20,000+ Views Since “day one”

Hooray,  today (12/13/13) represents a milestone for our blog — we topped 20,000 distinct views!  Woo-Hoo!

Stats as of 12 13

You can see that the blog got launched at the tail end of October, 2010, and steadily grew its readership until January 2013 — that fateful month when BSA made the headlines for Sample Eagle COH Cake 3trying to change the membership policy in a vacuum by secret committee.  The rest of this past year has been a roller coaster with many people paying attention to each development, news release and article that had to do with BSA National Policies.

If I could make a trade, I’d rather have less readership and be able to reset the decision, but that won’t happen.  All in all, this year has caused many men and women to reevaluate what they believe and how they feel about many issues.  Self-reflection isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes we realize that we’ve been ignoring other, more subtle things and it’s time to take stock based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (each man’s work to be tested by fire for reward or removal of the impure/imperfect):

  • Have I compromised my faith by idolizing my involvement in BSA? (1 Cor 10) 
  • Am I happier at Round Table than Bible Study?
  • Do I actually testify as to my beliefs while scouting or do I hide my candle under a bushel for fear my scout buddies won’t tolerate my testimony (Acts 17:22-33)
  • Does the BSA practice of non-sectarianism equate to “all faiths are equally valid paths to God?” and if so, can Christians reconcile that with scriptures (John 14:6, etc.)
  • Is the issue of same-sex attraction a moral, ethical, spiritual issue or merely one of “distraction” as BSA characterizes it? (Romans 1:18-32, et.al.)
  • I sign a contract with BSA each year that affirms my commitment to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and that I’ll uphold their policies.  Does that constitute unequal yoking (2 Cor 6:14-17) or can I just ignore those verses?
  • Is BSA helping me win my race, or has it become a distraction – am I closer to God because of BSA or in spite of BSA? (1Cor.9:24)
  • Is the focus of our unit meetings merely on the “highly practical, but temporal, things of earth” or do we genuinely celebrate and understand matters of eternity? (John 12:25; James 4:4; James 4:13-15; Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:15-16; Col. 3:2; Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13; Philippians 3:19-20; Ps 73:1-3 & 17)

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So I’m very happy that our blog has touched some people along the way.  Some may have been angry, others may have disagreed, but I know we’ve heard from some who’ve said that it helped them look at things with a new perspective and that’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do.

Sadly, our troop is disbanding shortly.  It’s been a great three years, but it was NEVER our troop to fuss over.  It always existed by God’s permissive will and His grace.  If it’s time for a fallow season, so be it.


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Our Troop # comes from Psalm 1:1-3 - describing the men we want our scouts to become
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2 Responses to 20,000+ Views Since “day one”

  1. Chris Jenkins says:

    Thank You for being a great example on how to shine the Light of God into a Troop’s scouting program. I have been using your site as an abundant resource to help me In bringing God to center, no foundation, of our Troop in Texas. We probably wouldn’t be in the position we are in if the Churches that have chartered units would have taken a more active role in their units and utilized it as an outreach along with teaching their youth practical life skills. Instead, I believe most viewed it as an outside organization that they were providing meeting space for. Again thank you for your Christ-like example.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Troop113 says:

      Am humbled, but also really glad that you’ve benefited from the articles on the site. God gets the credit, though! Our troop families asked me to research alternatives to BSA back in February and being a good scout (helpful, friendly, etc.) I did my best to learn all that I could. I discovered that being big or old (BSA) doesn’t equate to quality, and there are many really wonderful organizations out there that offer a strong scouting experience and are not agnostic in their approach to faith (oxymoronic if you ask me — scouting asks us to promote faith, but no specific brand should be promoted leaving me to wonder what message that sends to the youth — adults are good at talking out of both sides of their mouths like there’s Santa, there’s no Santa — so we end up reducing faith to fairy tales because we’re gagged by BSA from telling the whole story)

      I’ve grown up in scouting and LOVE BSA’s curriculum — I don’t like BSA’s bureaucracy and split personality disorder. For me, I’m ready for a new challenge — especially one that doesn’t ask me to hide my candle under a bushel or “tone down the faith message”. Whether CSB, CCC, TLUSA or even Royal Rangers, there are true, faith-based organizations that offer a full scouting experience to their members.

      I try very hard to not criticize brothers in Christ who stay aligned with BSA, and I know many who’ve decided to stay with BSA. I am concerned that they’re on a sinking ship (lost funding has not been restored, more funding has been lost since the vote in may, activist groups are still circling the waters in Texas as they’re not satisfied, and while BSA is now back peddling on “Faith-Based-Initiatives” and “Duty to God” programs, it’s too little, too late for most units.)

      If you have any interest in learning more about Trail Life or other alternatives, please check out articles on this site and our companion site – http://traillife113.wordpress.com

      If you’re sticking with BSA, best wishes, please keep us posted and let me know if I can help.

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