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

Building A Culture
1/22/2016 3:55:16 PM BY Mark Hancock, Trail Life USA CEO

We finished out 2015 and welcomed 2016 with the Vanguard Academy here at Camp Aiken. This is a great group of young men.

When we determined that I would need to relocate my family to Camp Aiken to both provide security and to be available to establish this as our Home Office, I had no idea that I would have the privilege of being awakened before sunrise to a marching cadence from this group.

You would think it bothered me. But I loved it!

The crisp, integrated, practiced voices of these young men spoke to me of the culture we are developing at Trail Life USA. One of discipline, teamwork, excellence, and more.

I was reminded of the first chapter of Daniel, where the conquering King Nebuchadnezzar called for the master of his eunuchs to bring forth, " ... children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans" (Daniel 1:4 KJV, emphasis mine).

The KJV calls it "learning and the tongue." Other translations call it, "language and literature."

King Nebuchadnezzar had a brilliant understanding: if you change the language and literature of young men, you change the culture.

Our Trail Life language is uniquely ours. Words like Trailman and Standard, Rangeman and Branches, Leaves, and Sylvan Stars. Trail Badges and Trinity Peaks. The words we use with each other identify us as part of a culture and we are creating a cadence, of sorts, as we speak with one another.

And our literature? Unapologetically, the Word of God.

I'm encouraged by the progress we've made in a short time and challenged by the trail that extends before us.

The voices of a cadence in the spirit--as a brand new culture forms--inspire me. I hope they do you, too.


(This message previously shared with Lifetime Charter Members. Posted here with their permission.)



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