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Duke Energy Merit Badge Encampment 2011

duke camp flag at sunset

The Troop 333 flag waves in the breeze coming off Lake Norman at sunset.

Success At The Duke Merit Badge Camp This May!

The weather cooperated after a brief flirtation with thunderstorms early on Friday, May 6th, 2011 and the scouts from Troop 333 - Huntersville, NC were all present to participate in the Duke Power Merit Badge encampment held each year on the grounds of the Duke Energy Explorium just west of Huntersville, NC. The lush grassy picnic areas were primed and ready. Scouts set up their tents along with the adult Boy Scout leadership. Being one of the first to arrive we got to enjoy the unhindered view of Lake Norman with its white sailed boats skimming about. The whole setting portended success and a beautiful weekend camping event.

For those not aware Boy Scout troops do not just focus on survival or wilderness camping skills. There are plenty of opportunities to join together with other troops at council events and enjoy the camaraderie while focusing on the serious business of earning merit badges. As a homeschool troop (with flexible school options) our group was able to arrive fairly early in the day and setup quickly. With boys coming from Rockwell to Mooresville, Charlotte to Cornelius and Huntersville we gathered from the four corners for a great time. The scouts finished off their camp by raising the only scout flagpole we saw on the grounds that day. With the flag hoisted from our official color guard we were ready to proceed.

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Our Martial Arts Scout Warriors

Three Of Our Dynamic Scouts Are Also International Isshin Ryu Karate Competitors

Three Scouts from Troop 333 have been studying Mixed Martial Arts at the same dojo for several years. In fact, all of them are higher belts with one focused on achieving adult black belt status in the next few months.

Isshin Ryu karate is based on the original Okinawan karate, but has been artfully joined with Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese Judo and Jujitsu, Aikido, and Phillipine stick fighting (arnis). All of these scouts have competed regionally, winning in many competitive categories including karate forms and sparring. The weapons category is interesting in that the scouts have experience with bo staff, sais (tri-pointed swords), nunchucka, and even samurai swords.

One of the young men has been nominated as Best in World, achieving a top five competitor world status at the Internationals for several years. Two are members of the STORM team, a special team of role models, who exhibit the Bushido code (the code of the samurai), and have learned over the course of years expanded leadership skills, as well as teaching and being promoted to junior instructors for a variety of classes.

In addition to scouting, Troop 333 promotes excellence in other scout interests, with adults who have diverse backgrounds, able to support these interests. We want to congratulate the hard working MMA students of our troop, and wish them well this weekend at their upcoming regional Shiai (competition).

Members of the STORM team demonstrate their advanced skills at the premier of the Karate Kid movie in 2010.

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