When I helped start Trail Life at my parish several years ago I was thinking about what my boys needed as they began to grow from boys to men. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Trail Life was needed for the boys of my parish – since the parish didn’t have any program for them.
However, when my sister in California shared with me a picture of HER trailman – headed out to hike the hills of the central California coast after Mass – it really hit home how important this Christ-centered outdoor adventure leadership program is for all boys. Boys need this, and they are not getting it from sports, in front of a computer, at co-ed youth group events, or even with their family. Trail Life is the best program out there for a boy to “try his wings,” get pushed a little, and grow into the Christian leaders we need.