Boy Scouts Remove the Word Boy

posted May 3, 2018, 7:28 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Monique Snead

    On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts announced that their signature program known simply as “ Boy Scouts” that serves boys from ages 10 to 17 will no longer use the name “ boy” beginning in February 2019. It will be known as “Scouts BSA”.

    The change came months after Boy Scouts announced that girls will be allowed into their program. Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh told Daily Signal, they wanted to to choose a name that “evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program of going forward.”

    The name change indicates a fundamental shift away from the mindset that first gave rise to Boy Scouts in the early 20th century. If the Boy Scouts were starting from scratch people would think that they would ditch the acronym “BSA” and just go for a gender neutral name.

     Boy Scouts, which are separate from Girl Scouts show that there is a fundamental difference between the two sexes and that some good could come from by separating them for certain purposes. The Boy Scouts formed out of a culture that heavily valued boyhood and girlhood. It was thought that each gender had its own set on virtues that our culture sought to cultivate.  

     If the founders of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts truly believed men and women should the same and that the same goals would be achieved by mixing these organizations together then it could have been called “Scouts of America”.

     The founder of the Girl Scouts took inspiration from the Boy Scouts, she wanted to have start a different organization. Two separate organizations premised on the idea of masculinity and femininity identities actually matter.

     Such radical inclusion is the death of any real diversity, because without real difference, there can be no diversity.

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