(ORLANDO, FL) In response to the move by the Boy Scouts of America to fully include girls in their programming, Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger issued the following statement:
“I am saddened to learn today that the Boy Scouts of America has decided to fully integrate girls into its program and allow them to receive the highest award given to boys, the Eagle Scout award. Instead of allowing boys to be boys, the BSA is sowing increased gender confusion in its troops and gradually destroying the masculine, fraternal and iconic status that the program once had. This move is only the latest in a series of foolish decisions the BSA has made all of which flow from the moral compromise of their 2013 “vote” to allow openly gay boys into the program.
This change makes me even more grateful for Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls – two Christian Scouting movements that parents can trust.”
John Stemberger is an Eagle Scout, a former Scoutmaster, and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He was the founder of On My Honor movement and became the Chairman of the Board for Trail Life USA in 2013. He has two sons formerly in the BSA now boy members of Trail Life USA and two daughters in American Heritage Girls. TLUSA is a Christian scouting organization for boys which started in 2014 and now has around 30,000 members in 750 troops chartered across 48 states.
The Boy Scouts of America announced its decision to allow girls to join the BSA program and obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest award earlier today. The BSA Board of Directors voted unanimously for the controversial change to their programming.