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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Hello Troop 7,
Our schedule is different for November and December, as we are fitting in Leader Specific Training and PLC Planning meetings.
November 14:   Scoutmaster Conferences, Board of Reviews, and tent/equipment return at 7:30 PM.
November 19:  Leaf Raking starting at 8:00 AM, followed by our Fall Court of Honor at 11:00 AM.

November 21: Leader Specific Training  (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
November 28:  Leader Specific Training (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
December 5 : Leader Specific Training (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
Leader Specific Training is for every Scout who holds a leadership position.
December 12: PLC and year planning meeting
December 19: PLC and year planning meeting

Last Meeting This Year

Hello Troop 7,

Our last troop meeting is Monday, June 6th.  We will discuss summer camp packing and logistics.  I encourage parents to attend.
This is also my call for any troop equipment you may have–tents, pots/pans, etc.  Please bring them back this coming up Monday.
Thank you,

Winter Update

Hello Troop 7,

Following is the update on our troop from winter break to current.
Scoutmaster, Troop 7

Troop 7 Winter Update


This winter, we are having a great year with recruiting new members.  We have had 4 new Webelos crossover into Troop 7, and we are expecting 4 additional Webelos in the next month.  We also had one new Scout join us from Troop 131 (which folded this year).

We currently have 28 active Scouts, soon to be 32 Scouts.  We had two Scouts age out as Eagles this winter.

Recruiting will still be important for us, since we will have 4 Scouts aging out this summer and fall.  However, we have good contacts with several local packs, plan to place Scouts as den chiefs, and hope to have continued enrollment from these packs.

Eagle Projects

We have had two Scouts finish their Eagle projects since my Fall report—

  1. Building handicapped-accessible picnic tables for a children’s hospital.
  2. Designing and placing trail markers at Scarlett Mitchell Preserve.


  • We participated in Scout Sunday on February 7, handing out programs to the members of First Presbyterian, showing our presence, and thanking them for their continued support.
  • Our next service project will be on March 26, helping Pittsfield Township with their annual Easter Egg Hunt.


January — we planned on having ski nights to prepare for our February ski trip; however, weather and school finals prevented us from doing so.

February —  we had 13 boys ski Caberfae Peaks and stay at Center Lake Camp.  The trip helped the younger Scouts get to know and bond with the older Scouts.  In addition, this was the first time skiing for three of the Scouts.  The troop arranged lessons for them, and they all went home feeling successful.  The boys’ comments at the subsequent meeting included rave reviews about the camp, skiing, and the experience.

Future Activities

March — Hiking the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

April — Campout, possibly biking the Kal-Haven Trail or challenging another troop to Capture the Flag

May — Whitewater Rafting on the New River, WV

June  — Summer Camp

Ski Night This Friday

Hello Troop 7,

The weather is looking good for a Friday night Mt Brighton trip.  Several of the older Scouts (who don’t have school that day) will be going up early.
If you are interested in joining them Friday night, and need transportation, please let me know.  We will set up a meeting location.

Upcoming Events

Hello Troop 7,

After our campout this weekend, we will be going to the Scio Township Halloween Party at the Zeeb Road Fire Station.  We will helping them do set up, run games, and do cleanup.  Scouts should arrive at 12:30 for setup.
The following campout will be Backpacking up North in Huron National Forest.  We will leave early Saturday, November 7, and come home Sunday, November 8.
Below is the calendar:
Friday, Oct 23 – Sunday, Oct 25     Camp Munhacke Haunted Woods
Sunday, Oct 25 – Scio Township Halloween Party
Monday, Oct 26 7:00-7:30 PM – PLC Meeting
Monday, Oct 26 7:30-8:30 PM – Regular Troop Meeting
Monday, Nov 2 – Regular Troop Meeting
Sat, Nov 7 – Sunday, Nov 8  Backpacking Huron National Forest
Monday, Nov 9 – PLC Meeting
Monday, Nov 16 – Fall Court of Honor
Saturday, Nov 21 – Leaf Raking
Monday, Nov 23 – Regular Troop Meeting

Fall Schedule

Hello Troop 7,

I hope everyone had a good start to school.  I‘m looking forward to seeing everyone in our troop again.

Our first meeting is Monday, September 14, at 7:30 PM in the Social Hall.  Our first trip is scheduled for Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27.  We will be canoeing and camping on the Huron River. 

