There are alternatives to joining the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) and now is a perfect time for our young people to consider those options.
Following the resolution passed last May by the BSA National Council to break with its century-old, Christian moral tradition of prohibiting membership by “open or avowed” homosexual boys and the implementation of that resolution as of January 1st, 2014, the Boy Scouts of America are no longer your father’s or grandfather’s Scouts and your sons just may be forced to bunk with an “open or avowed” homosexual kid on their next overnight scouting adventure.
Likewise, the GSUSA, which has long promoted itself as ”the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls” but which, due to the adoption of “progressivism,” is now plagued by declining membership, revenues, and volunteers, disagreements among its leadership and its grassroots, and upheavals over plans by various local councils to sell their summer camps, incredibly chose abortion advocate Wendy Davis, an unknown Texas state senator, as a woman deserving of inclusion on the Girl Scouts’ list of 2013′s “incredible women of the year.”
In addition, the GSUSA caved to unrelenting pressure from the LGBT lobby in 2012 by admitting a 7-year old “transgendered” Colorado boy into its ranks, provoking a nationwide boycott of (vastly overpriced) Girl Scout cookies. That politically-correct decision calls into question their boast that they are “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls.”
Suellen Nelles, head of a local Scout council based in Fairbanks, Alaska Scout contends, “We have a leadership at the top who are toxic to this organization and need to go” and believes the source of that toxicity is emanating from the national CEO, Anna Maria Chavez.
The BSA will still exclude atheists, agnostics from membership and, interestingly for what it suggests, they will still exclude adult homosexuals from participating in the organization and interacting with the kids. The GSUSA has tried to backtrack on Davis’ inclusion after incredibly characterizing her on the official Girl Scouts Twitter account as “incredible” simply because Davis had filibustered against prohibiting abortions of pre-born Texan infants after 20 weeks gestation.
The purpose of this post, however, is not to castigate the BSA for abdicating its responsibilities by admitting young homosexuals into the Boy Scout ranks, (while judiciously prohibiting adult homosexuals.) Nor is the intent here to demean the GSUSA despite its abdication of its former dedicative goal for girls by advocating for a principal sponsor, the abortion machine that is Planned Parenthood. Neither is the intent to expose Texas State Senator Davis as a hypocrite for proclaiming she is pro-life.
Rather, as stated above, the intent is to make clear that there are alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America and to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for those Scouts and their parents who are fed up with the godless, leftward lurch of those groups and are in search of better, more traditional options.
A new youth group, based on Christian principles in response to the Boy Scout’s decision to allow gay scouts, Trail Life USA, formally began operating January 1st as a Bible-based alternative to the BSA.
Trail Life explains what it is: ”Most guys want exciting outdoor adventure with their friends. We’ve got that! Trips and travel? That, too. Camping. Check. Physical and mental challenge? Yep. And awards? Of course! Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. 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. (http://www.traillifeusa.com/)
The Trail Life motto: “Walk Worthy,” (Colossians 1:10 “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”) and a “vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens,”
As for America’s young women, as opposed to the Girl Scouts of America distancing themselves from God and country and promoting abortion, Christian families are finding alternatives in American Heritage Girls and Frontier Girls. At every AHG ceremony, the American flag and the AHG flag are both prominently displayed and Frontier Girls offers as many or more activities as the GSUSA–and over 1200 badges!
As difficult as it may be, America’s current Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their parents should stage a retreat and join organizations such as Trail Life USA or American Heritage Girls or Frontier Girls before they forget their American Christian heritage. Scouts will not really be leaving the BSA or the GSUSA since those groups have already left them.