An insightful piece by Martin Daubney in the Telegraph. Excerpts:
Ever since it was officially recognised by Royal charter in 1912, the Scout Association has taught British kids the type of campfire practicality and social do-gooding that is arguably lacking in our tech-rich, late capitalist world.
All that is in danger, however, as the organisation is having to turn away young applicants due to a lack of adult volunteers willing to teach them life skills such as how to tie knots, launch watercraft and work together to achieve a goal.
According to Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, the waiting list is now upwards of 51,000 young people (it was 35,000 this time last year), with an extra 17,000 volunteers needed to cope with the demand…
Since 2007, it has been compulsory for girls to be admitted to the UK Scouts (no reciprocal agreements allow boys into the Brownies or Girl Guides) [my emphasis]. This drive to encourage “cross-gender participation” was a huge success: there are 83,363 female members aged between 6-25. But it’s possible that this boom has exacerbated the shortage of adult male volunteers willing to come forward…
To our shame, we have allowed male Scout leaders, teachers and any men working with children to become nudge-nudge, wink-wink figures of suspicion and ridicule.
Part of the blame must reside with the toxic, feminist, politically-driven whispering campaign that “all men are potential rapists”. Modern masculinity has been put in the dock, and there it appears to remain.
Martin might have mentioned that the anti-male bias of the organization goes right to the top. 18 months ago I wrote a piece, Scouting is going tits up. Belinda Brown penned an excellent piece for TCW, ‘Now the Scouts are to be transformed into a feminist front’. The penultimate paragraph:
In our contemporary society there are many who sit on the fence with regard to feminism. But feminism is deeply damaging to the fabric of society, hurting families and communities and creating hostilities between women and men. In its relentless, covert, all-pervasive and underhand way feminism is responsible for much unhappiness.
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