Perhaps you’ve learned some about us through our website here, but I encourage you and your son(s) to attend our next non-overnight event to truly experience the Trail Life difference. We have weekly meeting on Tuesday nights, 7:00pm at Highland Country Fellowship in Dallas, TX. This is a good time for your sons to actually be involved with other boys their age, our Trailmen, in the weekly program, as well as allow you to ask questions of our leadership to address any concerns you may have. Please read the outline below, or simply come to our next meeting and we’ll take it from there!

Joining Troop 147:

  1. Attend a meeting and sign-up:
    • Tuesday nights, 7:00pm at Highland Country Fellowship: 8202 Boedeker Dr. Dallas, TX 75225
    • Write your name, son(s) names and ages, phone number and email address on our sign-in sheet.
  2. Participate in the meeting:
    • Observe your son interacting with other boys in the weekly program plan, and spend time in fellowship with the other leaders/adults who can really help you understand Troop 147’s unique culture.
  3. Registration:
    • We will use the contact information you provide to send you an email containing a registration link that will be specific to our troop, allowing you to register your son(s).
    • Fees: There is a $26 yearly fee for each registered Trailman (boys and adults) that goes to National. We require all boys and fathers/primary male guardian to register as part of Troop 147.
  4. Uniforms:
    1. Note: Due to shipping costs, we have three times per year when we will place bulk orders for uniforms.
      1. Our next upcoming order date is May 4th, 2018.
    2. Once registered, you can use the chart and information below to determine sizing for you and your boy(s), then send an email to with the following information:
      1. Trailman’s name (Grades K-12)
        1. Troop Uniform Shirt, Pants and Belt size
        2. Troop Uniform Shoulder Loop type
        3. Class C: T-shirt size (we also provide a custom Troop 147 t-shirt)
      2. Adults
        1. Class C: TLUSA Polo Size
        2. Class C: T-shirt size (we also provide a custom Troop 147 t-shirt)
    3. Sizing Chart: 
  5. Program Costs:
    • Troop Dues (applies to all levels K-12):
      • Troop 147 requests a $50 yearly fee to help cover activities, curriculum material, and other program costs.
    • Adults (Ages 18+):
      • No Troop Dues are required for adults; however any registered leader will still be subject to the $26 yearly fee from National.

General Troop Policies:

  • Uniforms:
    • Class A (Full Dress Uniform): Worn at weekly meetings, award ceremonies, and most fundraising events. Class A includes official Trail Life USA dress uniform shirt, shoulder loops, pants, belt and socks (hat optional).
    • Class B (Partial Dress Uniform): Entails the dress uniform shirt with at least one other missing dress component. Class B is called on rarely.
    • Class C (Informal Uniform): Entails the Trail Life Polo or Troop 147 T-shirt. These are meant to be used during more informal days on campouts, some Hit The Trail activities, or worn during summer fundraising events.
  • Adult Male-Leader Involvement: Troop 147 has a strong belief that adult men and the fathers play a key role in shaping these young men’s character in a way that truly helps in immeasurable ways. While we request that all fathers be present, we realize that some children may not have a father present in the home. In these cases, an uncle or grandfather would be desirable, but singe-mothers are welcome to drop-off their children as well. We will take your child into the fold, and our other male adult leaders will guide him as we would our own sons. In short, all boys are welcome; but if a father is present, then he is requested to attend and contribute to the program. Adult leaders without children involved are also welcome to be a part of Troop 147. We believe there is a big difference between a Christian Daycare and a Christ-centered character building program for young men. Trail Life is the latter.
  • No-Device Policy: We have a no-device policy that extends not only to campouts, but also our weekly meetings. This includes standard phones, smartphones, tablets, PDAs and any other electronic device that would distract from the planned curriculum. Standard wrist-watches are allowed but not smart-watches. While such devices can offer educational value to an extent, Trail Life is a chance for the boys to get away from these kinds of distractions, and focus on allowing the Bible-based scouting lessons to take root. In regards to meetings, this policy begins at the doors to our church, meaning that these devices should not come into the building, but rather be left in the car or at home. This policy applies to the boys, not the adults. At meetings and on campouts, adults may have their normal phones in the event of an emergency, but it is understood that these devices will not be passed off to the boys for entertainment purposes.
  • Apparel: Both adults and boys are required to keep their appearance honoring to God and the appropriate uniform level for the activity (Class A, B or C – see above). Whether at a meeting, campout or other activity, inappropriate t-shirts as well as sagging/excessively torn clothing will not be permitted. For a given event, a leader or boy may be asked to change their attire. Each Trailman is a reflection of not only of the Trail Life USA organization, Troop 147 and Highland Country Fellowship, but also a representative of the one and only God we serve and adore. For anyone wanting more Trail Life branded apparel, check out Trail Life USA’s official store link here: Trail Life USA – Store