Boyhood Is Not A Mental Disorder

Matt Walsh 3 Comments

My son could easily earn an “ADHD” diagnosis if we sought one. But we will not seek one because the boy is not sick. He is not disordered. The boy is a boy. More of a handful than some boys, less of a handful than others. He has his own personality, and I cannot imagine treating it like the manifestation …

Legal Fight Over ‘Scouts’ Sparks Interest Surge in Faith-Based, Boys-Only Outdoor Adventure Group

Stephen Ashton 2 Comments

As a legal fight between America’s two long-time scouting organizations ensues, Trail Life USA is experiencing historic growth. “In the eight days following the announcement of the lawsuit we saw a 79 percent increase in inquiries into starting a troop and a 35 percent increase in traffic to our website, as compared to the eight days before the announcement,” explained Trail …

Jaydon Ballman Engages Community to Build Bridge as Freedom Award Project

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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 …

Trail Life USA boys serve community

Trail Life Parent Experiences the Impact of a Shoebox Firsthand!

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Phil and Cheryl Smith have been involved with Trail Life USA since the Nashville Convention in 2014. Soon after the convention, Phil began talking with his church about starting a Trail Life ministry. The Troop was started with just a few boys who signed at a table in the church atrium.  Since then the Troop has grown to 50 boys and …

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The Worthy Life Award

Tim Owen 0 Comments

I’m sitting across the dining room table from a 10-year-old Trailman asking routine questions as I wrap up our Troop’s Timberline Boards of Review for the year.  I just asked a simple question and got a profound answer.  I’m not sure I can process what I just heard coming from this 5th grader because in so many ways it’s more …

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TLUSA Encourages Troops to Partner with Samaritan’s Purse to Provide Storm Relief

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Hurricane Florence made landfall delivering 90 mph winds and heavy rains.  This massive storm caused severe flooding in  North and South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. Many Trail Life Troops on the east coast have been affected. Please keep residents of the East Coast in your prayers. The Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries team has been preparing—packing up equipment and …

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Adventures in Odyssey Club and Trail Life USA Team Up

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Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey Club is highlighting Trail Life USA as a featured charity in the ministry’s popular membership program for children this month. Adventures in Odyssey Club members receive access to unlimited episode streaming of Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas dating back more than 30 years. These audio dramas help children grow in their faith and …

Trailman in uniform as part of mentoring and discipleship program

Growing Sons Who Walk Worthy

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For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” …

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Diakonos: The Legacy of Trail Life USA’s Oldest Freedom Rangeman

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In a busy adolescent world of video games, social media, sports, and cell phones, Trail Life USA’s oldest Freedom Rangeman has found a meaningful way to connect and contribute to the lives of his son-in-law, his grandsons, and the men and boys of his community through his local Trail Life Troop. The outdoors provide a timeless environment where older men are naturally …

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Introducing Wilson Grab – Trail Life USA’s Oldest Freedom Rangeman

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Wilson Grab grew up in a different time.  A time before television and the internet, before cell phones and social media. A time before major organized youth sports leagues. Life moved at a slower pace. A father was the main role model for his son, and boys respected their elders and looked to them for guidance and direction. Each night …