As the Boy Scouts – an organization that I have long admired – trundles down a path that I believe is going to end up tearing the organization apart, a new group – Trail Life USA – has emerged. The faith-based group believes that they are set to become a premiere organization for boys and young men.
Their stated goal is to “counter the ‘moral free-fall’ of the nation, and ‘raise a generation of faithful husbands, fathers, citizens and leaders.'” As they become more and more public, the group has captured attention because of their open competition with the BSA. Their mission is to “provide a robust alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).”
The name of the group was chosen to avoid any political or controversial undertones.
From a blog post:
“Trail” refers to a pathway and being outdoors, but also symbolizes the passage of life, where there are moral choices, and right and wrong paths, said Mr. Stemberger.
“Our whole life is about the trail, both in the outdoors and in the journey of life as believers,” he said. “So Trail Life is a way of life that is centered on following Christ in the outdoors.”
Organizers also unveiled the new Trail Life USA logo: It features a circle with a sun, mountaintops with a path, and a male figure with a hand extended over his head, beckoning others to follow.
Watchwords of the new organization are “adventure, character and leadership,” and “walk worthy.”
The genesis of the new group was the BSA leadership’s closely watched decision in May to change its membership policy and admit youth regardless of their sexual orientation or sexual preference.
In contrast, Trail Life USA will be inclusive of boys, regardless of religion, race, national origin or socioeconomic status, and accept boys who are experiencing same-sex attractions or gender confusion.
However, it will not admit youth who are open or avowed about their homosexuality, and it will not admit boys who are not “biologically male” or boys who wish to dress and act like girls.
Adult leaders of Trail Life USA will be Christians who sign a statement of faith and submit to background checks. Both boys and adults will be required to adhere to a code of conduct.
I like the idea of the group, but I’m not sure that it’s not going to end up being controversial. Then again, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why the Boy Scouts decided to go down the idiotic and controversial path they’ve chosen. Their trek is going to end badly, just like every trip does when you compromise your values.
I wish this new group luck. They seem sincere in their beliefs, and it never hurts to have another group where young people can go to learn good Christian values. Everyone should be equipped for their path through life with an all-important moral compass.
The group is currently looking to form new troops. If you’re interested you should join the conversation. You can visit their website HERE.