Saturday, December 17, 2016

TLUSA MD-0518 Wreaths across Americia

Trail Life USA Troop MD-0518 and others, braved the icy hazardous road conditions to participate in this years Wreaths Across America event at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens to: 

*REMEMBER - our fallen U.S. veterans. HONOR - those who serve.  * TEACH - our youth & others about the value of freedom.



Lamky, Luther, Whitehead Veterans Monument,
at the foot of the cemetery's Valor Hill.


Seven Wreaths were placed at the Veterans Monument
representing the Branches of our Armed Services

Trail Life USA Leader Bradley K Spain
placed the Wreath honoring the U.S. Army Veterans





Hundreds of wreaths were placed at the grave sites of individual veterans.





Just one the the many veterans honored at Holly Hill Memorial Garden

Trail Life Troop MD-518 meets at Forge Road Bible Chapel, in Perry Hall, MD.

MD-0518 is a member of the Northeast Region
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

TLUSA MD-0914 Hitting the Trail

 Holy Cross Orthodox Church
105 N. Camp Meade Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Meet our new Trail Life USA Woodlands Trail Troop MD-0914
We made our 1st year debut at the annual Linthicum Fair.



Currently we have eight Trailmen ranging from ages 5-9, who are beginning to gain knowledge of many things, including a love of God and Country. We meet the first and third Mondays of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm. Consider this our invitation for you to come on out and join with us! Our Troopmaster is Warren Hedges.

For more information about MD-0914 contact us using this LINK

   The Woodlands Trail Unit within a Trail Life USA Troop combines outdoor experiences, leadership opportunities, and team adventures with a focus on biblical values, principles, and wisdom. The Woodlands Trail program is where the youngest members (K-5) begin their journey to manhood. 

Download this pdf version of an Overview of the Woodlands Trail Program. 

Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Year-Round Camping Award

This home grown award is available to any registered Adventurer or Navigator or adult member of Trail Life USA Troop MD-518. The requirements are:

To spend at least one night a month camping for twelve consecutive months. Any consecutive twelve-month period qualifies. Camping may be with your troop or your family. One long-term troop summer adventure may be used to count for two consecutive summer months (one of those months must be the month of the adventure). Camping must be in a tent, hammock, shelter, under the stars, or rustic cabin. 

We have a camping form the boys are required to fill out that has the above description and a chart to record the date, type of camping, location, and leader's or parent's initials for each month. Most camping nights are with the troop, but the boys also camp in their back yard if they need to.

We buy our patches from one of our troop moms who has a small embroidery business and does great work. On Facebook she is: Sew Unique Embroidery & Design. — Sew Unique Embroidery & Design.

TLUSA Troop-0518, currently led by Troopmaster Steve Padget, is charter by Forge Road Bible Chapel See also their TLUSA Ministry Page

Monday, June 20, 2016

Perseverance - "I'll Try Sir"

by Stephen R. Padgett, Trail Life USA - Troop Master MD-0518

Prologue - I wonder if TLUSA might want to name some sort of award after Calvin Pearl Titus -- Christian, Hero, Bugler, and Standard Bearer.

So we're having our Trail Life USA awards ceremony tonight.  I wasn't going to do a Wisdom of the Wild (WOW) but I had an idea and ran with it.

One thing led to another (I guess God works that way) and I began to research a guy named Calvin Titus. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1902 by President Roosevelt. In addition to being the genesis of the Fifth Regiment slogan "I'll try Sir" he was a Chaplain's Assistant and was the last Standard Bearer in the entire US Army.

Perseverance - I'll try Sir!

Do any of you have a favorite word? Maybe it’s something that sounds cool, or rolls of the tongue, or has a particular meaning to you. One of my favorites is Perseverance.

Who knows what that means? One dictionary defines Perseverance as: 
steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
The Bible has many verses about persevering, like this one from 2 Peter 1:5-6 (NASB)
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
You’ll notice that these things build on each other.  Beginning with faith, you gain moral excellence, then knowledge, then self-control, then comes perseverance, then Godliness.  It’s a lot of work and takes great diligence. So, perseverance basically means getting it done no matter what it takes.

A few years ago, my dad died. When we were going through some of his stuff, I came across this old Zippo lighter with his Army unit insignia on it.  On the back was the Fifth Regiment coat of Arms with their slogan.  It reads “I’ll try sir
The slogan goes back to a rescue mission in china almost 120 years ago. Troops were pinned down near 30 ft tall castle wall.  The only way to get in the castle would be to scale the wall, but no one could climb that high.  Finally, a young soldier named Calvin Titus, a Bugler and Chaplain’s Assistant (and probably lowest ranking soldier in the entire unit) looked at his Commander and said “I’ll try Sir!  He began to scale the rock face of the wall, finding small finger holds and toe holds until he finally reached the top.  Then, as he looked over the top of the wall, he wasn’t sure if it would be empty or there would be a rifleman there waiting to kill him.

They won the battle and Calvin P. Titus, later received a Presidential appointment to West Point. One day during assembly, he was called forward and much to his surprise, President Theodore Roosevelt was there to award him the Medal of honor for gallant bravery in the face of the enemy.

“I’ll try sir” showed that he was willing to give it a shot
when no one else would. He persevered to scale the wall. 

Today, we’re going to honor many of our Trailmen with some awards, some minor, some major. In all cases, they have persevered to complete the requirements.

As we raise our Standards high within Trail Life USA, it’s appropriate to honor Calvin Pearl Titus. In addition to his bravery, he was also the last US Soldier who’s main job was to hold the unit flag.  His title was Standard Bearer.