Trail Life USA is aChristian outdoor adventure, character, and leadership programfor boys and young men. This K-12 discipleship 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.
Central’s Troop TX-1525 meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm throughout the school year.
The Woodlands Trail curriculum is a 2-year course of study for Trailmen (boys) in three age groups called Patrols: Foxes (Grades K-1) · Hawks (Grades 2-3) · Mountain Lions (Grades 4-5)
Meeting plans revolve around a set curriculum to engage and teach program participants using six Program Emphases: Faith · Leadership · Teamwork · Character · Wisdom · Heritage
Meeting plans incorporate, directly and indirectly, the 5 F's:
FOCUS: The Focus portion of the patrol meeting is to provide an academic or instructional element.
FINGERS: This portion offers an opportunity for the Trailmen to experience a - It is understood that boys learn to apply a lesson better when they can see and build or make something that would remind them of what is taught.
FUN: This portion allows a time where Trailmen can burn off some energy. This is the time of the meeting for the Trailmen to play games or participate in a physical activity.
FAMILY: The Family portion of the meeting is simply the family emphasis for the principle taught. As the Trailmen learn throughout the years, it is the desire of Trail Life USA and the Woodland Trails Program to inform and involve the family in the learning process as much as possible.
FOREST OR BRANCH: Identifies the Branches taught and Objectives focused on during a meeting for each age group.
FAITH: This final portion of the meeting communicates pertinent biblical truths, values and wisdom corresponding to the lesson.
Navigators // 6th-8th Grade
Navigators gain understanding of their values and beliefs under the guidance of godly male role models through being responsible in outdoor adventures and in their home and school life. During their three years in the Navigators program, they explore areas of interest and earn Trail Badges for rank advancement: Journey Trailman · Able Trailman · Ready Trailman
Their ranks represent a growing ability to operate comfortably, safely, and confidently in the outdoors. These skills will form the foundation of later adventures and teach important life lessons in character development. Navigators participate in a true outdoor program with hiking, camping, and other activities. They are in more of a learning mode, developing their core skills with adequate supervision and easing gracefully into camping by patrols. As they climb through the ranks, they will lay a safe and comfortable foundation for the challenges of the Adventurers Program.
Navigators have nine required Trail Badges they must complete. Ideally, the Trail Badges will be taught over an 18-month period with the goal of covering each Trail Badge twice in the three-year Navigators experience. With boys constantly entering the program, ample provision is made for every boy to have a chance to comfortably complete his nine required badges with an opportunity to make up anything skipped during an absence.