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 …

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 …

Adam Kort of Trail Life USA

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 …

Hezekiah Barge Jr. of Trail Life USA

Trail Life USA Welcomes Hezekiah Barge, Jr. to the Board of Directors

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As part of Trail Life USA’s commitment to be volunteer led, each year the Charter Organization Representatives (CORs) vote to determine Board Members.  The elections were held last month and Hezekiah Barge, Jr. was elected to a three year term. Hezekiah has over three years of experience in Trail Life USA, serving as the Troopmaster of VA-0110 and as a Point Man. As …

Father-Son Discipleship

Four Truths for Discipling Your Son

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Whether you know it or not, you’re in a battle. The battle does not end. It doesn’t stop because you’re busy. I’ve heard it said, “If the devil can’t make you bad he’ll make you busy.” Maybe you don’t have an hour to have a full-on Bible study with your son. But you can use these four ideas to intentionally disciple him — whether …

Training for Godly Manhood

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Q&A | Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock talks about the scouting alternative’s success so far When the Boy Scouts of America decided to accept gay scouts, many Christian families, some with rich histories in Scouting, became concerned. Those concerns turned to alarm as the Boy Scouts allowed gay adult leaders, and, most recently, transgender youth. Those families worked to form …

Boy Scouts of America Should Let Boys be Boys

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Original article appeared on Fox News website on 10/20/2017 Do the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America understand the first word of their organization’s name? With its recent announcement that it will admit girls, the Boy Scouts organization has not simply shown a profound disregard for its admirable roots. It has further abandoned boys to a culture that values them less …

TLUSA Pledges to Keep Boy Focus after BSA Announces it Will Allow Girls

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Character-Forming Outdoor Adventure Group Will Remain a Place Where Boys Can be Boys BELTON, S.C.—The leader of a national outdoor adventure program aiming to help develop men of character has reassured member-families and supporters that it will remain “a place where boys can be boys.” Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock made the pledge in the wake of the announcement …