People have been asking me “What do you think of the Boy Scouts changing their name to ‘Scouts’?”A lot of people say it’s just Boy Scouts caving in to pressure. And there is some of that. No organization can thrive if it’s continuously being criticized for not being inclusive. I’ve been a scout leader for about 10 years and for awhile there, I got some crap for it.”Dave, how can you support an organization that bans gays?” Well, remember, the US Military banned gays up until fairly recently. The boy scouts have never been on the cutting edge of social change. They’ve always been about adventure and climbing rocks and hiking and white-water rafting. It wasn’t surprising that the boy scouts were a few years behind.A few years ago, if a bunch of Boy Scouts were walking through the airport, someone might say, “You guys should be ashamed for excluding gays!” No, YOU should be ashamed for ridiculing a bunch of boys who have nothing to do with it’s policy.
See what I mean? If the Boy Scouts hadn’t finally welcomed girls, it wouldn’t thrive because of the constant scrutiny.On the the whole “girl” thing.Tell me this. Why not? Besides the fact that they’re girls, why not?I was born at the US Air Force Academy. The Academy didn’t admit women until 1976. They realized that flying a fighter jet or a C-130 didn’t require a man, it just required a good pilot.So why not have girls in Scouting?
I know they have their own organization. I don’t know much about girl scouts, but from what I’ve been told, Girl Scouts doesn’t offer two things:
1. The rugged and challenging program that Boy Scouts does.
2. The Eagle Rank.
I’m know Girl Scouts camp and hike and kick ass. I know a few Girl Scouts and I admire them. But you don’t hear about Girl Scouts adventures the way you hear about Boy Scouts. Maybe it’s there but maybe the marketing message isn’t as strong. People know that Boy Scouts hike and climb and wrestle bears and survive in the forest for a week with just a hatchet. And that’s appealing.
The Girls Scouts have The Gold Award. I’ve heard it’s harder to attain than the Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts. The problem is, it doesn’t carry the prestige the Eagle Scout carries. It should but it doesn’t. So girls want Eagle, the rank that says, “Holy crap! This kid made Eagle!”