More than ever, boys need a uniquely masculine program where their assertive, audacious, and adventurous nature is celebrated, not sequestered.
Too many boys are turning to virtual worlds of television, video games, digital media, and the internet to find realms they can conquer and areas where they can excel. The result of this virtual conquest is often apathy, apparent rebellion, or outright resistance to real-world challenge.
Trail Life USA is an environment where boys thrive! Adults are equipped to lead a program in a structured outdoor environment where boys are engaged in real-world challenge and experience camping, hiking, and fishing; they develop skills in riflery, archery, and canoeing; and learn character and leadership in a practical hands-on manner that is naturally engaging.
In the outdoors, the experience of adults is never obsolete; boys find mentors, fathers and sons connect, important relationships are fostered, and boys find opportunity to achieve significant accomplishment.
Featured BroadcastEpisode #106 - Anger or Anxiety?
You’re sitting at the dinner table, and you ask your son if he’s ready for basketball tryouts. Your son’s face starts to turn red. Suddenly, he stands up, pushes his plate away, and knocks his chair over intentionally as he leaves the room.
You’re confused. What caused this sudden anger outburst?
Researchers have discovered that when boys seem angry or withdrawn, they are often actually anxious.
So if your son seems angry for no reason, consider what may be stressing him out. Give him time to cool off. Get on his level, and engage him with physical touch and eye contact. And help him find healthier outlets for his anxiety, such as running or shooting hoops.
Raising Godly Boys Broadcasts
#41 - Self-Imposed Limitations - February 1st
#42 - Choosing Peace Over Fear - February 2nd
#43 - Flying High - February 3rd
#44 - Fruit of the Spirit - February 4th
#45 - Courage Over Fear - February 7th
#46 - Whom Do You Call? - February 8th
#47 - Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - February 9th
#48 - The Plague of Entitlement - February 10th
#49 - Fatherly Affirmation - February 11th
#50 - Teamwork - February 14th
#51 - Marriage Is Under Attack - February 15th
#52 - Searching for Wisdom - February 16th
#53 - Run the Race - February 17th
#54 - Generation Z - February 18th
#55 - What Disqualifies You? - February 21st
#56 - What Comes Naturally - February 22nd
#57 - Sunglasses and Self-Worth - February 23rd
#58 - Competition is Key - February 24th
#59 - Eye Am A Boy - February 25th
#60 - Biblical Masculinity - February 28th
#61 - Focus Your Perspective - March 1st
#62 - Certainties - March 2nd
#63 - Sermon on the Mound - March 3rd
#64 - Boundaries Bring Freedom - March 4th
#65 - Release - March 5th
#66 - A Firm Foundation - March 8th
#67 - Heroes of the Faith - March 9th
#68 - Parenting Teenage Boys - March 10th
#69 - The Parenting Rollercoaster - March 11th
#70 - True Self-Worth - March 14th
#71 - Time Is Ticking - March 15th
#72 - Instruction Manual - March 16th
#73 - Facing Fear - March 17th
#74 - The Greatest Adventure - March 18th
#75 - Shining Star - March 21st
#76 - Friends - March 22nd
#77 - A Lighthouse in Life - March 23rd
#78 - A Balancing Act - March 24th
#79 - Summer Camp - March 25th
#80 - Wonderfully Created - March 28th
#81 - Take Time to Rest - March 29th
#82 - Seasons of Change - March 30th
#83 - Our Anchor in the Storm - March 31st
#84 - Visually Influenced - April 1st
#85 - The Renewing of Your Mind - April 4th
#86 - Targeted- April 5th
#87 - Strength of Character - April 6th
#88 - Sibling Rivalry - April 7th
#89 - Seeds of Growth - April 8th
#90 - Beating Bullies - April 11th
#91 - Memories Matter - April 12th
#92 - Fixing a Flat - April 13th
#93 - Consequences - April 14th
#96 - Involvement Leads to Learning - April 19th
#97 - Instant Replay - April 20th
#98 - In God We Trust - April 21st
#99 - I'm Sorry - April 22nd
#100 - Conquering Giants - April 25th
#101 - Boys are Like Canaries - April 26th
#102 - Appeal of Gangs - April 27th
#103 - A Privilege and Responsibility - April 28th
#104 - Better than Virtual Life - April 29th
#105 - Babe Ruth's Secret Statistic - May 2nd
#106 - Anger or Anxiety? - May 3rd
#107 - Not Always ADHD - May 4th
#108 - Mentor for Battle - May 5th
#109 - Maintaining Control - May 6th
#110 - Broken No More - May 9th
#111 - Finding the Right Fit - May 10th
#112 - Step by Step - May 11th
#113 - Strike it Rich - May 12th
#114 - 3,2,1 . . . Lift off! - May 13th
Boys and Girls are Different!
Boys are getting a tough break. Everywhere a boy goes he's told to sit still, be quiet, and behave like the girls. But, properly channeled and intentionally challenged—the exuberance, drive, and daring of healthy boys is exactly what's right with society.
The need for boy-specific activities and mentoring that provides challenge and reward has never been greater! If we fail this generation, it won't be because we over-challenged them. It will be because we under-challenged them.
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 to be a man.
The need for stalwart men to step up is greater than ever. It is imperative we raise up a new generation of warriors for Christ who understand courageous manhood. Boys are searching for men who provide a positive example of what it means to be a man. Walk with me through five stages of growing biblically bold, courageous men of character.
Boys are designed by their Creator to be doers. They need activity and purpose. God intended for boys to be boys. Snakes and snails, hammers and nails, rifles and coonskin caps—that is what boys are made of! Boys grow in character and leadership through activity and experience.
In the outdoors, boys are engaged in real-world challenge, find opportunity to achieve significant accomplishment, and develop character and leadership in a hands-on manner that is naturally engaging.
"I can look back at all that the Lord has done in the life of my son. His four years of servant leadership with Trail Life USA have helped make him into the strong leader that he is today. He has learned that it is through service that one leads. He begins his college career with an incredible set of life skills because of his time in Trail Life."
- Kim - Trail Life Mom
Through adventure, comraderie, and meaningful service men discover a meaningful way to make a difference as they nurture spiritual growth, teach life lessons, and mold their sons and boys in their community to become bold, courageous, godly men.
"I was a drop-off dad. I had no interest in getting involved at first. My wife suggested that I join Hayden in a Trail Life event, so I went."
“Ever since that first adventure together, my dad and I have grown closer and closer,” Hayden said. “I can honestly say that he’s moved from being just my dad to being one of the closest people to me."
“Trail Life USA provides an opportunity to spend time with my son in an environment where values are being intentionally instilled and he is growing to be a Godly Man of Character."