TLAppleCanyonThe fact that Trailmen from Immanuel’s Trail Life USA Troop 0412 awoke to a brisk 38 degree morning on Saturday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of this young troop for their first campout in Lena, IL. They just made a fire and started their day. In fact, the entire campout was a success. Hiking at Apple River Canyon State Park, a Jumbo Jumper, hiking, splitting wood with an ax, more campfires, hot dogs over the fire, and more activities rounded out their weekend.

“I feel the Trailmen had a fantastic weekend. For some of the boys, this was the first time using an axe, hatchet, and saw. It was great watching them cook their own food over a fire made with the wood that they split. I know this gives them a sense of pride and ownership, and that turns to confidence. The weather could not have been better for our hike in the Apple River canyon,” said Troopmaster Jonathon Bedell.

Trail Life is open to anyone in the community who is looking for an outdoor adventure program to learn about camping, canoeing, orienteering, rock climbing, personal growth development, and so much more.


About Trail Life
Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character and Leadership Program for boys and young men and Immanuel is honored to support and back a troop based right here in the heart of Palatine. Trail Life USA serves boys and young men from kindergarten through 25 years old from anywhere in the community.

Trail Life USA is a national organization that focuses on developing boys and young men, providing character building opportunities, outdoor adventures such as camping, hands on learning, and non-traditional sports such as archery, rock climbing, fishing. The men teach the young men, and the young men teach the boys. The focus is on the youth, learning responsibility, integrity, and growing through teaching and learning to see God’s hand in everything. He is the center, the Rock, of the Trail Life Program.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station. For more information or to register for Trail Life, please contact Trephina Bedell at 847-359-1936 or email her at