Six Mile Baptist receives charter for Trail Life USA

SIX MILE — Six Mile Baptist Church is now officially chartered with Trail Life USA (TLUSA) as SC Troop 1001.

The church will host an informational meeting for the general public on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Roper Building, located at 150 N. Main St. in Six Mile.

The meeting is for anyone interested in becoming part of the troop as an adult leader or as a youth participant. TLUSA is a Christian outdoor program for boys and young men ages 5-24.  For now, SC Troop 1001 will focus on boys, age 5 to 18 The overall program focuses on outdoor adventure, character, and leadership.

Adult leaders must be at least 18 years old and are required to sign a statement of Christian faith and values, undergo Child and Youth Safety Protection Training, submit to background checks, and provide letters of recommendation from pastors that know the applicants.

The program has an inclusion policy for youth members and welcomes families with boys from all faiths (or no faith) to participate in the unapologetically Christian outdoor adventure program.

As word spreads and troops get active in their communities, more and more people are finding out about Trail Life USA.

The program’s Point Men and Area Teams are spreading the word and assisting new troops through the start-up phases. It is so exciting to get “news from the trail” as troops email, post to Facebook and send photos.

As of today, there are more than 200 troops chartered and active and almost 400 in process — with several more signing up each day. Not all of these will complete the process, but organizers anticipate more than 600 troops by year’s end. Remember, one charter represents all levels of the troops, kindergarten through 25 years of age.

An interesting fact: more than 40 percent of the new troops were not previously involved in an outdoor program. That’s thousands of boys and adults being introduced to an outdoor adventure program, which means more and more families are engaging in character-building camping, hiking, leadership, advancement, adventure, and community service-all with a Christ-centered focus. See more at: