Let's Hit the Trail.
Trail Life USA was founded in 2013 to develop Godly Christian character in sons and fathers through learning practical skills and experiencing outdoor adventure together.
Our troop, CA-2324 was chartered in 2014 to bring this vision to Simi Valley and the surrounding communities. In our first year, we went on two overnight campouts and several half day outings. In our twice-monthly meetings we learned about camping, fire safety, handling knives, tying knots, identifying plants and rocks, baking in Dutch ovens, bicycle safety and maintenance safety with archery equipment and firearms (and more.) Over the course of these meetings and events, we developed friendships and grew in character. Join us for ADVENTURE, CHARACTER and LEADERSHIP development. Walk Worthy!
Register for the 2020-21 Season!
Registration for our new 2020-21 season is now open. We've updated our new season Troop fee to make our program even more open to boys of all backgrounds—and we'll be making announcements about what will change with our new troop fee of just $35. Click the link below to register (Note: Registration is on the NewHeart website)
Trail Life Simi Valley News
Trail Life Families, This email covers two major subjects: Our scheduled backpacking trip for this week— Cancelled. Our regular troop meeting for this week — Still on! Little Jimmy Backpacking Trip has been cancelled...for now. As announced at our last meeting, we...
Greetings TLSV, Here is our first change to the upcoming Air Show HTT scheduled for this Saturday October 10. Due to a recent route map published by Edwards AFB we are changing our meet location to the George Lane Park, 5520 W Ave L8, Quartz Hill, 93536. Our meet...
Trail Life Families, We're looking forward to seeing all of our Trailmen tonight as we have a very special (and favorite) meeting for our Woodlands Trail boys— Gun Safety Training. Several of our well trained dads will tonight be instructing our Woodlands boys on some...
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Trail Life Simi Valley Meeting Location
We meet at NewHeart Church (4200 Township Avenue, Simi Valley CA 93063) on the First and Third Tuesday's of each month.
Our regular meetings are from Late August through May, with additional "Hit the Trail" events offered through the summer as a gathering point for the boys and dads to get together. We meet from 6:15pm (sharp) to 8:15pm.
(You can also join our Parents and Family Only Private Group)
Little Jimmy Backpacking trip is our first, and most accessible backpacking trip of the season— and anyone can do this one with us. For many of our Trailmen (and dads) this is their first experience with backpack camping, and is a great introduction. This camping trip is absolutely free— but we need to know who is planning on attending. We will be hiking together to avoid anyone getting lost— so please let us know what days you're planning on coming.
Like previous years we will have two different "WAVES" of arrivals, to accomodate those of different schedules. First wave will go Thursday - Saturday...which historically is MUCH less crowded and gives the boys more of a wilderness experience with less people around. (With many of our Trailmen attending school virtually or at home this season, this might be the perfect opportunity to get on the trail when few other are) The Second wave will head up Friday - Sunday.
We will caravan from NewHeart to the Islip Saddle parking lot at the trailhead. The hike is 2.1 miles in, and our campground is furnished with Bear boxes, tables and fire-pits. (there is also a pit toilet— but TP is often not provided, so please bring some. Please refer to our Backpacking Checklist to ensure you have all you need.
WANT TO COME WITH THE SEOND WAVE, OR HAVE A LATE ARRIVAL? We have a second party coming up on Friday—please RSVP for that time and we can coordinate a hike party so you're not hiking alone. It is a very easy trail to follow and campground to find. Please let me know if this is you so we can look out for you.To print a paper map of this hike visit AllTrails - https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/islip-saddle-to-little-jimmy-campground-and-mt-islip (note— this map includes an additional summit of Mt. Islip which is our Friday / Saturday day hike)
1) Mt. Islip Hike- a short hike up from Little Jimmy — and is detailed in the all-trails listing above. This will be a fairly low effort hike.2) Mt. Baden/ Powell - this epic 12 mile round trip hike with extreme elevation takes us to an amazing peak named after the founder of the modern Scouts. It’s an epic hike, but might be too much elevation gain for some. We did some of this last year, and I'd love to make a go of it this season! (more details here https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/mt-baden-powell-from-islip-saddle)
More than likely we will do the first two hikes— and I’d recommend you bring a small day-pack with you if possible to carry food and water for those small adventures.
RSVP for this trip now
Join us for our regular troop meeting at NewHeart Church. We gather on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month for lessons on various topics (See the menu above Calendar / Troop Schedule PDF for a summary). Woodlands Trail Boys will be earning Steps on the various branches of learning, and our Navigators/Adventurers will be working on earning their Badges. For more details contact our Troopmaster or your Trail guide.
Chumash Trail Hike: About 5 miles, 1000 foot gain, about 3 hours. Trailmen will be required to bring their compasses and use maps that will be provided to lead the way up the mountain and add real life landmarks (sandstone outcroppings, sandstone cave, valley view bench, the lone manzanita) to their maps. Bring sturdy footwear, water, and a snack. The trailhead is at the north end of Flanagan Drive, off Yosemite.
Part of our charge as an organization--- but more than that— as FATHERS and UNCLES— as Men who seek to set examples for you in what it means to become men of intergrity and character— part of that charge is giving you opportunities to GROW INTO THE MEN that God has created you to become.
WORLD-CHANGING men that will go and one day raise your own families, and change the world with your LEADERSHIP, with your sense of ADVENTURE and with your CHARACTER of Christ-likeness.
That doesn’t happen by accident.
This is why we have developed a program for our New and existing Navigators and Adventurers— something to help them develop into leaders. We’ve established this leadership laboratory as an opportunity for our Trailmen to grow and learn some essential leadership tools that will not only allow them to lead here— but lead in their lives.
Our leadership academy is a hands-on, intentional, Leadership Development seminar put on by our troop Registered adults, for all Navigators and Adventurers serving in a leadership role within the troop.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
NewHeart is a Foursquare Church located in Simi Valley, CA. NewHeart is led by Pastors Brian & Rebecca Fox.
4200 Township Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93063
info (At) newheart.us