Church of the Nazarene’s Caravan ministry participant with sash, photo courtesy Nazarene Publishing House

SIDEBAR: Evangelical alternatives to the Boy Scouts

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Calvinist Cadet Corps participants from the Grand Rapids North Council meet at a snow derby checkpoint where groups were tested in their knowledge of compass and map reading. Photo courtesy Calvinist Cadet Corps

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Adventure Corps

Founded by the Salvation Army in the 1980s, Adventure Corps includes about 1,300 units of boys from grades 1-8. The program focuses on teamwork, leadership and Christian fellowship. They do not have to be a member of a Salvation Army congregation. There are about 130 Boy Scout troops affiliated with the Salvation Army.

Calvinist Cadet Corps

Founded in 1952, Calvinist Cadet Corps includes boys in first grade through high school. This evangelical organization has about 400 U.S. clubs. Its weekly meetings include a Bible lesson.


Church of the Nazarene’s Caravan ministry participant with sash, photo courtesy Nazarene Publishing House


Founded in 1946, Caravan includes about 600 clubs in U.S. churches affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The clubs, which include boys and girls from first through sixth grade, focus on church doctrine. About 150 Nazarene churches have Boy Scout troops.

CSB (Christian Service Brigade) Ministries

Founded in 1937, CSB includes about 300 units of boys in the first through 12th grades. This evangelical organization aims to build boys’ character with an emphasis on the Bible.

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The CSB (Christian Service Brigade) Ministries logo photo courtesy CSB Ministries.


Dating to the 1920s, this organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church includes more than 2,000 clubs of girls and boys in grades 5-10 in North America. About 60 percent of the members are girls and 40 percent are boys. They do not have to be members of a Seventh-day Adventist congregation.

Royal Ambassadors

Founded in 1908 and operated by the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, Royal Ambassadors includes boys in grades 1 to 6 in about 3,000 churches in the U.S.  Some Southern Baptist churches also have Boy Scout troops.

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The logo for Royal Ambassadors, a missions-focused program for elementary school boys. The program is hosted in about 3,000 churches, most of which are Southern Baptist. Photo courtesy Royal Ambassadors

Royal Rangers

Founded in 1962 by the Assemblies of God, Royal Rangers includes boys in kindergarten through 12th grade in about 4,000 groups in the U.S. Its goal is to provide boys with “Christlike character formation.” The Assemblies of God also hosts about 90 Boy Scout troops.


  1. As a District Deputy for the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization for Catholic men has a youth program for young men between ages of 12 and 18 called the Columbian Squires. It has a program similar to the Boys Scouts. I earned my Eagle Scout Award in 1969. As of now, I will no longer associate myself with the Boys Scouts and would work to promote the creation of Columbian Squires with every Knights of Columbus Council.

  2. I am so disappointed in the Boy Scouts of America. My son loves being in the Boy Scouts and was going for his Eagle by May 2015. I guess NOT anymore.

  3. I was a a Boy Scout, Explorer Scout and a Life Scout. I am also a former Scoutmaster, a job I thoroughly enjoyed. I am saddened and disturbed by what has happened to the Boy Scouts of America, and their acquiescence to political pressure. The one institution in this miserable country that I believed would stay with its core principles, and it to has succumbed to the “progressive” immorality that plagues our country.

  4. It’s just a matter of time before the homosexuals join these groups too. They are already attacking churches calling them bigots, homophobics, etc.

  5. If you think this country is miserable then why not leave? Please.

  6. My son was set for eagle as of March/April 2014…we arent very sure what we will do now.

  7. This county is becoming “miserable”, but instead of just running away we are trying to make it better by fighting back against the homosexual sinners.

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