St. Mary’s Church in Urbana, Ohio received a charter to establish Trail Life USA Troop # OH 1712. In previous years, the Church had sponsored Cub and Boy Scout programs when scouting was premised on a strong foundation of duty to G-d and country and the ability of a scout to incorporate the religious values of the Abrahamic faiths into his daily life. It is clear that the morals and values of our country, as evidenced by several recent actions of the national scouting organization, are deteriorating at an exponential rate and are becoming increasingly opposed to true Judeo-Christian values. We therefore sought out an unapologetically Christian alternative for our youth program.
Trail Life USA is a church based discipleship program that equips men to use outdoor adventure to mentor boys and to develop godly leaders of character. As opposed to the scouting program format, under Trail Life USA, St. Mary’s Church, as the Charter Organization, is expected to own and operate the Troop by selecting its adult leaders, integrating the Troop into the life of the church, and involving the boys in mission trips, service projects, and/or other ministry or ceremonial purposes. The Church must be actively involved and cannot merely allow the program to use space to meet in our building.
Therefore our Church and its Trail Life USA Troop needs to raise approximately $12,000. This includes the purchase of a trailer that will cost about $4,500 and equipment including shelving, patrol boxes, dining fly’s, collapsible picnic tables, tents, stoves & cookware, and other necessary camping gear which is estimated to cost about $3,500. In addition, program material such as handbooks, progress charts, publicity, and uniform items cost about $2,500. Finally, depending upon the number of boys who register, our annual chartering fees will approximate $1,000.
We urge people interested in helping boys do their duty to G-d and country as well as living lives consistent with Church doctrine to contribute to our appeal.
Father Matthew Lee, Pastor, St. Mary’s Church- Urbana, OH