Where’s the G in BSA?

Pithy title, right?

I’m sure all of you have seen something about girls being accepted into Boy Scouts, right? The internet is freaking out about it at the moment. (Well, I’m about a week late to the main freak out, but people are still freaking out).

And it’s stupid. I don’t know why I still get shocked when people on the internet are stupid, but I do. I guess I just have too much faith in humanity left.

The main arguments against it go something like this: “It’s Boy Scouts of America! If you want girls to scout, send them to Girl Scouts!”

Boys and girls camping together? Woo hoo for equal rights. Get ready for your girls to come home pregnant from their camp out.”

“It’s uprooting an age-old tradition! There can’t be any girls in the BSA! It goes against the very core of Scouts!”

*sigh*

See, there’s a woeful lack of well-read people in the world, and they seem to congregate on the internet. None of those arguments seem to have any remote knowledge of what the BSA is actually doing. The only thing they seem to have picked up on is that the BSA is, in fact, allowing girls to integrate into Scouting Troops.

However, that’s where their knowledge ends.

First of all, girls have not been exempt from BSA scouting endeavors for quite a while now. Both the Cub Scout and Venture Scout programs have accepted girls for years. There’s just been this dead space of about four years, because Cub Scouts end at age ten and you can’t join Venture Scouts until you’re fourteen.

Secondly, the BSA has been quite clear that they won’t form co-ed troops. There will be girl- and boy-dens. They’ll just all be doing the same scout-y things.

Thirdly, the main tradition of Boy Scouts is to cultivate practical and social skills in young people. I say this with confidence because my Older Brother is an Eagle Scout–as are some of my cousins and a few of my friends. And, fun fact about those same people, they don’t mind girls joining scouts. In fact, they support it. Shouldn’t everyone have access to the same skill- and community-building resources they’ve been privileged enough to have? They say yes.

Anyway, this all boils down to this: the argument is stupid, ill-founded, and unnecessary.

So, obviously, I had to contribute my two cents.


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