By: Brian Evans
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in England in 1908 by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who wanted to promote good citizenship and morality in subsequent generations. He had been a soldier for the British Empire and served in India, Afghanistan, and South Africa. In 1895, he commanded native troops in Ashanti and later served in the Matabele campaign. Then, during the British Empire South African Boer War, Baden-Powell led 1,200 men who ended up being besieged in Mafeking for 217 days by an overwhelming Boer army.
His troops experienced famine and sickness during the siege, but his resourcefulness allowed them to defend their position, consequently keeping his men alive until help arrived on May 12, 1900. As a result of his bravery, resourcefulness, and heroic acts, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.
Two years after he founded the Boy Scouts, he helped his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell found the Girl Guides in 1910. Powell founded the Scouts on Christian values, and as a result, it grew into the largest worldwide voluntary youth movements, with more than 25 million. In fact, in the Scouts 1917 pamphlet, called ‘The Outlook‘ on Scouting, Baden-Powell wrote an introduction, Scouting & Christianity, stating:
“Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity.”
“We aim for the practice of Christianity in their everyday life and dealings, and not merely the profession of its theology on Sundays …
In fact, Boy Scouts has been dedicated to the practice of the Christian faith in a boys daily life, and not just on Sundays. Powell said that the Boy Scouts created a brotherhood with vast opportunities that are open to all and that…
“It gives every man his chance of service for his fellow-men and for God.”
Also, Baden-Powell wrote in Scouting for Boys, 1908:
“No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws … First: Love and serve God. Second: Love and serve your neighbor.”
Baden-Powell, Founder of Boy Scouts of America
And in Aids to Scoutmastership, 1919:
“Development of outlook naturally begins with a respect for God… Reverence to God and reverence for one’s neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God.”
Baden-Powell, Founder of Boy Scouts of America
Not only did the Founder embrace the ideals of God, and the Christian Faith, but it was expressly pointed out in the various handbooks of the Boy Scouts of America. For example…
The Scout Handbook, 5th edition (1948) says…
“The Scout shows true reverence in two principal ways. First, you pray to God, you love God and you serve Him.
The Scout Handbook, 5th edition (1948), in the section ‘Duty to God’, a scout was admonished to be ‘faithful to God’s Commandments’:
“You worship God regularly with your family in your church or synagogue. You try to follow the religious teachings that you have been taught, and you are faithful in your church school duties, and help in church activities. Above all you are faithful to Almighty God’s Commandments.
The Boy Scouts promoted the ideals of reverence for nature, reverence for the law, and reverence for God. In fact, each boy that became a Boy Scout bound himself to the Scout Oath which stated…
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.”
President Calvin Coolidge pointed out the importance of the importance of the Boy Scouts organizations influence when he stated…
“The 12 articles in these scout laws are…affirmative rules of conduct.”
In all, Boy Scout members must promise to be…
trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Sadly, in the last twenty years, just as the morality and respect for God and his laws have been on the decline in America, and throughout the world, Progressives in America and worldwide have targeted any organization that promotes Christian ideals and morals! They have tried to take businesses down like Chic-fil-a, not because they imposed their beliefs on others, but simply because they are founded by Christians, and follow their faith. They have targeted Hobby Lobby because the company refused to violate their Christian faith. They target cities who have Christian symbols on public grounds, Christmas decorations that include crosses, Jesus, or God, and they targeted the Boy Scouts of America, simply because they promoted Christian beliefs, emphasized morality, and obedience to God and country.
Unfortunately, due to the attack on God and faith, the divorce rate has skyrocketed, abuse has been on the rise, homosexuality and prostitution are at all-time highs, crime has become commonplace, hate-crimes have become more apparent, and governments focus more on the eradication of Christianity and faith, with the embracing of radical ideology.
Unfortunately, with the degradation of religion and discipline in the home, home ties have loosened, and children have lost respect for the laws of God and their own family, and consequently the laws of man. Even Calvin Coolidge pointed out how there is no substitute for the influences of the home and of religion, as they are a dominant part in the formation of a child’s personality and character, which nothing can take its place.
