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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TRAILMAN LEADS EFFORT TO CONSTRUCT BRIDGE AT HISTORIC PARK

Stephen Ashton

Jaydon Ballman enjoys the outdoors. Whenever he gets the chance, he likes to hike, camp or simply enjoy being outside. His recent completion of a walking bridge at Alcove Spring Historic Park was an effort to provide that enjoyment for others. Ballman said “it was a fun but challenging project.” The bridge allowed him to achieve the highest rank, the

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MinistryWatch Highlights Trail Life USA as a “Shining Light.”

Stephen Ashton

This week MinistryWatch, an independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors and providing information on charitable organizations, highlighted Trail Life USA as a “Shining Light.”

The following is an excerpt from a MinistryWatch email:

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Trailman Builds Bridge Benefitting 15,000+ Chattanooga Residents

Stephen Ashton

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is a beautiful 317-acre haven nestled at the base of Lookout Mountain and just minutes from nearby Chattanooga, Tennessee. For generations, local residents have enjoyed visiting the historic structures, canoeing on Lookout Creek, and exploring the 15 miles of hiking trails through its forests and glades.

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Recent Shootings Highlight America’s Fatherhood Crisis

Chris Woodward

“The fix for this stuff isn’t gun control and all the other things we’re debating,” Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock told The Todd Starnes Show. “It’s fathers and father-likes that step up and find ways to provide moral, strong, clear, leadership.”

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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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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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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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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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