WH Price of The Spearhead clues us in on Scouting’s self-inflicted woes, as well as their sordid beginnings. If you have always bought into the mythology, this zinger from Price should blow your mind:
That politicians and preachers today could talk about scouting as though its origins are godly, clean-cut and wholesome is, quite frankly, hilarious. The origin of scouting has more to do with taking scalps than it does with religion, which couldn’t have been more than an afterthought to the cutthroats applying its principles in the Transvaal.
And, don’t miss commentary like this…
“In the 1920s, Girl Scouts learned domestic skills by baking cookies to sell. They started outsourcing to professional bakeries in 1936.”
I never thought about this. From the Girl Scout website:
“When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
By putting her mind and energies to something, a Girl Scout can overcome any challenge. There are no limits. She can be anything. She can do anything.”
She can do anything… but learn how to be a competent wife and mother.
Note how they try to distance themselves from any sort of practical skill, like making food for other people, a skill that every human being should know.
The Spearhead takes no prisoners, baby. Read the complete posting.