Stephen Ashton

Trail Life USA Announces Operation Christmas Child Vision Trip Winner

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!
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Stephen Ashton

In The News

Trail Life USA Talks Fast Growth on Fox News—Declares Let Boys be Boys

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Jim Cross and 1 more

Service Leadership

Josiah Meier Becomes Iowa’s First Freedom Rangeman

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, ...
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Stephen Ashton

Mentoring Parenting Let Boys be Boys

Let Boys be Boys

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Stephen Ashton

Mentoring Service

10 Year Old Leads Team of 17 to Serve Community

Ten-year-old Christopher Korfmann of Wilson is pictured in the photo above at center of the front row wearing a hat with a hard hat on top 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 ...
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Matt Walsh

Parenting Let Boys be Boys Masculinity

Boyhood Is Not A Mental Disorder

My son could easily earn an “ADHD” diagnosis if we sought one. But we will not seek one because the boy is not sick. He is not disordered. The boy is a boy. More of a handful than some boys, less of a handful than others. He has his own personality, and I cannot imagine treating it like the manifestation of a mental ...
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Stephen Ashton

Let Boys be Boys

Legal Fight Over ‘Scouts’ Sparks Surge in Boys-Only Outdoor Adventure

As a legal fight between America’s two long-time scouting organizations ensues, Trail Life USA is experiencing historic growth. “In the eight days following the announcement of the lawsuit we saw a 79 percent increase in inquiries into starting a troop and a 35 percent increase in traffic to our website, as compared ...
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Stephen Ashton

Service

Trail Life Parent Experiences the Impact of a Shoebox Firsthand!

Phil and Cheryl Smith have been involved with Trail Life USA since the Nashville Convention in 2014. Soon after the convention, Phil began talking with his church about starting a Trail Life ministry. The Troop was started with just a few boys who signed at a table in the church atrium.  Since then the Troop has grown ...
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Tim Owen

Mentoring

The Worthy Life Award

I’m sitting across the dining room table from a 10-year-old Trailman asking routine questions as I wrap up our Troop’s Timberline Boards of Review for the year.  I just asked a simple question and got a profound answer.  I’m not sure I can process what I just heard coming from this 5th grader because in so many ways ...
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