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

3 Keys to Raising Resilient Boys
2/21/2018 7:30:00 AM BY Stephen Ashton

1. Establish a Relationship

Raising resilient boys requires time, discipline, and intentionality. Fathers who want to raise boys to be men of character must carve time out of their busy lives to cultivate healthy relationships. Boys need men in their life who will join them in a boy’s world. Racing matchbox cars on dirt trails in the back yard, wrestling on the living room floor, building tracks for Thomas the Train, tossing a football in the front yard, attending a game together, pitching a tent under the stars, and baiting a hook on the bank of a lake are the language of boyhood.  Boys need men who are willing to enter their world, enjoy them, communicate affection, and who speak encouragement and meaning into their lives. Only when we dare to enter a boy’s world do we earn the opportunity to speak Truth into the lives of our sons. Tools like a set of family values and a mission statement mentioned in the last blog can help a father to communicate consistent messages to their sons that stick when opportunities arise.

2. Build Self-discipline

To become a healthy man, a boy needs more than a buddy.  He needs to enter a world of manhood and to know and be known by healthy men. From a young age boys begin to naturally emulate their fathers. While they are young, involve them in household projects, chores, trips to the store, and daily responsibilities, then teach and expect him to take on those tasks as appropriate. Building muscles of self-discipline requires training and cannot be learned alone. A boy needs a caring adult who will provide “a solid sense of boundaries and a glimpse of who he can be … Boys take great comfort in firm, fair, and consistent guidelines, and anticipated reward (Hancock, 2017)”. They will test limits, but they want to know expectations will hold. Firm, fair, and consistent guidelines provide a firm foundation for healthy relationships, and engaged relationships provide the necessary support for parents to raise expectations. As boys develop discipline, they become prepared for greater responsibility.

3. Give Independence and Responsibility

A boy’s longing for independence and responsibility is a necessary God-given desire to enable him to develop into a mature man of character. Boys thrive when provided with proper challenge, adventure, accomplishment, accolade, and advancement. Intentionally increasing responsibility and independence as sons mature is essential. When not provided appropriately, instead of developing in character and self-reliance, boys fall into one of the twin pitfalls of adolescence: anger or apathy.

The structure built into the Trail Life USA program is designed with these truths in mind.  Boys are intentionally engaged in adventurous uniquely masculine challenge; accomplishments are recognized before their peers, parents, and community; then boys strategically advance to greater challenge and responsibility producing growing, self-confident, Godly masculine leaders.



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March

TRLC Columbus, OH
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March

TRLC Knoxville, TN
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April

TRLC Kansas City, MO
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