Skip to comments.Boy Scouts shrink 6 percent after 1 year of allowing gay members
Posted on 02/13/2014 9:54:28 AM PST by HokieMom
The Boy Scouts of America experienced a modest dip in membership in 2013, but not the mass exodus that some social conservatives predicted while it was considering changing its membership policy on gays.
Boy Scouts membership fell by 6 percent last year, leaving it with nearly 2.5 million youth members and 960,000 adult members.
Reasons for the attrition, which is slightly greater than the 4 percent losses in 2012 and similar-sized declines in several previous years, are not fully understood but are likely related to the divisive vote on admitting openly gay youths to Scouts as well as a 60 percent increase in annual membership dues.
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Cheryl Wetzstein certainly is GLAAD that there was only a 6 per cent decline.
The three generations of our family had a very long serious discussion about this issue. Grandson is one year away from making Eagle. Then last week at their regular meeting their troop leader who has to have been a drill sarge in his former life talked to the entire group and parents who were waiting to pick up their sons about decisions that are made at the corporate level by people who are totally out of touch and make decisions about issues they should stay about. Told the boys that they must always remember to abide by their oath: God, family and country. Long, long speech. I could overhear only part of it while I was waiting for my grandson in a rather distant area.
When my grandson got in the car, the first thing he said after saying hello was “Who is Wendy Davis and you know we can’t buy any Girl Scout cookies any more but it would be helpful if I had your version of why”.
So, being in Texas and involved in politics, I did give him the lowdown on Wendy Davis and why we don’t buy Girl Scout cookies. I would suspect that he and his father, who is a “helper” will try to ride it out for one more year so he can get his Eagle Scout award. I never really expected him to stay with the group beyond that anyway because of his involvement in so many other activities.
But the boys all did get a speech that hopefully they will remember at least in part from their troop leader who is, by the way, the Sunday School teacher for many of them.
Thanks for sharing that story. It’s a tough decision being that close to a goal and having the organization’s entire charter change like that. A life’s lesson, that’s for sure.
My grandfather and uncle were Scout leaders. I was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Den Chief, and Explorer many years ago. There is no way that I would ever encourage anyone to join the Scouts today.
BSA 2013 National Membership Study - Executive Summary released 4/19/2013, key excerpts below ...
61% of scouters (volunteer leaders) favored traditional standard, 34% opposed it.
61% of Boy Scout parents supported the traditional standard
50% of Cub Scout parents supported traditional standard, 45% opposed it
51% of major donors supported the traditional standard, while 33% opposed it.
But a majority of Fortune 500 companies want to see the policy changed to support open homosexual identification in Scouting.
BSA has been losing membership since 1973. The new Membership Standard adopted on 5/23/2013 to allow openly homosexual youth, but no adults, will accelerate the membership decline, but not dramatically at first. It may take a year, i.e., early 2015, before BSA releases its annual membership statistics before we can judge how BSA membership has been affected.
I predict that guys who are just a couple years from Eagle Scout are not going to quit, because that means abandoning something they've been working toward for so long. But you're going to see fewer and fewer young kids coming in as the encroachment of "gay youth culture" becomes more obvious.
Well if they are Eagles in spirit if not the currently accepted definition, they will stand like men on their core principles and tell the BSA to FOAD.
In the end it doesn’t matter who caved hardest. The BSA caved. And to associate with it post cave is support.
I had no idea there was one adult for every 3 boy scouts in the organization.
No wonder the gays want in...ripe pickings.
As you indicated the BSA is in a long term decline, since 1973. This decline will continue, but at some point it will probably flatten out. Look at the statistics from the 2013 National Survey - 50% of Cub Scout parents supported open homosexuals in BSA. There is a HUGE generational change in attitudes/values out there. The parents in their 20s-30s for the most part have already accepted normalization of homoexuality in American culture.
Thee are certain seminaries where it happened. Read "Goodbye, Good Men."
Boy Scouts membership fell by 6 percent last year
I wonder what the response would be if I told my boss my 6 percent decline in sales was a "modest dip"
Their biggest problem will be in future years as fewer and fewer parents think putting their boys into scouting is a safe idea ?
That’s disappointing - should have been 60%. I guess some folks just don’t mind their sons getting boinked up the butt on a camping trip.
Most parents don’t see the danger until it’s too late. They are fooled by how the media portrays homosexuals.
From the article:
"Recently, 17-year-old Pascal Tessier of Kensington, Md., became the first openly [homosexual] youth to become an Eagle Scout. Pascal said he was relieved and happy to achieve the honor but intends to apply to be a Boy Scout leader when he turns 18 'to push the issue.'"
I just presented Trail Life USA to a group of about 50 people tonight.
I’m aware of that young man and the fact that he and his troop leaders broke their oath years ago.
Good for you. Excellent.
I just found out a couple minutes ago that a troop that I led several years ago just became an official Trail Life Troop. Woohoo
Correction, A troop I helped lead. Typed too quickly