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

Legal Fight Over ‘Scouts’ Sparks Interest Surge in Faith-Based, Boys-Only Outdoor Adventure Group
11/16/2018 11:00:00 AM BY Stephen Ashton

As a legal fight between America’s two long-time scouting organizations ensues, Trail Life USA is experiencing historic growth.

In May of 2018, the Boy Scouts of America made the decision to allow girls into the historically boy-only program and rebrand themselves as Scouts BSA.  The Girls Scouts are now arguing the decision to rebrand as Scouts BSA and admit girls to the program has caused confusion, and could adversely affect the girls-only organization.

The dispute has not come as a surprise to Trail Life USA CEO, Mark Hancock, who leads the organization that provides character development opportunities specifically tailored to boys’ unique needs and learning style. He says, “There’s a good reason why boys and girls should not be involved together in scouting programs. You can’t deliver the same program to boys and girls and expect the same response. Boys and girls are different, they need to be taught differently, and they learn and act differently.”

There’s a good reason why boys and girls should not be involved together in scouting programs. You can’t deliver the same program to boys and girls and expect the same response.

This message is resonating with parents and leaders across the country.  In recent months, Trail Life USA has shattered its previous membership records adding over 90 Troops and growing enrollment by 36%

Hancock has written an authoritative booklet entitled “Let Boys be Boys” in which he offers strategies for parents, churches, and schools to engage boys’ assertive, audacious, adventurous nature to grow capable men. Hancock points out that things once considered normal boyish behavior like talking out of turn, fidgeting, running in the hall, jumping, or being unable to sit still are now labeled as symptoms of ADHD and are being treated with medication.

Hancock says, “This is a reflection of the increasing confusion in the general culture. Engaged parents and experienced teachers know that there are innate differences between boys and girls—biologically, psychologically, socially, and in many other ways—and that watering down those differences in a one-size-fits-all program delivery model does not help either.”

As leaders of boys in schools, homeschools, churches, and youth organizations, we must recognize and affirm their unique strengths and challenges. We are positioned to instill the principles and character traits that can prepare boys to become successful, focused men.

By way of example, he pointed to a high school in Memphis that has raised its graduation rate to 90.5 percent from 53 percent after converting to boys-only and girls-only classes. Attacking political correctness that ignores the differences between the sexes and referencing recent discussions about “toxic masculinity” Hancock says that normal boyhood has come to be viewed as, “some sort of social disease that needs to be eradicated. … As leaders of boys in schools, homeschools, churches, and youth organizations, we must recognize and affirm their unique strengths and challenges. We are positioned to instill the principles and character traits that can prepare boys to become successful, focused men.”

Founded in 2013, Trail Life USA has more than 800 troops in 49 states, with a total membership of more than 30,000. Through Troops chartered by local churches, Trail Life offers a K-12 program centered on outdoor experiences that build young men’s skills and help them grow on a personal level and as role models and leaders for their peers.

 


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