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Philmont GoFundMe


Troop 7 is planning a backpacking high adventure trip to Philmont, New Mexico.  We are asking for help with our transportation costs, which will be about $7,500 for airfare to Denver, then ground transportation to Cimarron, New Mexico.  Individual costs are expected to range from $1,700 to $1,900 including transportation.  We will need to book transportation in mid to late January of 2020.

This will be an amazing and wonderful experience for the scouts and adults attending, as anyone who has attended Philmont can attest to.  Please help with these costs and to assist Troop 7 in training the next generation of leaders.

Here is the link:

Fall Color Hike

Hello Troop 7,

This month’s campout is the Family Fall Color Hike. We will be meeting at Camp Munhacke at 10:00 am on Saturday (Oct. 12), followed by a hike along the Potawatomi Trail. We will be spending the night at the Hilltop Cabin/Campground. You may choose to spend the night indoors or outdoors, although it is strongly encouraged for all scouts to sleep in a tent.

For those that cannot arrive at 10:00, you may come at another time on Saturday… just make sure to meet us at our campsite. Dinner and breakfast will be provided by the troop.

The pickup time is 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Sunday. Make sure your parents can pick you up around this time (or make alternate carpool arrangements with another adult).

If you are planning to go, but you did not attend the last troop meeting, please email your patrol leader.


Upcoming Events

Hello Troop 7,

Here are some upcoming events for this year. Make sure to mark them on your calendar!


  • Oct. 14: Board Game Night (Bring games you want to play!)
  • Oct. 21: Knot Tying Presentation
  • Oct. 28: Backpacking Trip Planning


  • Oct. 12-13: Fall Color Hike Campout
  • Nov. 9-10: Cold-Weather Backpacking Trip
  • Dec. 14: Escape Room (Day Event)
  • Jan. 18-19: Troop Lock-In
  • Feb. 15 – Ice Climbing (Day Event)

Service Projects

  • Oct. 27: Scio Township Halloween Party
  • Nov. 23: Leaf Raking

Other Events

  • Oct. 8: Webelos Roundup
  • Oct. 17: Committee Meeting
  • Nov. 2: Philmont Training (Classroom)
  • Nov. 21: Committee Meeting
  • Dec. 19: Committee Meeting
  • Jan. 16: Committee Meeting

First Troop Meeting

Hello Troop 7,

This coming up Monday (September 9th) is our first meeting of the new school year! Like usual, we will be meeting at First Presbyterian Church from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

At the meeting, we will be holding a small Court of Honor to recognize the ranks and merit badges earned over the summer. Following this, there will be an informational meeting about the upcoming year.

Hope to see you there!

Hocking Hills Campout

On the last weekend of April, we are having a campout at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. Here are some of the details:

We will be leaving on Friday, April 26 at around 5:30 pm. We will be arriving back at Ann Arbor on Sunday, April 28.

We will be camping at a group campground near Old Man’s Cave. On Saturday morning, we will be hiking to Cedar Falls and Ash Cave. Later on Saturday, we will be doing a zipline canopy tour.

Scout Sunday

Hello Troop 7,

This weekend is Scout Sunday. Once a year, we show our appreciation to First Presbyterian and make connections to the congregation by ushering and attending their services. There will be both a 9:30 service and an 11:00 service. Let us know if you are able to come!

September Campout

Hello Troop 7,

This weekend will be our first campout of the new school year! We will be biking (9 Miles) or hiking (1 Mile) to our campground from the JC Penny Parking Lot in Brighton (Green Oak Village Place).

During the day, we will work on working on scout skills, including cooking and working with our new equipment. We will then spend the night, and return on Sunday.

If you are attending, please bring the payment and permission slip to the campout with you. For more information, please reference either the permission slip or the email sent out on Tuesday.

First Meeting

Hello Troop 7,

This Monday (September 10th) will be our first meeting of the school year. We will be holding a Court of Honor so that we can award merit badges and ranks earned at Summer Camp.

The meeting starts at 7:30 like normal, and will be at First Presbyterian Church.

Please see the email that was sent out for food assignments.

Rock Climbing

Hello Troop 7,

On June 9th, we will be going to Planet Rock for rock climbing. You must be at least 14 years old (so that you can belay other scouts). If you have never climbed at Planet Rock, you will also need to complete a short class on how to belay others.

It will last from 1:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon.

April Canoe Trip

Hello Troop 7,

This weekend, we will being having a canoeing campout. We will be canoeing down the Huron River and spending a night at Hudson Mills. The permission slip was sent out by email.

Make sure to attend tonight’s meeting if you are planning to come.

Upcoming Events

Hello Troop 7,

Here are some important upcoming events:

  • Sunday, February 4: Scout Sunday
  • February 15 – February 19:  Pictured Rocks Campout
  • Monday, February 26: Winter Court of Honor
  • Monday, March 12: OA Elections
  • Monday, March 19: SPL and Leader Elections
  • Memorial Day Weekend: Manitou Island Backpacking Trip
  • June 23 – June 30: Summer Camp

December Event

Hello Troop 7,

On December 2nd, we are having our monthly event.  We will be bell ringing for Salvation Army at 1:00 pm at Nickels Arcade.  Following this, we will be playing Whirley Ball.

Check your email for the permission slip and more details.

Leaf Raking Service Project

Hello Troop 7,

On Saturday, November 18th, we will be raking leaves at First Presbyterian for a service project.  It will last from 8:00 to 12:00.

If you are available, please come!  This is our way of showing thanks to the church for letting us use their space for our meetings.

Backpacking Campout

Hello Troop 7,

This weekend, we are going up to Hoist Lakes for a backpacking trip.  We will be hiking in about two miles with all of our gear, and then camping for the night.

At the last meeting, we handed out tents, stoves, and cooking equipment to the patrols.  When you are packing your own gear, keep in mind the following:

  • There is going to be a high of 34 degrees and a low of 28, with one inch of snow expected on Saturday.
  • Make sure to pack all the food you are carrying in a Ziploc bag.

Also, here is a packing list of some of the gear you will need:

  • Backpack
  • Warm Sleeping Bag and Ground Mat
  • Tent, Stove, and Cookware (Arranged at previous meeting)
  • Warm Clothes, Including a Hat, Gloves, and Rain Gear
  • Flashlight