The newly formed camping program for boys, Trail Life USA, began the official chartering process on Jan. 1, with nearly 500 churches launching Trail Life troops.
Trail Life is the Christian-based program that has many former leaders, parents, and scouts from the Boy Scouts of America program. According to Mark Allen, Charleston-area point man, the mission of Trail Life USA is “to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others and experience outdoor adventure.”
There are 19 troops that are, or have been, in the process of being chartered in South Carolina.
The organization’s statement of faith section on purity, which all its adult leaders are required to sign, states: “God calls us to live lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word, and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.”
Spartanburg native Rob Green serves as the national director of field operations, while Carolyn Culbertson of Greer is the national field support coordinator. Point men include Hall Donnelly of Columbia, Mark Allen of Charleston, William Woods of Rock Hill, Steve Haslup of Oconee County, Scott Wilson of Pickens County, and Michael Amos of the Upstate.
Allen calls the new organization “a Christ-centered youth adventure” that emphasizes character and leadership development.