What We Lose When We Lose the Boy Scouts by John Stonestreet and Stan Guthrie

The Boy Scouts have marked yet another milestone on their journey away from being the organization it once was.

Last week, the Boy Scouts announced it would drop the word “boy” from its name. In a clarification in response to the response to that announcement, the Scouts announced that “boy” would remain in the name of the national organization, and would only be removed from the name of its flagship program — the one that everyone knows the Scouts by. It was, you might say, a confusing clarification that didn’t really alleviate any concern that people had.

Announcing the name change, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said, “As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting.”

This “new” era, as Surbaugh put it, has been on the horizon for quite a while now. First, the organization acquiesced to threats by LGBT activists to allow both gay boys and eventually even gay scout leaders to join. Then it opened the scouts to transgender girls. Next, it simply opened the doors to all girls. And now the name no longer accurately describes their program, so that had to change too.

Since the series of acquiescence began, the overall membership numbers of the Boy Scouts of America have been hemorrhaging, from a high of around 4 million not many years ago to only about 2.3 million today. This only underscores something we ought to all know … capitulating to activist demands and their threats about “staying relevant” will not help you stay alive.

Now let me be clear; the problem is not girls in scouting. The problem is girls in boy scouting. The problem is that there is hardly anywhere left for boys to be mentored, trained, and challenged to become men. As Trevin Wax put it at The Gospel Coalition, boys are running out of paths to manhood — something the Boy Scouts long provided. Specifically, the Boy Scouts have played that role in American society in an amazing way.

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Source: Christian Post