The vision of Trail Life USA is to build men of faith and character who will become godly husbands, fathers, and citizens. In Troop TX-4031, we have the same vision. We have 25 or so trailmen ages 11-17 in the Navigator and Adventurer programs. We have no plans to add the Woodlands program for elementary-school ages at this time.
. . . but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Troop TX-4031 is chartered by the White Stone Family Bible Church (WSFBC). Most of our scouts/trailmen are home educated by their parents. Although we enjoy a close partnership with the church -- sons of pastors and deacons are trailmen -- only about half of the trailmen are members of WSFBC.
Some TLUSA troops are organized as youth ministry/youth group programs like AWANA, etc. We view TX-4031 as an extension of the church's Men's Ministry, helping fathers disciple their young men and providing fellowship opportunities for fathers and sons. What's the difference? In some youth programs, parents are expected or encouraged to drop off their young men and fade into the background. Instead, we encourage fathers to be involved in the troop, staying for meetings and contributing to troop life when able. We certainly welcome young men of different family situations but the bulk of the trailmen will have involved fathers. This core value has been a large part of our success as a troop. That said, we are a youth-led troop. We expect young men to grow in leadership and we seek to give them leadership opportunities. But we also provide adult guidance to help them grow into leadership, responsibly, according to their ability and experience.
. . .walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10)
Troop 4031 started in the Boy Scouts of America in 2012. The troop was formed with a 50/50 blend of experienced scouters disenchanted with unhealthy BSA troops and scouts brand new to scouting. When the BSA left their moral foundations in 2013, we left them and joined Trail Life USA. We have had good success as a troop since our founding with a good mix of ages. In our short time, we have had the privilege of helping 4 young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout (BSA) with one going on to earn his Trail Life Freedom Award. We have also seen many new scouts grow in maturity.
We meet twice a month on Sundays from 3-5pm at a private residence near 1431/Nameless Rd, west of Cedar Park and east of Jonestown. The meetings take place on several acres which allows us to practice what we're studying, like building fires, hiking, etc. We have an average of 3-4 campouts/events per semester in addition to meetings. If you are interested in our troop, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Trail Life USA, please visit http://www.traillifeusa.com.