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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- A Winston-Salem church is offering an alternative to Boy Scouts because of its concerns about the national organization's decision to accept gay boys.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Calvary Baptist Church started Trail Life to replace the church's Boy Scouts program.

About 1,000 people attended the kickoff Wednesday.

The Rev. Rob Peters says he understands the Boy Scouts program and intends for the church to continue that tradition of transforming its boys into men.

The church said it would drop its affiliation with Boy Scouts at the end of the year because of the national organization's decision to accept gay boys. The national organization's policy does not condone sexual conduct among Scouts. It also bars gay adults from serving as Scout leaders.

Trail Life does not accept gay boys.

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