Monday, September 29, 2014

TLUSA WWII Memorial -- Honor Flight

Thank You to all the TLUSA Trailmen that participated in the TLUSA WWII Memorial -- Honor Flight, Sept. 28th 2014.

 There were several DC area Trail Life Troops that greeted WWII Veterans arriving with the Puget Sound Honor Flight at the National WWII Memorial in DC. Adventurers Will Moore, VA-4031 sang the National Athem and James McCaskey, VA-717 performed “Taps” while Trailmen and leaders led the veterans in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Trailmen welcomed and thanked the veterans for their service with handshakes and salutes.

I have about 100 photos and can put them in a drop box for Trail Life USA. Let me know. Here are a few from today.

Walk Worthy
Anita McCaskey
Committee Chair, VA 717

I'm happy to also see several Trailmen from MD0518. ~keith

Monday, September 22, 2014

TLUSA & AHG Happenings

Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls in our Baltimore area in Sept. 2014.

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We have had a great beginning to the Trail Life Program since January of this year. We have gone on several camping trips, been canoeing, camped and backpacked in the backcountry in Smokey Mountains TN, participated in service projects, and have been doing well in our training with Troop 518 in Joppa, MD. We began with the Navigators (middle school boys) and Adventurers (high school boys). We are pleased to announce that  we have added the Woodlands (elementary age boys) to troop 518 at Sovereign Grace Church, Joppa, MD.

We had a great Open House on Monday, Sept 8, and as a result, we have over a dozen new boys visit Troop MD0518 this last Monday meeting.

We look forward to a great Fall Trail Life season!

Now named, TLUSA Camp Aiken

“This camp property and the endowment are generous gifts that fit with our core value to remain debt averse,” said John Stemberger, Chairman of the TLUSA Board of Directors. “At the same time, it gives us a central, accessible location from which to better train youth and adult leaders in conducting our robust outdoor program.”

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In order to begin the Chartering Process, we need to fill the following Adult Volunteer Charter Positions. Greater Grace Church has expressed support to begin the Charter process, but we would need:

1. Charter Representative: Facilitates the relationship between the local AHG Troop and the Charter Organization. Participates in local Troop Board meetings as a non-voting member. Approves all adult leadership for local Troop. Provides leadership, oversight and conflict resolution if needed.

2. Coordinator (Troop Leader): Leads the Troop Ministry Team and oversees the general operation of the local Troop. Helps to recruit, select and train all adult leadership. Facilitates Troop Ministry Team Leaders’ meetings. Serves as the liaison between AHG, Inc. and the Charter Representative. Is responsible for guiding the Troop towards its goals and accomplishing the mission of the AHG.

3. Vice-Coordinator: Assists Coordinator with all responsibilities and considered “Coordinator-in-training.” The actual roles performed shall be divided as spiritual gifts and personalities dictate.

4. Treasurer: Oversees Troop finances. Helps to determine guidelines pertaining to Troop checking account, both acquiring and maintaining it. Helps to create a Troop budget.

5. Troop Shepherd (Chaplain): Is concerned about the “care and feeding” of the Troop’s member and looks over the “flock”. The Troop Shepherd cares for each AHG member encouraging them in their spiritual walk. Will lead prayer before Ministry Team meetings and pray for the Troop. Will get to know each girl and volunteer and follow up on absent members.

6. Additional Adult Leaders: In addition to the Charter Positions above, the troop needs registered adults to help supervise, transport, and provide guidance through the troop committee. Adults also help with the 5 Levels within the troop.

Please prayerfully consider these positions as we look to begin AHG in our area. We can provide more info on TLUSA and AHG as requested, so please - let's chat.

Thank you and God bless -

Saturday, September 6, 2014

AHG MD1208 in the News

We have 62 girls registered or re-registered through AHG Connect as of this morning! We are expecting re-registrations from 10+ remaining families and new registrations from an additional 10+ families. So, it is looking like we will have a larger troop again this year. What a blessing!

Since I know our girls are both patriotic and creative, I draw your attention to a contest that AHG is promoting on behalf of Constituting America. A flyer is attached with rules, prizes, etc or visit They are seeking original work (poetry, music, essays, PSAs and more) based on the US Constitution. Submissions may come from children and adults. I know we have creative+patriotic moms, dads and siblings, too! The deadline is September 17.

As I close today, I ask you to reflect upon your journey in bringing your daughter to AHG. It might have been 5 years ago, it might have been 5 days ago. Maybe it was for friendships, maybe it was from fears of this world, maybe it was for her college applications. You may not recognize it now, but I am confidant that it was a God moment and I thank you for acting on it, consciously or unconsciously.

I am so excited about our coming year and working with all of you to build these women of integrity. I am blessed to be a part of it and walk with you all on this journey. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas as we move forward.

Gretchen Magno, AHG MD 1208  Troop Coordinator
St. Mary of the Mills Parish
114 St. Mary's Place
Laurel, MD 20707


Friday, September 5, 2014

First in Uniform Progam

              First in Uniform
The 'First in Uniform' program helps TLUSA collect front-end revenue for the initial order of the new historic Trail Life USA Troop Uniform and insignia and gives you (and your sons) first opportunity to order. The uniforms will be shipped first-ordered, first-out-the-door.

Details of how the 'First in Uniform Campaign' works are found at the TLUSA store

This plan will honor those of you who want to invest in the advance purchase of your Trail Life USA uniform by letting you be ‘First in Uniform’.