Trail Life USA Nationwide Campout experienced by thousands of families across the nation

Families across the country participated in event celebrating outdoor adventure, character, leadership, and faith

May 4, 2022

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Over the weekend of Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, Trail Life USA ( saw over 11,000 participants register to participate in the Trail Life USA Nationwide Campout. This year, Troops went “Beyond the Backyard” and engaged boys and leaders in significant outdoor adventure. Trail Life Troops across the country lit fires, pitched tents, and gathered with families and friends in the outdoors to enjoy music, games, food, fun, and inspiration. From New York to California, families celebrated with hot dogs, water guns, kick ball games, fishing competitions, scavenger hunts, tug of war battles, s’mores, and competitions.

Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, thanked all participants, stating “We are so honored to be invited into thousands of American backyards, churches, and campgrounds. It has been inspiring to hear the truly heartwarming stories of how this event impacted entire families and their communities.”

One father shared the interaction he had with his teenage son during the event: “Amazing night! It’s not often that you get a 14-year-old boy to volunteer feelings, but tonight was one of those nights I will never forget. Sitting around a campfire, my son turned to me, got a little teary eyed, and says ‘Dad, thank you for everything you do for me, and thank you for doing Trail Life with me. I love you dad.’ Needless to say, my eyes started leaking as well. Very cool stuff!” He continued, “Parents, never underestimate the power of a little quality time with your kids. They won’t remember the things you buy them, but they will forever remember the times together!”

Hancock encouraged families who enjoyed the event to take the next step. “We look forward to hearing from the many churches and families who are passionate about raising up the next generation of men who honor God, lead with integrity, and serve others. In Trail Life, boys regularly leave daily duties and digital distractions behind. They join with their mentors and fathers in the outdoors where relationships form naturally, time seems to slow, and boys are able to listen, connect, and grow.”

For more information about the Trail Life Nationwide Campout, click here.

Trail Life USA is the premier national character development organization for young men, producing godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens. Trail Life’s mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. Troops exist in all 50 states and are growing as Trail Life USA expands around the country. Find a Troop today, or Start a Troop in your community. Find out more at  

Trail Life USA’s K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills. A robust awards program motivates young men to grow on a personal level to become role models and leaders among their peers. Living the Trail Life USA is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.    

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