Monday, November 8, 2021

Boy Scouts go even more WOKE. Here are five Conservative and Christian alternatives.

The Boy Scouts continue to get more and more woke. In their latest move, the Boy Scouts are embracing Critical Race Theory (CRT), as exposed by The Federalist article by Spencer Lindquist: Boy Scouts Announce New Critical Race Theory Requirement. I encourage everyone to read his article so you can understand what is going on. This article, however, is about conservative and Christian scouting alternatives. 

A former Boy Scout myself, back in the day before the Scouts acquiesced to the feminist and LGBT agendas, I am a firm believer in the benefits of scouting. The values, skills, and experiences traditionally taught by scouting programs are a very important in raising boys into real men. But the Boy Scouts of America isn't the only way to train boys into men. Here are five alternatives to the woke Boy Scouts for you to consider:

Trail Life USA (website: https://www.traillifeusa.com/) was started in 2013 as a Christian alternative to the Boy 
Scouts. Today, there are an estimated 26,000 members, called Trailmen. Trailmen programs are broken down into four age categories: Woodlands Trails (grades K-5), Navigators (grades 6-8), Adventurers (grades 9-12), and Guidon (ages 18-25).

It is worth noting that the sister organization to Trail Life USA is the American Heritage Girls (website: https://americanheritagegirls.org/), which is a Christian alternative to the Girl Scouts of America. They have an estimated 52,000+ members. 

Pathfinders (website: https://www.clubministries.org/pathfinders/) is a scouting program of the Seventh-Day Adventists, although it is open to boys and girls ages 10 and up of any faith. It has an estimated 1.5 million members worldwide. The Pathfinders place great emphasize of developing the spiritual faith of their members. 

Royal Rangers (website: https://royalrangers.com) is a scouting program of the Assemblies of God open to boys in grades k to 12. There mission is to "evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders."

Christian Service Brigade (website: https://csbministries.org/), founded in 1937, is a Christian non-denominational father-son organization open to boys ages 4 through college. Its programs are divided up into several age categories. Its emphasis is on "building young men into Godly leaders." 

The DIY Option is often overlooked. There is no need to be associated with any larger scouting organization. A father with his sons, or a church with its youth, can do their own scouting program. You can use the boy scout handbook (current edition on Amazon) or even the original 1911 edition (also available on Amazon), making any modifications you see fit. Just don 't call yourselves "Boy Scouts." Of course, it won't be official, but the lessons and the fun will still be real.  

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