Membership Standards of Trail Life USA
— Membership in the program has both youth and adult elements.
— Youth membership in the program is open to all who meet the membership requirements, and is currently designed for biologically male children under the age of 18.
— The adult applicant must be at least 18 years of age and subscribe to and abide by the Trail Life USA Statement of Christian Faith and Values as well as the Oath and Motto of the program.
— While the program is undergirded by Biblical values and unapologetically reflects a Christian worldview, there is also a clearly defined inclusion policy for youth. Accordingly, all boys are welcome irrespective of religion, race, national origin or socio-economic status. Our goal is for parents and families of every faith to be able to place their boys in a youth program that endeavors to provide moral consistency and ethical integrity in its adult leaders.
Statement of Faith
We believe there is One Triune God – God the Father; Jesus Christ, His one and only Son; and the Holy Spirit – Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshiping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who enables us to live godly lives. We believe each of us is called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe God calls us to lives of purity, service, stewardship and integrity.
Statement of Values
Purity – God calls us to lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.
Service – God calls us to become responsible members of our community and the world through selfless acts that contribute to the welfare of others.
Stewardship – God calls us to use our God-given time, talents, and money wisely.
Integrity – God calls us to live moral lives that demonstrate an inward motivation to do what is biblically right regardless of the cost.
The Trail Life USA program is built upon fifteen of core values. These values will direct the leaders of Trail Life USA and its chartered troops to develop the kind of culture that honors God and stays true to the mission of the program.
See the Trail Life USA website for more information about the national organization.