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Trail Life Scouting

Trail Life U.S.A.(TLUSA) Is a character, leadership, and adventure organization for boys and young men. An unapologetically Christian organization, its leaders sign and adhere to a Trinitarian Christian Statement of Faith and Values as part of their membership application. Youth members are not required to accept Christian standards of behavior. Spiritual emphases are woven throughout every level of the program while we aspire to include robust adventure activites. Our concept is that boys will be drawn to adventure aspects of the program while adults will appreciate the Christian influence and traditional biblical and family values. The K-12 programs of TLUSA encourage outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader of his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.

Area Troops

  • Swansea: Troop 0078 (has an American Heritage Girls troop attached)

    Community Bible Church

    4940 Benchmark Centre Dr
    590 Hartman Lane
    Swansea, IL 62226
    Website | Facebook

  • Fairview Heights: Troop 1320 (has an American Heritage Girls troop attached)

       Edgemont Bible Church

       5100 N. Illinois St.

       Fairview Heights, IL 62208

American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members. It serves as a catalyst for building young women of integrity and faith. It also broadens girls social development through extra-curricular activities. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century.

Area Troops

  • Swansea: Troop 0078 (has a Trail Life USA Troop attached)

  • Fairview Heights: Troop 1320 (has a Trail Life USA Troop attached)

  • Maryville: Troop 2911

  • Belleville: Troop 1370

  • Edwardsville: Troop 1901


To contact any troop, please go to

Bright Lights

BRIGHT Lights is a discipleship group for Christian girls.  Our mission is to encourage a generation of Christian girls to love Jesus more than anything, and who are willing to lay down their lives for Him.   Bright Lights site.

Area Groups

FIRST Robotics

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

There are various levels of Robotics.  The First Lego League (FLL) is for kids in grades 4-8.  First Tech Challenge (FTC) is for kids in grades 7-12.  FIRST Robotics

Area Teams with SCCCHE members


TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students. Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.  We believe that God gives every young person a great spiritual capacity as well as a scriptural mandate to cultivate and use their talents – even before they are old enough to vote! TeenPact trains these young people to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools, teaching and opportunities to do so.

For students ages 13-19, there is a nationally acclaimed 4 Day State Class followed by an optional  Political Communication Workshop. The entire week is hands on, dynamic and focused on stretching students out of their comfort zones. The students who complete the Four Day Class are then eligible to attend National Alumni Events.

For students ages 8-12, there is a fantastic One Day Class where parents and students experience a fast-paced introduction to state politics and the principles of citizenship.

For more info, contact Christie Black or visit the Teenpact website.

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