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

Trail Life Parent Experiences the Impact of a Shoebox Firsthand!
9/22/2018 7:25:00 AM BY Stephen Ashton

Phil and Cheryl Smith have been involved with Trail Life USA beginning with the Nashville Convention in 2014. Soon after the convention, Phil began talking with his church about starting a Trail Life ministry. The Troop started with just a few boys who signed up when tables were set up in the atrium.  Since then the Troop has grown to 50 boys and 17 leaders. The church also has a men’s backpacking ministry that partners with the Trail Life Troop to equip and train boys.

With a large active Troop, it was natural that they would begin to work with Operation Christmas Child. Cheryl had packed shoeboxes since she was a child, so she reached out to her local OCC representative who she invited to speak at their church. From there, Cheryl quickly became the point person for her area and invited other churches to join in the effort. When Trail Life requested last year that each Troop appoint a point person for OCC and that one person would have an opportunity to go on an Operation Christmas Child Vision Trip to see firsthand the impact of a shoebox, Cheryl was quick to take responsibility and sign up.

Cheryl shared her passion with Hobby Lobby and the company provided 40% off coupons to hand out with the shoeboxes.  In October, Trailmen stood in uniform in the lobby of the church and handed out shoeboxes with the coupons.  Cheryl even set up a facebook page for project leaders in the community to share ideas and encourage one another. By collection time, her efforts with the Troop resulted in 1,600 boxes being packed.

In November of 2018, Cheryl was notified she had been selected at random from the list of Troop Coordinators to attend the Vision Trip to the city of Irapuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico. In February, the Troop surrounded and prayed over Cheryl before she left for the Trip. What she experienced on the Trip was far more than she expected.  Cheryl says,

most families don't understand what happens after they pack a shoebox. The gift is far more than a shoebox. This ministry opens doors, unites pastors, engages teenagers, and changes lives. The Holy Spirit moves in an incredible way in these simple events often led by youth where children find hope…and the lives of families are transformed...When I return I can't wait to share my story...Next year, we will pack even more shoeboxes.

Operation Christmas Child is again seeking to send a Troop Shoebox Coordinator in a Vision Trip this year.  Ask your Troop leadership about filling this vital role and play a crucial role in transforming the lives of children around the world!

 



Events

October

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