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Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls enter into an historic agreement as Christian-based alternatives to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
Anderson, IN (June 25, 2015) – Trail Life USA (TLUSA) and American Heritage Girls (AHG), the Christian-based alternatives to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, entered into an historic agreement with a Memorandum of Ministry Alliance on Thursday.
Under the terms of the alliance, which has been approved by both Board of Directors, each organization has agreed to support the other in their shared missions for spiritual and character development of youth through Christ-centered programming.
The alliance will further contribute to the phenomenal growth of both organizations by allowing Troops to operate side-by-side with a shared Charter Organization, typically a church. The groups have committed to jointly pursue methods using their unique and separate programs for the mutual benefit of positive character development in our nation’s youth.
The signing took place at AHG’s 20th Anniversary National Convention on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. The agreement, the highest form of union for each of the organizations, was signed by TLUSA CEO Mark Hancock and AHG Executive Director Patti Garibay.
“AHG is thrilled to work with Trail Life USA in bringing Christ-centered, goal-oriented programming to families across the nation. Maintaining our unique identities while leveraging the synergy between the two ministries promises to be an exciting journey,” states Patti Garibay.
“We’re excited about this agreement and what it will mean to churches and families that want to see Christ-centered outdoor adventure, character, and leadership skills influence this next generation of young people,” said Hancock. “It’s a natural and spiritual connection that will enhance each of our missions. We couldn’t be happier.”
Trail Life USA’s mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. While it is open to boys (K-25 years) of any faith or no faith at all, its leadership is restricted to Christians. TLUSA has grown to nearly 25,000 members in its first 18 months.
American Heritage Girls mission is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Girls ages 5-18 participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences. AHG has over 40,000 members.
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February 4, 2015
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Trail Life USA Signs Memorandum with P.R.A.Y.
ORLANDO – The Trail Life USA Board of Directors recently issued a Memorandum of Ministry Association with P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth), formalizing the use of its materials as one of the options for Trailmen in the Spiritual Development aim of Trail Life USA.
Of the formal partnership, Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock responded, “Trail Life USA is excited about our partnership with P.R.A.Y. Our Christ-centered missions perfectly complement one another; we hope to further impact boys and their families with our shared focus on Christian growth.”
In September 2014 the P.R.A.Y. Board of Directors approved Trail Life USA as a “Youth Agency Member,” with P.R.A.Y. CEO Mark Hazlewood explaining, “P.R.A.Y. is all about bringing children, youth, and families to Christ, and Trail Life USA is a perfect fit for us. We welcome them as a member of P.R.A.Y. and look forward to ministry together!”
In addition to the P.R.A.Y. religious offerings, the Trail Life USA program also incorporates materials from the National Catholic Committee of Trail Life USA (NCCTL), the Members of the Churches of Christ for Scouting (MCCS), the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS), Manhood Journey, and participation in other religious activities within Trail Life USA including the Worthy Life Program, Values Frontier Elective Trail Badges, the Trail Life USA Spiritual Development Award, the Delta Life Discipleship Program Options, and the Freedom Experience Christian Education options.
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January 27, 2015
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Trail Life USA Board of Directors Adds a Member and Advisory Council
ORLANDO – After a first year that saw the chartering of over 540 Troops in 48 states and the registration of nearly 20,000 adults and boys, Trail Life USA (TLUSA) added a new Board of Directors member and an Advisory Council.
The December Board meeting set into place Stuart Michelson of Atlanta, Georgia. Michelson served as the TLUSA State Leadership Chairman for Georgia, and as the coordinator for the Atlanta venue of the 2014 Trail Leader Training Conference. He pioneered an adult training model and oversaw its deployment as the chairman of the inaugural Equip64 training event at Camp Aiken. He has extensive program and training experience spanning multiple volunteer organizations.
Leadership was also broadened at a January 2015 Board meeting at Camp Aiken, the 127-acre camp gifted to Trail Life USA in 2014, when the Board accepted a slate of 18 Advisory Council members that will serve to advise both the Board and the Staff.
