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In January, Trail Life USA was launched as a biblically based scouting alternative to the Boy Scouts. After the Boys Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay members, a group of men, led by John Stemberger, came up with Trail Life USA. John is the president of the Florida Family Policy Council, which is associated with CitizenLink.
“It’s amazing to see what’s happened,” Stemberger said. “We have about 470 troops in 47 states and another 275 troops coming into the fold. That’s about 13,000 young men in the program.”
Thousands of families left the Boy Scouts after the controversial vote, but Stemberger, an Eagle Scout himself, couldn’t stand to see scouting for Christian kids go away completely.
“For me to go to the first Trail Life meeting,” Stemberger said, “and to see those little boys raise their hand and repeat the oath that we spent hundreds of hours as a board, fighting and debating over every single word…and to see it come to life…I just couldn’t even express to you how amazing it was.”
Stemberger now serves as Chairman of the Board for Trail Life, which has its headquarters and staff in Orlando, Florida.
“This is something which we believe is going to outlive our lifetime,” he said, “and which is going to be a permanent force in American culture into the future as Christians continue to adopt it.”
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Do the public school students in your life know what their rights are? In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard and some friends share a helpful list of some rights that Christian young people can enjoy.
Did you know they can pray, read their Bibles and share about their faith with other students? There are some guidelines about when and where that can happen, but all too often, young people, their parents and even school officials hold the false belief that anything connected to Christianity is somehow not allowed at school.
Because, if you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any rights.
Do the public school students in your life know what their rights are? They’ll especially want to know No. 4.
To learn more about students’ rights, drop by the Alliance Defending Freedom.