May 13, 2013

Church-based scouting alternatives attract interest

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christian service brigade

The CSB (Christian Service Brigade) Ministries (group pictured here) is not connected to a particular denomination and is not as outdoors-oriented as the BSA, but it has a “Shape N Race Derby” that resembles the Scouts’ Pinewood Derby races. It also features the rank of "Herald of Christ," which is similar to the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout. Photo courtesy CSB Ministries

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(RNS) As the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to change its membership policy to admit gay members, some alternative church-based groups are fielding inquiries from people concerned about the action.