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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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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 2, 2014
TRAIL LIFE USA CHRISTIAN ALTERNATIVE TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA LAUNCHED JANUARY 1, 2014
Orlando, FL - On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, Trail Life USA (TLUSA) officially launched its outdoor adventure program for boys and young men nationwide. TLUSA is a Christian scouting-like program for boys and young men ages 5-24. The program focuses on outdoor adventure, character, and leadership and is starting with approximately 500 troops in 42 states.
Trail Life USA is being birthed on the same day that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) officially implements its new membership policy of allowing “open and avowed” homosexual youth in their program. Around 60% of the new members of TLUSA are former members of the BSA and 40% have no BSA background.
Adults members of TLUSA are required to sign a Christian statement of faith and values, undergo Child and Youth Safety Protection Training, submit to background checks, and provide letters of recommendation from pastors that know the applicants.
However, the program will have an inclusion policy for youth members and will welcome families with boys from all faiths (or no faith) to participate in this unapologetically Christian outdoor adventure program.
TLUSA Chief Operating Officer, Mark Hancock, commented, “We could not be more excited about the organic growth and the explosion of interest we are seeing every day all across the country. There is a real need for a program that parents can trust to help them guide their sons to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
Chairman of the TLUSA Board, John Stemberger, is an Eagle Scout and a former scoutmaster with the BSA. He had two sons in Boy Scouts last year and removed them from the program. Describing the Trail Life USA program to parents and pastors Stemberger has stated, “This is not another church program to compete with Bible studies or youth groups. TLUSA is a masculine outdoor program that has the potential to change a young man’s life forever. Boys will love the fun and adventure-parents will love the focus on character and leadership.”
For more information, or to sign up to become a member or leader within Trail Life USA, go to www.TrailLifeUSA.com.
For media questions or follow up interviews please email Media@TrailLifeUSA.com.
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