The Boy Scouts of America: Background information when reading The Hearts of Men

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The Hearts of Men

A Novel

by Nickolas Butler

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
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The Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America logoThe Boy Scouts of America (BSA) plays a significant role in The Hearts of Men. Coincidentally, the youth organization is in the news as it adapts to current social mores.

The New York Times reported on January 31, 2017: "Reversing its stance of more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America said on Monday that the group would begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application, paving the way for transgender boys to join the organization."

Lord Baden-PowellSocial structures have evolved since the British Lieutenant-General, Robert Baden-Powell, founded the Scouts in England in 1910. Baden-Powell was a military hero, known for his 1899 successful defense of Mafeking during the Boer War. According to BSA's history of cub scouting, he'd been an outdoorsman from his youth, and early in his military career while stationed in India "he discovered that his men did not know basic first aid or the elementary means of survival in the outdoors. Baden-Powell realized he needed to ...

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