May 19, 2015

Boy Scouts have banned 'unsafe' water gun fights

Rebel Staff

It seems like the Boy Scouts are becomingly less and less masculine.

According to The Washington Post, The Scouts have banned water gun fights in its list of 'approved activities' for its members.

Scout Blogger Bryan Wendell posted that, “As summer — and pool weather! — lingers on the horizon, it’s a good time to remind you that BSA policies prohibit pointing simulated firearms at people.”

He then listed off a number of reasons why water guns are banned.

“Pointing any type of firearm or simulated firearm at any individual is unauthorized. Scout units may plan or participate in paintball, laser tag or similar events where participants shoot at targets that are neither living nor human representations,” he wrote citing the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Needless to say, his comments section blew up with negative comments.

Dave wrote, “What a load of politically correct crap. What’s the point of super-soakers if you don’t shoot them at others to get wet and cool off on a hot day? And water balloons no bigger than a ping-pong ball? Have you ever been hit by a water balloon that isn’t big enough to explode? It hurts more than one that is properly filled. This is such a load of BSA garbage!!!!”

Gary posted, “Sometimes I just have to laugh out loud at how idiotic some things in our society have become. We can’t squirt each other with water guns because it is a “simulated” gun. I can’t believe BSA is so worried about the PC police that it has a policy like this.”

What do you think? Sound off in the comments.

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commented 2015-05-20 17:43:52 -0400
Better to shoot water guns than IEDs when they get older.
commented 2015-05-20 14:07:43 -0400
Joan, my comment is in reference to boys being allowed to be boys, and girls being allowed to be girls. My family has many men who cook, and who can actually cook better than their wives! Rigid, is not how I see my comment, it is just that there are differences between males and females, and the differences should celebrated, not condemned. Like the education system, trying to make one passive gender, a gender who just sits there until told what to do, a gender who can’t think critically. I will take humanity any day, over the agenda being pushed in all aspects of society. Give me boys who shoot water guns because it’s fun, not because of some do-gooder, who thinks they should be able to control everyone, just because something might happen! This passivity that is being enforced in schools, and now in Scouts, on both genders is truly disgusting. I don’t want to belong to a society that has to dissect everything, and ruin any fun that kids may have. Kids are actually learning, even when they are just having fun!
commented 2015-05-20 13:04:57 -0400
The BSA are just catching up to Boy Scouts in Canada on the ‘social-justice’ scale – or rather Scouts Canada. The Board of Governors and/or the Chief Executive had to change the name in 2007 because they caved in to political pressure from the radical feminists and allowed themselves to be forced to accept girls…that which was not reciprocated for Girl Guides! Typical radical-feminist/lefty/progressive hypocrisy and BS.
Also through political pressure applied by the homosexual lobby,the ‘Scouts Canada’ Executive allowed themselves to be forced to accept homosexuals…just like BSA recently!
I was a Boy Scout in Ontario in the 60’s, I loved it and benefited immensely from the experience…anybody who sends their boys to Scouts Canada today should have their head examined! And more’s the pity…
Dear Lord, please save us from the left.
commented 2015-05-20 11:48:20 -0400
Joan – you missed the point of Deborah’s comment – quite likely deliberately – too bad.
commented 2015-05-20 10:47:33 -0400
Unbelievable! Now even the Boy Scouts are caught up in socially engineering young men into some kind of feminine hybrids with male parts. Maybe they should rename the organization to “The Androgynous Scouts of America”. The Girl Scouts could of course remain as such because its okay for them to freely display whatever gender characteristics they choose. The old term “double standard” now has a completely new meaning.
commented 2015-05-20 10:44:13 -0400
Deborah Graupner – the world’s best pastry chefs are men. There is nothing unmasculine about baking. Just like there is nothing unfeminine about shooting a gun as a member of the CAF.

