TRAIL is a non-profit, 501(c)3. Throughout the year, we will lead 15-20 trips with 8-10 young men on each one. We also lead 5-6 discipleship groups, walking with them as they learn to walk intimately with the Lord throughout the year. Each week our staff meets with young men discipling them one on one and helping facilitate their growth. Through our trips and our discipleship groups, around 300 young men are learning to walk with God and fall in love with His creation and finding new ways to enjoy and experience it.
Young men cannot be initiated into manhood by themselves; they must be shown the way by other men. No man has ever just happened into the ways of men, neither have they just happened into intimacy with God either; they have to be intentionally shown the way.
Throughout the Bible and history, men have learned how to walk intimately with God(Discipleship) and become the men they were created to be through relationship, intervention, and experiences with other men(Experiential Discipleship). Experiential discipleship is just that, learning how to walk with God through experiences with other men.
TRAIL expeditions are unique. By blending the challenges of outdoor adventure programming that push our limits with an inspiring discipleship curriculum on living boldly and courageously for Christ, the lessons learned on a TRAIL expedition ignite an empowered spirit and stick to us like duct tape. This mutual reinforcement of mental and physical lessons, known as experiential discipleship, is a fantastic way to learn. People learn through experience, and by their nature, TRAIL’s backcountry excursions provide a training ground for the biblical message that is being delivered. We feel it; we live it!