Trail Life Troop IN-1613
Welcome to Trail Life Troop 1613
Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
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Founded in June of 2018, our troop is a youth ministry of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. We welcome boys aged 5-18 who are students of Washington Catholic Schools or are members of Our Lady of Hope parish. There are 29 Trail Life troops in Indiana and we are the first (and currently the only) Catholic Trail Life troop.
Our first year was a huge success! We were blessed with generous donations from our local Knights of Columbus Council 630 and a large donation from Cabela's Outdoor Fund who provided our troop with sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, bows, arrows, targets! We started the year off with 35 boys who camped, fished, hiked, explored and served their communities.A great, big "Thank you" goes out to Cabela's and Council 630 of Washington for their generosity and support!
We finished the program year this Spring with 29 Trailmen in our troop, nearly all of whom earned their Forest Award! All 3 of our Navigators earned 4 Trail Badges and were awarded the Trailman's Standard!
Even though our program year ended in the Spring, our Trailmen enjoyed numerous summer trips and outings. Our program year begins again when school starts in August. Our Join the Trail event will be Sunday August 11th from Noon to 3pm in the WC Cafeteria! If you are a sudent of WC or a member of our parish and would like to join our troop, let us know!
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Trailman's Oath: "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"
Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered outdoor adventure, leadership, and character development ministry.
The Trail Life mission is to "guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure."
Trail Life USA is inspired by the principles originally set forth by Robert Baden Powell who started the Boy Scouts in 1910 to prepare boys to face life with a can-do attitude of self-reliance, courage and honor. In recent years the BSA has drifted away from it's Christian foundations and caused conflict with many Christian communities around the nation. Trail Life was founded in 2013 by former Boy Scouts who wanted to continue in the spirit of Robert Baden-Powell but with Jesus Christ as it's bedrock foundation. Trail Life USA has grown rapidly with more than 731 troops in 48 states and more troops are starting up every day. In Indiana alone there are now 25 troops. Our troop is part of the Crescent Valley Area that covers southern Indiana. See www.traillifeusa.com for more information.
Boys in Trail Life are known as Trailmen. The basic unit of 6 to 8 boys is called a Patrol and they are grouped by age into the three categories below:
The Woodlands Trail is similar to Cub Scouts and is intended for Kindergarten through 5th grade. There are three groups of Trailmen in the Woodlands Trail based on grade level.
Kindergarten and first grade are called Foxes
2nd and 3rd graders are called Hawks
4th and 5th graders are called Mountain Lions
Navigator Trailmen are grades 6, 7 and 8. There are three Navigator ranks:
Adventurer Trailmen are high school aged boys. There are three ranks here also.
A montage of photos and video of our first troop year!
|Troop Master||Mark Sturgeon|
|Troop Chaplain||Fr Paul Ferguson|
|Troop Chair||Fr Paul Ferguson|
Father Paul Ferguson and the Evansville Diocese approved our charter application on Jun 1, 2018 and Trail Life Troop IN-1613 was officially chartered on June 13, 2018. Our troop number is a reference to 1 Corinthians 16:13:
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong".
Our troop calendar is maintained constantly. This is the single most reliable way to know what/where/when we have events going on! Be sure to check it often!
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