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Holy Family Fall Festival

posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:34 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 4:01 AM ]

Scouts and Families --

As was announced at Monday night's meeting, Troop 433 will be staffing a recruiting table again this year at Holy Family Catholic Church's annual Fall Festival.  Our table will be next to Wheeler Robotics at the top of the driveway that leads down to the scout shed.  The church has apologized for not giving us more notice, but the festival is THIS SUNDAY from 11AM-4PM.  A flyer about the event is attached below.  

ASM Lee Miller and SM Thornton will set up the troop table and staff it from 11AM -1PM.  Scouts and leaders are encouraged to attend (please wear Class A Uniform) and talk to whoever passes by about scouting and our troop.  This will also be an opportunity to take orders for scout popcorn!  In addition to recruiting new scouts and selling popcorn, having a table at the Fall Festival is a great way for T433 to strengthen the ties with the church that sponsors our troop.

If you can stop by for an hour or two (or the whole time!), let Mr. Thornton know when to expect you.

Before or after your time "working the table", troop 433 scouts, leaders, and families are invited to attend and enjoy the games and activities at the Festival.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the festival.

Yours in Scouting,
Hilary Thornton

Scoutmaster, Troop 433
Assistant Cubmaster, Pack 744
Cell # 267-414-9356

Current News

posted Aug 27, 2017, 2:29 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 4:14 PM ]

Aviation MB
Monday night (8/28/2017), we will complete the Aviation MB by building and demonstrating flight with small planes. If you already built a plane on your own, bring it to the meeting. Please do not miss this opportunity to complete this MB! Otherwise, you will have to work on your own with the counselor. 

WIlderness Survival MB
Many of you completed most of the Wilderness Survival MB on our last camping trip to Lake Allatoona. One of the requirements that most boys did not complete, was to show a Wilderness Survival Kit. This kit will contain everything you think you would need if lost in the wilderness. Please bring your kit on Monday night and show it to me to get this requirement checked off.

Next Camping Trip
Our next camping trip will be at the Allatoona Aquatics Base again and we will be hosting the Cub Scouts from Pack 744. We have the unique opportunity to show them what camping with Boy Scouts is all about and to teach them scouting and camping skills. Please register for this trip on our website for the weekend of September 15-17.

Notes from September 10:
Our next camping trip is another fun adventure at the BSA Aquatics Center at Lake Allatoona. We will be hosting the Cub Scouts from Pack 744 for a fun weekend on September 15-17. We will need everyone to sign up quickly on the Trip Reservations page of our website and then we will need to go shopping for food this coming Thursday night Sept 14th (7:30 PM at Publix at Woodlawn).

We need additional adults on this trip, so please volunteer to join us by putting your name on the Trip Reservation form under the Adults section.

Aviation Merit Badge

posted Jul 19, 2017, 8:57 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 9:24 AM ]

July 19, 2017
I am planning on putting together an Aviation Merit Badge "clinic" for our troop .  Working with Southwest's Atlanta Maintenance Base Manager, he has offered the use of the hangar as a classroom.  In addition, we will be able to arrange a tour of the control tower the same day.  Looking over the Merit Badge workbook, we may have to stretch a couple of items to make it work, but I don't see it outside the lines.  Here is an outline:

Maintenance Hangar
-Group meet in the parking lot 
-Utilize a classroom or conference room to go over academic portion of the merit badge
 --Aerodynamics, airplane componenents, types of aircraft, aircraft controls, aircraft instruments, aircraft engines, different pilot licenses, aviation job descriptions (pilot, dispatcher, mechanic), build model FPG-9 for later flight. (~2 hours)
-Tour the functioning part of the hangar (~1.5 hours - time goes quickly)
--mechanics will "stop work" and set up stations around an airplane and a spare engine on a stand for small groups of 3-4 to rotate through.  the stations will cover parts of the airplane as well as pre-flight duties/inspections.  The cockpit will be a station as well that I will be at.
--Stores, shipping/receiving, fabrication, etc.
--Test fly our FPG-9s (ground launch and elevated launch)
-Lunch - while there is a small break room we can eat in, the Base Manager stated when they've had groups in before they wash the hangar floor and have a large blanket they lay out for a picnic in the hangar with the big hangar doors open - other options include going to a local restaurant near the airport (Dwarf House is near as is Airport View Restaurant, both "landmarks"). 

