Families Unite Virtually to Make Memories at National Backyard Campout

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- More than 5,000 families across America took part in the first-ever “National Backyard Campout” Friday night, organized by boys adventure movement Trail Life USA (www.TrailLifeUSA.com).

Families in all 50 states -- from Hawaii to Maine and from Florida to Alaska -- camped out under the stars in their own backyards, or set up a tent indoors uniting America in one common virtual experience.

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First-Ever National Backyard Campout wants Families to Make Memories

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Trail Life USA invites families across U.S. to campout in backyard April 17.

 

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Boys adventure movement Trail Life USA (www.TrailLifeUSA.com) today announced its first-ever “National Backyard Campout” -- encouraging families to “make memories” during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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3 Keys to Growing Confident Men of Character

Stephen Ashton

1. Cultivate Relationships

Boys need dads who remember the world of backyard matchbox cars. Who can recall the time when dirt roads were carved from mulch beds, rocks became doughnut shops, cars drove to the tops of trees, and perils awaited in the grass jungles.

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6 Tips for Letting Boys be Boys Amid Covid-19 Concern

Mark Hancock

Across the country parents are scrambling to figure out how to help their children thrive during an unexpected extended school vacation. Keeping kids (especially boys) busy and engaged in a constrained setting can be a challenge.

But it doesn't have to be a disaster.

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The Outdoor Son of God

Stephen Ashton

"Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray."
Luke 5:16

My master was a Man, who knew
The rush of rain, the drip of dew,
The wistful whisper of the breeze,
Night's magic and its mysteries.

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The Making of a Man

Glenn T. Stanton

Manhood is in crisis today. The increasingly accurate term “perpetual adolescence” is not a reference to girls failing to grow up. We intuitively know it refers to 20- and 30-something men. Men are falling behind women in college enrollment and graduation; they’re increasingly unemployed; and traditionally male-dominated industries are disappearing. They are more likely to be homeless and to use and abuse all almost all types of illicit drugs and alcohol. Ninety-nine percent of all prison inmates are male, as well as 98 percent of death-row inmates. Men are not doing well. In many ways, they are becoming the “weaker sex.”

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Trail Life USA on BSA Bankruptcy; Outlines Youth Protection Policies

Mark Hancock

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- “We are deeply saddened that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a long-standing American institution, is in this unfortunate situation."   

Trail Life USA (www.TrailLifeUSA.org), a Christian boys’ mentoring and discipleship movement, wants to reinforce its commitment to providing a safe experience for all boys, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our philosophy is derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure. Boys are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop life-long leadership skills.

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Qualities of a Leader: George Washington's Rules of Civility

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Happy President's Day from Trail Life! Today we celebrate the men who have lead our country and honor our first president—Statesman, Military General, and Founding Father of the United States of America.  

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The "TEAM" Method: the power of teaching teamwork skills

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You are not doing a boy a favor to pass him on a test simply because he tried hard.

When he moves out into the world of men, his boss, his wife, and his clients will not give him points just for trying hard. Do not raise false expectations about what quests Trailmen can win armed with the sword of good intentions.

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A Call to Courageous Manhood

Dennis Rainey

Boyhood is a time of daring adventure, exploration, action and personal growth – that’s why adventure is a fundamental part of Trail Life’s mission. Adventure is a terrific way to capture the heart of a boy and teach important life lessons. Boys need godly men to lead the way. A boy without a mentor showing him the way is like an explorer without a compass, without a map.

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