General Program FAQ
How can I help with The Creation Trail?
You can join our team and share about this exciting, new program by joining The Creation Trail Club on Facebook, plus apply to volunteer with us.
How can I give to support The Creation Trail?
Partner with us today and help children learn about the biblical worldview through creation science and hands-on learning. Together, let's change the way we think about creation science education!
Who is behind The Creation Trail?
The Creation Trail is managed by The International Association for Creation and administered locally by participating members of the The International Association for Creation.
Why do you use the King James Version?
After careful deliberation, our team decided to use the King James Version due to the ease of use for projects like this, specifically regarding copyright law in the United States. While we understand that many people use various versions of the Bible that are available in the English language, we thought it best to stick with the King James Version for this particular project so that the greatest number of people would be able to participate with us. Also, with specific book, chapter, verse references in our program materials, you can easily cross-reference with other versions. Whether you use God's Word that is available on hand at home, via the internet on the computer, or with their phone on an app.
What is The Creation Trail?
The Creation Trail is a scouting/ranger program focused on creation apologetics and backed by the world's largest creation science community.
Where will The Creation Trail be available?
The Creation Trail will be available at participating locations, which will be announced soon.
When is The Creation Trail launching?
The Creation Trail will launch within our test market* by the end of 2018, and will continue to expand throughout our footprint in 2019.
*Our test market includes locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.
Why is The Creation Trail needed?
The Creation Trail is needed because every child, everywhere, should be able to experience God's creation first-hand. Thanks to the first-ever scouting/ranger program based on creation apologetics and backed by the world's largest creation science community, millions of children and families will have access to hands-on learning from the biblical worldview.
How do you ensure participant safety?
Creation Trail Rangers: We ensure that Creation Trail Rangers meet our requirements for being covered by their home owners'/renters' insurance personal liability coverage.
Creation Fellowships: We ensure that our Creation Fellowship Churches meet our requirements for being covered by their liability insurance and that they comply with our background check requirements for their staff and volunteers.
Creation Trail Guides: We ensure that our Creation Trail Guides pass a comprehensive background check, as well as pass both a creation science knowledge test and a Christian doctrine knowledge test, as well as they meet our requirements for being covered by their home owners'/renters' insurance personal liability coverage.
Who can become a Creation Trail Guide?
Creation Trail Guides are required to be certified as Biblical Creation Ministry Professionals through Creation Certified and must hold active membership in The International Association for Creation.
What is The Creation Trail's policy on privacy?
Ranger Family FAQ
What does a family participating in The Creation Trail agree to do?
-Each family unit shall be responsible for their own participation within The Creation Trail.
-Each family unit shall agree to and uphold The Creation Trail's national policies and guidelines.
Can we mail our registration along with our payment?
No, all registrations are to be submitted electronically through The Creation Trail website.
Is there a uniform requirement like most other programs?
No, there are no requirements for uniforms; however, soon we will have official badge sashes and t-shirts available for Creation Trail Families.
Can my child's involvement count as credit towards homeschool courses in my state?
While each state has varying laws, it may be possible for your child's involvement in The Creation Trail to count as credit towards homeschool courses or fulfill other course requirements (e.g.: lab practicals, lecture series, or volunteer hours)
Creation Fellowship Church FAQ
How can my church start a Creation Fellowship?
You may register to start a Creation Fellowship on our website.
What does a Creation Fellowship Church agree to do?
Creation Fellowship Churches can elect to hold monthly meetings for Creation Trail Ranger families to fellowship and organize group outings, as well as host Creation Trail events and speakers at their facilities.
How can my church work with other Creation Fellowship churches?
We encourage churches involved in the Creation Fellowship Program to join with other participating Creation Fellowships for conferences and coordinated events. Your church's Creation Trail Guide and your state's Creation Trail Guide Lead can help connect you with other Creation Fellowship churches.
What does The Creation Trail agree to do?
-Respect the mission and vision of each local church who has elected to take part in the Creation Fellowship Program. Make available training, service, and program materials to Creation Fellowship Churches
Can a Creation Fellowship Church represent The Creation Trail at a function or fundraiser?
Yes, we ask that you reach out to Home Office for additional guidelines on your effort.
Where can I learn more about the benefits of starting a Creation Fellowship at my church?
Visit our website at www.CreationFellowship.com to watch an introductory video on the importance of having a Creation Fellowship and be sure to check out the great benefits that your entire church family will receive.
Is legal protection available for Creation Fellowship Churches if someone challenges the legality of The Creation Trail's Statement of Faith?
Absolutely, we work alongside the finest Christian lawyers to ensure that our rights are protected daily and will work with any partner church to vigorously defend against any lawsuit or legal complaint arising from their involvement with The Creation Trail.
The Creation Trail Ministry FAQ
Is The Creation Trail a 501(c)3 non-profit organization?
The Creation Trail is a ministry of International Association for Creation, Inc. International Association for Creation, Inc is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida, Department of State and recognized as a 501(c)3 entity (EIN #: 81-3896085) by the United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.
