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Down Go the Boy Scouts: Weak Men get Weaker

Updated: May 9

In an unsurprising move, the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) announced on Tuesday, May 7th, that the Organization would be changing its name from “Boy Scouts of America” to “Scouting America.” The change is set to take place February 8, 2025

The LGBTQ cultural juggernaut claims yet another victim. 

  • And to those of us who have been watching, this comes as no great surprise.

National Public Radio (NPR) reports

“After being embroiled in a sex-abuse scandal, the Boy Scouts are changing their name. The 114-year old organization known as BSA or Boy Scouts of America will be rebranding as Scouting America early next year.

Boy Scouts of America President Roger Krone announced Tuesday that the name change is part of an evolution as the organization seeks to ensure that everyone feels welcome.

"We are an organization for all. It's time our name reflects that," Krone said during a virtual news conference during its annual meeting in Florida.

"Scouting under the name Scouting America will enable us to chart a course towards continued growth, relevance and impact.”

This Was Just the next step…Beginning in 2013, the historic males-only organization began compromising its ethos in efforts to stay relevant and respected by the larger culture.

  • In 2013, the BSA voted to allow LGBTQ members into the organization, but stood firm against LGBTQ leaders. 

  • In 2015, the ban on gay leaders also fell, and the BSA welcomed LGBTQ leaders into the organization. 

  • In 2018, following their chosen cultural path, the BSA opened the doors for females to join the males-only scouting organization. 

It comes as no surprise, then, that an organization that opened itself to the pressures of the LGBTQ revolution now continues its downward fall. Soon, the BSA will be no more. An organization that once stood for masculine virtue falls dead at the feet of weak and perverse men who claim to be women, or claim to no longer know the difference.

The Apostle Paul warns us that such things will take place:

  • 2 Timothy 4:3-4, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths."

  • Romans 1:21-23, "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things."

A Rich History of Manliness Forsaken.

Beginning in the year 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded as “a character-building organization for boys, to be used by all religions and institutions who can see in it a means of helping and assisting the boys of their communities.”

BSA sought to train up young men in the skills of manliness, outdoor survival, love of God and country, moral uprightness, and self-reliance. Boy Scouts have always worn a uniform emphasizing belonging, excellence, achievement, and standard. 

 1916 Congressional Charter for the BSA reads, “That the purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts.”

The Boy Scouts have historically served their country in the support and prosecution of wars and warfare. The BSA took part in both World War efforts through support at home and abroad, and countless scouts have gone on to serve our country in the various branches of our military. 

The BSA—a scouting organization by design—has always focused on the art of manliness: Outdoor survival skills for young men, the importance of American patriotism, community service, masculine virtue, teamwork, the importance of family, the protection of women, and the like. Manliness has been the currency of BSA.

In 1979 article entitled, “The Boy Scouts and the Validation of Masculinity,” Jeffery Hantover wrote,

“The success of the Boy Scouts of America in the early twentieth century can in part be understood in terms of increased concern over the maintenance of traditional concepts of masculinity. Adult men at the turn of the century believed that the opportunities for the development and expression of masculinity were being restricted. Scouting was a means to counteract perceived forces of feminization in the world of adolescents. An analysis of the social background and motivations of scoutmasters suggests that the Scouting movement provided adult men, denied by their occupations, an opportunity to validate the traditional image of masculinity.”  

The Death of Masculine Virtue

Western culture has long been on its march toward the dissolution of objective moral virtue; all in the name of the LGBTQ revolution. And while not every person supports the LGBTQ revolution and all of its issues and stances, its repeated assaults on objective morality has opened the way for a multitude of moral compromises and violations that many are all-too-happy to go along with. 

  • Even though many may not support or show up at Pride parades, they are all-too-eager to fight for abortion rights.

  • And while there are many who disagree with Transgenderism and all of its moral perversions, they believe whole-heartedly in no-fault divorce.

  • The reality is, all these issues are connected. If morality is objective, and virtue is real, we cannot piecemeal it out and expect the center to hold. 

The BSA is falling apart because men have ceased to be men; the virtues and values of the historic BSA were dispensed with long ago. Weak men now rule the day.

Weak Men. 

I have contended in the past that the one of the major issues in our society is weak men

  • As the saying goes, “Hard times make strong men; strong men make good times; good times make weak men; weak men make hard times.” 

We are living in hard times created by weak men.

And we are certainly seeing this proverb play out in the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Faced with the need for masculine virtue and national pride, the BSA stepped up to raise boys into men for the sake of a nation and its families. And they succeeded in large part; for generations.

  • But now, embroiled in sexual-assault scandals and repulsive moral-capitulation, the National leadership of the BSA has shown itself to be nothing more than an association of weak men who no longer possess masculine virtue. Men who no longer know what a man is. What does this say to the many faithful men who have come through this historically strong organization?

  • What does this say the Eagle Scouts who earned their badge of manhood?

  • What does it say the men who continue to labor in community troops, and to the many boys and men who have loved what BSA stood for?

  • This decision from the BSA national leadership doesn't say much good to those folks.

But we shouldn't be surprised. Our hearts should break, we should grieve, but we shouldn't be surprised. A sinful world loves its sin.

May we see a return of strong-chested men. 

Addendum: Trail Life USA

I am thankful that after the initial capitulation of the BSA in 2013, a group of men pulled out and began Trail Life USA. Some friends and I were searching for a way to describe Trail Life and landed on this: "Trail Life is what Boy Scouts used to be."

  • My sons and I are active in our local troop (NC-0200) where our motto is "Walk worthy" and our values are Adventure, Character, and Leadership. Trail Life seeks to raise boys into men who reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously, and seek the greater reward of life in Christ.

  • You can find more about this great organization here.

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