Trail Life engages the heart of a boy and adds experiential adventure-based learning to any homeschool curriculum
November 28, 2022
GREENVILLE, S.C.— Homeschooling is on the rise in America. A recent CBN News article noted that the number of children who are being homeschooled doubled to five million in 2021. Even in the earliest days of the pandemic, parental inquiries about homeschooling “exploded,” according to multiple reports.
One excellent accompaniment to any homeschooling program is Trail Life USA (TrailLifeUSA.com), the largest Christ-centered, boy-focused scout-type organization in the country. For parents looking to supplement their son’s educational experience through non-traditional schooling, Trail Life offers hands-on, character-building, and boy-focused techniques that are designed to better suit a boy’s need to seek adventure, build relationships, and have fun!
Mark Hancock, Trail Life CEO, commented, “Homeschool parents across America are discovering the power of outdoor adventure and badge-based education to unlock a passion for learning in their sons. In the outdoors, boys are engaged in real-world challenge, find opportunity to achieve significant accomplishment, and learn character and leadership in a practical hands-on manner that is naturally engaging.”
Trail Life offers unique badges and opportunities for boys to supplement their schooling. One mother commented, “My son is NOT an outdoorsy or high adventure kid. We made Trail Life a homeschool requirement. It took him a year to get into it, but next month he will be our First Officer! The Adventurer badgework definitely goes along with high school subjects studied and makes them go into more depth… my son’s final report for his Citizenship badge was 44 pages! He wants to be a pastor and Trail Life has given him the opportunity to present the Sunday message on campouts. He even led an area retreat for fathers! We truly believe our son would not have the leadership, interpersonal skills, or confidence in the outdoors if it wasn’t for Trail Life USA.”
Rather than merely reading about the world, Trail Life encourages boys to experience it, leading to better retention and understanding than just looking at words on a page. Going out and experiencing the wilderness and learning through a hands-on approach better suits the needs of boys.
“Boys thrive on risk and competition and learn best in active learning environments,” Hancock commented. “Experiences like camping, hiking, and canoeing are catalysts that ignite curiosity and inspire boys to explore Trail Badges like camping, first aid, outdoor cooking, citizenship, our flag, apologetics, family man, emergency preparedness, Bible basics, aquatics, and more.”
Another Trail Life mom commented, “Each of my kids has to pick one badge they want to do as an elective and then we divide it up. Some have taken as short as three weeks — our longest was nine months. They help us to explore potential career options, learn skills, and put learned items into practice.”
Hancock concluded, “One of my favorite stories involves a group of Trailmen who decided to design and build a boat. Before they were done, they had cut trees, milled lumber, rebuilt engines, crafted oarlocks, and applied fiberglass. Think of all they learned in building an entire boat. An entire year of classwork could never have compared to what those boys learned as they came together to complete that project!
“When empowered and provided with structure, challenge, and practical application, the energy and enthusiasm of boys is unlocked, relationships grow, and boys come to life! As they plan, work, serve, and experience adventure together, boys grow in character and leadership — developing relationships with friends and mentors that will last a lifetime.”
Trail Life USA has received praise from some of the top Christian voices today, including Focus on the Family, Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Mike Huckabee, Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Family Life, Promise Keepers, the American Family Association, and many others.
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.