Trailman Leads Effort to Construct Bridge at Historic Park

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

Jaydon Ballman enjoys the outdoors. Whenever he gets the chance, he likes to hike, camp or simply enjoy being outside. His recent completion of a walking bridge at Alcove Spring Historic Park was an effort to provide that enjoyment for others. Ballman said “it was a fun but challenging project.” The bridge allowed him to achieve the highest rank, the …

MinistryWatch Highlights Trail Life USA as a “Shining Light.”

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

This week MinistryWatch, an independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors and providing information on charitable organizations, highlighted Trail Life USA as a “Shining Light.” The following is an excerpt from a MinistryWatch email: “For 20 years, MinistryWatch.com has engaged in investigative work that warned donors and others about Christian ministries to avoid.  However, an equally vital part of …

Trailman Constructs Bridge Benefitting Over 15,000 Chattanooga Residents

Stephen Ashton 5 Comments

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is a beautiful 317-acre haven nestled at the base of Lookout Mountain and just minutes from nearby Chattanooga, Tennessee. For generations, local residents have enjoyed visiting the historic structures, canoeing on Lookout Creek, and exploring the 15 miles of hiking trails through its forests and glades. On a trip through the park, Trailmen from …

What a Boy Needs

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

With Mark Hancock  | July 12, 2019 This is a two-part interview. Don’t miss day one, where Mark discusses Raising Strong, Godly, Courageous Men with the Family Life team. Bob: I am an Eagle Scout. I grew up going to Scouts…Girl scouting and boy scouting are both very different today than they were when I was growing up. They’re dealing with all …

A Boy’s World: Raising Strong, Godly, Courageous Men

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

Mark Hancock with Family Life Radio Hosts: Dave and Ann Wilson, and Bob Lepine July 11, 2019 Don’t Miss the second part of the interview: What a Boy Needs Bob:  We’ve got a friend joining us, again, on FamilyLife Today, who is passionate about this subject. Mark Hancock is back with us. Mark, welcome to FamilyLife Today. Mark: Thank you. It’s great to …

Honoring Our Veterans – A Trail Life Troop’s 4th of July Story

Stephen Ashton 2 Comments

This Independence Day, Trailmen and families from Troop IL-0412 woke early to gather at a local cemetery. Today’s event had received special attention and boys and families arrived at 9 AM to begin this Independence Day with a special commemoration and blessing. After a brief explanation and passing out of flags, boys and mentors paired off and together they walked …

Trail Life USA CEO on Eric Metaxas Show

Stephen Ashton 1 Comment

Trail Life USA is a Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused Outdoor Adventure, Leadership, and Service Organization. In just over 5 years, Trail Life has grown to nearly 28,000 members in more than 800 churches in all 50 states. Eric: “I want to say bluntly to all who are listening to this program. We need Trail Life USA in every community in America. There …

Family Talk: Boys in the Crossfire

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

In this edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton talks with Trail Life CEO, Mark Hancock about the important role of Trail Life USA is playing as they equip churches to engage men to use outdoor adventure as a tool to grow young men who have a healthy understanding of biblical manhood and who are prepared to be leaders of …

Podcast: Making Room for Boys, with Mark Hancock and Trail Life USA

Stephen Ashton 2 Comments

It isn’t politically correct to say so, but reality is what it is: Boys and girls are different. Physiologically, psychologically, and emotionally. They learn differently and have different motivations. And these days, in a world that is increasingly designed for girls, boys are suffering—in education, socially, and especially in maturity Today on the BreakPoint Podcast, Warren Cole Smith interviews Mark …

The Proclamation of the Pine

Stephen Ashton 2 Comments

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. -Romans 1:20 Each spring thousands are drawn to the forest by the natural beauty of the woodlands as they awake from the dead of winter with a brilliant wash of color. …

Floating An Impossible Dream

Steve Meyer and 1 more 2 Comments

A year ago no one would have believed today we would be sitting in a boat our Troop built from a fir tree and a broken golf cart. But that was before the boys began dreaming last spring… In our Trail Life Troop, as a new program year begins, the boys gather and begin to dream about new adventures. This …

3 Principles to Lead Boys to Become Men of Character

Stephen Ashton 5 Comments

1. Cultivate Relationships Boys need men willing to carve time out of their busy lives to intentionally cultivate healthy relationships. Men who remember the joy of racing matchbox cars through grass jungles in the backyard and waging nerf battles from furniture forts. Men who build rail worlds for Thomas the Train, share hot dogs and cracker jacks at a baseball game, …

Trail Life USA: A Faith-based Alternative to Boy Scouts

Stephen Ashton 1 Comment

Andre Davis from Good News Florida writes: “For over a century the Boy Scouts of America has been the leading wilderness training program for young men across America and the World. Since its creation in 1910 over 110 million Americans have participated in the program and 2.7 million are participating currently. Without a doubt, many readers have either participated themselves …

Theodore Roosevelt: A Letter to Boys on Manhood

Stephen Ashton 5 Comments

No one can be a good American unless he is a good citizen, and every boy ought to train himself so that as a man he will be able to do his full duty to the community …[to] act in a way that will give them a country to be proud of. No man is a good citizen unless he …

Letting Boys be Boys in a “Toxic” Culture

Stephen Ashton 1 Comment

No matter what our culture says, boys and girls are different. Discussions about “toxic masculinity,” a blurring of gender lines, fewer and fewer fathers in the home, and the watering down or extinction of programs that train and equip boys to become men have left too many boys frustrated, fearful, and floundering in their struggle to understand what it means …

Trail Life USA Announces Operation Christmas Child Vision Trip Winner

Stephen Ashton 1 Comment

Thank you to Troops across the country who partnered with Operation Christmas Child to spread good news of great joy that will change the lives of thousands of children around the world. This year 123 Troops signed up OCC Coordinators to lead shoebox efforts and reported packing more than 8,700 boxes! Each year Operation Christmas Child sends one Troop Coordinator on an …

Josiah Meier Becomes Iowa’s First Freedom Rangeman

Jim Cross and 1 more 0 Comments

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Josiah Meier, son of Thomas and Lori Meier, of Osage, Iowa, was awarded Trail Life USA’s highest honor – the Freedom Award – at a ceremony held at the Cedar Springs Camp and Retreat Center. Founded in 2013, Trail Life USA is a Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused ministry that emphasizes service, develops leadership, and grows character through outdoor …

Trail Life USA Let Boys Be Boys

Let Boys be Boys

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

Download the Free eBook Today! Boys and Girls are different. “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 courageous, successful, focused men. But will we?” How can we successfully engage and …

10 Year Old Leads Team of 17 to Serve Community

Stephen Ashton 0 Comments

Ten-year-old Christopher Korfmann of Wilson is pictured in the photo above at center of the front row wearing a hard hat and holding a clipboard. Last month, this young man was featured in Wilson Times after leading a team of ten youth and seven adults in a service project to fulfill a portion of the requirements to earn the highest …