Trail Life USA Featured as Scouting Alternative on the Mike Huckabee Show

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Trail Life USA Board Chairman, John Stemberger, was recently featured on the Mike Huckabee Show to discuss the changes in Scouts BSA that have led to the founding and accelerated growth of Trail Life USA — a church-based, Christ-centered, boy-focused, outdoor adventure program dedicated to growing character and leadership in boys and young men. Start a Troop Find a Troop

Trail Life USA & AHG Day at The Georgia State Capitol

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Atlanta, GA – Over 200 Trail Life USA youth and American Heritage Girls youth and their families gathered for the fourth annual Trail Life & AHG Day At The Georgia State Capitol on March 11th, 2019. Sponsored by Representative John Carson and organized by Marvin Burr, Trail Life USA, and Elizabeth Wright, American Heritage Girls, this one day event is designed …

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 …

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 …

Nebraska Trail Life USA Troop Travels to Florida to Help with Hurricane Clean-up

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Levi Anderson explained his presence in Port St. Joe, hundreds of miles from his Nebraska home, in straightforward terms. “I wanted to help the people down here,” said Anderson, a middle-schooler. I feel good about it.” “This is the service part of Trail Life.” Trail Life is a father-son faith-based discipleship program and service organization that emphasizes outdoor adventure to …

Gillette’s Toxic Masculinity Pitch – A Trail Life USA Advocate Responds

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The Gillette company recently posted a short film that entreated its male customers to battle against bad behavior often associated with men. Of course, this is an important message. Men should always act against such evils. Yet, Gillette’s video has received a lot of criticism, especially from men. Where did Gillette go wrong? The video has two major flaws—a false …

Trail Life USA Announces Operation Christmas Child Vision Trip Winner

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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

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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: Raising Boys to be Men in an Age of Equality

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Trail Life is a Christ-centered, boy-focused character leadership adventure organization for boys and young men. It is “unapologetically Christian,” and tells the boys that the Bible is their compass that gives them their “true north.” Hancock believes some influential people are waging an “ongoing war on boyhood.” It started years ago but really ramped up in the ’90s with the …

Trail Life USA Let Boys Be Boys

Let Boys be Boys

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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

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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 …

Boyhood Is Not A Mental Disorder

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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

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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 …

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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

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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 …