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Stemberger and Green Announce New Scouting-Like Organization For Young Men

Our friend John Stemberger, President & General Counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council, and Founder of OnMyHonor.Net, and Rob Green of Spartanburg, South Carolina, the former executive director/CEO of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America today announced that, after a meeting of nearly 50 leaders from around the country, including decorated veteran scout leaders, representatives from major faith denominations, and national organizations concerned with youth and families, they are forming a new scouting-like organization for young men.

Stemberger and Green have an aggressive timeline to get the new organization up and running; an organizing convention will be convened Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, 2013 and full program launch is planned for January 1, 2014. 

The new organization's name is currently in development and undergoing an extensive process of legal research and trademark protection. The organizational structure and other program details are also currently being developed.

Go here to see a video of the announcement featuring Rob Green, Interim Executive Director of the new organization.

What is the new program?

The vision of the new organization is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens. The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program focused on leadership and character development for boys, and founded on principles and values that reflect a Christian worldview.       

It will be open to all boys irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Parents from all faiths are welcome to place their children in the program. While boys may come from every religious background, adult leaders in the program - from the National Board level to individual unit volunteers - will adhere to a standard statement of Christian faith and values.        

The program and themes will teach practical life skills, an appreciation for the outdoors, service to others, leadership, and character development.  

The Mission:

The mission of the new organization is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. 

National Convention & Launch:

The inaugural national convention of the new organization will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, 2013.  At the convention the organization's name, logo and branding program will be unveiled along with other program details. In late November of this year the registration process for chartering new units will be announced along with a transition plan for those units interested in the new organization. The new organization will be distinctly different from the Boy Scouts although there will be some similarities. For instance, rank advancements earned within the BSA will be transferable.      

In addition, the organization's membership policy will focus on sexual purity rather than sexual orientation. The policy will read, in part: "the proper context for sexual relations is only between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage."    

The new organization will be ready to launch on January 1, 2014.

Coalition Partners:

Several national and regional groups worked in coalition together to form the new organization. They include:

Faith Based Boys

TrailHead USA

Frontier Service Corps 

The program will also be modeled after that of the American Heritage Girls. It is the goal of the new organization to work closely with them to provide Godly, character building programs for our country's young men and women. American Heritage Girls has been in existence for 18 years and offers a wealth of experience and structure which will help the new national organization for boys grow and flourish.       

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Name suggestion

Since "American Heritage Girls" is successful, I suggest "American Heritage Boys" for the new name.