Trail Life USA Adventures in Odyssey Episode

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;” …

Wilson Grab

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 …

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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 …

Trail Life USA mentors boys developing character and leadership

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 …

Noah Singing

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 …

Sunset on the water

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, …

Boys Canoeing on a River

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 …