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Boy Scouts Admits Girls Into Program

Starting in 2018, girls will be allowed to be part of the Boy Scouts of America, starting with the Cub Scouts level and going all the way through to the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Older girls will get the opportunity to earn Eagle Scout rank through a separate program starting in 2019. “We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said the Boy Scouts of America’s chief scout executive, Michael Surbaugh in a statement Wednesday. The board’s vote to change the 107-year-old organization’s boy-only stance was unanimous. Existing Cub Scout packs can remain all-boy, choose to establish a new girls pack, or start a pack that has girl dens and boy dens. Currently, there are no plans to have boys and girls join the same den.

John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and founding member of Trail Life USA, made this statement in response to the news, “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.”

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Statement on Boy Scout Vote

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 23, 2013) —David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, made the following statement in response to the decision of the vote of the Boy Scouts of America to forsake its long-stand policy on sexuality:

The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America from across the nation have spoken. But what they have said will saddle a great organization with challenges and complexities that always come with giving in to the politics of sex.

They have unwisely chosen to disrespect the values of thousands of parents and a large percentage of their sponsoring organizations. Today, the values of Scouting were changed forever, and its historic strengths put in jeopardy.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit factn.org.