Board Chairman John Stemberger welcomed the addition of Michelson and the Council, “The input from national-level volunteers with a variety of skills and broad expertise will be invaluable in shepherding the exciting growth of Trail Life USA and in securing its bright future.”
Recently appointed Advisory Council members include: Woody Youngs, Chairman (Evansville, IN: Marketing/Research); Rev. Kipper Tabb (Johns Creek, GA: Celebrate Recovery Pastor); John Hearing (Maple Valley, WA: Naval warfare, NRA Instructor); Dr. John Burkitt (Nashville, TN: Writer, Multiple certifications); Kristin Massie (Hoover, AL: Mother, Passion for children); Kent Barnett (Abilene, TX: Religious Awards and Curriculum); Stu Nolan (Middletown, VA: Attorney, TLUSA National Catholic Committee Chair); Ron Orr (North Richland Hills, TX: Military, Process improvements); Paul Farrell (New Milford, NK: Christian Service Brigade, Writing); Juanita Wells (Winter Park, FL: Insurance, Children’s writing); Brian Everett (Telephone, TX: Rural Churches Discipleship); Rusty Denton (Lawrenceville, GA: Attorney, Intellectual property); Kent Evans (Louisville, KY: Manhood Journey Board Chair); Dan Ford (Orlando, FL: Attorney); Rev. Rob Peters (Winston-Salem, NC: Pastor, Father); Ted Thompson (Orlando, FL: Real Men Outdoors inner city program); Art Lloyd (Port Orange, FL: Commercial construction, World missions); and John Slagboom (Oxnard, CA: Military).
For more information on Trail Life USA, email Media@TrailLifeUSA.com or visit www.TrailLifeUSA.com.
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October 22, 2014
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Trail Life USA Partners with Operation Christmas Child
ORLANDO – Trail Life USA (TLUSA), the Christian character, leadership, and outdoor adventure organization for boys, announced its Ministry Association agreement with ‘Operation Christmas Child (OCC)’ after a Board of Directors meeting last week.
“We appreciate the ministry of Operation Christmas Child and the tremendous opportunity it will provide our 500+ Troops as they are looking for ways to serve others,” said Mark Hancock, TLUSA Chief Executive Officer. “Service is one of our four primary values and OCC offers Trailmen a service opportunity that combines giving with a Gospel message.”
Through Operation Christmas Child, children, families, churches and groups fill shoeboxes with items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items, creating gifts that can make a significant difference in the lives of hurting children around the world.
“We are thankful that Trail Life USA will include Operation Christmas Child as an outreach opportunity for its members, said Randy Riddle, Domestic (US) Director with Operation Christmas Child. “Each shoebox gift is a platform to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead millions of children to become disciples. Further, Operation Christmas Child is a terrific opportunity for leadership, service, and simply teaching children how to give beyond themselves.”
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org
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September 17, 2014
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TRAIL LIFE USA RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT CAMP PROPERTY AND GIFT TO FURTHER THE LEGACY OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S CHARLES W. AIKEN
Orlando, FL – Trail Life USA (TLUSA), the Christian character, leadership, and outdoor adventure program for boys, is the recipient of a 127-acre camp outside Greenville, SC.
In addition to the property, which contains houses, dormitories, a gym, commercial food prep facility and chapel, TLUSA was also granted an endowment sufficient to operate the facility.
“This camp property and the endowment are generous gifts that fit with our core value to remain debt averse,” said John Stemberger, Chairman of the TLUSA Board of Directors. “At the same time, it gives us a central, accessible location from which to better train youth and adult leaders in conducting our robust outdoor program.”
Trail Life USA was chosen after a national search for an organization that aligned with the values of the late Charles W. Aiken, a renowned South Carolinian who founded the camp in 1958. The camp will be called “The Charles Aiken Camp (Camp Aiken)” in memory of Mr. Aiken and his vision to “Help a boy today to help America tomorrow.”
