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What is this "Trails Life" I've been hearing/reading about?

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Logo of Trail Life USA

Logo of Trail Life USA

Trail Life USA is the name of a new national youth serving organization in the United States. The following information is taken from their website, which is located at http://www.traillifeusa.com


"Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible."


Their vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.


Their mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure."


Can a Lone Cub Scout or Lone Boy Scout be also a member of Trail Life USA? Absolutely. The two programs actually compliment each other and as long as the Lone Cub Scout or Lone Boy Scout and his Friend and Counselor have the time to participate, they may be registered and participate in both programs. There is NO BSA policy or guidance which state that a parent and/or youth MUST choose to be a part of one or the other organization.


This is just like a Lone Cub Scout or Lone Boy Scout serving as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4H, Junior Achievement (JA), Junior ROTC (JROTC), or any number of local or national youth-serving organizations. The BSA's programs -- and I am sure the Trail Life USA programs -- complement each other.


"Will the Cub Scout and Boy Scout ranks transfer if we decide to become part of Trail Life?" For the most part, most Boy Scout rank (Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle) will transfer over to the senior level of Trail Life. There is a chart and explaination on how the Boy Scout ranks and skills will transfer. It is located at http://www.traillifeusa.com/bsaachievementtransfer/


Right now, there is no word as to how Cub Scout rank (Lion, Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, WEBELOS) will transfer. They should have that information available soon.


"Is the BSA worried about this organization and are they trying to keep people from leaving and becoming a part of this new organization?" The BSA has had other organizations to challenge their dominance as the USA's leading youth-serving organization. In the 30s and again in the 60s, the Hearst newspapers attempted to start several Scouting-like organizations. They failed because of the strength of the BSA "brand" and reputation. In the 70s, a group of Black churches organized "Mandingo Man" heritage and leadership programs which were similar in style to Cub Scouting. In the late 70s, Southern Baptist and independent Baptist churches organized Awana and the Churches of God organized Royal Rangers for boys and Missionettes for girls. Awana and Royal Rangers still exist today, and still provide quality Christian-based outdoor and community service programs for youth. There is no effort for the BSA to prevent or "hold back" Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or their adult volunteers to "cross over" to Trail Life USA. And the first Executive Director/Administrator of Trail Life USA is a former BSA Council Scout Executive.


Trail Life USA at the present does NOT have a program option like Lone Cub Scouting or Lone Boy Scouting.



Trail Life USA Info