Rigid role expectations for boys and girls are wrong. A boy who plays with dolls is not therefore a girl. Leave him alone and let him become a successful pediatrician. And a girl who plays with trucks is not therefore a boy. Leave her alone so she can become the engineer she is meant to be.
commented 2015-05-20 09:56:14 -0400
This is what happens when you want to please every two bit whiner that comes a long. There is nothing wrong with having boys only groups, or girls only. It is only wrong in the eyes of those who think the whole world should cater to them, and be fair to every last dog in the race. Then as we all know, we all lose, because you can only distort reality for so long. I have a son and a daughter, and I would never let my daughter join scouts, as these groups are for males only, nor would I want my boy baking cookies with the girls, in an all girls club. Most girls do not want to be boys, and vice versa. So let’s cut the whining and enjoy watching our children grow into adults, doing things they enjoy, not things that are forced to enjoy, due to the good intentions of those who want to change everything. Some things do not need to be changed by the nanny state.
commented 2015-05-20 09:22:25 -0400
Boys can be boys but girls can be anything they want to be even be boys
commented 2015-05-20 07:59:47 -0400
Pull the boys out and replace with girls. Start a new club for future men.
commented 2015-05-20 06:38:41 -0400
This is what happens with the feminization of the male of the species. Limp wrists, weak dicks and cowardly people – time to let boys grow into men rather than reconstituted females with no child bearing capability.
commented 2015-05-20 04:32:12 -0400
I guess the penis is not considered a simulated firearm.
commented 2015-05-20 01:42:54 -0400
What’s better, boy scouts or military cadets? How do the kids learn anything anymore?
commented 2015-05-19 22:55:55 -0400
Perhaps they can learn new stuff around the campfire. Like how to build an IED with guest lecturer Omar Khadr.
commented 2015-05-19 22:26:55 -0400
Definitely a Whisky Tango Foxtrot story. Can “shoot at targets that are neither living nor human representations..”, well let’s just all assume that kids now never ever shoot a replica weapon at a “human representation” because video games are all non violent. At least in Scouts you have an adult supervising and providing real feedback on behavior. Not even a clue about the real world, or what kids are exposed to out there and at home. Be Prepared. Be very Prepared for what is to come if this continues.
commented 2015-05-19 21:23:11 -0400
When I was 10, we had fights with BB guns. No aiming for the face.
commented 2015-05-19 20:45:22 -0400
Our Scout troop was taught to target shoot by local police on their range , we went on to shoot competitively in the following years in the local JayCees youth small bore leagues. Can you imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth that would create today – Liberalism is a smothering paranoia that attempts to keep its victims as eternal children – what message does an adult send kids when he tells them they can’t even be trusted with squirt guns – no wonder Liberals are conditioned to resist adult responsibility early in life an never fully grow up intellectually.
commented 2015-05-19 20:05:12 -0400
9.1 on the koo koo scale/ Truth is much stranger than fiction.
commented 2015-05-19 19:38:31 -0400
fear of lawsuits….now put a lawyer in charge of policy…
commented 2015-05-19 19:37:17 -0400
That’s what happens when all these organizations that were founded by Christians, and based on Christian principles become secularized, or even worse, are taken over by the Government. They begin to reflect the values of those who take them over, and they soon become irrelevant.
commented 2015-05-19 19:35:06 -0400
Why don’t we just wrap all babies in bubble wrap from birth and peel the bubble wrap off when they are 18. Make sure to not let them do anything while growing up, they could break a nail, or stub their toe, or worse yet, get wet in a water gun fight! Oh, the horrors!!!
commented 2015-05-19 19:35:05 -0400
Why don’t we just wrap all babies in bubble wrap from birth and peel the bubble wrap off when they are 18. Make sure to not let them do anything while growing up, they could break a nail, or stub their toe, or worse yet, get wet in a water gun fight! Oh, the horrors!!!
commented 2015-05-19 19:34:24 -0400
The original Boy Scouts were in fact reconnaissance scouts in South Africa during the Boer War. In Canada there is no longer “boy” scouts and the mothers of the girls estrogenized the movement some time ago. Up until a few years ago scouts were taught a simulated firearms safety course using Daisy 853c air rifles like the Cadets use…that’s all by the board now. Might as well just go to the picnic grounds and stick to gravel paths in the park.
commented 2015-05-19 19:32:02 -0400
OMG! I was a scout leader. We spent many a weekend target practicing with a 22. We had our Scouts take gun safety courses so …. No, they didn’t point guns at anyone. And as of yet, I haven’t heard anything about any one of them having issues as a result of their scouting years.
commented 2015-05-19 19:07:13 -0400
commented 2015-05-19 19:05:29 -0400
With these kinds of rules it’s no wonder that boys don’t want to join the Boys Scouts. Are they teaching our boys to knit. When I was a Boy Scout we had REAL MEN teach us to be men. We were taught to box we were taught survive in the wilderness We were fist aid we were taught how to sale and tie knots we were taught how to us a rife WE WERE BOY SCOUTS TAUGHT BY REAL MEN. Most of theses men fought in the armed forces and fought WW-2 Now the Boy Scouts cry when they fall down What a shame such a paramilitary organisation like The Boy Scouts have fallen to, Lord Baden Powell is turning in his grave.
commented 2015-05-19 18:52:44 -0400
Grinding America (and Canada) down. Lefties destroying our traditions and activities to subjugate us all into the end goal of Communism. Resistence is not futile!
commented 2015-05-19 18:43:23 -0400
You would think we were raising terrorists, oh my gosh. WHAT HAVE WE COME TO!