Trail Life USA sees enrollment jump as families desire tradition over revamped Scouts

Trail Life USA sees enrollment jump as families desire tradition over revamped Scouts


EXCLUSIVE — As the Boy Scouts of America struggles to find its identity, a rival organization based on traditional family values is thriving.

Trail Life USA was created in 2013 as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts, with the goal of training boys ages 5-17 on basic life skills, something Mark Hancock, the CEO of the organization, says the Boy Scouts has strayed away from. The Scouts has received a growing amount of criticism for attempting to be more inclusive, including allowing girls to join the organization in 2018 and deciding to drop “Boy” from its name last week.

Hancock described the Boy Scout’s rebranding to “Scouting America” as “tragic but not unexpected” and noted how the Boy Scouts, in its 100-plus years of

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