Faith-based alternative to Boy Scouts growing on South Plains

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Updated: 9/27/2013 7:23 am
Scott Scarborough spent more than 20 years with the Boy Scouts of America before the controversial decision to allow openly homosexual boys join led him to the very difficult decision to leave the organization.

"This is one of the hardest and most sorrowful things that we've gone through." he said.

Luckily for Scarborough and his family, Trail Life USA provides an alternative to Boy Scouts that is based on Christian values, and he is bringing it to the South Plains.

"We realized that we're going to have to have an organization that stands for timeless values as opposed to morals and social pressures that sway in the wind," he said.

Although there is a focus on biblical principles, Scarborough said Trail Life USA is not trying to preach to young men, merely trying to educate them through the great outdoors.

"The outside is our laboratory, and we're going to use it all the time," Scarborough said.

Trail Life USA has been influenced by many other organizations, especially the Boy Scouts' 103 years of teaching leadership.

"We're not going to throw that away," Scarborough said. "Boy scouts built a 'Y' in the road and we had to take that 'Y', but they will always be a part of our past. We want to honor our past but we want to build our future."

About 1,400 people from 44 different states attended Trail Life USA's first convention earlier this month, proving it already has immense support. Included were three troops from Lubbock, ready to experience the outdoors.

Nathan Baie from the Boy Scouts South Plains Council is not expecting a decrease in recruitment with the arrival of the new organization.

"Our program definitely is flourishing this fall and we're recruiting new kids," he said.

The Boy Scouts of America have a history of tradition and loyalty that Baie said will keep the organization strong.

"We are going to continue to provide a quality scouting program and we're very appreciative of those who have chosen to stay with us" he said.

Trial Life USA will include an honor comparable to the Boy Scouts' Eagle, called the Freedom. It is based strongly on service. The program is still in development stages, but Scarborough hopes to begin holding troop meetings in a few months.

For more information on joining or starting a troop, you can visit the group's website at this link.
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ironmike - 9/27/2013 1:35 PM
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That would be a new name for BSA since they are being used a vehicle to push an anti judo-christain philosophy down the throats of today's youth.

bigronaldo - 9/27/2013 11:47 AM
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I guess the name Deutsches Jungvolk was already taken.
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