The Boy Scouts may be handing out condoms at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia next year. In 2019 they will host the Jamboree that gathers scouts from around the world every 4 years.
NOTE: The requirement is from a world scouting organization, World Organization of the Scout Movement, not Boy Scouts of America. It has nothing to do with the late decision of 2017 to include girls. It has been their rule since the 90's.
Why would they be handing out birth control at a Boy Scout convention? It's in the Handbook.
The official handbook reads:
“The Host Organization must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and IST (International Service Team] at a number of locations on the site … When making this information available onsite, consideration shall be given to the various cultures and beliefs present.”
Many are not happy about it.
John Stemberger, the Florida Family Policy Council president and chairman of the board of Trail Life News, a Christian Scouting group, said:
“In light of the mandatory condom policy, it is not clear how far down the rabbit hole the Boy Scouts will continue to fall. With the addition of condoms and alcohol, the World Jamboree is starting to sound more like a 1960s Woodstock festival rather than a campout that parents would want to send their children to! All of this should be deeply disturbing to the churches that are chartering Boy Scout Troops. These policies present a clear youth protection problem that the BSA absolutely refuses to recognize. The fact that they are requiring that condoms be ‘readily accessible’ and are communicating this to everyone– including youth participants–shows that the BSA is both anticipating and facilitating sexual conduct between minors at this event. These policies are both outrageous and completely irresponsible.”
Then there's the alcohol provision in the handbook:
“The use of alcohol shall not be permitted on the Jamboree site. Some exceptions may be made for adults in confined areas, in accordance with the host country’s habits.”