Summer Uniforms

posted May 21, 2017, 6:35 PM by Scott Lovell


Once Cobb County Schools end for summer break, it is tradition that Troop 433 switches to Class-B uniforms for the summer meetings.

The Class-B uniform is the T-Shirts that we issue for Summer Camp. Through the years, we have issued T-shirts of different colors, but all say Troop 433 on them. Any of these T-shirts is acceptable as a Class-B uniform. Boy Scout short pants are preferred, but other short pants may be acceptable. Talk to your SPL if you have questions.

So, our Court of Honor Monday night (5/22/17) is probably the last time you need to wear the full Class-A uniform until schools starts again next Fall.

Calendar Notes through June

posted May 17, 2017, 5:44 AM by Scott Lovell

A few Calendar Notes for you:

1) Next Saturday (May 20, 2017) is the Eagle Court of Honor for our two most recent Eagles, Harrison Smith and Ajinkya Sawant.  Scouts attending should arrive early (1:30PM) to help with setup.  The ceremony is at 2:00PM, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall at HFCC.  Attending eagle courts of honor for the older scouts helps inspire the younger ones to continue to follow the path to Eagle (plus, there will be cake).

2) The following Monday night (May 22, 2017) is a regular COH for T433, also in the Fellowship Hall at HFCC.  It starts at 7:30 and takes the place of regular Monday night meeting.  We arrive by 7PM to set up, and are typically cleaned up and out of there around the same time as on a typical Monday.

3) The Monday after that (Memorial Day, May 29, 2017), there will not be a regular Monday night T433 Meeting (we typically don't meet when national holidays fall on Mondays).

4) The next two Mondays after that there WILL be regular T433 meetings, but Scoutmaster Thornton will be away on vacation (in Alaska!).

5) The following Monday (6/19) there will be no T433 meeting because we will be at Scout Summer Camp (Rainey Mountain in Clayton, GA (NE GA Council)).

6) Monday June 26 will be a regular Monday T433 Meeting.

Yours in Scouting,
Hilary Thornton

Jack's River Backpack Trip - May 27th

posted May 3, 2017, 1:21 PM by Scott Lovell

Dates: Saturday May 27 - Sunday May 28
Times: Leaves at 8AM, Returns around 3PM

The Jack's River Trip is a go, please sign up on the Trip Reservations form on the website.

Depart Saturday morning 5/27 at 8AM and return Sunday afternoon 5/28 (probably 3pm vs. 1pm as it was this past weekend).  One night backpack trip, 7 miles day 1 and 6 miles day 2.  Individual cooking.


Yours in Scouting,
Hilary Thornton

Summer Camp 2017 - Class Schedule

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:41 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 15, 2017, 4:47 PM by Webmaster Troop433ga ]

Summer Camp schedule
We have 30 scouts signed up for summer camp 2017 @ Camp Rainey Mountain from June 18 to June 24. Please (SCHEDULE) to view the classes the scouts are signed up for, the extra fees to bring along, pre-requisites for each class where applicable, and requirements not covered for some merit badges. 

It would be best for the scouts to start preparing for the merit badges signed up before camp especially if there are pre-requisites. It is also recommended for the scouts to at least have read the Merit Badge books or if able bring along a copy of the book. These are available in the Troop library too.

Parent Volunteer for camp
We seek at least 2 more volunteer parents to be at camp as we have 30 campers this year. Hilary and Lee are volunteering for the entire week, and I am sure they will be please with some assistance. You do not need to volunteer for the entire week but we would like to have at least 4 adults to be at camp at any one time.  If you can volunteer for any of the days, please sign up at the Adult section of the Summer Camp sign up column, and indicate the days of volunteer. 

Note - We especially need this coverage on Thursday White Water Rafting event to fulfill the "2 deep" BSA requirements to chaperone the older scouts to Ocoee River, and the younger scouts to Nantahala River.

Transportation To and From Summer Camp
We also seek parents to volunteer to transport our scouts to summer camp on Sunday, June 18 morning, and to bring them home on Saturday, June 24 mid-morning.  If you can volunteer, please sign up on the Trip Registration spreadsheet and indicate whether you can volunteer going/returning and how many seat belts available in your vehicle for the scouts.

We are glad to answer any questions. Please send your emails to

Thank you very much for your support.

Summer Camp 2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 9:06 AM by Scott Lovell

Dear Parents and Scouts, 

Attached is the Merit Badge curriculum for this year’s summer camp at Rainey Mountain. Registration operates on a “first come, first registered” basis. This year the process starts much earlier than past years, opening on March 9th at 10 AM, when we will need to log in on-line and register everyone on your behalf.

