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To Everyone Mad at Women & Liberals For “Making” the Boy Scouts Change Their Name: We Don’t Want This. We Never Wanted This

If the Scouts BSA are committed to making their program co-ed, and if people are having such a hard time accepting this, they could, at the very least, aim their rage in the appropriate direction. 

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Cartoonist Plays Himself by Trying to Make Fun of Girls Joining the Boy Scouts

When it was announced that the Boy Scouts of America was going to start allowing girls to join all sections of the programs, it was expected that there would be some pushback from different places. I mean girls ... in the boy scouts? What's next? The White House? Anytime women begin to integrate a literal boy's club, instantly traditionalize act as though the very concept of masculinity/manliness is under attack.

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The Boy Scouts of America are Letting Girls In — What Does That Mean For The Girl Scouts?

Let's all just be Pawnee Goddesses

Earlier today The Boy Scouts of America announced that they officially going to allow girls to fully join their organization for the first time since its creation. These changes will be officially implemented during the 2018 program, which will officially begin in August. While the Boy Scouts have had some co-ed programs throughout its years, this change is a major shake-up of the status quo that has existed for years.

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Girls Scouts President Penned a Scathing Letter Accusing Boy Scouts of Sneakily Recruiting Girls, Badmouthing Their Organization

Boy Scouts leaders have reportedly been recruiting girls as some sort of attempt to appeal to millennial parents, and badmouthing the Girl Scouts along the way.

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Things We Saw Today: Trump’s Speech to the Boy Scouts Crossed the Line, Then Set the Line on Fire

Then he danced, badly, across the burning line.

By now you've probably heard that Donald Trump addressed a gathering of thousands of young Boy Scouts and ranted at them about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the "fake news" media, the size of his electoral victory, and cocktail parties with real estate developers. It was a terrifying mess.

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Things We Saw Today: Aquaman May Have Found Its Villain With The Get Down‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Reports say Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Cadillac on Netflix's The Get Down, is in early talks to join the film as the DC Comics villain Black Manta.

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Should the Boy Scouts of America Officially Admit Girls?

There's a lot Girl Scouts could do in terms of improving their programming, but I suspect that part of their image problem comes not from things that the Girl Scouts are doing 'wrong,' but from the fact that they're an organization for girls, and therefore implicitly inferior and uncool.

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Boy Scouts Lift Ban on Gay Leaders, Still Allow for Homophobia Because of Money?

Although, yes, troops will now be able to bring on non-heteronormative counselors, the Boy Scouts are not planning to stop any of their members from purposefully not choosing a gay-identified leader.

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Boy Scouts of America Finally Lift Ban on Gay Leadership

In "It's About Damn Time" News.

The Boy Scouts of America have seemingly come to their senses, announcing today that their leadership panel unanimously voted to lift its ban on gay adults and leadership in the organization!

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Carnegie Science Center Makes Less-Than-Optimal Programming Choice For Girl Scouts

Hey, at least it wasn't cookie making, right?

I have immense respect for the Carnegie Science Center. The Institution does a lot of admirable work, and I can only imagine the intricate decision process involved in coordinating its programs. But big organizations are bound to make mistakes sometimes, right?

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Things We Saw Today: As The Crow Flies Game Of Thrones Poster

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Things We Saw Today: This Scarf Tells the Story of The Hobbit

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I wants it, preciousssss. (by Frivolite Handcrafts on Ravelry, via io9)

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Apparently Boy Scouts Have a Trademark on “Scouts,” Force Hacker Scouts To Change Name

Yeah, let's hope they don't hear about the Eternal Scouts.

Did you know that the Boy Scouts of America are the only group that's allowed to call themselves "Scouts?" (which the exception of the Girl Scouts, of course). Neither did we -- and neither did the Hacker Scouts, who are now going to have to change their name or face lawsuits. Sigh.

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Things We Saw Today: Cosplay All The Avengers

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That's damn impressive. Just one thing, those are supposed to be Black Widow's sleeves and gloves but I think he should have added her Widow Bites because they're super cool. (via Geekologie)

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Things We Saw Today: First Thor Poster

Things We Saw Today

"It's rare that you have a poster that is just Chris Hemsworth shooting on the set," said Marvel president of production Kevin Feige. "But he just looks like Thor. We just put in some lightning, and he's got his hammer and you're there." Duh, because Hemsworth IS Thor. (via USA Today)

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Boy Scouts of America Announces the Game Design Merit Badge

As an Eagle Scout, I remember fondly -- and sure, sometimes cringingly -- my years as an teenager trying to be "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." The camping and hiking were great. I wasn't so wild about earning merit badges, though -- and you had to if you wanted to keep climbing the ranks and not get left behind -- but boys today now have a new merit badge I never had the chance to even try for. At the SXSW (South by Southwest) Conference, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced a long-overdue badge: The Game Design Merit Badge.

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Boy Scouts of America Says Legally Burned CDs Send Children the Wrong Message

Today's out-of-touch facepalm comes courtesy of Scouting magazine, the official publication of Boy Scouts of America. In an article on the "dilemma of downloading" music, the unnamed authors helpfully suggest that parents should only play CDs that they've bought from stores, and that they shouldn't play burned CDs -- even if they contain legally purchased music. From the article:

So how can Scouters teach ethical behavior related to music downloading? One way: Set a good example. When you haul around Scouts in your car, for example, only play CDs that you’ve purchased. If you play CDs that you’ve burned—even if they’re legal—your Scouts may not recognize the difference between those and the pirated CDs friends have given them.
It gets worse, though:

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New Boy Scout Badge: Geocaching

The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th birthday this year with events, an official US postage stamp, a commemorative coin, and of course, the brand new Geocaching Badge. In case you don't know what geocaching is (and if you don't, you should really read this webcomic XKCD), its basically GPS enhanced treasure hunting. Sites like Geocaching.com maintain a database of caches hidden by the geocaching community. Pop in your zip code, and the site will deliver unto you a list of the closest caches, identified only by latitude and longitude. Feed the lat and long into your gps device, and start your search. The activity combines the best of new technology and the old scouting standby: navigating the outdoors.

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