Merit Badge Classes
Troop 7 offers formal Merit Badge classes during the regular weekly meetings. Many Eagle required merit badges are offered every year supplemented with others based upon troop demand. All merit badges must be approved by a merit badge counselor prior to beginning any merit badge requirements.
Monthly Trips & Campouts
Troop 7 camps as often as possible. All campouts offer numerous opportunities for informal training (such as fire building, or scout craft). Many of the campouts are focused on a particular skill (canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, etc.), and typically offer training in that skill.
Upcoming campouts are listed on the troop calendar.
In addition to camping Troop 7 offers exciting trips to places like Charleston, SC to visit the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia for winter skiing or white water rafting. While these may not all be camping opportunities they are a chance for the boys to pick up partial, or all, merit badge requirements of certain merit badges they are working on. They also let the boys experience something they may not otherwise have the opportunity to see.
Troop 7 participates in at least one week-long Summer Camp, either in council or out. These weeks are held at council operated Boy Scout camps, which offer formal classes for specific Merit Badges and rank advancement through First Class Scout.
Youth Leadership Training
The boys run the troop program and Boy Scouts of America recognizes that in order for the boys to become effective leaders they require specific leadership training. The two primary programs for Youth Leadership Training are:
· New Youth Leadership Training (formerly Junior Leader Training or JLT)- This is Basic Leadership training for scouts. This training is offered annually to all Troop 7 scouts of First Class rank or above. In NYLT the scout will gain an understanding of the principals of scouting, the meaning of leadership, and the specific skills needed when leading other scouts.
Scouts should complete this training either before taking a leadership position, or as soon as possible afterward.
· New Leader Orientation - This is required for all boys who accept a leadership position within Troop 7. New leaders must meet with the Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Asst. Senior Patrol Leader after their appointment to a position to review their leadership duties and ensure an understanding of what is expected of them while they hold their leadership position.
· Council Youth Leadership Training Conference - This is advanced leadership training for Scouts. It is a seven-day outdoor experience, conducted by Occoneechee Council using format very similar to the adult Wood Badge course.
FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON TROOP LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE PRINT OFF A COPY OF THE JUNIOR LEADERSHIP RESOURCE GUIDE BELOW.
Troop 7 Training Opportunities
Merit Badge classes
Campouts and trips
Youth Leadership Training
Troop/District/Council level training
Pinehurst, North Carolina