Older scouts, please review the classes and make a list of your Top 5 choices and we will do our best to get you in them in those sessions.

First year boys will have a more structured program, “Foot Path” and need to pick MB for Periods 1,2,3 and 6 only.

Note: As a Troop, we will all take the White-Water Raft trip on Thursday

The following index explains the colors and codes on the MB Chart have the following meaning:


  • Yellow = 1 period = 1 hour
  • Green = 2 periods = 2 hours
  • Blue = 3 periods = 3 hours
  • Pink = 6 periods = 6 hours


  • P1: 9-10am
  • P2: 10-11am
  • P3:11-12PM Noon
  • P4:2-3 pm
  • P5:3-4pm
  • P6:4-5pm

Apologies for the extremely short notice but please respond with your son’s name and his choices via email to the by Tuesday March 7th and we will get them entered. Thank you very much for your support and quick replies. We are looking forward to a record number of Scouts this year to have a great adventure at Summer Camp.

Ken Boyle

Fundraiser at SunTrust Park

posted Feb 15, 2017, 4:41 AM by Scott Lovell

To: Scout PARENTS….

At our last parent meeting, there was tremendous interest in staffing a concession stand for a segment of Braves home games at the new SunTrust stadium. Based on the level of interest shown, we are in the process of confirming that we will indeed commit to work the home games for the first block of games, from March 31 through May 25. That includes 23 games, 1 exhibition game, 1 college game, and […drumroll…] the Billy Joel concert.


We need 5 adults at all 26 events, at least 2 hours early (and a leader to be there at least 3 hours early). Remember, we will get a minimum of $500 per event and a percentage of sales over a certain amount. The distribution will likely be that half of proceeds will go to the troop and the other half will be proportionally divided among the accounts of Scouts whose parent(s) worked each event. There is a special parking rate/location for which we will confirm the details ASAP.


Very soon, we will set up a schedule for everyone to select dates they are willing and able to work. We would like everyone (even both parents if available) to have a participation goal of at least 3-5 games each (even per scout if possible). Of course, we realize that personal circumstances will vary.


There will be a few hours of mandatory training for all who will be working. The training is ~$30 per person. At this time, we haven’t confirmed whether the troop pays for the training or if individuals pay for the training; either way, the training is reimbursed after 3 games are worked. Once we know the training dates/times, we will let you know immediately.


Lastly, this is brand new to all of us. We absolutely NEED you to ask LOTS of questions….it helps us figure everything out! But please be patient as we work to find answers.





(no info yet on the exhibition game or college game)

Fri, 4/14 Padres 7:35p                  

Sat, 4/15 Padres 7:10p                

Sun, 4/16 Padres 1:35p               

Mon, 4/17 Padres 7:35p                                           

Tue, 4/18 Nationals 7:35p                          

Wed, 4/19 Nationals 7:35p                                      

Thu, 4/20 Nationals 7:35p

Fri, 4/28 Billy Joel concert 8pm                                              

Mon, 5/1 Mets 7:35p                                                 

Tue, 5/2 Mets 7:35p                                    

Wed, 5/3 Mets 7:35p                                  

Thu, 5/4 Mets 7:35p                                    

Fri, 5/5  Cardinals 7:35p                              

Sat, 5/6 Cardinals 7:10p                             

Sun, 5/7 Cardinals 1:35p                                                          

Wed, 5/17 Blue Jays 7:35p                                                      

Thu, 5/18 Blue Jays 7:35p                                         

Fri, 5/19 Nationals 7:35p                           

Sat, 5/20 Nationals 4:10p                                         

Sun, 5/21 Nationals 1:35p                                        

Mon, 5/22 Pirates 7:35p                                                          

Tue, 5/23 Pirates 7:35p                                             

Wed, 5/24 Pirates 7:35p                                                          

Thu, 5/25 Pirates 12:10p                             


Many thanks, and GO BRAVES!


Please send all questions to Sharon bunyard at

Scuba High Adventure Trip July 2017

posted Feb 8, 2017, 3:56 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 1:15 PM ]

Hello Scouts and Parents, 

Mike Ericson, Troop 433 Asst. Scoutmaster for Diving & Climbing, here, and I am pleased to inform you that we have ironed out nearly all the details for our scuba diving training and high adventure scuba diving trip. I have broken this information into 3 phases in order to help keep all the details manageable.

Note: Anyone 10 years of age or older may participate in Phase 1: Try Scuba and Phase 2: Scuba Lessons & Certification; however, the Phase 3: High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip is limited to scouts age 13+ and First Class or above, unless waived by our Scoutmaster, Hilary Thornton, on a case-by-case basis.