President Coolidge said that…
“The Boy Scout movement can never be…a substitute but…an ally of strict parental control and family life under religious influences…
The Boy Scouts were founded as an institution of Christian values, pride in one’s nation, and kindness towards one’s fellow man. It was designed to instill habits and actions that lead boys towards a relationship with God, respect for the laws of God and man, as well as providing a solid foundation for young boys to become good citizens, good fathers, and men who walk in the footsteps of God. In that, it affirms religious importance in the lives of the individual, and the life of one’s nation. Ultimately, it emphasizes a respect for the convictions of other people as well.
Originally, religious freedom was basic in Americanism, and it is a tradition upon which our country is founded. However, that is a tradition, that Progressives would like for Americans to abandon. Part of the Boy Scout Motto says that the Boy Scouts should be both “mentally awake, and morally straight”. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that of being ‘morally straight’ that…
“It would be difficult for any political party or any government to state its purposes…in better terms than…the Scout Oath–‘To do my duty by my God and country.’
However, today as Americans across the nation have become ‘mentally asleep’, our nation has deviated from our once straight moral path. As a result, organizations like the Boy Scouts of America has become yet another victim of the anti-Christian, anti-God war of the Progressives. In fact, Progressives have waged a war on not only Christians but the Freedom of Religion itself. Unfortunately, it saddens me to see our nation abandon God and all who support him. It makes my heart ache as so many Scouts can only reminisce of a time where the leadership of our nation cared more for doing what is right, than ideological ends.
On February 16, 2002, Dr. James Dobson discussed his new book “Bringing Up Boys” at the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention. He said…
“The world into which children are born now has become a very dangerous place. It’s changed tremendously. … There is an attack on childhood. … I don’t think I can overstate it there are many people out there today who see in children an opportunity to change the culture. … They hate the Judeo-Christian value system. And children are the vulnerable ones. And if they can get control of the children … they can change the whole culture in one generation. And there is now a tsunami coming our way … and boys especially are in the bull’s eye. They’re in the cross-hairs. The National Education Association announced … every classroom of every school of every year is being taught homosexual propaganda. So they’re teaching them that bisexuality is normal and that homosexuality and heterosexuality are morally equivalent. … Of course, Christians can’t come in and counter that. … Can you imagine these children, 5-years old, sitting in a circle around the teacher who’s telling them about adult perverse behavior? And we’re not concerned about that? … 42 percent of the fourth-grade boys in this entire country can’t read, and yet, we’re going to teach them that? All these things are coming to your school. … There is a concerted effort to manipulate the minds of kids. … A stem cell is a cell in the human being … that in the very early stages of development it is undifferentiated. In other words, it’s not yet other kinds of tissue, but it can go any direction depending on the environment that it’s in. … Do you understand that children are the stem cells for the culture? The environment that you put them in is what they grow up to be. … I saw a video the other day of children in Afghanistan and they were teaching these children how they could slit the throats of Israelis. If you teach that to 6-year-old boys, you will have violent men when they grow up. That’s why there is this effort to control the minds of kids. It’s what’s behind the attack on the Boy Scouts.”
Now, regardless of the fact that former Boy Scouts have walked on the moon, become President of the United States, won the Heisman trophy, served as Cabinet Secretaries, Press Secretaries, served in Congress, traveled into space, and done so much for America and the world, it is all coming to an end.
Today, more than 30 million Americans cannot read, and millions more are mentally asleep, as they have become more interested in the next episode of their reality show, or football game, than to understand the ‘real world’ around them. It is a concerted effort to manipulate the minds of children, which has reached unprecedented levels, as too many Americans have become unable, or unwilling to differentiate fact from fiction, the real world from the fake word, and even fake news from real news. Furthermore, as Dr. Dobson points out, that is why the Progressives, Socialists, Communists have infiltrated organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and even schools. He points to how the young mind can differentiate in a multitude of directions, whether it be towards God, or towards the Progressive ideals of communism, and atheism. For example, in the Middle East, radical Islamists have been teaching children for years that they will be rewarded if they become suicide bombers and kill Christians and Jews, or if they slit the throats of Israeli Jews, or if they behead Christians. As a result, the children grow up to become violent, angry, men, of whom their life purpose is to kill people of faith. Ultimately, that is why Dr. Dobson said that…
“there is this effort to control the minds of kids. It’s what’s behind the attack on the Boy Scouts.”
