Green's appointment followed a secret meeting late last month in Louisville, Kentucky, of nearly 50 veteran Scout leaders, representatives from major faith denominations, and national organizations concerned with youth and families. Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the American Family Association, attended that meeting and told OneNewsNow that more than just parents and boys have expressed interest in the new group.
"There's a lot of interest, especially among churches who currently charter a Boy Scout unit but are going to turn in that charter between now and the end of the year," he explains. "So they're looking for an alternate program for their youth and their church that includes a lot of the outdoor and character-based skills."
According to Sharp, there is no mistake in that the new organization will be biblically based for the young boys in the organization, as well as for those in leadership roles.
"All leaders, whether they be on a unit level, a district level, or a national level, will be required to sign a statement of Christian faith," he points out. "So it's biblically-based; it's biblically sound."
The convention in September will set the stage for charter applications in November, and the organization will be officially launched January 1.