Who can be a Woodlands Trail, Navigators, or Adventurers Trailman?
All boys ages 5 through 17 are welcome irrespective of religion, race, national origin, or socio-economic status. We welcome boys whose parents are seeking a faith-based outdoor adventure program that places an emphasis on character development, leadership, and moral purity, and who aspire to live in accordance with the values expressed in the Motto and Oath.
What ages are the programs?
Foxes: Kindergarten and at least 5 years old by October 31st
Hawks: 2nd Grade and at least 7 years old by October 31st
Mountain Lions: 4th Grade and at least 9 years old by October 31st
Navigators: 6th Grade and at least 11 years old by October 31st
Adventurers: 9th Grade and at least 14 years old by October 31st, till the 18th birthday
Guidon Unit: young adults ages 18-25 years old
Exceptions to the above requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis by consensus of the Troop Committee.
How can my son become a member?
Contact your local Troop for instructions. See our Troop Locator to find a Troop near you.
Who can be registered adult leaders?
Christian men and women selected and approved by the Charter Organization, who sign and abide by the membership standards and the Trail Life USA Statement of Faith and Values may become adult leaders.
All leaders must be at least 21 years old with the exception of Trail Guides, who must be at least 18 years old.
All adult leaders can be approved following a criminal background check and successful completion of the Child Safety Youth Protection Training.
How can I register as a leader?
Contact your Troop Leader or Charter Organization for instructions.
Is a Troop's membership limited to youth of the same denomination?
Trail Life USA does not restrict youth membership in this manner, but a local Charter Organization determines which youth it desires to have participate in its Troop and therefore may impose requirements in addition to Trail Life USA’s Membership Standards, making them more restrictive provided that such standards are consistent with Trail Life USA’s membership standards; however, it may not loosen Trail Life USA’s membership standards.
Is it possible for a boy to go through the program alone if no Troop is close?
Not at this time, as it does not satisfy the patrol method that is part of our character and leadership development philosophy.
What if we want to dual register our boys in BSA so they can continue to work on their Eagle Rank, plus register them in Trail Life USA?
As these types of arrangements are further considered, it is possible that BSA or Trail Life USA or both may need to set up certain criteria regarding such “dual” registration in order to accommodate real life concerns such as insurance coverage and program separation for purposes of maintaining program integrity.
Regarding a BSA Scout that joins the Trail Life USA program, there is a limitation on transfer of ranks and achievements for recognition within the Trail Life USA program. Specifically, there would only be ONE OPPORTUNITY provided to transfer into Trail Life USA and to receive recognition for prior work accomplished in BSA.
Once a BSA Scout joins and is recognized in his Trail Life USA Troop for his prior achievements, his joining record is established and that is the record that he must work with from that point forward. Additional work completed in the BSA program cannot be transferred in later and a boy cannot receive “double credit” for work that is completed during his continuous involvement in the separate BSA program after he has created his joining record in Trail Life USA. For example, additional merit badges earned or service hours booked in the BSA program will not also be credited in the Trail Life USA program.
In honoring the legacy of the BSA, we have worked graciously to make such recognition possible in Trail Life USA. However, it would become counterproductive after a Scout joins and becomes a Trailman for him to have continuing considerations of whether it would be easier or quicker to earn an achievement in one program versus the other. It may also be theologically confusing for a boy to be preparing to leave BSA to commit to life as a Trailman at Trail Life USA, while continuing to pursue secular recognition in BSA.
If a boy wants to pursue both advancement programs, he must do so independently after registering in both programs. If a boy is not fully prepared to commit to the Trail Life USA program, it might be more advisable for the boy to remain in the BSA until such time as he is prepared to commit his focus and attention fully on his life as a Trailman.
Member registration is done online. What solution are there for families that lack website access or credit cards?
We expect that most members will be able to complete online membership registration at home. But for some members, Troop leaders may need to provide assistance. Some leaders set aside a Troop meeting night to assist members in using our advanced online member registration by setting up laptops at their meeting and allowing parents to complete online registration at the meeting. A free email account (gmail or similar) can be established if necessary during this process.
They pay the $26 annual membership fee with a credit card or, for those parents that do not have credit cards, they give the Troopmaster or another leader cash or a check for their registration and the Troop leader pays with his own credit card or the Troop’s credit card (if there is one).
Can I get a letter from an officer or director of Trail Life USA authorizing me to represent my Troop for a function or fundraiser?
Trail Life USA can’t “authorize” you to represent your Troop because it is your Charter Organization who appoints you and who you represent. Trail Life USA provides membership in Trail Life USA, but is not involved in the selection or appointment of the leadership in individual Troops.