Trip Report – Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary Camping Trip – March 13 2019


After meeting at WCA at 5:30pm Friday, March 1st, campers made their way to Hardigree. We arrived to clear weather, but then faced a nasty rain storm that created several challenges.  The wet conditions required a fast setup of camp and each camper learned the importance of planning for all types of weather and what can happen when camping equipment and clothing gets wet.

 On Saturday morning we woke to fantastic weather and started early with a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, and fruit.  The balance of the day was to work on various skills that built into a team exercise with several challenges.  

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Troop 7s Newest Eagle Scout

Please join me in congratulating Troop 7’s newest Eagle Scout, Jake Atchley!


Dave M

Jeff Chambers

Congrats Jake
The Wells

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Court of Honor August 28, 2018

Court of Honor is a ceremony that is held twice a year by our troop on a regular Scout Tuesday night.  All parents and siblings, grandparents, etc. are invited. 

At Court of Honor, Scouts will be given off-white cards with merit badges/rank advancements printed on them.  They have the scoutmaster’s signature at the bottom.  These cards are extremely important.  They serve as proof (a receipt of sorts) that your son earned the rank/badge.  He may need to provide them later when applying for Eagle Scout.  Please keep them in a safe place.


Court of Honor is very nice, and sometimes funny.  It is a window into Scouts for parents and an opportunity for us to express our pride in our sons’ accomplishments.  The boys work hard, and they feel special when we take the time to acknowledge their efforts.  You are all invited to Court of Honor, and your sons will enjoy having you join them for the celebration.
Please enjoy the following Pictures from our last Court of Honor.
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Uniform Sale!!!


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Troop 7’s Newest Eagle Scout

Please join me in congratulating Stephen Phillips and his family in being Troop 7’s newest Eagle Scout

Jeff Chambers

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Troop 7’s newest Eagle Scout

Troop 7,

Please join me in congratulating Jackson Mulkey on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Jackson M
Congratulations and good job!

Robert P.

So good to see such a big smile!  Great job!!
The Pearsons

Congrats to Jackson!

The Elder family

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Smoky Mountain Camping Trip – May 11-13, 2018

Smoky Mountain Camping Trip

Deep Creek Group Campground

After meeting at WCA at 5:30pm Friday, May 11th, we made an unusually quick packing and get away and were on the road just before 6pm. We arrived in Bryson City before nine after each car had taken a short pit stop on the way. We traveled to the Deep Creek Campground and set up in the dark. Even though it was dark, the Scouts quickly set up their tents and got settled.

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Troop 7’s newest Eagle Scout!!



Join me in congratulating Joseph Higginbotham, Troop 7’s newest Eagle Scout!!

Rob Byrne

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Lockin Trip report Dec 15-16, 2017

The evening started at CiCis pizza with everyone gathering for the Annual December Lockin.
The Pizza was eaten in a leisurely fashion by the adults with a good time of fellowship.  The scouts ate theirs more accurately inhaled so that they could get to the game room. Where Tristan’s sister outplayed everyone in the Claw prize machine.
 Some scouts went through their money in the Arcade Room fairly quickly and approached me about advances against their Scout Accounts. Mrs. Lisa I charged them a hefty interest compounded daily. The troop should be set for funding.

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Mountain Bike Camping Trip November 17-19


                We gathered at WCA at 5:30 on Friday evening making a quick load up of bikes and gear.  We made our way to Ft. Yargo State Park for camping, mountain biking and a good time.  We got some practice setting up tents in the dark, starting campfires and braving the chilly night time weather.  Saturday morning was overcast and cool, but after some great breakfast meals of grits, eggs, and sausage we were ready for the day.  The scrambled eggs were legitimately the best eggs I think we have ever had on a trip.  Two groups set out from camp for mountain bike riding of either a short or long course.  Both groups had a good time and either covered 12 miles or 7 miles around the lake of Ft Yargo.  While one group was biking, the base camp crew was learning some basics of Scout camping such as orienteering, fire building and just having a good time camping.  The Ft. Yargo pioneering campground was big, allowing us to spread out and enjoy the shelters, fire pits and open camping area.  The weather cooperated all day Saturday and warmed up by lunch.  After lunch, some Scouts were adventurous enough to go back out for another round of biking.  The trails offered both some technical riding and some scenic riding and were given good reviews by the Scouts and adults, alike.

                As the sun went down, the Scouts prepared another good meal for dinner.  One group had burritos while the other group opted for hamburger helper.  Both meals got positive reviews from their patrols.  After dinner, we gathered around the campfire and talked about the day and our roses, thorns, and buds.  A tired group of scouts made it back to their tents fairly early.  Overnight, the rain and wind made some noise but then it cleared up and cooled down.  Sunday morning was chilly and the campfire was a priority to help warm up.  It gave us a chance to talk about dressing for the weather and being prepared for different weather possibilities.   Breakfast was good, but cereal and milk didn’t help with the temperatures.  The Scouts were good sports though and completed some more advancement requirements including swinging an axe and hatchet.  At the end, Adam T was recognized for advancing to the rank of Life!

                Big thanks to the adults who helped with transportation, biking, and working with the Scouts.  Thanks to Dave M for transporting the trailer.

                Overall, it was a good trip with lots of advancement, activity, friendship, and fun!

Scout Attendees

Mathew M, Drew C, Tucker M, Ian S, Samuel R, Harrison R, Michael R, Ben S, Pierce S, Henry S, Stephen P, Adam T, and Thomas M


Robert P, Brett A, Mike R, Jason R, Tom W, Adam T


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