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High Adventure Base: Taos, New Mexico

What sets Troop 147 apart? Actually, we believe it is our devotion to Bible-infused outdoor adventure; however, one may argue that a close second is our exclusive High Adventure trip to Taos, New Mexico (early-Summer).

As a troop we’ve completed two treks to date: Summer 2018 and Summer 2019. You can view photo galleries from both treks at the links below:

Summer 2018 Taos Photo Gallery

Summer 2019 Taos Photo Gallery

8-DAY ITINERARY (Yearly in June):

  • DAY 1 (Saturday): Depart from Dallas, TX.
  • DAY 2 (Sunday): Prep Day in Taos, NM.
  • DAY 3-6 (Monday – Thursday): Trailmen drive to the Carson Forest trailhead (Santa Barbara) and hike in a few miles to set up base camp for primitive survival. Trailmen spend 4 days/3 nights in primitive camp, performing day hikes and activities. On DAY 6, the crew hikes back to the trailhead and returns to Taos city Thursday night.
  • DAY 7 (Friday): Recoup/Fun Day in Taos, NM seeing the sights and visiting one-of-a-kind attractions (e.g. Taos Pueblo, Earthships, etc)
  • DAY 8 (Saturday): Depart from Taos, NM back to Dallas, TX.

Day 2 and 7 are spent in one or two fully furnished homes, both on the same street near each other (electricity, running water, showers, etc.) located in the historic district of Taos, NM. These homes have been graciously provided by one of the Trailmen’s grandparents for our use at no cost. The trip is book-ended with a nice place for the Trailmen to prep or unwind together; however, the boys and adults spend the majority of the adventure properly ‘roughing it’ in Carson National Forest. This is a time for the troop to bond as patrols, and come away with a very memorable and lasting experience they will take with them the rest of their lives. Primitive camping, hiking, fishing, filtering water from the rivers, devotional time in nature…it’s exactly how God intended.

As with all Troop 147 trips, electronics stay home, so we can truly connect with God’s wonderful creation and each other. Exceptions made of course for fathers/guardians and older Trailmen to use cell phones and radios for necessary or emergency contact.

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 [email protected].

Why Troop 147?


  • The First Officially Chartered Trail Life USA Troop in Dallas, Texas.
  • Centrally located in the city of Dallas near Central (75) & NW Highway (Loop 12)
  • Sponsored by and fully-integrated into Highland Country Fellowship
  • We offer the Full Trail Life USA program: Woodlands Trail (K-5), to Navigators (6-8) and Adventurers (9-12), plus adult leadership.
  • Founded by former Eagle Scout, Connor Roberts
  • Solid Christian leadership within troop and sponsoring church
  • Summer Adventure (May/June): High Adventure Base in Taos, New Mexico

Listed above are just some of the characteristics of Troop 147, and are in addition to the weekly meetings, monthly campouts and other activities that we have in store. To get in touch with a troop representative you can email us directly at [email protected] or send us a message via our Contact Us page.


  • Tuesday nights from 7-8pm on the first three Tuesdays of the month (see the JOIN page for more details)

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.

Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB

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.