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

Staff

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

Staff

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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Character Comes Out at Night

Charles Livingston

Boys from across the Southeastern United States gathered at Camp Aiken, SC to demonstrate their stealth, test their mettle, prove their bush-craft skill, and walk in the legacy of the brave South African Mafeking Cadet Corp.

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Respect Life

Stephen Ashton

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 created them; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)”

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In Memory of Richard Mathews (1957-2020)

Mark Hancock

All of Trail Life USA mourns the passing of Richard Mathews, former and first General Counsel and Lifetime Charter Member of Trail Life USA. Richard’s fingerprints are all over our founding documents, and his passion for youth protection still influences our thoughts, guidelines, and care for boys. The announcement of his joining Trail Life USA at our inaugural convention in 2013 will remain a favorite memory for many in the Trail Life community. You can watch the video below:
 
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Everyday Heroes

Daniel Huerta - Focus on the Family

And then I caught the lesson God was telling me - 'Do you trust me like that? Will you step with boldness into the life of another?' Are you willing to notice others, connect with them, and become an everyday hero as you build into their lives? We each have our own assignments. As I trust, God is going to use me. Each of us have the opportunity to be an everyday hero in the lives of others.

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The Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

Stephen Ashton

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Christmas Masculinity

Stephen Ashton

In a culture that declares masculinity is toxic and struggles to provide any coherent definition of what a courageous manhood is or should be, Christmas is an incredible opportunity to talk with boys and young men about the example of Christ. What did it mean for him to become a man? What character traits did he display? What was unique about the life he lived? What implications does his life have for us as men?

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