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Christian Altenative to Boy Scouts Set to Launch

Some not happy with decision to allow gays kids into program

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An organization billing itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America says it has close to 500 troops preparing for its Jan. 1 launch.

The new scouting group, Trail Life USA, was created by OnMyHonor.net, which opposed the BSA's policy change last May that permitted gay Boy Scouts — but not gay adult leaders — effective on Jan. 1.

Mark Hancock, Trail Life USA's chief operating officer, said close to 500 troops have signed up since early September, a handbook has been created and leadership guides have been published for three levels of boys in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

"We have a very excited group of churches and Christian organizations that are joining us," said Hancock in an interview Thursday (Dec. 30). "They're ready to go."