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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.

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.

Appalachian Trail Hike - April 2017

posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:46 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 3, 2017, 12:53 PM ]

Trip Dates: Saturday April 29 through Sunday April 30
Location: Springer Mountain, start of the AT Trail
Start: Meet at the church on Saturday at 8:00 AM
Finish: Should return to church around 2:00 PM

Parking at Forest Service Rd is at this location:  34.6377, -84.1953 (trailhead)
From the parking lot, we walk a couple of miles to Springer Mountain to see the marker for the start of the AT Trail. Then back-track back to the parking lot and go the other direction continuing on the AT Trail to Three-Forks Campsite 34.6635, -84.1842 which is about 3.5 miles. That makes the first day (Saturday) a 5-6 mile hike. Then returning to the parking lot on Sunday is only a 3.5 mile hike back.

Three-Forks is right on Chester Creek which is great for swimming and filling water bottles. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Scott Lovell

Summer Camp 2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 9:06 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 6:23 PM ]

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   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 6:22 PM ]

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

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