Trail Life USA provides boy-focused program to celebrate and appreciate their strengths

Trail Life Troop shows courage in extinguishing forest fire

January 24, 2022

GREENVILLE, S.C.— Parents and teachers alike notice the differences between boys and girls. According to one study, “Boys are twice as likely to fall behind girls in early years of education…The male brain is wired to respond in external, rather than internal, ways. This can leave boys at a disadvantage in a school environment, when teaching focuses on the sedentary development of verbal skills at the expense of active learning. As early as kindergarten, kinetic, impulsive boys are told to sit down, be quiet, and do their work. Teachers are expected to provide a calm, controlled classroom, but boys tend to learn by doing.”

Trail Life USA (, the largest Christ-centered, boy-focused scout-type organization in the country, recognizes these uniques strengths in boys and has implemented their “Proven Process” to guide parents and leaders as they seek mentor young men in a manner that—instead of squashing their curiosity and enthusiasm—allows them to thrive in their exuberance.

Trail Life CEO Mark Hancock commented, “The problem lies not in a boy’s raw ability, but their capability to function in an artificial environment where stillness is the expectation and silence is the rule. Be quiet, sit still, and pay attention—these are all things that boys often hear. While it is true that boys find it difficult to learn through lecture and compliance, they thrive in active environments. In fact, they need to move for their brain to be activated. This God-given characteristic of boys leads them to be misunderstood and unappreciated traditional classroom settings.”

Hancock continues, “When boys feel like they are relegated as ‘less than’ due to unrecognized gender differences, they begin to wonder where they belong in a society that seems to not appreciate their abilities. Trail Life USA provides a boy-focused program and activities designed to let boys be boys, accentuating their strengths and allowing them to feel understood and appreciated.”

A recent experience of Troop NC-0834 gives one example of what boys are really capable of. During a routine camping trip, one young man noticed a red glow on the horizon. When they went to explore, the Troop discovered a forest fire burning approximately 75 feet in diameter. Working together, the Troop rushed to stop the spread. By the time the authorities arrived to help, the boys had put it out the fire entirely. The forest authorities were extremely grateful for their service, and the boys were able to put their talents and abilities to great use.

Hancock continued, “Adam was not created in the beauty and security of the Garden of Eden. He was created in the wild, and placed in the garden with a mission. He was to go, ‘fill the earth and subdue it.’ God made man to explore, conquer, lead, face dangers, and overcome obstacles with the tools, heart, and power God instilled in him as a man.”

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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