TLUSA Chief Executive Officer Mark Hancock says they are wasting no time in utilizing the facility. “We have over 100 boys scheduled to camp there during a Camp Transition Ceremony in October. One week later we conduct an intensive training experience for those called to train others.”
Hancock continued, “This camp gift is just in time, as our growth reaches almost 500 Troops in 48 states approaching 16,000 members–all of this in less than nine months. The addition of these facilities and campgrounds in the first year greatly expands our ability to fulfill our mission to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
For more information or interviews contact: Media@TrailLifeUSA.com
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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
TRAIL LIFE USA AND TREAD LIGHTLY! ANNOUNCE OUTDOOR PRESERVATION PARTNERSHIP
Orlando, FL – Today, Trail Life USA (TLUSA) takes another major step in building its outdoor adventure program by announcing a partnership with Tread Lightly!. Together, Tread Lightly! and TLUSA will promote outdoor education, awareness, and habitat restoration projects that will preserve wilderness lands and teach environmentally friendly practices for all outdoor activities.
“Our partnership will teach outdoor stewardship and provide lasting benefits to our communities,” said Mark Hancock, Chief Operating Officer of TLUSA. “’To be a good steward of creation’ is a key tenet of our Trailman Oath.”
This partnership will give thousands of youth a first-hand experience in natural use programs. Tread Lightly! has become a provider of outdoor education and conservation practices since their founding in 1990. “Our programs will work together to teach the best ways to experience the outdoors so that future generations are able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors,” Hancock said.
Tread Lightly! is a vocal advocate for the best practices in outdoor use and is a leader in conservation and sustainable outdoor recreation. Their federal partners include the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Army Corps of Engineers.
The key concepts of Tread Lightly!’s natural use program are:
Travel Responsibly – on land by staying on designated roads, trails and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. When possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.
Respect the Rights of Others – including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.
Educate Yourself – prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.
Avoid Sensitive Areas – on land such as meadows, lake shores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.
Do Your Part – by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.
The combined concepts of Tread Lightly! and TLUSA will be put into action this spring as materials are distributed to all TLUSA units across America.
For more information on Trail Life USA, go to www.TrailLifeUSA.com.
For more information on Tread Lightly!, go to http://www.treadlightly.org.
For media questions or follow up interviews please email Media@TrailLifeUSA.com
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Trail Life USA Welcomes New Staff for 2014
Orlando, FL – Trail Life USA is kicking off the new year with additional staff for the long-anticipated rollout of their exciting national youth outdoor adventure program.
Mark Hancock, a founding Board Member and the Host/Director of Trail Life USA’s Inaugural National Convention in September, steps into the role of Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee Trail Life USA’s operations, currently virtual. He began his career founding a national advertising agency and holds two Masters Degrees in the Mental Health Counseling field, having spent a number of years in private practice, and has taught at secular and Christian colleges. An award-winning writer and international conference speaker, he lives with his wife and two sons in Port Orange, Florida. “I’m excited about the energy behind Trail Life USA, and the great future it holds for raising godly men. Our leadership team is strong and committed to building and maintaining an excellent program. Boys will love the adventure; parents will love the Christ-honoring character and leadership focus,” Hancock said.
Interim Executive Director Rob Green (SC) will shed the “interim” title to serve as the National Director of Field Operations. Rob stated, “Trail Life USA is moving forward in the right direction. The Board and staff are positioned to grow and oversee a thriving and life-impacting program. I am honored to be a part of developing a national movement of this magnitude.”
General Counsel Richard Mathews (TX) retains his title, but adds “National Director of Administration” to his list. His extensive legal and operational background in the field brings a wealth of experience. “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of a program where I can contribute to teaching youth strong values in an adventure-filled program with others equally committed to the timeless values upon which this nation was built.”
Other staff additions include Laura Burton (FL), National Program Coordinator; Carolyn Culbertson (SC), National Field Support Coordinator; Eric Dickens (FL), Executive Assistant to COO, and finance support personnel.
Media inquiries can be sent to Media@TrailLifeUSA.com.
A Troop Locator is now available on the website.
Here’s the link: Troop Locator
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