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

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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 …

Bramble Sees Stars: A Lesson in Trust

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“Where have you been, Bramble?” his mother asked when she saw him. “We were very worried about you.” Bramble hung his head. “Sorry, mother,” he said. “I was on Crown Hill watching the boats with Tracker.” “Well it’s a good thing you got home when you did,” his father said. “A little longer and you would have been in big …

Week-long River Adventure Deepens Relationships, Builds Confidence, and Grows Character

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While many of their peers were hunkered down in their air-conditioned homes, engaged in Fortnite battles or Snapchat conversations, a group of middle school students braved the elements to experience a side of Kentucky few people ever see. The members of Trail Life USA Troop KY-4:13 joined their counterparts from Troop IN-4:13 from Charlestown, Indiana, and Troop KY-2510 from Spencer …

Trailman Transforms Local Food Pantry

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John Obrey, a Dover High School student, has been a member of Trail Life USA Troop NH-0777 since 2014. Trail Life USA is a Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring program that uses outdoor adventure and community service to grow character and leadership skills in boys and young men. Recently John began planning his capstone Community Service project to earn Trail Life’s …

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. …

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 …