We have an exciting fall planned for us.  Here is our schedule up to Thanksgiving—

Sept 14: First Troop Meeting
Sept 21: Troop Meeting
Sept 25-27: Canoe Campout
Sept 28: PLC Meeting
Oct 5: Troop Meeting
Oct 12: Troop Meeting
Oct 19: Troop Meeting
Oct 23-25: Haunted Woods at Munhacke
Oct 26: PLC Meeting
Nov 2: Troop Meeting
Nov 6-8: Backpacking
Nov 9: Troop/PLC Meeting?
Nov 16: Troop Meeting
Nov 21: Leaf Raking
Nov 23: Troop Meeting


Summer PLC Meeting

Hello Troop 7.  I hope your summer is going well.

I invite you to join us at our summer PLC meeting. We will be planning events for next year.  It will be on Thursday, July 16, 8:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come.  For details on the location, please check the email which was sent out.
If you cannot make the meeting but have ideas, you can email me, or go to our “contact us” page, and we will share your thoughts with the group.

Spring Court of Honor

Hello Troop 7,

Our Court of Honor is this Sunday, May 31st, starting at 5:00 PM.  The assigned Scouts will begin cooking at 4:00 PM.
We will be meeting at South Lillie Park, at the pavilion near the playground.
Please bring either a side dish or dessert (your choice).  Our Scouts will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.  If you have no idea of what to bring, just bring drinks and disposable cups.
Also please plan to bring your mess kits, especially if you are a Scout.  We will have some paper plates and utensils on hand.
It has been a good year–I hope to see you all this Sunday as we celebrate our Scout’s accomplishments.

Spring Update

Hello Troop 7!

What an exciting and active spring!

Many congratulations and thanks are in order–First, I want to thank Justin for his year of being our SPL.  He did a fantastic job.  Second, I want to congratulate Will for being elected our new SPL.  It was a good race between two fine candidates.  And last, I want to congratulate our three nominees, Adam, Benjamin, and Brian, for getting elected into the Order of the Arrow.  I will also be nominating an adult  from our troop to join them.

Our next trip is Silversides on Friday, April 17th.  It looks like it will be well attended.  We will be sleeping on the Silversides Submarine, followed by jumping at Sky Zone on Saturday.  What an interesting combination–sleeping underwater, then soaring high.  Many Webelos from a local pack will be joining us.  This is a great opportunity to connect with this pack.

May’s trip will be over Memorial Day Weekend, which is our much- anticipated biking and campout.

Looking forward to an exciting spring!

Mr. Chettleburgh

Meeting Tonight

Hello Troop 7,

There seems to be some confusion about tonight’s meeting.
Tonight is a regular troop meeting, where you will be electing your merit badges for summer camp.  We also will be updating the troop about our weekend ski trip.
Next week,  the 23rd, will be the PLC.  The following week, the 30th, will be our Order of the Arrow elections.

Ski Trip: March 13-15

As requested by our PLC on Monday, our ski trip has been rescheduled for Friday, March 13th to Sunday, March 15th.  This gives us a bit more time for planning, and will allow our older leadership to join us.

At our Monday meeting, I will be giving back checks, or applying them to this ski trip if you are going again.  Please plan on bringing your permission slip and payment on Monday, March 2nd.


Ski Trip is Coming Up

Hello Troop 7,

Our ski trip is just around the corner.   We will do planning at our normal troop meeting on Monday, March 2nd.
So here is what I need you to do now–
  • We would like to know who is going by Wednesday, February 25th, so that I can ensure that we have enough adults/drivers.  Please note that this is considered a new trip–new permission forms, new payment (if necessary).  So even if you were signed up for the February trip, we need to know again if you are going. 
  • Bring the permission slip and payment to our March 2nd troop meeting.
  • If you are renting skis/snowboards/helmets, get fit at Sun and Snow this week. If your were fit prior for our February trip, call them at 663-9515 and request that they add your file from before to our new troop folder.

Summer Camp

Here’s something warmer to think about: Boy Scout Resident Camp.  We are booked for Gerber Scout Reservation the week of June 21-27.  We have 20 spots reserved for boys.

Gerber offers quite a few Eagle-required badges, so this may give older scouts a chance to finish up several of those.  Scouts can choose up to 5 merit badges to work on.  They also have the Eagle Quest program where younger scouts can spend the morning completing most of the requirements for tenderfoot, second class, and first class.  We will have merit badge signups at one of the March meetings.

Cost will be $300.  (Scholarships are available, see  the scoutmaster).  We need to pay a $150 deposit per scout by March 2.  Second payment will be due end of April.

We need at least 5 adults to attend resident camp.  Troop 7 pays your cost.  We’ve had two parents split the week if you can’t take a whole week off work.  I know some dads who have been going for several years might like a year off, so if there’s a way you can help out, please let me know.  They have several adult training programs available.  Last year several dads were able to get some bike riding in while at camp and enjoyed COPE for adults.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Ms. Klinich and Scoutmaster