Join us for an exciting event filled with fellowship, camaraderie, and learning outdoor skills! This is a weekend (Fri-Sun) campout, intended for TLUSA registered adults (male only).

As members in Trail Life, our mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. Participating in this training will provide you with training, tools, and resources to help you do that.

This training will adequately prepare you to plan, prepare, and implement a Trail Life campout. While it is geared for leaders of Adventurers and Navigators, the knowledge, skills, and abilities you learn will enhance any guardian or trail guide. Attendees will learn and/or refresh skills in – fire building, orienteering, backpacking, wood tools, and more… in order to be confident enough to teach them. The Peak 3 training campout will run like a model Trail Life campout using the “patrol method” from the very beginning until the end. Attendees will be put in patrols and function as a patrol for the duration of the campout.

The course will be held at Woodcrest Retreat, 225 Woodcrest Dr, Ephrata, PA 17522 (

Registration space is limited. So please register early and advise if you have to back out to so we can open the slot for another to attend. Cost will be $60 per person.  Staff will be $50 per person.

Here is an outline of the sections of the course:

  • Camp Planning & the Patrol Method

  • Check-In & Model Campsite

  • Fires & Fire Safety

  • Map & Compass

  • Flags & Ceremonies

  • Woods Tools

  • Cooking

  • Knots & Lashings

  • Camp Games & Skills Competition

  • Campfire Program & Planning

  • Tread Lightly

  • Backpacking

  • Devotionals & Sunday Service

  • Breaking Bread

  • Breaking Camp & Policing the Area

  • Peaks & Valleys

Here are the things you should plan to bring:

  • Tent/ground cloth or hammock

  • Sleeping bag/pad

  • Toiletries/towel (indoor plumbing is available)

  • Weather appropriate clothing including Trail Life Uniform if you have one

  • Rain gear

  • Mess kit (bowl, spork and mug at a minimum)

  • Water bottle (drinking water is available)

  • Pocket knife

  • Compass (if you have one)

  • Trailman’s Handbook (if you have one)

  • Bible

  • Pen/Pencil

  • Personal First Aid Kit

  • Flashlight

  • Sun/Bug protection

  • Matches/Firestarter

  • Backpack (should be able to hold most of your belongings)

  • Backpack cover (a large trash bag will work fine)

  • Medical Form  (can be a copy from the Troop’s records.  It will be returned to you at the end of the course)

Instructors will help you learn how to set up camp, cook, and work with woods tools, and about ropes, planning campfire programs and devotion/worship times, map reading and compass skills, hiking and packing techniques, and outdoor ethics. Each outdoor session will bring to life the pages of the Trailman’s Handbook to help you deliver the promise of Trail Life to yourself and the youth you serve. It will increase your comfort level and give you confidence as a trained, skilled adult. The program will also give you the opportunity to work with other Trail Life leaders from your area, meet new friends, and reinforce skill techniques with unit leaders.

  • Peak Three - Ephrata, PA
     March 24, 2023 - March 26, 2023
     4:30 pm - 11:00 am
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