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He said it beautifully and logically.  It is hard to argue with the logic but I know many will.

Allow me to argue.

 

This is a reactive and likely interim decision. The BSA should have allowed local units the "option" to remove gender identity from membership requirements. In a week, there will be another lawsuit arguing that if a transgender (biological) girl can join then a biological girl should as well.

 

David CO makes a good point about requiring female leaders in units.

 

One person tents next.

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Wow.  Hate me all you want, but I'm not ok with this.  If I had to guess the "Scouts" of America will be co-ed by the end of the decade.

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In regards to YPT and co-ed leaders:  I think the message we are being sent from Irving is, "if the parents say she is a boy, then she's a boy.  Period."  No need to change the way you operate your unit.  Operate your unit under the premise that you still have a troop of "all boys".  Yes, this will be a mess.  Waiting for the response from the major religious supporters such as LDS.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/31/its-time-for-churches-to-sever-ties-with-boy-scouts.html

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BSA Announcement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh

 

He did indeed say it well and I agree. I called our COR to let him know about this and his response was a sigh of relief that "BSA did the right thing." And I agree with that too. The families should be 'in charge' of personal matters regarding their children. Plus, for this unit, it completely removes this issue as a future potential conflict with BSA...win, win.

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Well worded statement, and so much better than dragging it out for 15 years.

 

I'm sure this has been happening to some degree for the past 10-15 years, just 'under the radar'. I'm 100% sure I've never provided a copy of my sons birth certificates to BSA. I suspect that children who identify as boys have been registering locally as boys and nobody has known or said anything.

This is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.

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bowing to 'political correctness'.  A very dangerous thing me thinks.

 

I'd hate to be on the campout when that boy has his first period.

bewa ha ha!!  Funny!!!

 

 

BSA just needs to go coed.   Their is no reason not to do it. Heck the first thing my son said was they just need to let girls in.

No kidding.  Whether you Agree about coed or not, that is exactly where it is heading and this whole business is just the muddy zone in the middle.

 

Cut to the chase BSA and change your name already!!!

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I'd hate to be on the campout when that boy has his first period.

 

 

bowing to 'political correctness'.  A very dangerous thing me thinks.

 

bewa ha ha!!  Funny!!!

 

 

No kidding.  Whether you Agree about coed or not, that is exactly where it is heading and this whole business is just the muddy zone in the middle.

 

Cut to the chase BSA and change your name already!!!

 

As funny as this may appear at first, does anyone want to be the SM of the first scout that get pregnant because YPT protocol wasn't in place?  They are all boys and they need to be treated equally as such.  There is nothing going to protect the adult leaders in YPT because until it gets settled in court, to protect oneself, they have to make arrangements for being co-ed when in fact they say they aren't a co-ed organization.

 

The ice has become too thin that after 45+ years of working with youth, it's time to err on the side of self protection here.

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Correct me if I am wrong but this looks like they have left it to the states gender identity policies and it clearly says that the unit will help them find a suitable program. That kinda means to me that maybe for most of us nothing will really change. I believe here in NC we are still of the notion that your birth gender is the correct determination.

 

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The ice has become too thin that after 45+ years of working with youth, it's time to err on the side of self protection here.

I agree 100%.  We live in a world with too many lawyers and people ready to sue a the drop of a hat.  It's an unfortunate thing that people need to worry more about protecting themselves then the youth, but I'm afraid that it's definitely come to that.

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So everyone has to sleep in a one man tent now?    Seems the safest option.

 

What do we do when the girl who decided she was a boy changes her mind and goes back to being a girl?

 

To Irving it's all about the $,  I am betting their " weeks of debate" were mostly about the cost of legal fees and loss of corporate sponsors vs: cost of a few new COs, and drop in FOS donations from a few conservatives.

 

Any takers?

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Our local camp has a main bathhouse with one section for male adults, another for female adults, and a third (larger) for the boys.  I guess first order is to raise funds to tear down that bathouse and create another to fit the new policy.  Those concerned with the YPT aspect have some valid concerns which shouldn't be dismissed.  This policy has secondary and tertiary effects. 

 

The mother of the 8-yr old girl identifying as a boy said, "she would like for her son to re-join the Scouts, but only if the leader who kicked him out leaves."  Understanding this lady is upset, but I'm suspecting the leader was following the policy at the time.  How intolerant of her.

 

There's so much going on in my head.  Honestly as a Cub Scout leader I enjoy the family camp setting where the boys play with the girl siblings. I also enjoy working with female scout leaders.  So in that aspect if BSA was changed to "whatever" Scouts of America I'd be fine with that.  But on the other hand - what hurts is that I had an organization where my boy was being brought up among other boys, to deal with boy issues and learn values associated with growing up as a male.  Sometimes boys just need to be with other boys, under the influence of a male role model(s).  Why does society want to get away from this?  They can deal with all this other stuff at school.  

 

So there you are.  I'm sure you can tell I'm a white Christian male living in the south - your license to now attack me but all in the spirit of scouting.

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Keep it in mind the check box on the application is filled out by the parents, NOT THE CHILD.  It is signed by the parents, NOT THE CHILD.  If the parents wish to lie on the application form, so be it, but that is the only thing that is going to apply when the issue of some scouter being accused of something sexually inappropriate.  I'm sure the courts will err on the side of the child's welfare, not what some parent checked on the application and the end result is the Scouter is out of scouting and will forever be on the National Sexual Offender Database.  Good luck with that.  (And where will BSA be in all this?  Right there by your side defending you all the way.... Riiiiight!)

 

pretty much this. 

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