Once upon a time America had a reliable organization grounded in strong traditional family values that worked to turn boys into men. It was the Boy Scouts of America and it has been around for 108 years.
But in recent years the storied organization that built generations of leaders in American history has abandoned its core mission and has bowed to progressive causes that aim to water down masculinity.
Trail Life USA is an organization that is filling the void left by the Boy Scouts. Mark Hancock, the chief executive officer, said Trail Life has grown to 27,000 members incorporated to 800 churches across America.
“We are a traditional family based organization but we are unapologetically boy focused and we believe that boys and girls are different, we believe in the science around that,” Hancock said on Starnes Country Tuesday.
Hancock called it remarkable that after 108 years of “tremendous stuff” the Boy Scouts of America “have lost their way” and said that when you “lose your way,” you don’t know what you’re going to stir up.”
In 2017, the Boy Scouts announced that they were creating a program for girls, which has since prompted the Girl Scouts of America to file a lawsuit against them.
“We’re seeing a cultural battle where there’s all this confusion about what makes up a man, what makes a boy,” Hancock said. “And the boys are kind of the canaries in the mind of this culture that’s trying to figure out what’s going on, and they’re suffering.”
Hancock noted that boys are now twice as likely as girls to be placed in special education and three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
“They’re paying a price for a culture that’s kind of confused about who we are,” he said. “I think you could almost say that there’s a war on boyhood as we know it.”
Hancock hopes that Trail Life USA provides the antidote to that war, and creates generations of men who will be good citizens and godly fathers.
“We’re biblically based, we’re unapologetically Christian..but our membership for boys is open to boys of any faith or no faith at all, because we really think we can be helpful for all boys,” he said.
Hancock took special notice of the single mothers who found in Trail Life USA the fatherhood and male role models that were missing from their son’s lives.
“I could tell you story after story of single moms who have come up to me thanking me for the program and what it is we’re doing because their husband passed away and they cried out to God I need some men to help raise my son,” Hancock said.
“We’re providing the kind of excellence that any parent who wants to see their son… growing and maturing in things like leadership and adventure,” Hancock said. “[They’re] going to find a home at Trail Life USA.”