A new faith-based group for boys is taking shape, just months after the Boy Scouts of America decided to change its membership policy to allow homosexual youth to join.
The group is Trail Life USA – a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts. Its name was recently revealed at a hotel conference before a crowd of about 1,200 parents and scoutmasters.
Its motto is “walk worthy,” and the group will focus on adventure, character and leadership.
“Our vision and what we are about is to be the premier national character development organization for young men, which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens,” said John Stemberger, who led the opposition to the Boy Scouts’ policy to allow homosexual youth.
Stemberger is an Eagle Scout and said it was a gut-wrenching decision to leave the Boy Scouts.
“Real men value truth over tradition,” he told the assembled crowd. “Real men value principle over program, and they value integrity over institutions.”
Leaders are partnering with American Heritage Girls, a group that formed more than 15 years ago as a faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts.
Adults in Trail Life USA sign a statement of faith and make a commitment to purity. That means scouts will be taught that any sexual activity outside marriage is a sin, as has been recognized in Christianity for two millennia.
Some at the conference said they intend to join. Others, like Andy Mallang, an elementary school teacher from Indiana, are investigating their options.
Mallang said he made a personal decision to pull his 9-year-old son out of the Boy Scouts.
“Whether I’m Christian or I have Muslim friends or Jewish friends or Hindu friends, there’s still a time where I need to get along and work together,” Mallang said. “I struggle with [thinking], ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ I am hoping that this organization for boys will be the answer.”
Responding to the Boy Scouts’ new policy, some churches have announced they won’t continue to sponsor troops.
Trail Life USA says it expects to charter 1,000 troops as incubators by January.
Renegade Radio says that it is happening now and you can be involved!
Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men.
Operating from Troops that are chartered through churches in 48 states, the K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.
Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.