so there is no difference in the two organizations. Those un-American heathens actually treat boys and girls as if they were the same!!! Heaven forbid!! (heavy sarcasm)
As an Eagle Scout myself, I would probably not put my children in the BSA as it stands today. I did not experience too much politicized spin during my time in the Scouts, but I did have several friends who were essentially barred from attaining the rank of Eagle because their families did not go to church. The argument was that the tenant “A Scout is Reverent” (from the Boy Scout Law) means a Scout must be involved in an approved religious institution (meaning in most cases a Christian church). Having personal faith or spirituality was not considered in any way. It was simply a question of “do you go to church”. My mother made me go to church (even though I did not and do not believe in god), so I passed the test, while my friends did not.
I am proud that I am an Eagle Scout and I fully believe that the organization made me a better person, but I do not agree with their policies and would certainly not recommend the organization to anyone else.
Fuck the BSA, try Campfire USA instead, they’re co-ed, interracial and non-denominational.