Trail Life CEO: ‘boys need an established, unmoving moral foundation in order to thrive’
January 17, 2022
GREENVILLE, S.C.— A recent Pew Research Center study revealed a troubling truth about the state of the faith of Americans—from 2009 to 2019 the percentage of Americans who described themselves as Christians was down 12% while the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” was up 17%.
The decline in traditional morality is particularly troubling for Trail Life USA (TrailLifeUSA.com), the largest Christ-centered, boy-focused scout-type organization in the country. Trail Life believes that for boys to thrive, they need an immovable moral compass.
Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life, stated, “Boys need clear boundaries and rules to feel secure. The generational norms that boys could always count on are eroding. And now the majority in America no longer believes that God is the center of truth.
“Boys are struggling with our culture’s loss of morality. The result of this is that boys are ungrounded and searching for the truth to guide them. But the truth presented in scripture is being undermined at every turn in our schools and in the media. Boys need an established, unmoving moral foundation in order to thrive— where good behavior is encouraged and bad behavior discouraged.”
In response to this need, Trail Life has implemented their “Proven Process” to best mentor young men and allow them to embrace what it means to be a boy. Trail Life offers boy-focused, adventure-driven solutions that encourage boys to embrace what makes them unique and build strong relationships with other boys, mentors and most importantly, Christ.
For boys who are struggling with the constantly shifting morality of the culture, Trail Life provides an unmoving foundation for the development of their character. Trail Life offers an unapologetically Christian stance, with the Bible as the foundation for truth.
Hancock commented, “Trail Life’s motto is ‘Walk Worthy’ and this phrase has layers of meaning in how we live our daily lives. At its simplest level, it means to behave in a manner that is consistent with our ideals. As Christians, our ideals come from the Bible. This is one of the reasons why the Trail Life USA program has faith interwoven throughout the curriculum as well as supplementary curriculum designed to help boys learn more about God.”
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 TrailLifeUSA.com.
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.