How is the ministry funded?
The ministry is funded through the Annual Membership Due as well as generous partners who support us financially.
If I make a donation to The Creation Trail, is it deductible as a charitable contribution?
Yes, The Creation Trail's parent company, International Association for Creation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida Department of State and recognized as a 501(c)3 entity (EIN #: 81-3896085) by the United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.
Ranger Membership FAQ
How does the Home Office of The Creation Trail efficiently process so many families registering at one time?
We are ready to serve you close to home and as you travel:
-The registration of an individual or family is managed online, using our paperless on-boarding system.
-With two national headquarters (one in Orlando, Florida and one in Portland, Oregon), along with regional offices (11 throughout the USA), and local teams (35+ locations across our footprint), we are ready to serve you and your family.
-Documents that help families implement The Creation Trail Ranger Program successfully are available at the beginning of your registration so that your family can begin planning immediately for the faith-filled adventure that awaits.
How do I connect with other families in my area who are also part of The Creation Trail?
There are a number of ways you can connect with other families who are on The Creation Trail:
-Go to our Creation Fellowship locator page to find a local church near you whose families are participating in The Creation Trail.
-Check out our active community on Facebook, The Creation Trail Club where you will be able to connect with others in your area.
-If you are a homeschooler, we encourage you to connect with fellow homeschooling families through your local/regional homeschool association, as many homeschoolers support The Creation Trail.
Does Home Office work with various camps to provide locations for groups of families to camp?
Yes, we have Christian camps across our footprint and are always adding new locations, however, if you are unable to find one near you, we suggest looking at http://www.ccca.org.
Is The Creation Trail limited to the United States of America?
Initially, the development of our program will take place throughout the United States of America, with great opportunity to expand across our international footprint with the support of our extensive network.
American citizens stationed on military bases and other outposts throughout the world are able to become members of The Creation Trail Ranger Program with a valid U.S. postal address (APOs, DPOs, and FPOs included) and a proper method of payment from a U.S. financial institution.
Foreign citizens should contact the Home Office regarding the potential of joining The Creation Trail Ranger Program.
What is the basic organizational structure of The Creation Trail?
The Creation Trail is a decentralized program with local, regional, and national support. While family units are the basis of our program, we do encourage families to come together in groups to explore God's creation together; this can be done on a one-on-one basis or through the local church. Home Office exists to support the efforts of families. The national organization comprises of eleven geographic regions of which are led by Regional Association Fellowship Captains and their volunteer teams who assist in supporting the program on a regional basis. Regions are further divided into Local Teams who are located across our footprint and ready to assist families and local churches with implementing The Creation Trail Ranger Program.
Is your program co-ed?
Yes, we welcome both boys and girls to join The Creation Trail, because we believe that every child, everywhere, should have the opportunity to experience God's creation first-hand.
What are the assessed dues for The Creation Trail?
Annual Membership Due: This fee is paid directly to The International Association for Creation (the parent company of The Creation Trail) by each family unit. The annual membership due will be assessed once your initial Ranger Membership is processed, and annually thereafter on the anniversary of your membership. Annual dues are based upon your chosen level of involvement. See The Creation Trail Trading Post for more information.
Are Membership Dues pro-rated?
No, each family pays their dues on an annual basis.
Are Membership Due Payment Plans available?
Yes, we have monthly payment plans available for those who enroll in autopay with a valid credit or debit card.
What is the Annual Membership Due?
-The Annual Membership Due provides for the budgetary needs of the national Creation Trail organization, thereby making it possible for families to enjoy hands-on learning at creation learning centers, exciting events, exclusive discounts, and more.
-The Annual Membership Due allows The Creation Trail to continue to develop a strong and vibrant program for families who desire to honor God and learn creation.
-The Annual Membership Due is assessed on a per family basis based upon the level of involvement your family chooses to participate in.
Will the Home Office supply liability and accident insurance?
No, the Creation Trail Home Office does not provide liability or accident insurance to it's members.
Who can be a Creation Trail Ranger?
While our program is geared to boys and girls ages from 8-18, any family can join The Creation Trail; our program is unique in that both youth and adults can participate together- we believe in the importance of family discipleship. Any family or individual can become a Creation Trail Ranger by signing up on our website.
How can my family become a member of The Creation Trail?
Online registration is coming soon!
What solution is there for families that lack website access or credit cards?
While we expect that most families will be able to complete the online registration process and make electronic payments either by credit/debit card or ACH/electronic bank withdraw, We ask that families who are unable to do so, please consult with your local church for additional resources.
Are there advancements and awards with the Creation Trail?
Yes, The Creation Trail has a system of achievement badges, advancement certificates and service awards.
Do participation hours count towards school credit?
Depending on your state laws, you may be eligible to count your child's participation hours as class time for your state's homeschool requirements.
Can participation hours count towards college credit?
Depending on your college or university, participation hours for certain events may qualify as independent study or lab time. Consult your academic adviser for additional details.