In nothing short of a national tragedy, the Boy Scouts of America have been re-branded to be more “gender inclusive.” The headline of this article is clearly tongue-in-cheek, but it’s closer to reality than you might think.
“We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward,” said Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive. “We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.”
Surbaugh was referring to the name change that will occur. The Boy Scouts of America will soon be Scouts BSA. The Cub Scouts program for 7-11 year-olds will keep its name. Presumably because they figure someone will identify as an actual bear cub soon enough.
The Cub Scouts have already begun admitting girls, and the Scouts BSA will begin admitting girls next year.
Surbaugh’s hope is that both boys and girls will refer to themselves as “scouts” without a gender modifier – which is the explicit goal of every neo-marxist group. Genders, as the progressives have taught us, are social constructs and are inherently sexist.
To make sure that girls do not feel disenfranchised and do not struggle to obtain leadership positions, boys and girls in Scouts BSA will still be divided by gender to start, but the girls and boys will be pursuing the same activities, the same merit badges, and the same coveted Eagle Scout honor.
Predictably, the Girl Scouts have been hurt by the Boy Scouts’ new gender neutral policy. Now, there is an all-out war for membership. More than 3000 girls have already signed up for the Cub Scouts. Girl Scout leaders are now preparing an “aggressive campaign” to recruit and retain members.
Will feminists soon boycott the new gender neutral scouts who are trying to convert young females to lives of toxic masculinity?
“Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls,” said Sylvia Acevedo, the Girl Scouts’ CEO. “We are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents who want to provide their girls opportunities to build new skills … and grow into happy, successful, civically engaged adults.”
The Girl Scouts’ new strategy involves more outdoor activities geared towards math, technology and science.
Tensions have grown between the two organizations, which used to collaborate closely.
“If the best fit for your girl is the Girl Scouts, that’s fantastic,” Surbaugh said. “If it’s not them, it might be us.”
None of this is healthy or sane. It is an extension of a radical leftist agenda to blur the lines between the sexes in the name of “inclusivity.” As the Boy Scouts’ example shows, this process often becomes complicated.
Perhaps we as a society ought to let nature run its course, and keep traditional gendered groups separate instead of forcing them to change at the behest of the progressive lynch mob.