Extreme feminism believes in the destruction of safe spaces for males, and tearing all their institutions down, while defending Women-only safe spaces, under the delusion that unfocused men, with little purpose, and a lot of anger/frustration will somehow benefit women. When all it really does is make for a less cohesive society. (Blur the lines between all the roles, and you don't get more harmony, you get more confusion). See groups like Incel.
I was a cub-scout and in the Webelos, and I had gotten many merit badges -- but scouts was too slow for me, and I preferred to do things on my own. I don't mean alone, I often took friends on adventures. But when I wanted to do something, I dove in, read a few (or many) books on the topic, then went on to self-discovery mode, rather than formal/structured learning that the Scouts offered. So while I only dabbled, I dabbled enough to get what they were about. My brother did Indian Guides instead, and I helped him with some projects and went to a few meetings/events -- basically the same thing to me, just with a YMCA and Native American theme.
So while I remember working hard on a dozen or so badges, I was too young to go for Eagle Scout, and many of the badges stopped before I'd hit a level of mastery or understanding that satisfied my desires or curiosity. Thus, I often went beyond them on things I had interest in, and wasn't going to complete ones that I didn't: even if it prevented me from progressing. Still, I have fond memories of that time.
The point of boy scouts is to teach boys how to be men. Women (or girls) are a distraction from that. Boys start trying to impress the girls, or get into their little panties: it's the way they are wired. You get them apart from girls, and they focus better, and they are in a different mode. They don't act up as much, they pay less attention to the cute girl with braids, and more to the task at hand. This is the reason many private schools were boys/girls only schools: it helped the kids focus on learning, and not on pre-mating rituals.
Radical Feminists can't stand place where girls are excluded, while simultaneously trying to bar boys from areas where there's Women... unless the guys are feminized and "transgendered", then they want to pretend that no guys would ever lie to see some strange. It's double-face-palm stupid, but it is what it is.
Girl Scouts was squeezed by changing times, but not changing fast enough for progressives:
- Girls still want to learn things like socialization, etiquette, cooking, sewing, childrearing, and various "Girl" tasks
- So Girl Scouts has to teach "Women's work" for their interests and to prepare girls for Womanhood.
- But when they teach that, the radical feminists lose it, and scream sexism and you're programming little Stepford Wives, and they want to teach the same things as the boys.
- But if they teach that then girls enrollment plummets (more girls don't like bugs and sleeping outside, and gutting a fish, and so on, as the boys).
So the same way that radical feminists destroyed Home Ec and got many schools to stop offering it (despite the actual value to proto-adults), they also attacked and ruined Girl Scouts. It can't be what it used to be. And it can't succeed at what radical feminists want it to be, so it has floundered and become about selling cookies that they didn't bake.
So the problem isn't the Boy Scouts, it's with the Girl Scouts and with feminists and progressives that feel they must remake everything that isn't broken, into something that works worse for all.
Girls crave attention, and they will get it. But girls in that situation tend to focus on the attention more than learning: they're not immune to the wiles of the other sex much more than boys are. And while not everything has to be about sex, we're talking averages, statistics and realities -- not about what should be, but what is. And there's no doubt, that if you put large groups of girls and boys together, that their attentions stray from tasks at hand towards other biological imperatives.
Will the new Scouts work? Probably. I suspect the new thing will be a nice co-ed camping and hiking thing, that will be populated with 90% boys... but the 10% of girls will be better served by Boy Scouts that they were in Girl Scouts. So win for them, and I wouldn't be against it for my hypothetical daughters at all. (Assuming I have one of the more tom-boyish one that wants to get all campy/rugged). But let's also be adult, and admit by doing this, we ruined one of the last sanctuaries to turn boys into men. Like fatherless homes, I think there will be costs to this, that cost us for many generations.
This isn't counting how many non-mormons will drop out, not sign up, or look at other things to spend their time on. And the mormons will create their own program to compete with the "Scouts", and likely peel many more potential scouts away over time, and maybe help with Church enrollment.
Of course the mormon's success at creating a competing program (for more than the half a million they have participating) will be for those who want their kids to learn what the scouts used to stand for, instead of a merit badge for memorizing the 57 different genders and all their pronouns. OK, that barb was a little unfair, this was a minor move by the Scouts, and not FULL buy-in to progressive politically-correct dumb-fuckery... but the Scouts have shown a trend in that direction for the last 5 years, and there's little evidence that's going to slow down under current leadership. They started with gay scouts, then added gay scout-masters, then added transexual scouts, and now, dropped gender altogether. I personally, have no problem with those moves for myself or my kids (heck, I especially don't think gay kids should be cast out, just because they're not closeted), but I have no problem with people who do have a problem with those rule-changes either. And it's no surprise to me that many in the nation/work might want to send their kids to a scouting program for scouting, not gender studies sensitivity training and indoctrination.
The Mormons rightly called out why as, they're a global institution, and this left coast myopia that the Scouts is following, does not fly well in most of the nation, let alone world. So they're going to create (recreate) a more global inclusive program, that leaves room for traditional values, which is obviously at odds with the PC Scouts. So the truth is, I suspect the mormon program will better serve the traditional customer base than the new Scouts will. At least for the next few decades.