Monday, December 22, 2014
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.



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.



Our First Crossover Ceremony

BY: Scoumaster

With several scouts crossing over from our Cub Scout Pack & new older scouts joining, Troop 333 is doubling in size this year.

We Welcome all our new scout families & look forward to their participation at events.

The Webelos were eager and waiting for their chance to shine and they certainly did. All the parents were very proud that nearly every Webelo earned their Arrow of Light award, which immediately grants them scout rank in the Boy Scout troop. They have proven they learned a lot during their time as cubs, but now its time to join the young men and start that journey.

Several new scout rank scouts were also inducted, all of whom are homeschooled. Having shared time together at co-op classes, and knowing the older scouts made the transition easy. They joined their friends in the scouting adventure. With planning underway for their first scout camps, they are all excited about their roles in the troop and what they will learn.



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!



Troop Leadership Training

BY: Scoutmaster

The first annual troop leadership training helped the boy scout troop prepare for the coming year.
Having doubled in size from this summer, the troop had a few new scouts eager to learn more about the scouting program.

Troop 333's first training session was held on Saturday, December 10th from 8am until 5pm and included all scouts of the troop. The all day event was planned to follow the national course guide for leadership training for the scouts. Interspersed with segments on the boy led troop, the patrol method, and other core scouting values and achievements, the scouts played a series of team building games. Mostly interactive, the physical stunts were designed to help the young men overcome obstacles and to think in new ways about the program, each other and the cohesion of the patrol unit.

When confronted with physical challenges the boy scouts had to determine their leader for the activity, and in many cases the natural process of determining leadership was allowed. The idea was to have the boys promote from within based on their human resources, what they knew of each others' skill sets, and the ideas voiced during each activity. The scouts learned more about themselves and how to interact with others, especially if one is given a leadership role for an event. They learned to delegate responsibilities more, designate their own hierarchy, examine their patience, listen to other's ideas, and experiment with solutions to problems to find their own innovative way ahead.


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