Troop 7 since 1922 George Merrick Troop 7 of Coral Gables Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables

How To Join Troop 7

Joining Requirements:
To become a Scout you must be a boy who has completed the 5th grade, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, or be 11 years old, but not yet 18.

At your first troop meeting, your Scoutmaster will explain the joining requirements of the Boy Scouts of America.

Attend 3 Meetings:
We would like you to attend 3 of our weekly Troop meetings before you make a final decision. If you like what you see, we will be delighted to welcome you.

Complete an Application:
Get a Boy Scout Membership Application from the Scoutmaster and have your parent or guardian sign the application. The Scoutmaster will then give you the temporary certificate of membership.

Complete a Medical Form:
Before you can go camping with us you must obtain a Medical Form from the Scoutmaster and have it completed by your parents and your doctor. Any special medical problems should also be brought to the Scoutmaster's attention.

Our Troop dues are $65 per year, less if you join part way through the year. If for some reason you cannot afford it, speak privately to the Scoutmaster - perhaps we can find a way to help. Adult membership is $15.00.

The dues are payable in February of each year and may be paid as a lump sum or in installments.

The registration fee is $7 per Scout
$1 for insurance
$9 for Boys Life
so from the dues $17 goes to the BSA.
The rest of the money is for the Troop to purchase patches for the Scouts as they earn them (merit badges cost $1.75 each - advancements) and camping equipment, supplies, maintenance of Scout House and equipment, parties for the holidays and special activites.

Also, when you join, it will cost you $9.00 for certain uniform parts. (see Troop 7 Uniform.)

Number 7
Coral Gables strip
75 year strip

When a Scout attains the rank of first class they will get their new embroidered Neckerchef (traded for the plain one) and they will receive the 75 year anniversary pin that Peter Lewis donated to the Troop.

When we go camping you will need to help with your share of food expenses, and sometimes there are other odd fees, gas for transportation, snack money, etc. Also your Patrol may collect dues for its own needs.

Earning the Scout Badge:
In order to earn your first badge, the Scout Badge, you must show your Scoutmaster that you:

  • Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance (page 468 of your Scout Handbook).
  • Demonstrate the Scout salute, sign and handclasp (pages 564-565 of your SH).
  • Show how to tie the square knot (also known as the joining knot) (pages 132-133, 141 of your SH)
  • Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath (pages 549-551), the Scout Law (pages 553-561), the Scout motto (page 562), the Scout slogan (page 563) and the Outdoor Code (pages 55-59).
  • Describe the Scout badge (page 565)
  • With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet, "How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse and Drug Abuse."
  • Participate in a Scoutmaster conference (pages 589-590).

When you have completed these, welcome! You are a Scout!

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since 1922

George Merrick Troop 7 of Coral Gables
1107 South Greenway Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33134 USA
phone: 305-529-0150 " e-mail:

meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:15pm

sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables and the George Merrick Foundation

Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables

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and how you can help support the Troop 7 building fund.