Most men in the United States at one point or another ended up being a part of the Boy Scouts of America. It was a good, wholesome organization that you could be proud to be a part of and your parents could be to.
It may seem almost cliche but the BSA taught several life lessons to so many young men throughout the years that many of us have kept in the backs of our minds since we were young.
Shoot, the whole motto of “Be Prepared” has served me well countless times throughout my life. For example, when moving in between states a couple of years ago the two weeks before we actually moved I rehearsed the packing of what we were going to put in our car to make absolutely sure that we had enough room for what we needed to take with us because we were leaving several hours after the moving truck.
As it turned out, we had space to spare from this and its a good thing because there were some things that we had to put in the car lest we throw them away had I not gone full blown Be Prepared.
Not everyone has to be a part of everything. There can be separate institutions for women and men, for boys and girls. There’s nothing wrong with that. My sister was a Girl Scout when she was about my age and from everything I noticed she was doing the same knot tying I was doing on the other side of the hallway.
The Scouts should have been prepared for this.
One week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its name and its mission to accept girls at all levels of scouting, its single biggest participant announced Tuesday that it was cutting ties to the Scouts.
And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, usually known as the Mormons, announced Tuesday that it was severing its relationship with the Scouts effective Dec. 31, 2019, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
In a statement issued jointly by the church and the Scouts, the church explained the move by noting that its membership was more global now than ever, and required a global approach.
“In this century of shared experience, the church has grown from a U.S.-centered institution to a worldwide organization, with a majority of its membership living outside the United States,” the joint statement said.
“That trend is accelerating. The church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing it will be necessary for the church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA.”
As far as minimizing the Scouts’ embarrassment, that’s not a bad spin — no policy changes are cited. It’s explained as a natural part of the church’s evolution.
But there’s no doubt that the Scouts’ increasing willingness to give in to liberal pressure on key points had a lot to do with the Mormons’ discontent.
As noted by the Deseret News — a Salt Lake City newspaper owned by a subsidiary of a holding company owned by the church — the “signs of strain of strain began to emerge years ago.”
It was five years ago that the Scouts voted to admit openly gay boys into the organization. The Mormon church said it had always allowed gays to join but the tension was building.
Three years ago, when the Scouts decided to admit gay Scoutmasters, the church said it would stay with the Scouts after the organization recognized “the right of all religious chartered organizations to select their Scout leaders in accordance with their religious beliefs,” the Deseret News reported.
In May of last year, the church decided to drop Scouting from church programs for boys aged 14-17, according to the Deseret News. That coincided with the Scouts’ decision to accept “transgender” boys — i.e. girls pretending to be boys — into the organization.
Now, six days after the Boy Scouts of America announced an epochal change in the group’s mission — complete with changing its name by 2019 to the bloodless, corporate Scouts BSA, the church has announced an end to all ties between the organizations.