In 1790 George Washington was quoted as saying, “A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” 

Sounds like a prescription for joining the Boy Scouts doesn't it!  As usual, George was ahead of his time. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was established 120 years later in 1910 and for the next 100 years the organization taught, skills, values, persistence, hard work and so much more to millions of boys.  The Scout oath concludes - To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight  Somewhere along the way some of that got twisted  Now the scouts are in trouble as Mark Alexander of the Patriot Post predicted.

"As a former Scout, a Scout leader, the father of two Eagle Scouts, and a BSA Executive Council member, it grieves me to report that the national BSA board has, as I estimated it would a year ago, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy."

Mark Alexander, Executive Editor and Publisher of The Patriot Post has been writing about the problems with the Boy Scouts for some time. In December of 2018 he wrote,

 "I have been a critic of the national BSA board since 2013, when, under the leadership of wealthy corporate execs who had no connection with grassroots scouting, they made the socially and morally irresponsible decision to removed membership restrictions against homosexuals. In an open letter, I wrote, “While all homosexuals are not molesters of teens and pre-teens, where same-sex molestation occurs, homosexuals are almost always the perpetrators. So, why would the national BSA board consider a motion to remove its restrictions on homosexual members and leaders?” The answer: “Several corporations have pulled their support for the BSA because of its sexual-orientation policies…”

Alexander's most recent column, available here, points out the politics of the left and how pressure born of political correctness and fear of protests pushed corporate sponsors to force changes in Scouting policy.  Corporate America, far removed from the merit badge pursuits of local scouts, should never have been allowed to exert that kind of control.

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