Restoration House to launch Trail Life USA chapter

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Beginning this fall, Restoration House Family Worship Center will offer Hopkinsville boys and young men the opportunity to join Trail Life USA.

Beginning this fall, Restoration House Family Worship Center will offer Hopkinsville boys and young men the opportunity to join a new youth group.

Trail Life USA is “a church-based, Christ-centered, boy-focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy,” according to www.traillifeusa.com.

Since launching six years ago, Trail Life USA has more than 25,000 members in more than 800 troops in all 50 states.

“Trail Life USA partners with churches and parents across America as the premier national character development organization for young men which produces the next generation of godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens,” according to the website.

Restoration House is the charter church for Troop KY5812.

“We need something for the boys in Hopkinsville — all boys,” said Brenda Waymon, a member of Restoration House and a Troop KY5812 committee member.

According to the website, the group was “established on timeless values derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure, boys from kindergarten through 12th grade are engaged in a troop setting by male mentors where they are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop practical leadership skills to carry out the mission for which they were created.”

Currently, the Troop KY5812 committee is looking for Trail Life USA leaders, called trail guides. An interest meeting is slated for 3 p.m. May 19 at the church, 101 McLean Ave. The meeting will include a video conference with Trail Life USA leadership.

Waymon encourages any current or former Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts) leaders to join the local troop but added any individual is welcome to attend the May 19 meeting. She said interested individuals will undergo a vetting process before being selected.

The organization’s mission statement is “to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”

The motto, “Walk Worthy,” is based on Colossians 1:10: “… that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God …”

“It’s going to raise a new generation of godly fathers, godly men, citizens in the community,” Waymon said. “I think we can turn Hopkinsville upside down with this kind of program going on here. You teach young boys things they’ve never heard — that there is a right and a wrong, there is a way to serve other people and not always putting yourself first.”

The cost for each boy in Trail Life USA is a $26 membership fee, cost of a handbook and a uniform shirt.

Waymon said they are looking for sponsors for the boys or the troop to help defer the cost.

The troop open house will be Aug. 19. Troop meetings will be while school is in session.

“This is a commitment every Monday night during the school year,” Waymon said.

For more information about Trail Life USA, call Restoration House at 270-707-7606 or visit the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TrailLifeHopkinsville/.

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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