ABOUT US - Delivering the Promise
 


The first acquisition a new Scout is likely to make is his personal copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. The handbook is a book of dreams, dreams of "Adventure . . . hiking along trails . . . backpacking in the wilderness...canoeing across a misty lake or down a rushing river . . . a patrol bike-hike . . . a plunge into a cool mountain lake." It also talks of being prepared to help others, and of the values Scouting stands for. It tells a new Scout that he will have a voice in how his troop operates and may even have the opportunity to lead.


How do we fulfill the promise for these Scouts? The Scout Oath and Law are central to our operation. Our program-primarily developed by the Scouts - is one in which boys can truly be leaders and be involved in shaping their future and the future of others around them.   Our program is designed to be exciting and challenging, one that every Scout wants to tell his friends about. The program includes camping, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, cycling, snorkeling, caveing... just about any Scouting activity the Scouts want to do. 



Our approach to Scouting is based upon the principal that Scouting is a program for boys run by boys.  Our goal is to impart morals and values to our youth. We consider mastery of life skills and exploration of individual potential on the part of the Scouts to be the keys to our Scouting success.  But at the same time we never forget that Scouting is a game - Scouting is  fun.  That Scouting is a Game with a Purpose was first mentioned in the Boy Scouts of America's third edition of Handbook for Scoutmasters in 1936, written by William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt: 

Here, then, is Scouting in a nutshell:  A game for boys under the leadership of boys with the wise guidance and counsel of a grown-up who has still the enthusiasm of youth in him.   A purposeful game, but a game just the same, a game that develops  character by practice, that trains for citizenship through experience in the out-of-doors

We stress Scouting Ideals; we have a robust outdoor program; we encourage advancement; we facilitate personal growth; we cultivate leadership development, and we always try to have fun.

We try our best to deliver on the promise!


 Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty 
to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; 
to help other people at all times; 
to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Boy Scout Oath has traditionally been considered to have three promises. Those three promises are delineated by the semicolons in the Oath, which divide it into three clauses. 

DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY: Your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty to God.

Men and women of the past worked to make America great, and many gave their lives for their country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country's good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country. Obeying the Scout Law means living by its 12 points.

DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.

DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.



Scout Law
A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
A Scout is Kind.
A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout is Brave.
A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
A Scout is Clean.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is Reverent.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others. 

Mission Statement


We share the mission of the Boy Scouts of America:

to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.




Vision Statement

We have adopted the vision statement of the Boy Scouts of America:

we will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.




Troop 7 Program Leadership Biographies


Scott Riegel, Scoutmaster

 -- Joined Cub Scouts with my son August, 1998. Served as Den leader, Cubmaster, and Committee Chair. Crossed into Boy Scouts Nov, 2001 served as an Assistant Scoutmaster and became Scoutmaster July 2002 till present. The future of this country depends on our youth. It is our job to teach morals and values to our youth, they are the future that will be leading our country. Learning life skills and exploring their potential while having fun is key to a Scouting program. Scouting Awards: include Den Leader Knot, Cub Scouters Knot, District Award of Merit, District Cub Scout Sprit Award, District Cub Scout Hot Spark Award, District Boy Scout Sprit Award, District Scoutmaster Award, and Summer Camp Scoutmaster Merit Badge.








Doyle Pitman, Assistant Scoutmaster 

 
As a youth in Tucson Arizona I was a Cub Scout and advanced through Arrow of Light before crossing over to Boys Scouts, where I reached Life Scout rank.  As a scout we backpacked and canoed the Grand Canyon, earning the 50 miles Afoot and Afloat award. I started and served as President for an Explorer Post that worked hand and hand with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. I have been a leader in Troop 7 since May, 2006. I’m a U.S. Army Combat Veteran and am self employed. I believe in the acronym TEAM (Together Each Achieves More) applies to adults and boys. To me, high adventure and outdoor skills are what are important to be done by the scouts.





Sam Harley, Assistant Scoutmaster 

I served Troop 802 of Aberdeen, Maryland as Scoutmaster for seven years and as Life-to-Eagle Mentor for two years while assisting and counseling fourteen Scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout. I served on the Harford (Maryland) District Advancement Committee and as Assistant District Commissioner. Since Moving to Georgia in 2006 I have served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 7,  on the Pickett's Mill Advancement Committee, and  as a Unit Commissioner. I have completed all Basic Leader training requirements, and am Wood Badge and Powderhorn trained. My passion in Scouting focuses on promoting boy leadership and advancement and on vigorous outdoor activities such as backpacking, canoeing, cycling, and wilderness camping.



Marl Thackston, Assistant Scoutmaster 

 
 
I joined Cub Scouts as a boy and continued on into the Boy Scouts.  I achieved the rank of Life Scout, have attended Philmont Scout Ranch, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.  I discovered my love of aviation through Scouting.  I am a Combat Veteran with over 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, retired as a Master Sergeant.  I am a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and currently work for Delta Air Lines as an Aircraft Maintenance Training Instructor. I served as a Cub Scout Den Leader in Millington, Tennessee in the 80’s.  I returned to Scouting with my son when he joined Pack 750 and have served as a Den Leader, Asst Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Asst Cub Master, and Cub Master.  Currently I am serving as Asst Scoutmaster with Troop 7 and Unit Commissioner for Troop 306 and Pack 306.  Scouting Awards include Arrow of Light, Tiger Den Leader Knot, Den Leader Knot, Cub Scout Hot Spark Award, District Bear Den Leader Award, and Summer Camp Scoutmaster Merit Badge.

Brian Dean, Assistant Scoutmaster
 
In 2011 I became a leader at Troop 7 when my son crossed over to Boy Scouts.  My hope is that my time spent leading Boy Scouts will help them reach there full potential as men.  I thoroughly enjoy being a leader in Troup 7’s high adventure outings because they are fun.  Sometimes I think I have more fun than the young men I lead.   I have been employed as an Engineer for Norfolk Southern for over 20 years.  Before this I served in the United States Air Force as a Missile Technician.

 




Mike Scott, Assistant Scoutmaster
 
As a youth I got involved with Scouting late. I was about 13 when I started this journey. As a Scout I attained the rank of Life and was elected into the Order Of the Arrow. While I was not involved with a very active high adventure troop we did extensive camping and hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I still use what I learned in Scouts to this very day. I became reacquainted with Scouts when my son joined Pack 735 and have helped him grow as a young man and Scout.  I am a Navy veteran where I learned to be an aviation maintenance technician and have been employed with Delta Air Lines for over 20 years. I think Scouting is essential for young men in order to learn leadership and life skills to move forward through their daily lives. I enjoy working with and watching the boys grow in Scouting along with their lives.




Steve Hultberg, Committee Chair
 
I started in Scouting as a Cub Scout and went all the way through to Boy Scouts, earning my arrow of Light along the way. Growing up, my father had a job which required us to move frequently. I belonged to four different scout troops. I was lucky and each troop was very active in the outdoors. While a Scout I went to Philmont Scout Ranch, backpacked in Alaska, and canoed the Buffalo River in Arkansas, just to name of few of the high adventures that we went on. I was elected to the Order of the Arrow and earned my Eagle Scout Award. My son joined Pack 750 and I again became active in Scouting. I was an assistant Den Leader and when he crossed over to Troop 7, I became an Assistant Scoutmaster. I have been a Police Officer for over 25 years. I believe that by helping our youth develop leadership skills, confidence in themselves and their abilities, you are helping to groom our future leaders. The principles and teachings of the Boy Scouts and their leaders have helped to develop numerous leaders in the past 100 years, and I hope to help continue that tradition.