TAMPA - A boy scout troop with a long history in Tampa is looking for a new meeting place, after their home for over 90 years, Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, told the scouts in August that they could no longer use the church's facilities after the new year.
The decision was made, troop volunteer Brian Fitzgerald said, because the church's leadership did not agree with a policy change that occurred within the Boy Scouts of America this past spring.
The national organization decided that openly gay scouts, for the first time, would be permitted to join the Boy Scouts of America.
Fitzgerald said the scouts are sad to have to leave their troop hut, built in the 1960's, on Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church's property.
"It's very, very disappointing, but we have to deal with it and move on," Fitzgerald said.
A different Presbyterian denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA, has offered some of its local churches as options for the troop's new meeting place.
Two of the available churches are Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and Bayshore Presbyterian Church.
Fitzgerald said the troop is in talks with the churches to try to determine the best fit for a new home.
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