- Category: U.S.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:50
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian Press
South Carolina-based On My Honor announced through a video on its website the formation of an alternative to Boy Scouts of America. Rob Green of Spartanburg will serve as interim executive director of the new national character development program for boys.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 a landmark meeting occurred in Louisville, Kentucky. Nearly 50 leaders from around the country came together, each with a strong interest in forming a new scouting-like organization for young men.
“We had veteran scout leaders, representatives from major faith denominations, and national organizations concerned with youth and families,” said Green. “From that meeting, held less than two weeks ago, the new organization we are announcing today was formed.”
The group’s inaugural national convention will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on September 6 and 7, 2013. Founders say the organization’s name, logo and branding information will be unveiled along with other program details at that gathering.
The organization’s website states membership policy will focus on sexual purity rather than sexual orientation. The policy will read, in part: “the proper context for sexual relations is only between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage.”
The group’s announcement also says the organization will be open to all boys irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Parents from all faiths are welcome to enroll their children in the program.
“While boys may come from every religious background, adult leaders in the program, from the National Board level to individual unit volunteers, will adhere to a standard statement of Christian faith and values,” reads the statement.
“Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens,” Green said during a conference call for media on Tuesday. “The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program focused on leadership and character development for boys, and founded on principles and values that reflect a Christian worldview.”
As previously reported by ChristianPress.com, since the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted in June to allow gay members, there has been a masse exodus of churches that sponsor troops.