The once-pristine Boy Scout brand has taken a beating over the years, as it's been in the headlines more often for skirmishes with its gay members or revelations about abuse than for its scouts' achievements. One of the effects of this has been declining membership numbers, with the rolls dropping by one-third over the past 20 years. On the other hand, we have the decidedly more progressive Navigators USA, which conducts camping, hiking and all those other scout-type activities without forbidding homosexuals (scouts or adults), and even more revolutionary: Girls are invited, too. By contrast, enrollment has doubled in the past 12 months, though it's still, for now, a small organization. [Source]
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