“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”  

– Boy Scout Oath

It was a sad but not unexpected announcement Monday afternoon that the Boy Scouts of America, the single largest youth program in the country, has declared bankruptcy as it faces a variety of child sex abuse charges and a precipitous reduction in membership.

Founded in 1907 in England by Robert Baden-Powell, a Maj. Gen.in the British Army during the Boer War in 1899, the organization was designed to promote a healthy life style and civic duty among England’s youth. Focusing on happiness and success, Baden-Powell, in his last letter to the scouts noted that happiness is more than riches and self-indulgence. “One step toward happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man”

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent”

– the Scout Law

In 1909 Chicago Publisher W.D. Boyce encountered a young scout as he was trying to find his way on a foggy London street. The scout guided the lost publisher to his destination, refusing a tip for his services and noting that he was a Boy Scout and that he was doing his good turn. The experience led to the creation of the scouting program a year later in the USA which became the genesis of the largest scouting organization in the world- Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

What started out as a simple goal 113 years ago became muddled as BSA began to take on a variety of projects and goals that had nothing to do with being physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.  In an effort to become more relevant the organization’s leaders, many at the top echelons of the multimillion-dollar organization, focused on membership, not outcome.

The result of this focus on quantity versus quality resulted in an organization that lost sight of its goals and subsequently its core membership of conservative family oriented organizations. Responding to social pressures, aided by numerous expensive lawsuits, the BSA incorporated openly homosexual leaders in its ranks despite the strong opposition from churches - the primary supporters of the program in membership, facilities and public support - that subsequently deserted BSA and started similar groups.

As membership continued to decline Boy Scouts of America opened membership to girls, which resulted in trademark lawsuits and bad publicity, not to mention the confusion caused by the name ‘Boy’ Scouts.

The culmination of these expenses and the heavy financial burden resulting from the sex abuse charges, forced the BSA to seek protection of bankruptcy this week. The reasons given are to consolidate its liabilities and, according to its public relations material, to assure equitable settlement for the alleged victims.

There is a good chance that BSA would be a better organization today if it had stayed true to its goals of high moral character rather than bend to the wind of social relevance.

The standards of the original scouting program were simple, identifiable and open to any young man willing to adapt. Sadly, it has been the Boy Scouts of America that has attempted to adapt and has failed as a result.

Re-establishing the goals of honor and duty for America’s youth, desperately needed in a chaotic world of self-indulgence and moral decline, requires a new path and a strong moral compass.

(12) comments

David Collins

Pretty simple . Liberalism strikes again . Are ya happy now ?

JusticeForAll

Not simple at all. Not so sure why you would lay it at the feet of liberals, unless you have factual information to name specific liberals who have participated in the downfall of the boy scouts. If you are only speaking of their doctrine/beliefs, than you have to include conservatives, as well. Both extremes, of the parties, are masters of social delinquency. Pedophiles are the problem. Their sexual deviation devastates the lives of innocent young children and brings down organizations to their knees. Literally.

David Collins

Pretty simple , liberalism , inclusiveness , is at fault here. To allow pedophiles into a close relationship with vulnerable children , what could possibly go wrong ? All in the name of inclusiveness . Please excuse me if I barff .

JusticeForAll

Sorry, did you mean barf? As in vomit? Definition of barff. : to protect (iron or steel) with a coating of iron oxide Fe3O4 by the Bower-Barff process. Please explain how liberalism/inclusiveness is at fault. Awfully broad statement. Don't think the Boy Scouts "allowed" or "solicited" pedophiles to be a part of their organization. Is that what you are suggesting? Don' think pedophiles fall under the definition of inclusiveness, which is defined as "the practice or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of minority groups." You are taking that definition and twisting it to try and prove a point. Pedophiles are vile, sick individuals, not worthy of breathing.

David Collins

Pedophile scout leaders , priests , boarding school teachers , what is the difference ? They are attracted to anywhere there is a collection of vulnerable youths . We trust the fore mentioned organizations to properly vet those in charge . Obviously the various systems failed to do so and tried to cover things up . To trust but verify is a conservative view. Blind trust , not so much . What is your point ?

JusticeForAll

Wow. Don't think to trust and verify is only a conservative view. Talk about close minded. Think you know the point.

David Collins

ABSOLUTLY guilty as charged on this subject and I personally know of what I speak . Enough said !

JusticeForAll

There are others who. unfortunately, know this topic too well, but closing down conversations is what perpetuates the problem.

David Collins

Continuing a conversation will solve what ? The problem is that they are allowed access to our innocent children . No one wakes up one morning and says “ I think I will become a pedophile today. “ they all have a history of it and are allowed to persist due to denial . Oh , he is a good guy and won’t do it again . Liberalism . Stupid liberalism . Don’t lock him up , rehabilitate him . Liberalism . They were born with that tendency and including him in the general population will lead to no good . A predator is a predator and allowing him to mingle with the sheep is madness . Some folks just need marginalization . Period . So talk about this subject all you wish . I decline , thank you very much .

JusticeForAll

I agree with you there is a problem, but It is not liberalism that gives them access to children. No one group is responsible. Our society tries to identify them, but most are placed in an inadequate system of prison and/or treatment/therapy. There is no justification for their heinous acts, but our society is ill equipped to deal with the problem. There is no way to solve this problem if we allow political measures, that really make little to no difference, to set the stage. Children deserve to be protected and as adults it is our responsibility to develop effective measures. This will take great effort/understanding and commitment from all sides of this issue. And the truth is that little will probably be done, even with effort, due to the complexity of the issue.

Big Don

I AM A 70 YEAR OLD DEMOCRAT THAT CAME UP IN THE BSA.I ALLSO HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO COME UP WITH MY SON IN THE BSA BEFORE THE CHANGE.I CAN NOT WAIT TO VOTE FOR TRUMP IN 2020.I AM ASHAMED OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.I HOPE YOU ARE SATISFIED.TRUMP LANDSLIDE 2020.

DeadBolt

ALWAYS ROOM IN HERE BIG DON! Welcome to just the opposite of what you , so accurately described by the way, WHERE WE ACTUALLY think and discuss, and try to act with some civility, oh, heck, we do toss a joke or two as well! [beam] Congratulations.

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