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Have you ever wanted to take part in the world’s largest Scouting event? Make new friends in faraway places? Find out what other Scouts are doing in their packs, troops and crews? Discover the magic of communication without wires or a monthly bill? Then you’ll want to take part in Jamboree On The Air, the annual worldwide gathering of Scouts via amateur, or “ham” radio. Scouts of any age can participate – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers…Girl Scouts too! There will be a JOTA amateur radio station at the Super Day of Training event at First Presbyterian Church, 26165 Farmington Road at 11 Mile, from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 15. You’ll find out about amateur radio and have an opportunity to talk on the air with Scouts in far-flung places, and learn how easy it is to get started earning your own amateur radio license. No need to register – just stop by, and there’s no cost. For more information, contact Frank Maynard at

First troop meeting is September 6th at Meadows 5th grade house

It has been a great summer!

Summer camp, high adventures, 2 MIS races and troop meetings have made it fun for all of us!

First troop meeting is September 6th at Meadows 5th grade house. We’ll be back to meeting every week that school is in session.

Hope to see you there!

TENT camping at Camp Kiwanis

March 18-20, we will be camping TENT camping at Camp Kiwanis.

The camp features a great orienteering course and bouldering wall along with a sledding hill we will all be happy to not take advantage of.

As the past week has demonstrated, March is a mixed bag weather-wise so remember: BE PREPARED.  This means dressing in layers.  A waterproof shell or rain jacket/poncho is a must.

Please bring permission slip to Tuesday’s meeting.  If you cannot attend Tuesday and want to camp, please let Mr. Johns know by email before then.

New Cooking Merit Badge requirements

The Cooking merit badge becomes required for Eagle starting January 1, 2014. The requirements are being revised effective January 1, 2015 but are available now, and the revised merit badge pamphlet is due out in early 2014.

  • Scouts can complete the badge using the current requirements as long as they start prior to January 1, 2015, or they may use the new requirements. They must use all of the old, or all of the new, requirements. There’s no mixing-and-matching allowed.
  • Starting January 1, 2015, Scouts beginning the Cooking merit badge must use the new requirements.
  • Any Scout submitting an Eagle application after January 1, 2014 is required to have earned Cooking.
  • Scouts who have already earned Cooking do not need to earn it again to meet the Eagle requirement.

Here is an article from Scouting Magazine listing the new requirements.



Merit badge name change

moviemakingThe latest change to the merit badge system took place this week with a name change. The Cinematography merit badge will henceforth be known as Moviemaking.

The change was made to recognize the fact that cinematography is just one part, albeit an important one, in the process of making a movie. The badge covers the full range of cinematic expression, not just the camera and film part.

The requirements remain largely unchanged but have been updated slightly in light of the name change.

You can read more about the change here. Scouts wishing to earn the Moviemaking merit badge should follow the usual procedure – visit with the Scoutmaster to obtain a blue card and a referral to a counselor.

Philmont Trek Report

Philmont_Scout_Ranch_arrowheadTwo crews of Troop 407 Scouts and their adult advisors went on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico this summer. The two treks, 625E1 and 625E2, selected different itineraries (#23 and #19, respectively) to experience hiking and to participate in diverse activities. During their 12-day treks, the venture crews hiked 74 and 72 miles.

The groups of Scouts and their adult advisors carried on their backs everything they needed to survive during the trek while hiking from camp to camp. (more…)

Merit badge updates: Cycling, Sustainability, Programming, Game Design

Many new merit badges and updates to existing ones have been rolled out this summer. Here’s a synopsis:

  • The Cycling merit badge adds a mountain bike option. Here’s a story on the changes from Scouting Magazine.
  • The Sustainability merit badge became available at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Read the requirements and get ready to earn this new merit badge, which will become Eagle-required starting next year.
  • The Programming merit badge, a tech-focused merit badge for the 21st century, also was released at Jamboree. Here are the requirements.
  • Both traditional and video games are covered by the new Game Design merit badge released earlier this year. Here’s more information on this sure-to-be-popular badge.

Scouts wishing to explore these merit badges should follow the usual procedure by first talking with Mr. Heslop to obtain a blue card and a referral to a counselor. (more…)

© 2016 Troop 407, Novi, Michigan - Boy Scouts of America
© 2016 Troop 407, Novi, Michigan - Boy Scouts of America