Today, we can see that it is much greater than just the Boy Scouts of America, but it is a concerted effort to control the minds of humans worldwide, as they implement their global communist collective government of tomorrow.
Today, as the Boy Scout organization has grown to have a large salaried staff, which was contrary to Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s warning in his Farewell Note, where he said…
“Don’t let it become a salaried organization: keep it a voluntary movement of patriotic service.”
Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of BSA
Things only got worse for the BSA, as they made one of the most Progressive-Socialist Presidents Barack Obama in history an honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America in 2009. At that point, it was the beginning of the end for the organization. Quickly, there was pressure placed from the top down on the BSA to embrace the Progressives gay agenda, and allowed those who engage in homosexual behavior to join, and be leaders, despite it being contrary to biblical teachings, and their ideal of being ‘morally straight’. Therefore, on May 23, 2013, the Boy Scouts passed to abandon its Christian principles, for the new Progressive ideology.
Soon after, they began opening it up to girls, which became a complication for boys to ‘just be boys’, as campouts, fishing expeditions, and other endeavors had to change. Many of the remaining volunteer leaders that had invested much of their spare time in building the organization were outraged and felt betrayed, so the left.
Also, the betrayed volunteers decided to form a new organization in 2013 called Trail Life USA, which picked up with Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s vision, as they created it in the image of the original Boy Scouts of America organization.
Committed to developing Christian character and leadership skills, Trail Life’s motto is ‘Walk Worthy,’ while their oath says…
“On my honor, I will do my best, To serve God and my country; To respect authority; To be a good steward of creation; And to treat others as I want to be treated.”
Soon after the Boy Scouts 2013 betrayal to Christians and God, the Mormons severed their half-century ties with the BSA. It cost the organization more than 400,000 members. Combine that with the Catholic and Protestant churches, who also fled in droves, which cost the organization more than 10% of its membership.
Meanwhile, Trail Life USA who now embraces the faith-based scouting like the BSA once did, it has a membership explosion of more of more than 26,000 troops in 48 states already.
Today, reports indicate that the Boy Scouts of America are preparing to file bankruptcy, which could all have been averted. After all, the Supreme Court was on their side, but instead, they allowed Progressives war on Christianity to pervert the organization’s ideals, rather than standing on the firm moral ground.
Now, since they already turned their back on their basic values and principles, it was only a matter of time before they completely turned their back on God himself. Those decisions are costing the organization everything, as they prepare their Chapter 11 papers.
The Daily Caller reported that…
BOY SCOUTS ON VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY
The Boy Scouts of America is considering declaring bankruptcy, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The Wednesday report comes in the wake of sinking membership and multiple controversies surrounding the 108-year-old organization, including sex abuse allegations and its controversial decision to change its program name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA and allow girls into that program.
Chicago law firm Sidley Austin has reportedly been hired to assist in what would be a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
As the organization has made decisions deemed to be more inclusive, such as allowing openly gay scouts in 2013 and scoutmasters in 2015 as well as the 2018 decision to allow girls, membership has continued to decline sharply, from over 4 million members at its peak to a claimed 2.3 million members at present.
Sadly President Calvin Coolidge warned that the ‘wages of sin is death’, as he said…
“Most great men in history have been men of deep religious faith. Washington knelt in the snow to pray at Valley Forge. Lincoln always sought Divine guidance before each important decision. Be proud of your religious faith. In the past, I have declared my conviction that our Government rests upon religion; that religion is the source from which we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind…”
Today, as an Eagle Scout, it gives me a heavy heart and saddens me to see what was once a great organization falter, but in truth, they are reaping the fruit of what they have sown. Now, the organization that I had the honor to participate in, learn from and serve, is in disillusionment due to its rotting from within. Although it leaves me with a heavy heart, it also brings me a sense of promise for mankind, as I realize that Americans across our nation stood firm, not in support of an organization who turned its back on God, but they demonstrated that they honored the ideals that Sir Robert Baden-Powell strived to instill in the Boy Scouts, and consequently mankind throughout the world. They stood by not only the ideal of service to mankind, but most importantly they stood by the ideals of Christianity, and of one’s service to God!