Control Tower
-we will all drive over to the control tower which is on the opposit end of the airport (near international terminal) 
--tallest control tower in the United States and Busiest in the world
-controller(s) will great the group and we will have to sign in and go through security
-expect they will show us their classroom and simulator
-we will go to the tower cab and watch the tower in action 
-explanation of what each station in the tower does (clearance delivery, ground control, local control, supervisor) and job description (bonus job description as only 3 are required)

Possible Bonus 
-trying to get in touch with the Airport Fire Department to tour a station and possibly their training facility and/or an inside tour with airport operations

This will be a full day, but i think it will be fun and engaging for the boys and anyone else who wants to come along.  I would like to plan for a weekend day in August, possibly the 12th.  Having a date sooner than later will be helpful.  Some other bullet points:

-everyone will have to sign a waiver to enter the hangar - I will ensure everyone gets a copy and will bring extras, they don't have to be turned in till we get there
-no open toe shoes - no exceptions
-security at the control tower is similar to a court house - metal detector and empty pockets - no knives and no one on the "no-fly" list.  Cameras are OK
-peanut allergies?  Southwest will "cater" the hanger to make sure we have plenty of peanuts, pretzels and some drinks (same stuff as on the plane) - if we have peanut allergies, only pretzels
-this is not restricted to only scouts, parents and siblings are welcome, however, the "classroom" may be a bit much for anyone younger (I'll do my best to keep it engaging) and infants may be a distraction (we will be bringing Danny). 
-I will need a good count about a week to 10 days out
-the Merit Badge calls for pre-flight on a light airplane - we will be doing it on a Boeing 737
-I can help arrange Discovery Flights for interested Scouts at a local flight school - at their own expense (I will have information on those and costs available)
-there are some other safety/security "briefing" items that I will go over with the Scouts at the Hangar the day of - nothing big, just where not to go and what not to touch
-there is a regularly scheduled plane to be in the hangar daily for routing maintenance, however, there is a 2% chance of not having an airplane in the hangar - also, based on the maintenance required, we may or may not be able to power it up (cockpit stuff) or walk under certain parts (fuel tank servicing for example).  This is not expected, but we can't plan for it.

I think I've covered everything.  Please let me know if this is something we want to move forward with/bring to the scouts and see if they are interested in.  Also, any questions, please let me know.  This is my first time trying to organize something like this, so any advice, tips, etc are greatly appreciated.  



A. David Eiser

July 21, 2017
Attached is an outline for the scouts and their parents regarding the Aviation Merit Badge Clinic as well as a waiver everyone must sign before the hangar tour (it is written for school field trips, adults that go should just fill in their own name as the student).  Please let me know if this is ok or if you think it needs more/less information.

Upcoming Events

posted Jul 13, 2017, 12:45 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Aug 27, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

Our next camping trip is our annual Water Sports trip to lake Allatoona. The trip is the weekend of August 25-27. We will have the opportunity for swimming and canoeing. You will also have the opportunity to compete an Orienteering Course and complete the Wilderness Survival merit badge. Please print out the requirements ahead of time and be prepared with then necessary supplies.

This is a Group Cooking camping trip, and many of you need to participate for your rank advancement. Don't forget to check the Camping Packing List on the Troop website to be sure you bring everything you need for the weekend. Also be sure to sign up for the trip on our Trip Reservations form.

We will shop for food at the Publix at Woodlawn on the Thursday night before the camping weekend. We usually meet at Publix at 7:30 PM. All scouts going on the trip should participate in the food buying trip to Publix.

Publix Shoppting: Thrusday August 24th at 7:30 PM
Departure: Friday August 25th at 6:30 PM
Return: Sunday August 27th around 2:00 PM

Aug 23, 2017
Our trip this weekend is to Lake Allatoona. We have the opportunity on this trip to satisfy many requirements for rank advancement and also gain a merit badge. See details below:

Rank Advancement: First and Second Class Requirements for plan and prepare a meal. Prepare and clean up. Also use of a compass and map orientation will be covered on this trip.

Merit Badge: Wilderness Survival. This MB can be completed on this trip if you bring and demonstrate 3 ways to start a fire, make a personal survival kit and show it to your Scoutmaster. Demonstrate how to treat drinking water and sleep in an outdoor shelter that you made yourself.

Food: We will be shopping at Publix on Woodlawn Thursday night at 7:30 PM. All boys going on the trip should come help buy food for the group.

B: Mountain Man (hash browns and sausage in a Dutch Oven)
L: Sandwiches (ham, turkey, pb&j with chips and gatorade)
D: Chili (meat chili with beans served with tortilla chips and gatorade)
B: Fruit (assorted)
L: Waffle House (bring money)

Summer Camp Waivers

posted May 31, 2017, 2:29 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 12:49 PM ]

Parents of scouts going to summer camp,

 On Thurs, 6/22, scouts and volunteer adults who are going for the white water trip will require a waiver to be signed.  

1)     Please fill out the appropriate waiver form below.

2)     Bring the signed waiver to one of the remaining Monday meetings (6/5 or  6/12) and submit to Karen Pasqual

Nantahala for boys younger than 12 years old.

Ocoee for boys 12 years and older.

Summer Uniforms

posted May 21, 2017, 6:35 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 9:27 AM ]


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   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

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

Eagle Ceremony May 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 12:37 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 21, 2017, 4:52 PM ]

You are cordially invited to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for
Ajinkya Sawant
Harrison Smith

(Invitation attached below.)

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Holy Family Catholic Church
3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068

Please RSVP by May 13th: (Ajinkya) or (Harrison)

Jack's River Backpack Trip - May 27th

posted May 3, 2017, 1:21 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 30, 2017, 6:04 PM ]

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 Jun 28, 2017, 12:50 PM ]

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.

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