KVUE-TV reports, a policy change for the Boy Scouts of America, allowing gay and transgender youth brought about the creation of another scouting organization that’s growing in popularity.
In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America allowed members to identify as gay. In 2015, gay leaders were allowed. Then, at the beginning of 2017, transgender scouts were included in troops.
"That allows us to serve what we believe our mission to be, which is to take every single youth in the country that wants to benefit from our proven program and allow them to do that," Boy Scouts of America spokesperson Charles Mead told KVUE.
In response an alternative group sprung up. Four years later, Trail Life USA has more than 20,000 members across the country.
"We provide an option for families that want traditional Christian values," said Mark Hancock, Trail Life USA CEO.
Trail Life USA boasts 10 troops in the Austin, Texas region, all of which are church sponsored.
The main difference between Trailmen and Boy Scouts is that the Trailmen doesn’t allow gay or transgender members.
Trail Life USA has seen rapid growth since its inception four years ago, it currently boasts 24,000 members.
For the complete KVUE report, click here.
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