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CO Cub Scout Booted From Den For Calling BS On Republican State Senator (VIDEOS)

Ames Mayfield asking Vicki Marble about gun control and racist comments (screenshot courtesy Lori Mayfield via YouTube)



It’s been said that kids can always sniff out someone trying to pull a fast one. One of the most beautiful examples of this in recent memory comes from Broomfield, Colorado; a suburb of Denver. A Republican state senator got more than what she bargained for when she dropped by a local Cub Scout den. One of the boys ran her all over the room with tough questions about gun control and her…

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CO Cub Scout Booted From Den For Calling BS On Republican State Senator (VIDEOS)

Ames Mayfield asking Vicki Marble about gun control and racist comments (screenshot courtesy Lori Mayfield via YouTube)



It’s been said that kids can always sniff out someone trying to pull a fast one. One of the most beautiful examples of this in recent memory comes from Broomfield, Colorado; a suburb of Denver. A Republican state senator got more than what she bargained for when she dropped by a local Cub Scout den. One of the boys ran her all over the room with tough questions about gun control and her…

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Ames Mayfield is a real one. And why do the Boy Scouts stay hustling backwards? 

As my mother so eloquently posted on facebook this morning, this kind of response from the Girl Scouts is not acceptable.

In a response to the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow female scouts, the higher-ups at GSUSA (Girl Scouts of the United States of America) decided it was appropriate to respond saying that the Boy Scouts’ “house is on fire” that they’re (slight paraphrasing) “feeding the flames.”
To be frank, the kind of behavior is petty, and sets a bad example for young girls and women everywhere. It teaches that it’s acceptable to push others down to further yourself. As a 10 year member of Girl Scouts, I am beyond disappointed in my organization’s reaction.

The great and mighty Ben Shapiro has smitten thee

Boy’s Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts, has a long running comic about a donkey named Pedro who, if I remember correctly, drags his friends along for bad LSD trips. 

i remember wanting to be a boy scout when i was like ten because

a) i was too shy for door-to-door selling cookies.

b) i didn’t want to go to safeway for field trips; i wanted to backpack to the middle of the desert.

c) for some reason, i wanted to hunt bears. and play with knives. knives are soooo shiny.

boy scouts is about adventure and public service and survivalism and being hardcore in general. i wanted to learn the knots. i wanted to get the welding badge because welding looked hardcore. i wanted to be hardcore.

they told me girl scouts was the same, but it wasn’t. they didn’t let me burn stuff or cut stuff. they parked me in front of the local safeway i went on a “field trip” to and made me peddle out cookies to annoyed customers. they taught me about cooking and crafts. i know knitting is hardcore, but really:

i didn’t sign up for scrapbooking lessons. i signed up for bear hunting and playing with molten metal. and i knew they didn’t offer it, but it was the closest i could get. it was really the closest. 

you can say that it’s equal. you can say that just the mere existence of girl scouts is enough to justify your “feminism.” you can say that girls can do anything on those fuckin t-shirts you give out like propaganda flyers. but i know you don’t believe that. 

you don’t think girls can weld or go camping or shoot rifles. you don’t. that’s why you make us sit in the classrooms and braid teapot cozies. it’s why you take us on tours of grocery stores. what if we want to hunt bears? too bad. we gotta.

you don’t think boys are supposed braid teapot cozies or knit or cook. that’s why you dump them out in the wilderness. what if they want to knit and stuff? too bad. they gotta.

separate isn’t equal. separate isn’t fair. i know it’s tradition, but look: the world is changing. boy scouts and girl scouts aren’t defined by what gender they are. what makes them them is what they do. 

“…There’s a disdain for manhood in every corner of society, thanks in part to modern, liberal “feminism.” Masculinity is treated as a disease to be eradicated. Men are worthy of scorn merely for being male. Unless, of course, they talk a good game of “women’s rights” and “reproductive freedom.” In which case, they’ll be lauded and loved (even as they betray their wives and assault other women).

…We need a revival of genuine manhood, and a renewed appreciation for the gifts of masculinity.

A good man uses his masculine strength to protect, defend and provide for the ones he loves — his family above all, but also his community. A good man is one who exercises chastity and self-mastery concerning his sexuality. A good man is trustworthy, honorable, faithful and kind. A good man seeks to defend the helpless, not abandon them to death.

The Boy Scouts are not a guarantee of virtuous manhood. But they were once a powerful weapon to that end, and it deserves to be left to boys alone.

