Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Latest News About Troop 333

The Great South Mountain Trek 2015

Fall of 2015 found our troop hiking to adventure in South Mountain State Park Formed into two distinct groups, our older veteran scouts and younger newbies, worked hard to conquer rank and merit badge requirements while enjoying the best of fall scenery.

The new scouts hiked up the Waterfall Loop, comprised of a LOT of staircases, while carrying their daypacks and some first aid equipment with which they would pratice skills during the hike. The older scouts took the same route initially but then branched off and conquered the knob hike to the top of the mountains and back before breaking for base camp.


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Rappeling Rocky Face

Have you ever wanted to dangle from a rope suspended 70 feet over the side of a cliff? That's exactly what most the scouts of our troop did in the fall of 2014 at Rocky Face Park.

Working with a professional mountain guide crew, the scouts of Troop 333 braved the high, sheer faces of the former quarry to learn how to rappel down the side of a mountain. All scouts were encouraged to participate but the option was available to walk back down the cliff using the entrance path. 


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Exciting Summer Camp at Raven Knob

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.


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New Patrol Wins Honors At Camporee

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!

Duke Energy Merit Badge Catawba Camp 2011

Troop 333 Attended The Catawba Nuclear Station Science Merit Badge Campout!

On November 11th through the 13th this year, even though the temperatures dipped below freezing each night, the scouts were in good spirits while we camped alongside Lake Wylie at Duke's Catawba Nuclear Power Plant. All of the scouts took very intense merit badges over the two day schedule, including Electricity, Electronics, Engineering, Nuclear Science and Robotics.

The Robotics badge has been described as one of the most difficult to obtain as it is highly complex. All of the instructors in the science badges are professional engineers who lend their talents to the scouting program to motivate young men to pursue those careers.

Pitching out tents on a bluff over the main pavilion, the Pirate patrol had a bird's eye view of the other campsites and fires. The first night the scouts participated in pickup games of football and met scouts from other troops. Later they had some snacks and prepared for their 6am wakeup call. By 7am Saturday we were all on our way into the main plant to get to classes. We shared a pizza lunch at midday and separated for our classes again until late afternoon.

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