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

Keeping Boys Interested and Involved
5/25/2016 12:00:01 AM BY Staff

Let's face it, boys and girls learn differently and sometimes it can be difficult to keep our boys interested and involved in what we’re doing. Capturing their attention takes ingenuity. So here are some tips.

  1. Provide "hands on" activities – boys learn by doing, not just seeing or hearing – and especially NOT sitting.
  2. Involve others (a team concept) – experiencing fun with friends is why they come.
  3. Allow them to make activity decisions – if it's their idea, they'll want to do it!
  4. Encourage accountability to team (patrol) – pulling together motivates more than pushing alone.
  5. Incorporate repetition (announcements, motto, knots) – boys never learn the first time they hear/see something.
  6. Minimize "dead time" – avoid the "classroom lecture" sit-still-and-listen type of meetings.
  7. Recognize accomplishments – being acknowledged for reaching a goal or demonstrating leadership or good character spurs them to do more of the same.
  8. Offer something to look forward to – devise plans for a future outing; cast a vision and show them what it will take to get there.
  9. Make it deep and lasting. "Filling time" never makes up for purpose. Show them how what they are doing makes a difference. Boys value your genuinely being interested in them and what they are doing.
  10. Establish consistency and routine (same time and place, once a week) to build habits. If they had fun with friends, they will come back!

These are just a few things you can do to keep boys interested and involved in what you are doing in your group. What are some other ways you use to keep their interest?



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