Trail Life: We follow strict rules to protect our scouts

Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Scouts salutingThe once-storied Boy Scouts of America is facing even greater scrutiny for hiding known or suspected pedophiles among its leadership, the latest sad chapter in its once-hidden history.

Thanks to litigation, the public has learned in recent years the scouting organization maintained “perversion files” that documented abuse cases, and in recent days an attorney representing abuse victims said the numbers are staggering.

Speaking at a press conference, Jeff Anderson told reporters the Scouts maintain a list of 7,800 suspected pedophiles and the names of 12,000 suspected abuse victims, Fox News reported.

“It's sad and tragic,” remarks Mark Hancock, executive director of Trail Life USA. “But the path they've chosen the last five years is unsafe and, in our opinion, violates basic youth protection.”

Trail Life, a faith-based scouting organization, has filled its ranks with former Boy Scout leaders and youths who fled that organization after BSA began allowing open homosexual youths in 2014.

Then came the inevitable allowance for homosexual leaders, which came in 2015.

Behind the scenes, BSA was caving to political and corporate pressure despite winning legal protections in court, including a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision after James Dale, an open homosexual Scoutmaster, sued to demand the right to keep his post.

Hancock, whose background includes church ministry and mental health counseling, says Trail Life is aware of the dangers to vulnerable youths and takes precautions to protect them from sexual predators.

“There’s no one-on-one contact between an adult and a child. There’s ‘two-deep’ leadership in every setting,” he says. “There’s always two adults present, and we have buddy systems of three or more boys who travel together.”

In a commentary about the BSA's perversion problems, Dr. Michael Brown suggests the numbers of alleged pedophiles is "shocking and terribly painful" but should not be a surprise to anyone familiar with BSA's recent decisions. 

Trail Life USA emblem"Not only has the BSA allegedly covered up thousands of cases of sexual abuse of children," Brown writes, "but while this was going on, the BSA actively opened the door to gay scouts and even gay scout leaders."

In the name of "equality and tolerance," Brown writes, the Scouts permitted an environment of male homosexual leaders overseeing male scouts, and the preditable result has invited the "complete implosion" of the Boy Scouts.

According to Hancock, Trail Life will stay true to the Bible's teachings about human sexuality regardless of what the culture is claiming. 

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