Adventurers

In Trail Life USA, troops are organized according to biblical principles in Proverbs 24:3-4, reflecting developmentally appropriate groupings of boys (K-U-W-L): Woodlands Trail (Knowledge), Navigators (Understanding), Adventurers (Wisdom), and Guidon (Life).

Adventurers are high school-age teens who are ready and willing to make big decisions. Where Navigators focus on ranks as they become capable outdoorsmen, Adventurers focus on awards that represent increased independence and leadership skills.

While the younger age-level programs are much more structured and defined by specific program materials, the Adventurers program is purposely less structured and more flexible for older boys to customize according to their interests and goals. A unique aspect of the Adventurers program is that different patrols can actually choose to engage in different program emphases. There is the potential to operate multiple Adventurers patrols as if they were separate units. One patrol could be engaged as a backpacking crew. Another may enjoy a variety of high adventure activities. Yet another may choose to focus their program efforts around watercraft. And finally, another patrol might be more engaged with planned coed activities with the high school-age Patriot girls from the American Heritage Girls troop. The point is that the boys at this age can work together socially in a group setting to determine their own interests as a group, and then to pursue those interests in a very rewarding way.

The First Officer and Second Officer, as high profile youth leaders, oversee the Adventurers program. Patrol Leaders are selected to head each patrol.

Adventurers Awards

Adventurers advance through three awards: Journey Trailman, Horizon Trailman, and Freedom Rangeman:

A Journey Trailman is at the head of a higher Adventurers Trail, one of leadership. As he takes this trail, he must remember to take Christ as his guide. He is the way, the truth, and the light. He is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. A Journey Trailman internalizes the four “selves” of good character: self-respect, self-control, self-reliance, and self-worth. This is a joining award. A Trailman who earns the Ready Trailman Rank as a Navigator has also completed the Journey Award.

 

REQUIREMENTS

This is a Joining Badge. If he has earned his Ready Trailman Rank, he has also completed his Journey Badge.

Traditions:

  • Memorize and agree to live by the Trailman Oath. 
  • Memorize the Trailman Motto. 
  • Demonstrate the Trailman sign and describe when to use it. 
  • Demonstrate the Trailman salute and describe when to use it. 
  • Give your Patrol Leader’s name, patrol name, and patrol yell. 

Citizenship: 

  • Memorize the Pledge of Allegiance. 
  • Demonstrate properly folding the American flag. 

Safety: 

  • Participate in a Troop annual safety program or discuss Troop safety with your Unit Leader and parents.

A Horizon Trailman still looks back to the younger boys and helps them with their skills, but he also looks ahead to the Freedom Award and seeks to help the troop succeed and to help Freedom candidates with their Freedom service projects. He should be not only useful to the troop, he should also be learning valuable lessons about life that will pay off time and again when he is a man.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisite:

  • Earns the Journey (Joining) Badge. Trail Badge Work:
    • Earn the following nine badges: Aquatics, Camping, Fire Ranger, First Aid, Our Flag, Outdoor Cooking, Ropework, Trail Skills, and Woods Tools. 
    • Earn the following six Horizon required Trail Badges as anAdventurer: Citizenship, Emergency Preparedness, Family Man, Outdoor Life, and Personal Resources, and any one Fitness Badge (Cycling, Fitness, Hiking, or Swimming). 
    • Earn a total of ten elective Trail Badges including elective Trail Badges earned as a Navigator. 

Servant Service: 

  • Complete 20 hours of service for each year since joining the Adventurers level. Record your hours on the service chart in your handbook and have them verified by an adult.

Troop Involvement:

  • Maintain a level of Troop meeting attendance acceptable to your Advisor (typically 60% or better). 
  • Participate in at least eight Troop activities since becoming an Adventurer, not including regular meetings. Record each activity on the activity chart in your handbook (trips, camp, community outings, etc.) and have them verified by an adult. 

Leadership:

  • Since earning the Journey Award, serve as a First Officer, Second Officer, Quartermaster or Patrol Leader for a minimum of six months or (pick one):
    • Plan and implement program, food, and wilderness travel plans (biking, hiking,paddle craft, etc.) for a camping or high adventure trip approved by your Advisor. 
    • Plan and implement an Adventurers-only high adventure or extended travel experience including, program, food, and travel plans approved by your Advisor.
    • Plan and implement a unique Troop or unit service project approved by your Advisor. 
    • At five Troop meetings, demonstrate your leadership ability by planning and instructing Navigators in significant Trail Badge skills approved by your Advisor or Trail Guide and the Trailmaster.
    • At five Troop meetings, demonstrate your leadership ability by planning and instructing a Woodlands Trail group in significant skills approved by your Advisor or Trail Guide and the Woodlands Trail Ranger.


Marks His Progress:

  • Successfully complete an Advancement Conference with your Advisor. 
  • Successfully complete a Board of Review. 

A Freedom Rangeman understands and appreciates his freedom as a gift given all mankind by God. He also understands that the chance to enjoy that freedom was bought by the hard work, courage, and sacrifices of men just like him.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisite:

  • Earn the Horizon Award. Minors and Majors: (Note: The Freedom Experiences and Faith Building Activity for the Freedom Award may be completed before earning the Horizon Award.)
  • Complete Trail Life USA approved Freedom Experiences in Major and Minor Fields of your choosing. Each Freedom Experience must be approved by your Advisor before you start. After completing each Freedom Experience, have a conference with your Advisor for final approval. Record your progress in the Freedom Experiences Chart in your handbook along with your Advisor’s approvals.
  • Complete two Freedom Experiences in your Major Field.
  • Complete one Freedom Experience in a second Field. (this counts as a Minor)
  • Complete one Freedom Experience in a third Field. (this counts as a Minor)

Troop Involvement:

  • Maintain a level of Troop meeting attendance acceptable to your Advisor (typically 60% or better). 
  • Participate in at least 16 Troop activities since becoming an Adventurer, not including regular meetings. Record each activity on the activity chart in your handbook (trips, camp, community outings, etc.) and have them verified by an adult. 

Faith: 

Complete one of the following Faith Building Activity options and discuss it with your Advisor or Trail Guide: 

  • The Adventurers Trail Life USA Spiritual Development Award
  • An Adventurers level Christian Religious Recognition (according to your denomination)
  • An Adventurers Trail Life USA approved youth-mentored Group Discipleship Program, such as the Band of Brothers Program 
  • The Trail Life USA Vanguard Program

Servant Leadership Project:

  • Complete a Freedom Servant Leadership Project according to the standards in the Freedom Award Procedure Guide.

Marks His Progress:

  • Successfully complete an Advancement Conference with your Advisor and Troopmaster. 
  • Successfully complete a Freedom Award Board of Review.