GREENVILLE, S.C. -- “We are deeply saddened that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a long-standing American institution, is in this unfortunate situation.
Happy President's Day from Trail Life! Today we celebrate the men who have lead our country and honor our first president—Statesman, Military General, and Founding Father of the United States of America. At the age of 16, George Washington inscribed the "110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation" outlining principles of courtesy, chivalry, and masculinity. Many of the principles are as relevant today as when then were when written over 270 years ago.
You are not doing a boy a favor to pass him on a test simply because he tried hard.
When he moves out into the world of men, his boss, his wife, and his clients will not give him points just for trying hard. Do not raise false expectations about what quests Trailmen can win armed with the sword of good intentions.
Boyhood is a time of daring adventure, exploration, action and personal growth – that’s why adventure is a fundamental part of Trail Life’s mission. Adventure is a terrific way to capture the heart of a boy and teach important life lessons. Boys need godly men to lead the way. A boy without a mentor showing him the way is like an explorer without a compass, without a map.
A Christian should see great dignity and value in human life because we are made in the image and likeness of God himself. In God’s eyes, our value is not based on our gender, our skin color, our physical ability, our mental capacity, our successes, or our failures. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)”
And then I caught the lesson God was telling me - 'Do you trust me like that? Will you step with boldness into the life of another?' Are you willing to notice others, connect with them, and become an everyday hero as you build into their lives? We each have our own assignments. As I trust, God is going to use me. Each of us have the opportunity to be an everyday hero in the lives of others.
In a culture that declares masculinity is toxic and struggles to provide any coherent definition of what a man is or should be, Christmas is an incredible opportunity to talk with boys and young men about the example of Christ. What did it mean for him to become a man? What character traits did he display? What was unique about the life he lived? What implications does his life have for us as men?