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TRAIL LIFE USA TROOP NUMBERING
Troops shall request numbers online at the Pre-Charter phase, with the numbers confirmed with the Charter approval and after any conflicts are resolved.
The two-digit state code shall precede 4 numbers. For example, FL-0000 or NC-0000. The national office reserves the right to reject any Troop Number for any reason. Although this will be their “official” number in our system, Troops shall be permitted to add a colon (:) in their own materials or on the uniform to set off scriptural reference. Troops can decide whether or not to display the leading zeros (ex. AK-0679 could be displayed as AK-679).
Duplicate numbering for Troops in the same state and in Pre-Charter phase at the same time may be resolved by the national office in any of the following ways:
- first-come, first-served
- any other resolution deemed fair by the national office
A decision made by the national office shall be considered final.
A colon displayed in a Troop name defines how the troop number is to be pronounced. The colon is silent. Example:
Troop 215 – without a colon, people would typically default to pronouncing this as “Troop Two Fifteen”
Troop 2:15 – pronounced “Troop Two Fifteen”
Troop 21:5 – pronounced “Troop Twenty-one Five”
Troop 2:1:5 – pronounced “Troop Two One Five”
If they did not want their troop to be pronounced that way, they would leave out the colon.
Here are some examples of Troop numbers denoting Biblical references:
(1 Pet 4:10 NIV) Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
(Gal 5:13 NIV) You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
(1 Pet 4:11 NIV) If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
(Rom 13:8 NRSV) Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
(Psa 24:1 NIV) The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
(1 John 3:11 NIV) This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
(Gal 5:14 NIV) The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Eph 4:32 NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
(Eph 4:29 NIV) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
(Philippians 4:8 ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Troop 423 is a nice number because April 23 is the feast day of St. George, patron of scouting.