Woodlands Trail

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The Woodlands Trail is for Kindergarten through 5th Grade:

  • Foxes – Kindergarten to 1st grade
  • Hawks – 2nd to 3rd grade
  • Mountain Lions – 4th to 5th grade

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“Six F’s” to Each Meeting

  • Focus – Program theme
  • Fingers – Hands on activity
  • Fun – Enjoyable Activity
  • Family – Extending the lesson to the home
  • Forest Badge – Skill leaves completed during meeting towards advancement program
  • Faith – Exploring biblical themes related to meeting theme


  • Earn leaves based on attendance, participation in activities/projects (individual or group), mastering skills
  • Leaves fill each of seven branches of interest
  • Upon completing all seven branches over the course of (roughly) two years, earn the Forest Award for that level (Fox, Hawk, Mountain Lion)

Seven branches of interest – collect leaves on each branch to earn branch award:

  1. Heritage
  2. Hobbies
  3. Life Skills
  4. Outdoor Activities
  5. Pioneering Skills
  6. Science and Technology
  7. Values (faith)

Annual Program Calendar delineates:

  • Number of meetings planned for that month,
  • Monthly Theme
  • Program Emphasis (Wisdom, Teamwork, Heritage, Faith, Character, Leadership, etc.)
  • Branch award emphasis (Life Skills, Hobbies, etc.)

Additional Award beyond Mountain Lion

  • Timekeepers Award – learning about principles of biblical manhood
    • To live boldly and avoid being passive
    • To live responsibly
    • To lead courageously
    • To live for greater rewards of God
  • Based on book by Robert Lewis “Raising a Modern Day Knight” (used with permission by Focus on the Family)

Fort Griffin State Historic Site

The essentials: Hiking,  hunting and hotdogs!

“Holding command over the Southern Plains, Fort Griffin served as one in a line of western defensive forts from 1867 to 1881. Remnants of the fort remain today at Fort Griffin State Historic Site, which is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd and offers camping, fishing, hiking, stargazing and living history.” – (Source:

2014 FUNDING (tentative): $55 per non-hunting scout* (add hunting license/costs if applicable)

2014 3-DAY ITINERARY (October):

  • DAY 1 (Friday): Departure – Travel from Dallas, TX to Albany, TX + Setup Camp
  • DAY 2: Morning – Dove Hunt, Afternoon – Fishing, Evening – Campfire Bible Study
  • DAY 3 (Sunday): Activities TBD + Return – Travel from Albany, TX to Dallas, TX.

*All scouts/leaders are also welcome to participate as non-hunters.  Any non-hunter will not be allowed to wield or fire a shotgun while on the dove hunt, but he can still attend under the supervision of adult leadership.

As with all Troop 147 trips, electronics stay home, other than the troop’s emergency cell phone that will be kept handy by an adult leader. This is a time for the troop to get away from the distractions that separate us from nature. We will bond with one another through daily activities and then recenter with a nightly campfire bible study.


High Adventure Base: Taos, New Mexico

What sets Troop 147 apart? Actually, we believe it is our devotion to Bible-infused scouting; however, one may argue that a close second is our exclusive High Adventure Base trip to Taos, New Mexico (early-Summer).  From fishing to hiking, canoeing and camping; this trip has it all.

2014 FUNDING (tentative): $475 per scout

2014 9-DAY ITINERARY (Late May / Early June):

  • DAY 1 (Friday): Departure – Travel from Dallas, TX to Taos, NM
  • DAY 2-7: Various overnight camping spots and day-hikes throughout the mountains.
  • DAY 9 (Saturday): Return – Travel from Taos, NM to Dallas, TX.

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For the nights on days 1 and 8, the troop compliment will sleep in a fully functional/furnished house (electricity, running water, showers, etc.) located in the historic district in Taos, NM. This house has been provided for our use solely at the discretion of one of the contributing families for Troop 147.  While the trip is book-ended with a nice place for the crew to prepare/recuperate; the majority of the ten-day adventure is spent properly ‘roughing it’ in the mountains or along the rivers of Taos, New Mexico.

As with all Troop 147 trips, electronics stay home, other than the troop’s emergency cell phone that will be kept handy by an adult leader. This is a time for the troop to get away from the distractions that separate us from nature. We will revel in the beautiful mountain country that God has given us, bond with one another through daily activities and then recenter with a nightly campfire bible study.

