Trail Life USA provides an opportunity to spend time with my son in an environment that is going to train him up to be a Godly man of character and instill all those values I want in him without having to really think about it.

Trail Life Father

As a Marine, I have camped many of times, but this was the first time I got to take my two boys out. They had a blast! I’m glad the program made me focus on being with them for a day. It has become our man time.

Trail Life Father

Trail Life USA is a tremendous opportunity to teach Biblical Manhood in the community.

Josh Culbertson
Senior Pastor Holly Ridge Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC

The things we want as parents for our kids — we don't always get to see...We want them to be godly, to be responsible and to be men of high character. Because of the Trail Life USA program we've been actually able to see it happen.

Trail Life Father

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.

Trail Life Mother

This program is a strong fit as a ministry for a church because their values are so strong. ... As a church it is beautiful to see boys and fathers come together. I think that has been a big plus. And it will grow stronger as those fathers spend more time with their sons.

Pastor Randy Simonson
Harvestime Outreach Church, Hudson, WI

Mentoring Boys
Benham Brothers

“We think Trail Life USA is a great way for boys and dads (and boys without dads!) to connect with God through outdoor adventure, and to grow in character and leadership.”

-Benham Brothers

More than ever, boys need a uniquely masculine program where their assertive, audacious, and adventurous nature is celebrated, not sequestered.

Let Boys Be Boys

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 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.


“If we fail this generation, it won’t be because we over-challenged them. It will be because we under-challenged them.”

Trail Life CEO – Mark Hancock

Boys seem to say, “Tell me who’s with me, who’s in charge, and what our mission is.” The Trail Life Patrol Method empowers boys and effectively answers these questions.  Boys are guided competently by adults who have been trained, background-checked, and educated in child safety and youth protection.  When boys are empowered and provided with proper structure, they rise to the occasion and conquer significant challenges.  As boys grow in confidence, character, and leadership, they experience intentional rites of passage that recognize their progress and mark steps in their journey to manhood.

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