(RNS) An organization billing itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America says it has close to 500 troops preparing for its Jan. 1 launch.

The new scouting group, Trail Life USA, was created by OnMyHonor.net, which opposed the BSA’s policy change last May that permitted gay Boy Scouts — but not gay adult leaders — effective on Jan. 1.

Mark Hancock, Trail Life USA’s chief operating officer, said close to 500 troops have signed up since early September, a handbook has been created and leadership guides have been published for three levels of boys in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

“We have a very excited group of churches and Christian organizations that are joining us,” said Hancock in an interview Thursday (Dec. 30). “They’re ready to go.”

He said the organization has “hundreds of volunteers all over the country” and will have a staff of six on Jan. 1 in virtual rather than brick-and-mortar offices. Hancock said many participants are evangelical Christian, but a number of Catholic troops are starting as well.

“Our focus is not really on numbers but it’s on providing a quality program for families to help the boys become men,” he said.

Those that have signed up — and paid $325 for the first year’s charter fee (it will subsequently be $185 annually) — include churches and other groups with a statement of Christian beliefs, such as a Christian home school organization or a Christian camp.

Trail Life USA’s values statement includes a section on purity that reads, in part: “We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.”

Religious groups sponsor about 70 percent of the BSA’s 100,000 troops; after the policy change was announced, most of the major sponsors — Mormons, Catholics and United Methodists — agreed to remain with the BSA despite unease in some corners about lifting the gay ban.

Deron Smith, spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, said “it would be inappropriate for us to discuss other organizations,” but added “what we’re hearing from our councils is that only a handful of chartered organizations have decided not to renew their sponsorship of troops. We are thankful that the overwhelming majority of our units and members remain committed to the Scouting program.”

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21 Comments

  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Here’s wishing good luck to those who are refusing to be steamrollered into being part of another step downward in the moral collapse of America and the West— whether it is the Duck Dynasty or those forming youth groups which uphold traditional Christian values-such people of moral courage should be supported .

    • You will not raise the bar for anything in this country if you give any support to folks like Duck Dynasty. Not just because of their hateful idiology – but because they are simply idiots! Do you support the Westboro Baptist Church too? 4 year old kids holding signs they don’t even understand?

    • Nabuquduriuzhur

      What does bigotry have to do with the refusal to do something that harms people?

      Even when moral considerations of right and wrong are set aside, before the government went PC in 2009, the CDC and NIH listed explosive infectious disease rates for non-HIV positive homosexuals. This was mainly due to extreme promiscuity, with 30x being typical.

      When a person, male or female, hetero or homosexual, has sex with thousands of people during the course of a year, they are exposed to a myriad of diseases.

      A quick view at stats on porn star’s deaths indicates that viruses have caused liver cancer, liver failure, brain cancer, and a host of equally nasty causes of death. Unlike the porn industry who rigorously tests their “performers” for diseases, those who have sex with such large numbers of persons, such as the eco orgy scene, the bathhouse scene, wiccan orgies, and similar group behaviors, normally do not.

      The lifespan for homosexuals is 12 years less than the public at large.

      The extreme level of violence by homosexuals amongst themselves and toward others does not argue for endorsing it either.

      Last week’s 50% reported increase in the military of rapes and sexual harassment was almost entirely by homosexuals. That has been glossed over by the Socialist media, but It’s not a surprise because predation is standard to the homosexual lifestyle and is seen in the crime statistics.

      It was warned against, pooh-poohed, and it happened.

      It also jives with what I’ve personally seen when I’ve lived in places with large homosexual populations. The level of violence is comparable to gang warfare.

      It’s hardly “bigoted” to refuse to endorse a lifestyle that harms those who take part in it.

      So, when you casually slander people with “bigoted”, who is the bigot here? Who is endorsing something that hurts people here?

      How about loving people enough to say “no” to homosexuality?

      • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

        Every fact in this posting seems accurate. Facts the MSM constantly buries.
        We don’t realize how close we came to having our blood supply completely contaminated a few decades ago courtesy of the promiscuous and diseased.(At the time almost every hemophiliac–who need blood from many donors- came down with AIDS, etc.)
        That being against sexual activity outside the traditional marriage bond is some sort of bigotry is one of the great Big Lies the media promotes to squelch honest debate over facts, health, and marriage that might result in the public coming to conclusions much of the media won’t like.

    • Jonna, your reply could use some elaboration. Are you suggesting that religions with moral codes are “exclusive”? Is the NBA or NFL “exclusive” for not accepting people who can’t or won’t play ball at the level it demands? Are you “excluding” people who don’t follow your belief in the principle that says “I am the sole determiner of right and wrong”? Just askin’.

      • Jesus didnt HAVE to preach against homosexuality. He brought his message to the wayward jews, who UNDER MOSAIC LAW, condemned homosexuality and wouldve killed those found guilty of such acts. After his death and resurrection, his apostles confirmed to the gentiles (those new to the Christian faith who were not originally Jews) that those who practice homosexuality (among other things) will not inherit God’s kingdom.

        • Dave McGrath

          And in this way Christians must all abstain from shrimp and cotton-polyester blends. Do you guys even realize how ridiculous you are? It’s like… you didn’t read the Bible at your Bible “College.”

      • He didn’t have to. He affirmed marriage as man and woman and homosexual behavior was already condemned

        He never said anything about pedophilia does that make it ok?

        What a terrible, ignorant argument.

  2. They must have burned the Boy Scout Oath since I was in there. Being Pure sexually was part of the oath, and sure as hell not engaging in gay sex. That’s freaking ridiculous. It’s the complete opposite of it’s mandate.

    I’m glad this group is getting off the ground. They need it.

    • Dave McGrath

      So.. this is the oath:

      On my honor I will do my best
      To do my duty to God and my country
      and to obey the Scout Law;
      To help other people at all times;
      To keep myself physically strong,
      mentally awake, and morally straight.

      Notice: the conflation of sexuality with morality is weird and incorrect. The idea that “morally straight” means “morally heterosexual” is an anachronism. Google “wiki straight slang”.

      It’s kind of like putting… well… an ipod in the hands of the Apostle Paul. Get it?

  3. Christian boys should not have to be in an organization where there is the possibility that some pervert will molest them, and possibly try to convert them into the perversion. The Boy Scouts are no longer an organization that Jesus would recommend joining!

  4. We lost only one family in our Boy Scout troop with this change. The father was an Assistant Scoutmaster and kept getting reprimanded for various offenses, a couple of them quite serious. I think he saw the writing on the wall and knew his days were numbered in the troop. He now runs a Trail Life USA troop in our area. Our Boy Scout troop breathed a sigh of relief when he left but I do worry for the boys in his new troop. Their parents have no idea what he put our troop through.

  5. The last thing that I read that at least matched and more probably superseded the very essence of classical scouting spirit was exotic Scouting series from Roy Blakely Series (Amazon).
    A real read I cherish: www.amazon.com/dp/B00HIIARE6

    Now this news is something that is a problem and need be obviated immediately. What are we teaching to our youths?

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