Gather Your Family and Join the Adventure!
On July 3rd and 4th, join families across the nation for an Independence Day celebration!
As America reopens – Trail Life USA is excited to join Operation Christmas Child in uniting families for a unique Backyard Cookout and Campout Event. Fire up the grill, heat the dutch ovens, pitch a tent, pull out the backyard games, and invite friends and family for a nationwide virtual celebration of Freedom!
On Friday, July 3rd, tune in to the livestream event with Trail Life USA, Operation Christmas Child, Focus on the Family, and Trailmen around the nation at 4PM EDT on this website to kickoff an incredible weekend!
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell L. Wilkie
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Suggested Text: This Independence Day - as America reopens – Trail Life USA is excited to join Operation Christmas Child in uniting families for a unique Backyard Cookout and Campout Event. Fire up the grill, heat the dutch ovens, pitch a tent, pull out the backyard games, and invite friends and family for a nationwide virtual celebration of Freedom!
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“America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination.” –Harry S. Truman
Trail Life USA Troops Honor Fallen Heroes Despite COVID Cancellations
A decision to ban public events at cemeteries because of coronavirus forced Trail Life USA Troops to find creative ways to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day. Commenting on this decision, Trail Life CEO, Mark Hancock said, "How will we be able to look [the boys] in the eye and tell them that we couldn’t figure out how to put masks on them and keep them six feet apart in a cemetery to honor the ones that have gone before them? It's how we create empathy and an appreciation for sacrifice. It's the antidote to selfishness."
Families in all 50 states -- from Hawaii to Maine and from Florida to Alaska -- camped out under the stars in their own backyards, or set up a tent indoors uniting America in one common virtual experience.
A boy needs a man who is enthralled by his exuberance, recognizes his abilities, understands his passions, and nurtures his strengths. When a man takes time out of his schedule to engage with his son, communicate affection, and speak encouragement, he creates a golden opportunity to speak truth and meaning into his life. Here are 3 Keys to Growing Confident Men of Character:
1. Cultivate Relationships
2. Grow Independence and Responsibility
3. Build Self-discipline
Often in Scripture, we witness Jesus removing himself from the bustle of daily life to escape to the wilderness and connect with his father.
"Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray."
In Trail Life, boys regularly leave the whirling world of daily duties and digital distractions behind. They join with their mentors and fathers in the outdoors where relationships form naturally, time seems to slow, and boys are able to listen, connect, and grow.
Backyard Campout Series in the News
A Fun Suggestion to Battle Cabin Fever - One News Now
Beat COVID-19 Discouragement: National Backyard Campout This Friday - K-Love and Air1 Radio
Families Encouraged Do Backyard Campout - Deming Headlight
Inaugural ‘National Backyard Campout’ encourages families to ‘make memories’ - The Orange Leader
DAP Associate Brings Families Together for a National Backyard Campout - RPM International