Troop 107 has been helping 11-18 year old young men mature and acquire new skills for over 90 years. Founded in 1923, Troop 107 has seen more than 80 eagle scouts journey through the ranks. We have also taken part in hundreds of service projects to make Grafton and surrounding communities a better place. We meet Tuesdays at 7pm at the Congregational Church of Grafton. We plan at least one overnight per month, and take part in many hikes and other activities throughout the year. Check out our calendar to see what upcoming events we have planned, and our photo gallery to see pictures of some of our past events. To learn more about some of our recent events, take a look at our Scribe’s Journal, a compilation of posts all written by our scouts about our trips.
Our Scoutmaster is Ed King, a lifelong scouter who has done many things in his scouting career. He is a master at all things scouting, and his hands off, “let them make mistakes,” leadership style has made our troop truly boy led. He enjoys camping and long hikes, such as our trip to Philmont (see below) as well as canoeing and fishing. He is a real outdoorsman and a fantastic scoutmaster.
We strive to keep our troop boy led. 99% of our events are planned by the scouts, and each meeting, the program is led by scouts. This allows the boys to learn new skills and acquire new leadership techniques by doing it themselves.
Our Favorite Trips
One of our favorite trips over the past few years was a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in August of 2016. A crew of 8 scouts and 3 adults traveled to the backcountry for a 12 day, 85 mile backpacking trip, where we took part in several scouting activities like shooting sports, tomahawk throwing and… Burro racing? We helped construct part of a trail for future adventurers to enjoy too. Philmont was a fantastic adventure, with more wilderness in two weeks than many of us had ever seen in our lives.
Another trip that our scouts have enjoyed was Sea Base, where they lived on a boat for a week in the Florida Keys. They fished, swam, went scuba diving and enjoyed life on the water.
Our annual trip to Treasure Valley Scout Reservation for summer camp is one we look forward to every year. It’s a week in the outdoors filled with earning merit badges, sitting around a campfire, and creating new stories. Over that week, we take part in a stellar camp program which includes many camp-wide competitions that require both leadership ability and physical fitness.
With all this fun, our organization is also fundamental in making Grafton a better place. We volunteer at the Lions Club Haunted Hayride as well as march in the Memorial day Parade every year. The list continues with helping doing the heavy lifting for both the Annual Antique Show and Harvest Fair on the Grafton Common.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The BSA was founded in 1910. Since then, more than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs. There are three divisions in scouting: Cub Scouts, For boys ages 7 to 10½ years, Boy Scouts for boys ages 10½ to 18, and Venture scouts for young men and women ages 14 through 21.
The BSA was founded by a Chicago publisher named W. D. Boyce who visited London in 1909. Boyce was lost on a foggy street when a British Scout came to his aid, guiding him to his destination. The boy then refused Boyce’s tip, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his daily good turn. Upon his return to the United States, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America.
What do we Earn?
There are many things a scout can earn along their journey. The first of which are ranks. There are 7 ranks that a scout can earn: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle.
Scouts can earn merit badges by filling out a workbook about a topic. There are more than 100 merit badges that you can earn. Click Here to see the whole list.
High Adventure Bases
High Adventure Bases are places where you can travel to expand on your experience in the outdoors, and often times, they can be once in a lifetime trips that you will remember forever. The BSA has three main high-adventure bases: Northern Tier in Minnesota, Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and Sea Base in Florida.