Backyard Movie Night

Trail Life USA invites America’s families to shake off lockdown blues, make memories, with ‘virtual’ backyard movie event May 16


Thousands of America’s lockdown-weary families across all 50 states are gearing up to take part in a one-of-a-kind backyard “virtual” movie event — following the success of the first-ever National Backyard Campout last month.

The Backyard Movie Night and Campout — organized by boys’ adventure group Trail Life USA ( — will take place Saturday, May 16, with thousands of self-isolating families connected by a real-time video link right in their own backyards.

“This is the perfect occasion to watch a great movie and make memories together with your family,” said Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, a faith-based adventure movement that has more than 30,000 members in 830-plus troops in every state. “We’ll be showing the  inspirational movie The Pilgrim’s Progress that reflects Trail Life USA’s core values of character and adventure.”

The event will be emceed by best-selling author and speaker David Benham, and will include an online musical performance by gospel artists Keith and Kristyn Getty, streamed live into backyards across the nation.

The backyard movie night — which follows Trail Life USA’s first-ever National Backyard Campout on April 17, when more than 6,000 self-isolating families across all 50 states took part in a “virtual” campout at home — comes as many families with children out-of-school are starting to go “stir crazy,” Hancock said.

America’s Night to Make Memories
“We’re all tired of being stuck inside our homes, and we’re desperate to get out and breathe the fresh air again,” said Hancock. “We’re inviting all families, everywhere, to join us on this special night, roast some marshmallows over your backyard campfire, look up at the sky, and make memories.”

The backyard movie night aims to encourage every family to get together for a memorable evening — even if they don’t choose to camp out.

“This tedious lockdown doesn’t have to get the better of us,” Hancock said. “We can turn this around to make some of the very best memories ever.”

Trail Life USA has set up a secure online portal for families to share their own pictures and campfire video clips in real-time with others self-isolating with their families across America.

With showings starting at 8:45 p.m. in each local time zone (ET, CT, MT, PT), Trail Life USA will live-stream The Pilgrim’s Progress — produced by Revelation Media — that tells the story of one man’s perilous and adventurous journey to reach heaven. It’s based on the classic novel The Pilgrim’s Progress written by John Bunyan — the second best-selling book of all time, surpassed only by the Bible.

Any family can register for the backyard movie night on Trail Life USA’s website (, where they’ll receive a free movie link and also find camping tips, outdoor recipes, and activity ideas contributed by thousands of Trail Life USA volunteers across the country.


With troops operating in local churches across the U.S., Trail Life USA ( is a Christian character development organization, empowering boys and young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. Trail Life USA has more than 30,000 members in 830-plus troops across all 50 states.

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