A new group that formed as a counter to the Boy Scouts of Americaâ€™s decision to let gays serve as scouts opened its doors this week, with a mission and motto to â€œwalk worthyâ€ in the path toward God.
â€œOur vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens,â€Â Trail Life USAsaid on its website. Its motto, taken from Colossian 1:10: â€œThat you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every goodÂ workÂ and increasing in the knowledge of God.â€
The group is Christian-based, but will allow those of all faiths to join.
â€œWhile the program is undergirded by biblical values and unapologetically reflects a Christian worldview, there is also a clearly defined inclusion policy for youth,â€ the organization said on its website. â€œAccordingly, all boys are welcome irrespective of religion, race, national origin or socio-economic status. Our goal is for parents and families of every faith to be able to place their boys in a youth program that endeavors to provide moral consistency and ethical integrity in its adultleaders.â€
As part of service, potential troop leaders have to agree to a statement that defines marriage as a union of a man with woman, said Larry Wagner, who isÂ recruitingÂ members and churches for the group in Northeast Florida.
â€œAs a Christian, I seeÂ Trail Life USAÂ as a way to be more explicit with my Christianity and imparting that aspect of it as they grow into manhood,â€ Mr. WagnerÂ told a local news station in Jacksonville.