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Trail Life USA Earns ECFA Accreditation

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Trail Life USA is pleased to join respected organizations like Family Talk, Samaritan’s Purse, American Heritage Girls, and Family Life in attaining accreditation with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Founded in 1979, the ECFA accredits its members and holds them to high standards of accountability with respect to governance, financial management, and stewardship/fundraising practices. Members of ECFA accredited organizations …

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3 Keys to Raising Resilient Boys

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1. Cultivate Relationships Raising resilient boys requires time, discipline, and intentionality. Fathers who want to raise boys to be leaders of character must carve time out of their busy lives to cultivate healthy relationships. Racing matchbox cars on dirt trails in the backyard, wrestling on the living room floor, building tracks for Thomas the Train, tossing a football in the front yard, attending a baseball game …

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Mentoring Sons to be Men of Honor

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Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor. -Prov 15:33 The Trail Life USA oath begins with the words, “On my Honor.” Mentoring sons to be men of honor is complicated by a culture where the concept of honor has been seemingly forgotten. Instead, daily we are bombarded with stories of celebrities’ bad behavior. Worldly heroes are often …

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Freedom Award Prepares Rangeman for Collegiate Leadership

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It was Noah Starr’s last Sunday morning leading worship for his Troop.  Soon Troop OK-100 from Yukon, Oklahoma would break camp and Noah’s last trip before heading off to college would be complete. A wave of emotion washed over him as he reflected on his time with his Trail Life Troop, took in the faces of Trailmen worshiping together, and …

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Character is Forged in Crisis Part 2

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The canoe flip in part one brought an abrupt halt to the trip for the day. The entire Troop had stopped canoeing to care for the needs of cold wet Trailmen. The plan to canoe to Bullard Landing had been scuttled and Josh, as a new Troop member, felt guilty for ruining the Troop’s plans. That night after campsite had been set up, …

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Character is Forged in Crisis

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller It was a cold morning in late January as the Troop prepared for their adventure on the Ocumlgee River in central Georgia. Gavin had practiced canoeing on the lake and the Troop …

Training in Righteousness

Training Sons in Righteousness

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“The fruit of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.”  – Isaiah 32:17 One of the greatest challenges in training a boy’s character is teaching moral rightness. At the core of the word righteousness is the word right. How do boys learn right from wrong? It is taught most clearly in the physical …

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Respect Life

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A Christian should see great dignity and value in human life because we are made in the image and likeness of God himself. In God’s eyes, our value is not based on our gender, our skin color, our physical ability, our mental capacity, our successes, or our failures. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he …

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Trailman’s First Aid Training and Quick Thinking Saves Grandmother’s Life

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On Monday, May 22, 2017, Adam Kort reviewed the materials one last time before the meeting. He was taking the lead this year teaching the First Aid Trail Badge to the Navigators and Adventurers groups. He had prepared well and was confident in his abilities. However, he had no idea how important this refresher would be. A month later, on June 26 …

Birth of Christ

A Christmas Message from Trail Life USA

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Throughout history, God has captured the attention of humanity in many ways: a worldwide flood, raining fire, sending plagues, confusing languages, burning bushes, angelic appearances, wrestling matches, parting seas, and crumbling walls to name a few. The most effective, however; seems less dramatic. Every December the whole world stops and celebrates the birth of an infant. Nothing God did in …