An organization formed in the wake of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay members officially launched on New Year’s Day.
Trail Life USA now has nearly 500 troops that have either entered the pre-charter process or are fully chartered and are already registering members, according to Mark Hancock, the organization’s chief operating officer. Most of the troops are chartered to churches, he told The Christian Post, though some are chartered to Christian homeschool associations, camps and other organizations that agree with Trail Life’s faith values.
Troops are being organized in at least 42 states, Hancock says, and estimates suggest there is an average of between 25 and 30 boys per troop, though Trail Life does not have precise numbers at this time.
“We purposefully have not been focused on numbers,” he says. “What we’re really focused on is building a quality program for families to help their boys become good, godly men.”