A Marvelous, Equally-Beneficial Cycle

By and large, boys who are shaped by good men grow up to be good men. Good men are good husbands and fathers. Good husbands and fathers anchor healthier, stable families. Children from stable, healthy families don’t grow up damaged by the chaos and wounds of dysfunction and brokenness. They become more stable, healthy adults.

Children who grow up with good fathers in the home — married to their mothers — learn stability, steadfastness, commitment, strength, sacrifice and a host of other virtues that masculinity offers.

Women benefit enormously from this. Good husbands and fathers treat women with respect and dignity. Women who are treated with respect and dignity in turn bring out the very best in men. It’s the most perfect, mutually-beneficial cycle: Women who treat men with honor and admiration are rewarded with men who treat women with respect and dignity, and use their strength to protect and defend, not dominate.

This motivates women to appreciate the gifts of masculinity and esteem the good men in their lives. This brings out the knight in a good man, and round and round it goes.

Everyone is blessed — most of all, children — for they see the genius of this masculine/feminine exchange. They grow up with a healthy and proper understanding of how men and women work well together. They learn how men and women complement and complete one another, instead of learning how to despise each other.”

- Jennifer Hartline

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh9p0DkjANA)

Nooo!

The feminsts are going WAY TOO FAR,this kinda stuff has to stop!

During past years’ debates over banning openly gay and trans Boy Scouts and leaders, detractors cited the potential for sexual activity among males in the woods. Some of the same detractors now expressed concern about boys being with girls. The fundamental element there is really not the preservation of heterosexuality, but the preservation of status. The objection is to anything that threatens the exclusive nature of what it means to be a man as it refers to a code of identity that commands power.

The darkest side of this code recurs in story after story after story. Earlier this month, producer Harvey Weinstein invoked it in his defense that he had come from “a different generation.” And it’s possible to acknowledge the relevance of that admission without absolving him of guilt. His alleged and admitted behavior suggests that he fundamentally did not see women as peers—or even as autonomous beings with the right not to be abused. At age 65, it’s unlikely that even the most intensive therapies would undo or reverse this way of seeing the world once it’s so deeply etched into a person’s consciousness.

The learning might have happened, though, through constant exposure to a world in which boys and girls, men and women, interact with each other in quotidian ways—ways not sexual or objective or predicated on differences. A world in which variously gendered people can operate in the same vicinity and there is no need for teaching anyone about other groups being “equal” at all.

It’s the shape of a 9mil

Here’s a very personal story about my experience and why there should be gender equality in Boy Scouts:

Growing up, I was surrounded by Scouting. My dad was the Pack Leader when my older brother was in Cub Scouts. I remember visiting meetings at our church’s hall and seeing many people who I saw as my peers and friends getting to participate in events that I was not allowed to for the simple reason of the sex I was assigned at birth. My parents did a respectable job making me not feel completely left out and for the most part, at the time, it didn’t really bother me.

I joined Girl Scouts as early as I could. My mother lead my Daisy Troop, which was filled with some of my best friends. It was fun, but it was always a small unit. The Cub Scout Pack was seemingly huge, with dens within the pack. My Daisy Troop was always small and lacked that sense of being a part of a large, cohesive group with history that I craved.

When my brother aged out of Cub Scouts and into Boy Scouts, it wasn’t long until my mother took over as Troop Leader for the whole unit. I remember some of the social turmoil attached to a WOMAN leading a group of MEN. I’m sure there’s so much I never saw, but the fact that there was any question that my mother, one of the most capable, intelligent, and well-trained people for the position would get questioned seemingly ONLY based on her gender was insane and still is to this day.

Because of my family’s heavy involvement in both of my brother’s units in Boy Scouts, I got to peripherally participate in a lot of Boy Scouts. Where we could, we applied my Boy Scouting experiences to my Girl Scout patches and advancements, but it wasn’t the same as going to Merit Badge Days with all my closest friends like my brother and his friends were able to do with other local Boy Scouts.

Girl Scouts attempted to emulate some of the things I admired in Boy Scouts with their own day camps and activities, but I would take what I learned in Boy Scouts working with the guys from the Boy Scout Troop and at Boy Scout camps with my family and apply them to the Girl Scout events and quickly surpassed the skill level of those trying to teach me basic camp skills. I would show up to be taught how to lash together a tripod and leave having lashed a whole kitchen station and table. They wanted to teach me a bowline knot and I was tying french bowlines for speed that I could use to hoist myself. It always seemed like the elementary school version compared to a real education in outdoors skills. This sentiment is largely mirrored throughout Girl Scouts for me in general.

