Saturday, September 05, 2015
image Troop 333 - A Flexible Homeschool Troop!

Serving Charlotte Metro North, including North Mecklenburg, South Iredell, and West Cabarrus county, we strive to meet the scouting needs of families who prefer a homeschool troop but can't predict their future school choices.



2014 Saw New Adventures

BY: Scoutmaster

The troop grew again in 2014 and more members qualified for the National Honor Society of scouting - the Order of the Arrow.

2014 was a busy year and we made plans for more adventures in the future.

While they completed their Ordeal in the spring of 2014, we made plans for summer camp. Many of the scouts took Eagle badges this year in preparation for their pursuit of the highest scouting rank. Three of our scouts completed their Life Scout rank and started on their Eagle project planning.

In September, the entire troop went to RockyFace mountain, camping nearby. The scouts and adult scoutmasters ALL participated in an incredible rappelling adventure. We started at a three-story building height for practice then most everyone descended the mountain from sixty feet or more up using a sheer face to "walk down" as we all rappelled safely to the ground. 

With two Courts of Honor in September and then December we saw many scouts progress to Star scout rank, and our newer scouts started the climb towards the top. Our pot luck dinners are always a success and the families enjoyed the evenings.

In 2015, we have already planned several trips, training opportunities, and participation in regional Order of the Arrow events. We hope you will join us and come see how good scouting can be!



2015 Winter Training Completed!

BY: Administrator

Congratulations to our Newest Scouts

on completing their winter training in January.

We will be applying the information learned at our first campout of the year as we venture onto the trail for a five mile half-pack hike. Along the way we work on first aid practical skills to test our knowledge of using them in an outdoor setting. 

Our troop is growing at this time, and if you would like to be a part of our family, please contact us through the form on this website. We will invite you to one of our regular meetings where your young man can meet the scouts!



Welcome New Recruits & Families!

BY: Scoutmaster

All families and their young men ages 11-17, homeschooled, online, private and traditional, are invited to JOIN TROOP 333 this month!

We are holding open houses at each of our meetings in August 2013. Our next meetings are August 6th and the 20th.

Join us on the first or third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm to visit and learn more about how great scouting can be! We are located at the Bridge Church at 11800 Eastfield Road, just East of Browne road and west of Highland Creek.

Our meetings last until 8:30pm but you are invited to stay as long as you like. Parents and scoutmasters will be available to answer your questions and have forms available should you wish to join.

Troop 333 allows those who change their school choices during the year or during their education to remain with the troop. This can be important to the young man's development, as none of us wants to see a scout removed from a troop because their parents had to make other educational plans. Be sure to ask before you join a troop what will happen if your scout stops homeschooling. While most scouts in our troop are homeschooled, some have had to start college prep or attend other classes which would deem them unable to stay with a purely homeschool troop.

We have many exciting camping opportunities already planned through the end of this year and look forward to new scouts joining. Since we intend to cap our enrollment at around 24, now is the time to check us out. We are already at about 60% enrollment and have inquiries now. So, if you were thinking about a scout troop, please come see how good scouting can be with Troop 333!



Exciting Summer Camp at Raven Knob

BY: Scoutmaster

Summer 2013 saw our troop grow substantially & enjoy a great week of camping Our veteran scouts and a half dozen new scout rank scouts participated in an exciting summer camp experience at Camp Raven Knob in the Blue Ridge mountains near Mount Airy, North Carolina at the end of July.

The new scouts were enrolled in Raven Scouts which helped them complete not only most of their Tenderfoot requirements, but also this year they finished 11 of the Second Class scout requirements. They can expect to advance early this fall as they are nearly complete with their next rank. Every morning was filled with adventure and new scouts skills, and each took a turn hiking "the Knob", an exhilarating climb to the mountaintop, which stands about 1,800 feet above sea level. You can literally see Virgina, for many miles from the escarpments.

Meanwhile, one of our Eagle bound scouts, TC, assisted as a torch bearer during the Wednesday evening Order of the Arrow honor society ceremony. Two other veteran scouts, ER and CR, who were enjoying their week-long Mountain Man experience (living like they did in the 1840s) joined the Order to help with administrative duties that night.



New Patrol Wins Honors At Camporee

BY: Scoutmaster

A group of our new scouts and a couple of our veteran leaders took home a prize at the Gemstone District Camporee in late April!

For the first time, our troop won first place in a station award.

The new scouts worked well together with their leadership and managed to snag a plaque without catching themselves in the "web". A series of interlocking bungee cords on a frame seems simple enough, but the scouts had to determine who would go through which holes first, and most could only be pulled aside with single cords to make the passageway possible. They achieved perfect results, partly by lifting and carrying younger scouts through upper regions, and planning their moves like a chessboard.

Because they completed the task in the least amount of time and had no deductions for a scout touching the cords, or making a mistake, the Patrol from Troop 333 was given its first plaque!

Congratulations to everyone who participated and our new dads who helped at base camp all weekend.

While the young men did not expect to get a prize, it sure was nice to learn they did so well their first time working together as a team!


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