April 25, 2007, - 11:59 am
By Debbie Schlussel
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I thought the Boy Scouts was a strong organization, which wouldn’t bow to political pressure. But I was wrong.
For years, the Scouts have fought off attempts by outsiders to require them to have gay Scoutmasters, atheist Scouts, and a number of other PC cause celebres. The Scouts stood tough on those issues, even when the feds, states, and municipalities tried to ban or defund them.
But, now, the Scouts have started Venture Crew–a unisex set of troops, which includes girls. That’s sad, very sad. Boys–whether teens or younger–need time to be by themselves, engage in boys’ activities, and learn how to be men. With the introduction of unisex troops, the Scouts are no longer that bastion for boys:
This scout group is for both sexes
If you thought Boy Scout organizations were just for boys, think again.
There’s a relatively new Boy Scout-affiliated organization meeting . . . and 10 of its 12 members are female.
The group, formed in August, is part of a Boy Scout program called Venture . . . . Known as Venture Crew 18, the group is devoted to outdoor adventure and community service.
It’s bad enough that the Scouts are now giving activities patches for pandering to the Hollywood left and that young scouts get lost and are too wimpy to go on overnights. Now this.
It’s simply the latest dumbing down of the “Boy” Scouts. These days, call them the “Non-Gender-Specific Scouts.” The sensitive male phenomenon has taken over even the Boy Scouts of America.
**** UPDATE: While the Scout Venture program is being marketed in the Detroit area as a unisex “Boy” Scouts, Reader Mark says the Scouts Venture program is being marketed in a different way elsewhere:
I love your blog and read it daily.
Please take a closer look at the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts.
Traditional Boy Scout Troops are still boy only and still provide the
male experience you spoke of. I believe they always will.
Venturing is a completely different program, and in my case, allows
me the opportunity to get my daughter out of the Girl Scout program
and into a group that still teaches morals and respect for God.
I was a Scoutmaster, and my son earned his Eagle Scout award. The
whole time we were going through Scouting, I heard parents wishing
that they had some option for their daughters other than Girl
Keep up the good work,
I hope Mark is right. We’ll see.
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