It’s a new era for the organization that we used to call the Boy Scouts. ScoutsBSA welcomed its first all girl troops over the weekend. Naturally, the move has generated its share of outrage, but it’s worth talking about because it says a lot about our culture.
First of all, there’s the capitulation to culture that we’ve seen the Boy Scouts undergo over the past few years. First, they allowed women to lead troops in 1988. Then, for decades, the Boy Scouts stood firm and wouldn’t give in to the push to allow gay members and leaders. That changed in 2013, when the organization allowed gays to join the Scouts. Two years later, the caved even more, and let gays lead troops. In another two years, Boy Scouts made room for transgender scouts.
We shouldn’t have been surprised that the Boy Scouts – I mean, ScoutsBSA – would allow girls soon enough. And of course we’re hearing from the usual suspects how the move is a triumph of equality. Even the girls in Washington DC’s first all-girl troop sound like little feminists.
“It brings unity to the female gender,” said 11-year-old Tatiana Johnson, whose shirt also made a statement, reading: “Anything boys can do girls can do better.”
Seriously? What 11-year-old girl talks like this? I wonder how long it’ll be before someone pushes ScoutsBSA to integrate troops (currently, troops are segregated but can meet at the same time and place).
What else does it say about culture? It’s abundantly clear that plenty of girls are dissatisfied with the Girl Scouts. Their continued doubling down on left-leaning causes and stances that turn a lot of people off – not to mention those expensive cookies – have driven plenty of girls away.
The reaction to ScoutsBSA’s move on the part of the Girl Scouts is telling as well.
When the Boy Scouts announced in October 2017 that it would begin admitting girls, the Girl Scouts issued a searing statement accusing the organization of ignoring fundamental problems of corruption and sexual assault within the group and covering it up with an attempt at inclusion.
“The Boy Scouts’ house is on fire,” the Girl Scouts said in the statement. “Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA’s senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls.”
In November, the Girl Scouts filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts for dropping “Boy” from its rebranded Scouts BSA.
The Girl Scouts nailed their Sour Grapes badge on that reaction.
Look, say what you want about the changes that the Boy Scouts have made in admitting girls into their organization – I’m not crazy about it, but not enough to raise too much of a stink – but at least they seem to be clinging to values that most people agree on and that don’t offend too many people.