The Proclamation of the Pine

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“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

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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

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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

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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 …

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

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 or know someone who has. For those …

Theodore Roosevelt: A Letter to Boys on Manhood

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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

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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 …