Note 2: Medical Forms - full BSA Medical Form including a participation physical by a doctor will be required as is customary on all BSA outings longer than 72 hours. There will also be a medical form that Diver's Supply will require for Phases 2 and 3. I suggest getting both forms before visiting your doctor as they may have to sign both forms.

Phase 1: Try Scuba
* We are meeting at Diver's Supply next Monday 2/13/17 at 6pm and expect to go until 9pm. Please try to have dinner before arriving and bring some snacks in case you get hungry. They are located at 950 Cobb Pkwy, Ste 160, Marietta 30060. 

* Please make sure you are signed up on the website for Try Scuba by Friday 2/10/17 so we can make certain to have enough instructors.

* We will receive basic instruction and then actually try scuba diving in their swimming pool under the supervision of their scuba diving instructors. There is no cost for this activity and the minimum age is 10. Parents are absolutely welcome to dive.

* Make sure to bring a bathing suit, towel and some food and water. Breathing compressed air is very drying on the throat and diving really burns the calories. The water temperature of the pool should be quite comfortable for most folks, but a pair of loose fitting exercise shorts and a T-Shirt might make you more comfortable if you run cold. 

* If you require corrective lenses then you have a couple options during the Try Scuba. You could just wear contacts or go without visual correction and embrace the blur. For Try Scuba it's not a big deal, but for lessons and open water diving, contacts or prescription lenses in the mask are appropriate.

* If you can't make it this Monday, you can arrange for another time and date with Diver's Supply (770-419-1976). Just tell them you are with Troop 433 when you book and that there should be no cost.

Phase 2: Scuba Lessons & Certification
* We will begin lessons in the March / April time frame. It will consist of some online reading and study, followed by 2 classroom & pool sessions. Then we will travel to Florida for 2 days of open water certification dives. The dates will be set as we begin and we will make every effort to accommodate your schedules.

* The cost of the training and certification is $474.95 per person. This fee covers all online academic access, all classroom and pool instruction and all non-personal gear rental as well as 2 nights quad occupancy in Florida for our certification dives. This fee does not include transportation or food.

* You must provide your own scuba diving personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins and boots). Full-foot fins without boots are not allowed. Be advised, the scuba diving personal gear you find at Wal-Mart and Target is NOT acceptable as it is not of the quality level required for scuba diving. Diver's Supply has put a really good deal together for us for our scuba diving personal gear. The cost is $94.95 and includes: mask, snorkel, fins, boots, dive bag and de-fog (this keeps your mask clear so you can see).

* If you require corrective lenses, you have 2 basic options. First, you could just wear contact lenses. Secondly, you could get a mask fitted with prescription lenses. If you choose the later then please speak with the staff at Diver's Supply at the time you get your mask. They will be able to help you choose the right option, this would incur an additional cost. You will also need to know your prescription in order to select the right lenses.

* Why do Phase 2, even if you don't plan to (or can't) do Phase 3 (described below)? Troop 433 plans to offer a series of occasion dive trips that are not "High Adventure" Trips.  With certification as a scuba diver, you will be able to go on those.  Also, some families may choose to all take advantage of this great group rate to get the whole family (age 10+) certified so that they can add scuba diving vacations to their annual calendars.

Phase 3: High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip
* We will depart for Key Largo, Florida on Sunday 7/2/17 and return on Saturday 7/8/17. This means roughly 5 days of scuba diving (Mon 7/3 - Fri 7/7). 

* The cost of the High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip will be $ 719.95 per person. This fee covers 6 nights quad occupancy in Key Largo, 2 boat dives per day from 7/3 - 7/7. This fee does not include transportation or food.

* You will need your own scuba diving personal gear and standard dive gear (BCD, Regulator and computer). If you do not have your own standard dive gear then Diver's Supply has extended us a great deal. They will rent you standard dive gear for the whole week for $100 per person. The dive boat provides cylinders and weights so we don't need to worry about them.

* Please make sure you are signed up on the website for the High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip by Friday 2/17/17 because we need to book accommodations now. Additionally, please indicate your mode of travel when you sign up. This can be done by appending an indicator after your name (-F for flying or a -D for driving). For instance, when I sign up, I enter Mike Ericson-D because I am driving. Hilary Thornton will be booking our travel as a group and will contact all our flyers to coordinate as we go forward. Note: Return flights on Saturday 7/8/17 will take off after noon (therefore, at least 24 hours after the completion of our last dive) in order to comply with "flying after diving" guidelines.

* The scuba diving itinerary will consist of 2 boat dives per day beginning at the dock at 8:30am and ending roughly by noon.

