Gather Your Family and Join the Adventure!

On Saturday, May 16, at 8:45 PM join with families across America to enjoy a FREE movie inspired by one of the most influential books of all time!
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“I love this book and can’t wait for this animated version to be released. I believe it will be a blessing to you, your children and grandchildren.” - James Dobson

At a time when outward bound has become homeward bound, Trail Life is inviting families to join the 30,000+ Trailmen across the nation for a one night event in the great outdoors. For an organization focused on adventure, character, and leadership, what better movie than, "The Pilgrim's Progress"?
On Saturday, May 16, join families across America as they turn their backyard or living room into a Camp-in Movie Theater. Pitch a tent, make a fort, craft an amphitheater, build a screen, create a projector, and make a memory.

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Suggested Text: The National Backyard Movie & Campout Night is coming Saturday, May 16th! Join me virtually for one unforgettable night as families across the nation take to the great outdoors in the comfort of their own backyard! Visit to learn more.

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“This edition of John Bunyan’s epic, bestselling story is like watching an animated version of the Lord of the Rings, but with a Christian storyline . . . It’s filled with Biblical allegories that should spark great conversations about living out your faith. Parents should watch the trailer first to decide which of their kids could handle some of the intense characters.” - Stephen Kendrick, Producer, WAR ROOM & OVERCOMER

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At the last event over 700 videos were posted! It's simple to join the Backyard Community Portal! Just create a FREE Flipgrid Membership and then enter the Flipcode: backyardmovie. Log on to upload your videos and see what others have created. If your video does not show up immediately, don't panic.  We screen every video to make sure it is safe and family friendly!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Across the country parents are scrambling to figure out how to help their children thrive during an unexpected extended school vacation. Keeping kids (especially boys) busy and engaged in a constrained setting can be a challenge.

But it doesn't have to be a disaster.

Listen to a recent radio interview with Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA on this subject. Interview starts at 10:15.

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Often in Scripture, we witness Jesus removing himself from the bustle of daily life to escape to the wilderness and connect with his father.

"Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray."
Luke 5:16

In Trail Life, boys regularly leave the whirling world of daily duties and digital distractions behind. They join with their mentors and fathers in the outdoors where relationships form naturally, time seems to slow, and boys are able to listen, connect, and grow.

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National Backyard Campout in the News


Trail Life USA Invites Your Family to 'Make Memories' at Free Backyard Movie Night This Saturday - CBN News

Back to the Backyard - One News Now

SC Christian Scouting Group Wants Virtual Backyard Camp Out - US News and World Report

Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream - Fox News (close of show)

SC Christian Scouting Group Wants Virtual Backyard Camp Out - Washington Times

'Make Memories': Trail Life USA Invites Families Across US to Campout in Their Backyards April 17 - CBN News

Backyard Campout Unites Families - World Magazine

Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts Hosts First Ever National Backyard Campout - Charisma News

Mark Hancock on the Weather Channel

A Fun Suggestion to Battle Cabin Fever - One News Now

Beat COVID-19 Discouragement: National Backyard Campout This Friday - K-Love and Air1 Radio

National Backyard Campout encourages memory-making during quarantine - WFSA News

2,000 families join ‘National Backyard Campout’ led by Christian alternative to Boy Scouts - The Christian Post

Families Encouraged Do Backyard Campout - Deming Headlight

Inaugural ‘National Backyard Campout’ encourages families to ‘make memories’ - The Orange Leader

National youth group asking families to join in on virtual camping experience - WKBN News

DAP Associate Brings Families Together for a National Backyard Campout - RPM International

Moody Radio Chattanooga Interview

VCY America Crosstalk News Announcement

K-Love and Air1 have created a landing pages and are running radio ads