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Friday, May 31, 2013

Some Families Leaving Scouting

NBC News reports on why a couple families are leaving the Scouts over the lifting of the ban on admitting gay scouts. The story notes:
Gay rights activists pledged to continue their campaign to include adults even as they applauded the vote. They acknowledged there could be some attrition, but said the decision was the first step in the right direction for the organization.    
“Even though I think that there will probably still be a few folks who choose to walk away … I think this is the beginning of the rebound of Scouting in America,” Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality, said after the vote.
This is a common problem on the right--they try to appease some particular group by offering a significant concession, but it is never enough for that group, while it drives away (or reduces) the enthusiasm of the base.

This isn't going to usher the Scouts into a new era of booming membership because they will lose more kids than they will gain. The problem won't even necessarily be those that expressly walk away from Scouting, but the people who simply cease to care.

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