BSA Rank Comparison

Some of you may be wondering how the rank comparison matches up between Trail Life and the Boy Scouts of America. Or, perhaps you are a Boy Scout and are are curious how your work so far in the BSA will transfer over into Trail Life. Troop 147 honors the official rank-match system as outlined by the Trail Life USA organization. See the image below for a side-by-side comparison of both advancement programs:


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Trail Life has made it easy for scouts to transfer from BSA into the program.  In this way, the scout does not feel that he is losing any ground, and can still apply his skills and knowledge from his BSA years to his remaining achievement path in the Trail Life program.  Troop 147 believes in fostering a dialog with members coming from local Boy Scout Troops.  Also, Troop 147 offers the full range of the Trail Life USA program, from ages 5 through 24, plus adult leadership.

If you are currently involved in the Cub Scout or BSA program but interested in Trail Life, then please do Contact Us. You can also email us directly via

Why Troop 147?


Listed above are only a few of the awesome perks that come with joining Troop 147. Of course, these are in addition to the weekly meetings, rotating campouts, and other activities that we have planned for 2014. To get in touch with a troop representative you can email us directly at or send us a message via our Contact Us page.


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Video: Trail Life Program Overview

If you are new to Trail Life and interested in knowing the details of the program, then this video is for you. Trail Life USA released this video to explain how their scouting program works, as well as where and how it differs from other organizations.  This video has not been modified from its original form, so while you will see any Troop 147-specific information, it does lay out the general framework we are following as our guideline.

On A Personal Note

A personal note from the troop’s founder:

You’ve heard the buzz, seen the news, or done your own research and have come to the conclusion that Trail Life USA may be the more appropriate path for you or your child.  I champion your decision, and hold that Trail Life USA offers the Christian leadership program that others have always seemed to lack.  When founding Troop 147, I came to the firm realization that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), while a once great organization, has changed, compromised, and in a sense ‘conformed to this world’.  I am reminded of Paul’s words in the book of Romans:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 ESV

The exciting thing about Trail Life USA, is that it not only offers that Biblical environment we seek, but also brings something even greater to the table; something that no scouting program to date has achieved, even the BSA. A truly God-infused character building pioneering program for young men.

Many of those who grew up in the BSA, like myself, always assumed that the organization was rooted in the Bible. How did we know, by action? No, simply by word. The scout oath says so. I am again reminded what the Bible says about this:

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:18 ESV

What John means here, is “not merely by word or by the tongue.” He does not condemn kind words which are comforting, but is stressing that warm words should be accompanied by warm deeds to make it real; “in deed and in truth.”  This is a case where actions do speak louder than words.  I spent my childhood time in the BSA reciting the few words that had been placed in the scout oath, “Do my duty to God and my country,” but outside of that weekly recital, the only evidence I saw of God was when it manifested itself in the adult leadership, not in the program material itself.  While I believe the BSA oath was written and originally intended to be Biblical, I believe it is only a starting point; as John implies.  Trail Life USA brings Biblical teaching throughout the program: From words in the oath to incremental achievement requirements, as well as major rank earnings. All along the path, from ages five to 24, young men are shaped, transformed, and molded by God’s teachings. Trail Life USA is not just a reaction to the current events of recent years, but rather a transformation of the scouting program as it has been known for decades. In Troop 147, a young man does not simply say words from a memorized oath or simply work toward the endeavor of scouting.  Instead, the endeavor is to grow in a Christlike manner, to seek God’s will through scouting, and to live in the godly method that is expected of him as a child of God.  Growth in moral character, increased scouting skills, and furthered wisdom are all side-effects of the ultimate goal that Troop 147 seeks; the creation of a Godly man.  Having been a Boy Scout for ten years and achieved the Eagle Rank myself, it is my own belief that Trail Life USA’s program is more rooted in Biblical teachings than the BSA’s curriculum ever was. Claiming that your organization is ‘based’ on the Bible are the words, but I believe those words require action to bring them truth. Troop 147 believes that you must live it; it is our troop’s namesake…

…Train yourself for godliness – 1 Timothy 4:7 ESV

~  Connor Roberts


Who is Trail Life USA?

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.


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


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


“Walk Worthy”

Colossians 1:10  “… that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…”


On my honor, I will do my best
To serve God and my country;
To respect authority;
To be a good steward of creation;
And to treat others as I want to be treated.

Learn more about Trail Life USA’s Membership Standards and Statement of Faith & Values

For more information about us, Troop 147, you can use the navigation menu to browse the site. For information about the Trail Life USA organization, click here to watch their Program Overview Video or click here to view their Official Website.