Trail Life, where boys are boys learning to be men

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Trail Life USA emblemThere's a good reason why boys and girls should not be involved together in scouting programs, says the leader of a Christian scouting program.

The Boy Scouts is now allowing girls as members and is now referred to simply as the Scouts.

Trail Life USA, the Christian scouting alternative begun in 2013, focuses strictly on teaching boys to be role models for their families and community while exploring the great outdoors.

Trail Life executive director Mark Hancock says the reason why male and female should be separated is that boys and girls are different, they need to be taught differently, and they learn and act differently.

Public schools are a good example.

"We have boys that are twice as likely to receive special education. They're three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," he says. "In fact, they underperform girls at every level academically and the diagnosis of ADHD continues to increase, and even if you look at what they list as symptoms, those are things that we used to just call being a boy."

Hancock has written an authoritative booklet on the differences entitled "Let Boys be Boys" about why scout programs need to focus on one or the other.

"We think that there are specific things that speak to boys and it's not one-size-fits-all," he insists. "You can't deliver the same program to boys and girls and expect the same response."

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