I’ve recently been thinking about the impact my experiences with the Boy Scouts (BSA) have had on my overall outlook and my life in general.
If you’re a long-term reader, you’ll remember that I am an Eagle Scout. For those that don’t know this rank is extremely difficult to earn, and the statistics show that less than 2% of all boys who have been in BSA ever (yes, you read that correctly) earn Eagle.
In this section of the Internet where most guys either have the “I got mine, so fuck you” or the “What’s in it for me?” attitudes, possibly trying to follow what I’m going to talk about next might help out. You have to have higher sense of self than “fuck bitches, make money.”
Some guys throw around words like “honor,” “loyalty,” or “duty” while not actually practicing what they preach. The “hustle” is more important than their own integrity.
Side note: When did “hustle” lose its pejorative meaning? The dictionary definition, paraphrased, reduces down to taking money/possessions off of unsuspecting marks.
Now one of the things you have to learn in order to get the first rank, Tenderfoot, in the BSA is the Scout Law. These are 12 things that each Scout should try to live their everyday life by.
As quoted from the BSA handbook, they are:
“A Scout is trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.”
“A Scout is loyal. A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.”
“A Scout is helpful. A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.”
“A Scout is friendly. A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.”
“A Scout is courteous. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.”
“A Scout is kind. A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.”
“A Scout is obedient. A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.”
“A Scout is cheerful. A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.”
“A Scout is thrifty. A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.”
“A Scout is brave. A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.”
“A Scout is clean. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.”
“A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”
If you’re interested in more in-depth explanations of each of the Laws, please go here.
Sounds familiar to a lot of what the Manosphere teaches right? Just goes to show you, that most of the things that are “discovered” were already known back in the past.
The Boy Scouts have been unfairly maligned in recent years. For an organization that does so much good in a boy’s developing years (12-17) and for communities at large, the very recent calls for “inclusiveness” from people who wouldn’t have joined anyways are both misguided and unfounded. The social justice “fight” to change the membership rules of every single private organization in this country will and should fail spectacularly.
Interestingly, there is a social stigma growing up that you cannot even admit to being a Scout due to peer ostracization. You were a “faggot” or a “loser” if you talked about your membership with your school friends, and even some supposedly “all-inclusive, tolerant” liberal adults would dress you down due to some of the BSA’s stances (gays, girls joining). Every single guy I knew in my Scout Troop didn’t talk about Scout stuff outside of our weekly meetings. We all turned out well, and in many respects better than our peers.
Funnily enough, those that used to make fun of the Scouts as kids changed their tune when they got older. I can’t recall all the times where me being a Eagle comes up in conversation somehow and the other person says, “Oh wow, that’s really cool. I wish I did that when I was younger!” I would smile and think “Friendly, Courteous, Kind.”