Breakpoint – Trail Life USA Celebrates Dramatic Growth

Warren Cole Smith

In September 2013, more than 1,200 mostly male voices sang the rousing hymn “In Christ Alone” to kick off the first meeting on Sept. 7 of Trail Life USA (TLUSA). This new group wanted to be a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

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What a Boy Needs

Stephen Ashton

Trail Life USA ®  CEO Mark Hancock talks about the differences between boys and girls and the need to have boy-specific activities in scouting. Trail Life USA, he explains, is a boy-focused scouting organization that gives boys plenty of outdoor activities to challenge them and call out their inner competitor.  Click below to download the podcast or read the transcript that follows.

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A Boy’s World: Raising Strong, Godly, Courageous Men

Stephen Ashton

These days there is a lot of pressure to “civilize” boys, to make them less strong and aggressive. Today we we want to talk about the uniqueness of raising boys in this culture, where there is confusion about masculinity and femininity, where there is confusion about what it is supposed to look like.

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Honoring Our Veterans – A Trail Life Troop’s 4th of July Story

Stephen Ashton

This Independence Day, Trailmen and families from Troop IL-0412 woke early to gather at a local cemetery. Today’s event had received special attention and boys and families arrived at 9 AM to begin this Independence Day with a special commemoration and blessing. 

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Trail Life USA CEO on Eric Metaxas Show

Stephen Ashton

Eric Metaxas and Trail Life CEO, Mark Hancock, discuss culture, boyhood, masculinity, leadership, and the rapid growth of Trail Life USA on the Eric Metaxas Radio Show. Watch the podcast below or read the abridged transcript that follows.

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National Guard Bans Trail Life USA Troop Citing Religious Beliefs

Todd Starnes

A National Guard facility in Pennsylvania refused to allow a Trail Life USA scouting troop to tour their facility because of the group’s religious affiliation.

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Family Talk: Boys in the Crossfire

Stephen Ashton

In this edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton talks with Trail Life CEO, Mark Hancock about the important role of Trail Life USA is playing to equip churches who engage men in using outdoor adventure as a tool to raise up young men who have a healthy understanding of biblical manhood and who are prepared to be leaders of character in their home, their community, and their country.

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Podcast: Making Room for Boys, with Mark Hancock and Trail Life USA

Stephen Ashton


It isn’t politically correct to say so, but reality is what it is: Boys and girls are different. Physiologically, psychologically, and emotionally. They learn differently and have different motivations. And these days, in a world that is increasingly designed for girls, boys are suffering—in education, socially, and especially in maturity

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Bramble Sees Stars: A Lesson in Trust

John Burkitt

“Where have you been,
Bramble?” his mother asked when she saw him. “We were very worried about you.”

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River Adventure Deepens Relationships, Builds Confidence & Grows Character

Brent Adams

While many of their peers were hunkered down in their air-conditioned homes, engaged in Fortnite battles or Snapchat conversations, a group of middle school students braved the elements to experience a side of Kentucky few people ever see.

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