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777 Northville Offers the Scouting Experience for Both Girls and Boys Ages 11 to 20


 How does 777 accomplish "Learn, Lead, Serve"

Troop 777 follows the Patrol Method of youth leadership.  A significantly different approach than Cub Scouts where adults mentor youth as they learn essential servant leaders skills for themselves by planning, running, and improving their Scouting program.  Each new Scout will be trained on the basic skills during their 1st year. 

Think of this sports metaphor to explain the program approach: 

    • Head Coach = Scoutmaster
    • Team Captains = Elected and trained Youth Leaders
    • Team Members = Scouts in Patrols
    • Field of Play = meetings (practice) and campouts (the game) 

While scouts are on the field of play... 

    • Coaches and spectators stay on the sidelines. 
    • Scoutmasters communicate with the youth leadership who manage their Patrols.
    • Adults may stop unsafe or inappropriate activity immediately, otherwise they work through the Scoutmaster who communicates with the youth. 

 

3 Different Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Programs:


777 Northville offers Scouting programs for both boys and girls ages 11 - 20.  We offer two types of programs: "Scouts BSA" for the traditional Scouting advancement and youth development program and "Venturing" for older co-ed youth looking to continue the adventure in a less formal program structure.  

Two Scouts BSA Troops (Girls and Boys ages 11-17)

    • Troops organized by gender
    • Patrols of eight based on age/grade, optimized for youth leadership opportunities
    • Focus on youth leadership in all aspects of the program
    • Emphasis on enabling youth to advance at their own pace
    • Accommodate being active in extracurricular activities 
    • Weekly planning and advancement meetings on Tuesday from 7:30 - 9:00pm
    • Monthly camp-outs and regular service activities
    • One-week summer camp
    • Annual high adventure trips and participation in Scouting Jamborees 
    • Full inventory of equipment
    • 1st year Scout program that includes tailored summer camp program
Scouts BSA Troop 777 for Girls 
  • The first female unit in the area to serve Novi, Northville and area schools
  • Growing 24 - 30 members from Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Livonia, and Plymouth
  • Many new to Scouts BSA (no prior Cub Scout experience needed)
  • Has all the same activities as the boy troop
  • Trained and recognized female adult volunteer leaders present at all activities
Scouts BSA Troop 777 for Boys 
  • Premier unit since 1999
  • 40-60 members, an ideal troop size
  • Youth from Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Farmington, Livonia, and Plymouth
  • Many are active in other extracurricular activities
 
Venturing Crew 777 (Co-ed Youth ages 14-20)
    • Popular with older youth that have completed the traditional Scouting program and advancement
    • Focus on continuing youth-led adventures and activities
    • Meets 1/month during school year on Tuesday from 8:00 - 9:00pm
    • Youth design a program of activities based on their interests
    • Attend high adventures and Jamborees
    • Training in leadership, first aid, communication, program management, mountaineering and more
    • Can be dual register in both Crew and Troop after earning Life rank and completing troop leadership requirements

 

Adult Leadership 


 

The 777 program is fortunate to have a roster of many highly trained, experienced, and awarded volunteer adults; the current Key-3 Leaders are:
 
Scoutmaster - Boys Troop: Ryan Bright
    • Experienced Scouting leader
    • Experienced high adventure leader
    • Selected as a Michigan Contingent Scoutmaster to the National Jamboree

Scoutmaster - Girl Troop: Joe Walker 

    • Eagle Scout
    • Experienced Scouting leader
    • Experienced high adventure leader
    • Scoutmaster at several National and World Jamborees 
    • Council-recognized Silver Beaver distinguished service award 

Committee Chair: Biren Shah

    • Parent of an Eagle Scout
    • Experienced Scouting leader

Organizational Representative: Mark Bentley

    • Former Asst Scoutmaster
    • District and Council Committees
    • Council-recognized Silver Beaver distinguished service award 

Executive Officer: Brian Turnbull

    • President of FUMC Men's Club
    • Mayor of Northville
 
 

Address and meeting location:

Troop 777
First United Methodist Church
777 Eight Mile Road
Northville, MI 48167

 
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