The real news of “Church to Go Forward with Scouting Program” press release is that Young Women will be participating in the BSA Venturing Program. How do I know that? Because of this line: “As leaders of the Church, we want the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to succeed in its historic mission to instill leadership skills and high moral standards in youth of all faiths and circumstances, thereby equipping them for greater success in life and valuable service to their country.”
Since the youth leadership arm of the BSA is the venturing program, which does accept boys and girls, it only makes sense.
That’s what it means, right? It’s not one of those things where men = men in some instances in the scriptures and men = men and women in other instances. It’s not now that youth = male young people in some instances (three in this very press release), but in the rest of church definitions youth = male and female young people?
So with the fervent zeal of youth, the youth of Zion will venture forth proudly in this new era of BSA leadership and cooperation among both boys and girls.
In sum: The real reason why we need to stop saying “youth” when we mean young men and boys, is that the church is making strides toward making women more visible, and if we are going to take those strides at face value, then we need to stop making women unnecessarily invisible. And that’s going to take careful wording and work from the highest echelons on down.