Once you’ve learned about us through our website, I encourage you to bring your son(s) to our next weekly meeting on Tuesday nights, 6:30pm at Highland Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. This is a good time for your sons to actually be involved with our scouts in the weekly program, as well as allow you to ask questions of our leadership for the purpose of addressing any concerns you may have. Please read the outline below, or simply come to our next meeting and we’ll take it from there.
How To Join Troop 147:
- Attend a meeting and sign-up:
- Tuesday nights, 6:30pm at Highland Baptist Church: 8202 Boedeker Dr. Dallas, TX 75225
- Write your name, sons names and ages (if applicable), phone number and email address on our sign-in sheet.
- Participate in the meeting:
- Observe your son interacting with other boys in the weekly program plan, and spend time speaking with the adult leaders present at the meeting to help address any questions you may have.
- We will use the information provided to send you an email containing a registration link that will be specific to our troop and allow you to register fathers, sons, and other male-adult leaders.
- National Fees: There is a $26 yearly fee for each registered Trailmen. There is no fee for non-leader adults.
- Program Costs (by level):
- Troop Dues (applies to all levels, K-12):
- Troop 147 requests a $75 yearly fee: Helps cover activities, curriculum material, and other program costs.
- Woodlands Trail (Grades K-5):
- Navigators (Grades 6-8):
- Adventurers (Grades 9-12):
- Adults (Ages 18+):
- No Troop Dues are required for adults; however any registered leader will be subject to eh $26 national yearly fee.
- Uniform: Adult Polos (various colors)
- Troop Dues (applies to all levels, K-12):
- Dress/Casual Uniforms: Dress uniforms are worn at weekly meetings, award ceremonies, and most fundraising events. The casual uniforms are meant to be taken on campouts, 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 scouts, 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 scouts for entertainment purposes.
- Apparel: Both adults and scouts are required to keep their appearance respectable, and in a way that does not dishonor God. 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 scout may be asked to change their clothes, or leave if appropriate attire cannot be obtained. Each leader and scout is a reflection of not only Troop 147 and Highland Baptist Church, but also of God and Christians as a whole. For anyone wanting more Trail Life branded apparel, check out Trail Life’s official store link here: Trail Life USA – Store