Who We Are

Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men.

Operating from Troops that are chartered through churches in 48 states, the K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.

Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.

Join The Trail

Want to spend time with families that share your values?

Want adventure, character, and leadership skills and opportunities for your boys?

You can locate a nearby Troop—or maybe start one yourself—pursue a partnership with us, make a donation to our 501c3 organization, or volunteer as an Area Leader!

Find out how you can get involved with the fastest-growing adventure organization for boys!

Trail Life USA Store

We sell great outdoor merchandise, Trail Life USA branded clothing and, of course the Trail Life USA Troop uniform!

Maybe you’re looking for a Navigators and Adventurers Handbook, flags, or our Troop Standard—quickly becoming a proud symbol of achievements in Trail Life USA.

We also have our Trail Leader Store (for registered leaders), where your Troop can buy awards and all sorts of Troop-specific merchandise!

Latest News

The Patrol Method
5/22/2017 6:30:00 AM BY Seth Morrow

The mission of Trail Life USA is “to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.” In everything that we do, our mission is central. One of the clearest examples of this on the Troop level is our utilization of the Patrol Method. The Patrol Method is a group of six to eight boys that are diverse in their ages and skill levels. The Patrol is led by an older boy (Patrol Leader) who trains and empowers the other boys in the Patrol to plan and execute various events and tasks. These events/tasks can range from a small service project to a multi-day camping or backpacking trip. By utilizing the Patrol Method, our Troops are fulfilling the mission of Trail Life USA.

 

to guide generations…”

The Patrol Method is initiated by an adult leader, led by an older boy, and experienced by the younger boys. Each Patrol has mentoring and training at all levels; adult to youth, older boys to younger boys, and young boys to other young boys.

“…of courageous young men…”

It takes courage for boys to step out in front of their peers and tackle a task or responsibility. The Patrol Method allows older boys to encourage the younger boys. Through multiple encouraging experiences, not only are skills developed but courage also.

“…to honor God,…”

When the older boys teaching, encourage, and train the younger boys in the Patrol, they are in one sense “discipling” them. This peer-to-peer method of teaching and training is the way that God commissioned us believers to teach, encourage, and train each other.

“…lead with integrity,…”

Older boys must have integrity to keep the trust of the younger boys. Without the trust of the younger boys, the Patrol Method will not work effectively.

“…serve others,…”

The Patrol Method provides practical ways for everyone involved to learn how to serve each other. The adults serve the Patrol as a whole by providing safe guidance. The older boys serve the younger boys by training and empowering them. The younger boys serve each other by completing their necessary responsibilities for the rest of the Patrol.

and experience outdoor adventure.”

Outdoor adventures are best experienced with other people. By having a Patrol, younger boys will be able to experience things that they normally would not be able to on their own, and older boys will get to experience the thrill of introducing someone else to the wonders of God’s creation.



Events

June

Trail Ready Leadership Conference - Huntsville, AL
7:00 PM Fri - 4:30 PM Sat  @ Huntsville, AL


June

Camp Equip
@ Camp Aiken, Belton, SC