Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men.
Operating from Troops that are chartered through churches in 48 states, the K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.
Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.
Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.
Our mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.
“…that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:10 NKJV
On my honor, I will do my best
To serve God and my country;
To respect authority;
To be a good steward of creation;
And to treat others as I want to be treated.
Membership Standards of Trail Life USA
— Membership in the program has both youth and adult elements.
— Youth membership in the program is open to all who meet the membership requirements, and is currently designed for biologically male children under the age of 18.
— The adult applicant must be at least 18 years of age and subscribe to and abide by the Trail Life USA Statement of Christian Faith and Values as well as the Oath and Motto of the program.
— While the program is undergirded by Biblical values and unapologetically reflects a Christian worldview, there is also a clearly defined inclusion policy for youth. Accordingly, all boys are welcome irrespective of religion, race, national origin or socio-economic status. Our goal is for parents and families of every faith to be able to place their boys in a youth program that endeavors to provide moral consistency and ethical integrity in its adult leaders.
Statement of Faith
We believe there is One Triune God – God the Father; Jesus Christ, His one and only Son; and the Holy Spirit – Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshiping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who enables us to live godly lives. We believe each of us is called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe God calls us to lives of purity, service, stewardship and integrity.
Statement of Values
Purity – God calls us to lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.
Service – God calls us to become responsible members of our community and the world through selfless acts that contribute to the welfare of others.
Stewardship – God calls us to use our God-given time, talents, and money wisely.
Integrity – God calls us to live moral lives that demonstrate an inward motivation to do what is biblically right regardless of the cost.
The Trail Life USA program is built upon fifteen of core values. These values will direct the leaders of Trail Life USA and its chartered troops to develop the kind of culture that honors God and stays true to the mission of the program.
The Woodlands Trail
The Woodlands Trail program is for Kindergarten to 5th grade. It includes the Fox (K-1st), Hawk (2nd-3rd), and Mountain Lion (4th-5th) levels. A joining award for each level identifies a boy with part of his group. An earned award, the Forest Award, is earned over the two-year program period for each level. Boys are divided into groups, called patrols, consisting of boys and two adult leaders.
In middle school they participate in the Navigators program using the patrol method. The Recruit Trailman rank is a joining rank that a boy is assigned when he becomes a Navigator. The earned ranks in this unit are the Able Trailman and Ready Trailman.
In high school Trailmen enter the Adventurer’s program. They are assigned the Journey Award as a joining award. The earned awards are the Horizon and Freedom awards. When a Trailman completes the Horizon Award he has completed all trail badge work. To earn the Freedom Award, Trailmen participate in unique Freedom Experiences as part of a majors and minors program.
To learn more about advancing through the troop and earning awards visit the Trail Life USA website.
Why Trail Life USA
Hear a word from Trail Life USA founder and CEO Mark Hancock about why Trail Life USA.