Scouting Magazine - betting the farm on girls in Issues & Politics Posted August 30, 2018 · Edited August 30, 2018 by gblotter 2 hours ago, skeptic said: Perhaps I am; one of the drawbacks of getting old and cantankerous. You and I are both old enough to be cantankerous. 10 hours ago, skeptic said: take a real look and listen to the voices that are most important, those of the youth being served. As a current Scoutmaster with a troop of 30 Scouts, I do a lot of looking and listening. I hear concern from the boys about losing their program. I see them kicking advancement into overdrive to finish Eagle quickly and then exit. This summer we took 14 Scouts to camp. Based on current polling, next year we will likely get only 5 signing up for a co-ed summer camp experience. Families are making other plans and moving on from Scouting. This "perceived negativity" is not imagined. 10 hours ago, skeptic said: Reality is that adjustments will be made and those focused on playing the game will work to smooth it out and move forward. The reality is that once people walk away, it is too late for adjustments to smooth it out. 10 hours ago, skeptic said: if heaven forbid one of the terrible things predicted does happen, the few will parade it around with loud "I told you so's". I'm always surprised when people with age don't have the accompanying wisdom to learn from past mistakes. I earned my Eagle in 1974. I remember well BSA's disaster with the Improved Scouting Program of the 1970s which also attempted to re-engineer Scouting for modern sensibilities. There was a similar "get done and get out" attitude back then in reaction to divisive changes forced upon the masses by the enlightened folks at BSA National. It resulted in a devastating membership loss of 2.5 million, and the CSE was forced into early retirement. There was no parading around and "I told you so's'" - people just left. BSA does not have the robust membership and financial health to survive a similar disaster this time around. I'm beyond sad to see this reenactment happening before my eyes.