Photo Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in May saluting at a Memorial Day ceremony in Michigan. Credit Jake May/Flint Journal-MLive.com, via Associated Press To the Editor:Re “In Historic Shift, Boy Scouts Will Accept Girls” (front page, Oct. 12):As the parent of a Girl Scout Gold Award daughter and two Eagle Scout sons, I am appalled by the decision by the Boy Scouts to accept girls. Clearly, the Boy Scouts need more members and the organization is more than happy to steal members from the Girl Scouts.People may be unaware that Gold and Eagle are equivalent ranks. Boys are told to list Eagle Scout on their résumés for life. No interviewer ever asked my daughter about her Gold Award, though she had it listed on her résumé and it took her 12 years to earn it. This is just another example of the disparity between male … [Read more...] about Now That Girls May Join the Boy Scouts
Sitting at my usual corner table in the back of Buzzy’s 8-Ball Tavern and Pool Room, It occurred to me on Thursday night that there are any number of serious issues and current crisis that we could talk about for this week’s dispatch from the front lines. But setting all those issues aside, let me tell you something that may have escaped your attention while you’ve been busy digging a backyard bomb shelter or getting up to speed on which starlets haven’t been groped by Weinstein. Apparently, and I did not see this coming, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) leadership has decided to open the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to, wait for it… girls. Now, if you’re like me, you probably have always assumed that boys would tend to join the Boy Scouts and girls would tend to gravitate … [Read more...] about There’s a place for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Do the Boy Scouts really need to embrace girls?
Boy Scouts salute during a “camporee” in Sea Girt, N.J. on Oct. 11. (Mel Evans/AP) In the latest of high-profile moves to open up its membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced this week that it would allow girls and young women to participate in more of its programming. Many see this as a big step forward for girls; another wall keeping young women from certain opportunities has fallen. And for some young women, the chance to participate in Boy Scouting programs will give them a chance to pursue their goals in exciting ways. But the new policy isn’t a straightforward win for girls. Initial reports on the Boy Scouts’ policy indicate that small groups for young members (known in the Boy Scouts as Cub Scout dens) will continue to be single gender, so girls will still have access to leadership opportunities in a single-gender environment. But there’s a difference between being in a girl-led group within a larger entity whose entire history and mission … [Read more...] about Girls don’t need the Boy Scouts’ approval for their achievements
Photo Girl Scout Troop 6000 visits the Fearless Girl statue in Lower Manhattan during a field trip in New York. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times The news arrived on Oct. 11, a day — as Facebook reminded us — designated as the International Day of the Girl. On the surface, it even seemed like kind of a progressive change: The Boy Scouts of America announced that it would allow girls to participate in Cub Scouts, and to eventually earn Eagle Scout rank.The responses fell into a few broadly predictable categories. Some applauded what they saw as a long-overdue opening of closed doors along the lines of the January announcement that transgender boys could join scouting, and the 2013 end to the ban on gay members. Others, mostly men, many of them former scouts, objected to what they saw as creeping political correctness, an … [Read more...] about The Fake Wokeness of the Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that it will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls using the organization’s same curriculum.In the historic move, Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, either all boys or all girls. Cub Scout packs, which are larger and include a number of dens, will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose.The Boy Scouts’ board of directors voted unanimously for the change on Wednesday.“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women,” Michael Surbaugh, the group’s chief executive, said in a statement. He added that “we believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families … [Read more...] about The Boy Scouts is no longer just for boys — it’s about to start accepting girls
AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson joined President Trump at the “American Leadership in Emerging Technology” event in the East Room of the White House in June. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) This story has been updated. AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson is hardly the first corporate leader who has also been national president of the Boy Scouts of America. Current Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson held the role from 2010 to 2012. The CEO of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Rick Cronk, did so in the mid-2000s. But Stephenson is almost certainly the first to find himself in that role while the president of the United States made a political speech at a Boy Scout event at a time when his company faces a Justice Department antitrust review. AT&T is awaiting word on its proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner — putting … [Read more...] about How Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts could put AT&T’s CEO in a tricky spot
Sydney Ireland is a member of Scouts Canada, Troop 80 in London, Ontario, which is co-ed, and an unofficial member of Boy Scout Troop 414 in New York City. There’s a battle afoot between the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, and I am at the front of it. Dubbed the “Scout Wars” by some in the media, the conflict emerged when the Girl Scouts raised objections over the possibility of the Boy Scouts opening up its membership to girls. Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, president of the Girl Scouts, charged the Boy Scouts with recruiting girls only to bolster its dwindling membership. “The Girl Scouts believes in meeting the needs of America’s youth through single-gender programming,” Hopinkah Hannan wrote in a letter obtained by Buzzfeed. Hopinkah Hannan is, I’m sure, well-intentioned, and the Girl Scouts is an irreplaceable institution. But she is mistaken about the Girl Scouts meeting my needs. I am 16 and have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts for 12 … [Read more...] about I’m a girl. I’ve been part of the Boy Scouts for years. It’s time I become a member.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scout gathering. Parents, former Scouts and others were furious after Mr. Trump railed against his enemies, promoted his political agenda and underlined his insistence on loyalty before an audience of tens of thousands of school-age Scouts in West Virginia on Monday night. “Is nothing safe?” Jon Wolfsthal, a former special assistant to then-President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter, saying Mr. Trump turned the event into a “Nazi Youth rally.” The president began his remarks — falsely it would turn out — by telling the enthusiastic throng of youths that he would leave “the policy fights” and “the fake news” aside for the moment. Yet even in making that pledge, he went off-script: “I said, who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front … [Read more...] about Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire as speech’s partisanship, profanity draw criticism
By JOHN RABY and KEVIN McGILL | The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scout gathering. Parents, former Scouts and others were furious after Trump railed against his enemies, promoted his political agenda and underlined his insistence on loyalty before an audience of tens of thousands of school-age Scouts in West Virginia on Monday night. "Is nothing safe?" Jon Wolfsthal, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter, saying Trump turned the event into a "Nazi Youth rally." Trump, the eighth president to address the Scouts' National Jamboree, was cheered by the crowd, but his comments put an organization that has tried in recent years to avoid political conflict and become more inclusive in an awkward position. The knot-tying was left to … [Read more...] about Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — President Donald Trump on Monday jokingly threatened during a speech to thousands of Boy Scouts to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal "Obamacare" fails. During a speech unlike any most of the crowd had heard at a Scout function before, Trump mixed a traditional message to Scouts of encouragement about loyalty, service to others and never giving up, with mentions of fake news, former President Barack Obama, a replay of how Trump won the election, fake polls, and how Washington is a swamp, or even worse "a cesspool or sewer." Some in the crowd broke into chants of "USA, USA." Trump told more than 40,000 Boy Scouts, leaders and volunteers at a national gathering in West Virginia that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price "better get" the votes to begin debate on health care legislation Tuesday, lest … [Read more...] about Trump talks politics. With the Boy Scouts