I was able to work at a few Boy Scout camps with my family where I was a rifle and archery range assistant, a ropes course helper, a programming assistant, and an educator. I worked with kids as young as 5 and adults old enough to be my grandparents.

FINALLY when I turned 14, I was allowed to join Venturing, BSA’s co-ed branch of Boy Scouts and very shortly thereafter also joined Sea Scouts, also a co-ed branch of BSA. By this time, I had been through probably 4 Girl Scout units, none of which managed to stay together longer than a few years. That being said, I had maxed out all achievements available at each level thanks to my secret association with the Boy Scouts.

Venturing was one of the greatest parts of my teenage years. I traveled to Hawaii, all over California, and all the way to Boy Scout National Jamboree. I participated in many Venturing camping events and led my Crew for many years. I attained my Ranger Award as well as my Silver Award in Venturing.

By this point, there weren’t even any Girl Scout units I could even be a member of that weren’t glorified homemaker school. I became a solo or juliette scout in Girl Scouts. As a solo scout, I completed my Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards, the highest achievement available in the organization. My secret? I did my final project for my Gold Award for a Boy Scout Camp.

In Sea Scouts, I lead my ship and drove a group who were all older than me to learn knots, drill, and many other skills. We were a new unit still looking to figure out how it all worked, but we had a lot of fun and, in the end, we achieved quite a bit.

All of this isn’t to say that my experience in Girl Scouts was BAD. I got to see my friends and learn with them while we did fun things like sleepovers at Sea World, but it always lacked the meaning and cohesiveness that Boy Scouts had. Most of the skills that were emphasized in the Girl Scout ranks were like glorified Home Ec. What I craved was adventure and being pushed to be my best self, and the curriculum in Girl Scouts did not suit my vision of my best self.

I was the closest that I could be to being a Boy Scout growing up. I saw my brother get his Eagle. I remember how proud the whole unit was. The Eagle Scouts are an internationally recognized achievement that is respected by schools, employers, and politicians. While I have many of the highest achievements available to me that I am deeply proud of, none hold the prestige of the rank of Eagle. I would BE an Eagle Scout if the sex I was born didn’t preclude me.

The fact that there is ANY discourse over if it is appropriate to include girls in Boy Scouts is crazy to me. It isn’t about Boy Scouts vs. Girl Scouts. Its about what these programs teach, how they are structured, and what they give the participants for their future. I am the person I am today thanks to Boy Scouts, even though I was never one myself.

So, thank you Boy Scouts for everything you’ve taught me and for working to ensure that the next generation can have the opportunities that I did not. Also, thank you to my parents, my brother, all those scouting parents that humored my ‘Sister of Boy Scout’ status, and for all of my friends that I’ve worked and learned with in Scouting, in Boy and Girl Scouts, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.

Here’s to a brighter future.

On the topic of girls being now allowed in the Boy Scouts, I was against this decision until I read through both sides of the argument. I thought it was another one of those annoying situations where girls were being allowed into spaces for boys simply for social justice points, but that really doesn’t seem to be the case here.

I understand the point of keeping a place for boys to have their own space. I totally understand this point but I wanted to share my counter thoughts with you…

The Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts have seen a decline over the years. It made sense to make the shift. I think the Boy Scouts are smart to do this. A lot of people actually support this merge and I see why. I was reading from a Girl Scout Troop leader how difficult it is to set up activities, to get the training… to really do anything or set anything up for the girls. She talked about how her husband was a Boy Scout Troop leader and had to go through much less to do things with the boys.

A big point I have seen many people bring up, including her, was the fact that boy scouts do so many more hands on things. As a woman who was a Girl Scout for many years when I was younger, I can tell you The Boy Scouts learn so many more valuable skills. We played around, went to a few fun places like Sea World, looked cute, learned about friendship and sold cookies. The boy scouts went camping, learned survival skills, learned life skills, and actually really benefited from their program.

If the Girl Scouts want to keep their girls, they need to step up. I’ve seen them bring up the homophobia and transphobia that has existed, and sometimes still does, in the Boy Scouts but honestly, its not relevant to the argument here. You’re grasping at straws, Girl Scouts… If you want to keep your girls, actually teach them things that have value. Girls and parents are tried of just looking cute, making girl friends, and selling cookies. They want their girls to be strong and have some valuable life skills. Stop complaining and step up.

In conclusion, the Boy Scouts have made this decision mainly on the premise of both programs having declining numbers. I think this decision will actually be very beneficial for girls and won’t affect boys negatively as long as the curriculum stays the same. Just my thoughts.