* The afternoons will be spent resting (diving is tiring), playing games, and working on scout skills. So make sure to bring games and scout books.

Cost Overview (per person, if you are starting from ground zero)

Phase 1: Try Scuba (Free this spring with mention of "Troop 433")

Phase 2: Scuba Lessons & Certification
   Scuba Training (including cert dives)       $474.95
   Scuba Diving Personal Gear                    $94.95      (Phase 2 Sub-Total $569.90)

Phase 3: High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip
   Scuba Diving High Adventure Trip           $719.95
   Scuba Diving Standard Gear Rental        $100.00    (Phase 3 Sub-Total $819.95)

Scuba Diving Activity Total (Phase 2 & 3)   $1,389.85

If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me. I have been diving for over 25 years and hold many scuba diving instructor and technical diving certifications.

Mike Ericson
Assistant Scoutmaster for Diving & Climbing, Troop 433
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor
SSI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor
Boat Diving Instructor, +30 more boring certs ;-)

2017 Trips and Events

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:24 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Jan 28, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

Sweetwater Day Hike - 1/21
January 21 (9AM-2PM) - Dayhike (with full backpacks to simulate an overnight backpacking trip) to Sweetwater Creek SP. Bring daypacks or packs with simplified weight (20 lb sacks of rice instead of some of your gear) if you want to participate but don't have the time to fully pack.

Georgia Tech Engineering event for Engineering Merit Badge - 2/4
We have a T433 Eagle who is a Sophomore at GT who is organizing this event for us to visit labs and tour the campus, plus earn Engineering MB that day.

Pack 744 Blue & Gold Banquet
On Friday February 10th at 5:30 PM Pack 744 will be holding their annual Blue and Gold Banquet at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. They have asked for volunteers from Troop 433 to help run the event. Boys who volunteer will earn Service Hours that count towards rank advancement. You also get free food and dessert!!! See Mr. Thornton and let him know that you would like to help.

Try Scuba - Divers Supply, Cobb Pkwy - 2/13
Open to scouts and family to try out Scuba diving. Divers Supply will be attending our troop meeting on 2/6 for Q&A on a Try Scuba and the High Adventure trip.

Cumberland Caverns - 2/18 - 2/19
a) Check in by 5:30pm CST (best to have dinner before check in as we would not e able to venture out after check in, and there is only a vending machine available)
b) On Sat evening/night, complete Daily Walking Tour, and Rocky Topper tour and sleep in cave
c) On Sunday, Breakfast at 7am. Proceed to Higgenbotham's Revenge tour at around 8:30am CST
d) Check out at around 12pm CST

Cloudland Canyon SP - 3/17 - 3/19
Booked three sites that can accommodate 25 people. Reservation number 2-20001101. Focus of trip is basic scout skills for new recruits and filling any gaps for older scouts.

Appalachian Trail Backpacking - 4/21 - 4/23 (not confirmed 1 or 2 nights)
No bookings required

Jacks River Backpacking - 5/19 - 5/21 (not confirmed 1 or 2 nights)
No bookings required

Summer Camp - Rainey Mountain - 6/18 - 6/24
Leaving on 6/28 about 10AM and getting lunch on the way. Returning 6/24 ETA around noon. We will have 2nd breakfast on the way (camp will give us pastries and juice).

High Adventure trip - Scuba Diving at Florida Keys - 7/2 - 7/8
Planning in progress

2017 Camping Schedule

posted Nov 3, 2016, 4:54 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 6:23 PM ]

Here is the tentative 2017 camping schedule as defined by the boys at our last troop meeting:
  • January - Allatoona Skills Weekend
  • February - Cumberland Caverns
  • March - Cloudland Canyon
  • April - Appalachian Trail Hike
  • May - Jack's River Hike
  • June - Whitewater rafting or tubing
  • July - Summer Camp
Below is the current plan as adjusted by adults for other needs:
  • January - Day-hike at Sweetwater Creek with training on how to pack a backpack
  • February - Caving Trip + Try Scuba on a Monday night
  • March - Cloudland Canyon + Scuba Training
  • April - Appalachian Trail Backpacking + Scuba Training
  • May - Jacks River Backpacking + Scuba Training
  • June - Summer Camp + Scuba Training
  • July - High Adventure Scuba Trip + National Jamboree

Paypal Now Accepted !!!

posted May 4, 2016, 6:50 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 5:32 PM ]


Our website now takes Paypal payments for scout accounts!

To make payments, go to the Leader Resources page and complete the form.

You will be directed to Paypal where you can either login with your Paypal account or use your credit card to make payments.

We hope this new capability will make it easier for parents to keep their accounts up to date.

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