November 23rd, 2019

compass rose

The Bewilderment of the Boy Scouts

Daniel Boone is said to have claimed that he had never gotten lost in the wilderness, though he had once been “bewildered” for about three days. To those looking on from the outside, the Boy Scouts of America look like they’re lost these days; meanwhile, I’m hoping they’re merely bewildered and will soon figure out how to get where they need to be. This post is for my friends outside of Scouting who keep asking me what’s going on. It should be noted that I claim no insider knowledge, but I hear things, and I "know people who know people,” and all that.

BSA has gone through a great many shocks in recent years. To understand where they are these days, we need to look at the things that they have faced and the way they’ve attempted to deal with them.Collapse )