Trail Life USA

A new school year also means a new beginning for Trail Life USA Troop KY-4:13, sponsored by Southeast Christian Church.

The Christian-based scouting program will hold an informational meeting Monday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower Fellowship Hall at Southeast’s Blankenbaker Campus.

Throughout the school year, boys in kindergarten through 12th grade participate in badge-earning activities, hiking and camping trips and other activities that foster adventure, build character and develop leadership skills.

Meetings are held Mondays at 6:30 at the Blankenbaker Campus.

“One of the greatest blessings for me is witnessing the spiritual and personal growth of young men, from year to year, on outdoor adventures. When a boy learns a new skill he has a boost in confidence, and when he leads our group in prayer, it is just awesome,” said Ron Smith, who serves as a leader and charter organization representative for the troop.

Smith added that the troop plans to introduce The Manhood Journey program for its Navigators—those in sixth through eighth grades.

The Manhood Journey is a Bible-based, small group program that builds young men through discipleship and mentorship of fathers. It helps fulfill Trail Life’s mission of developing young men who “walk worthy.”

“Our mission is to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others and experience outdoor adventure,” Smith said.

He added that the troop also seeks adult leaders to help run meetings and organize events.

“Being a leader in Trail Life is an opportunity God has given me to serve Him,” Smith said. “In service, His blessings have been bountiful.”

For those who are unable to attend the informational meeting, Trail Life and its sister organization, American Heritage Girls, will have a booth at the Blankenbaker Campus for FamilyPalooza, Southeast’s free community celebration, which will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

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