Trail Life USA continues to see growth – both numerically and in its members' relationship with God.
Trail Life USA was formed after the Boy Scouts of America voted to permit open homosexuals, first as members, and then as Scout leaders. Mark Hancock, who heads Trail Life, says the organization is looking forward to a strong 2017 after growth in the past year.
"Right now, we're active in 48 states, with almost 700 troops and 26,000 members from coast to coast," he tells OneNewsNow. "And we're coming up on our third anniversary, and we feel like in that period of time we've seen some awesome growth and some wonderful things going on across the country."
Already this year, Trail Life USA has numerous cities lined up for Trail Ready Leadership Conferences to train leaders and further develop the program for young boys while honoring God every step of the way. Cities confirmed thus far include Orlando, Denver, Indianapolis, Huntsville (AL), Harrisburg (PA), Staunton (VA), and Riverside (CA).
"We're excited about what's happening at Trail Life," Hancock shares. "We are continuing to build generations of courageous young men who honor God, who lead with integrity, who serve others and experience outdoor venture. And we're just thrilled to hear the stories from the field as that's happening."
A Trail Life focus in January and February – "Respect Life" – centers on fostering a worldview that promotes life; i.e., the pre-born, infants, those with special needs/disabilities, and the elderly/infirmed. Among the suggested activities to earn an award ribbon is participation in a local or national March for Life event, or volunteering to help at a crisis pregnancy center.
The members, called "Trailmen," are also working hard at discipling children in foreign countries by increasing participation with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse that provides Christmas gifts and Christian material to children living in Third World countries.