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Parker Mills Eagle Ceremony - Oct 14, 2018

posted Oct 8, 2018, 11:19 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 8:16 AM ]

Eagle Ceremony:

The Eagle ceremony for Parker Mills in on Saturday October 14th at 1:00 PM in the parish hall of the Holy Family Catholic Church. Please come support your newest Eagle recipient. All scouts should attend this celebration.

Please RSVP through the Troopmaster software.

Merit Badge University -- October 13, 2018

posted Sep 4, 2018, 8:35 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 8:17 AM ]

Merit Badge University is a quality Merit Badge program that helps Scouts learn about different fields of knowledge. By recruiting experienced professional counselors, Scouts receive an unparalleled experience. It’s hosted on the beautiful Kennesaw State University Marietta campus, giving Scouts a great opportunity to experience a college atmosphere.

The $15 registration fee includes breakfast as well as program materials for most classes with only a few exceptions. Classes will include Emergency Preparedness, Citizenship in the Nation, Communication and much more!

Space in some classes is limited, so sign up today!

Summer Camp 2018

posted Mar 14, 2018, 7:08 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Aug 2, 2018, 2:28 PM ]

It’s time to register for summer camp. Below are To Do’s and some information to kick off summer camp preparations. Our summer camp coordinator this year is Kim Freed. She is new to this position, and there is a LOT to cover, so please be patient and give her your support. 


There is a lot of information to take in especially for the new scouts. Please feel free to ask questions e.g. using email or in person during the meetings.  We will also provide updates through emails and during scout meetings. 


Summer Camp

Venue : Woodruff Scout Camp, Blairsville, GA

Departure date : June 24

Return date : June 30


Swim test

Venue : YMCA McCleskey –East Cobb (1055 E Piedmont Rd, Marietta, GA 30062)


Attire :Swim wear and Towel


Here are the to do’s leading to the summer camp

1)      Register to attend summer camp by RSVPing to the invitation in Troopmaster by March 30 Registration starts early April and popular classes fill up fast. 

a)      If you are a 1st year scout, please state “1st year” in the Comments box of the RSVP. We will register 1st year scouts under the Mountain Man program. Mountain Man program is specifically designed for first time campers, that teaches the skills to move from Tenderfoot to First Class.

b)      If you are not a 1st year scout, please list your top 5 preferred Merit Badge classes or programs selections in the Comments box of the RSVP. Please refer to merit Badge schedule attached below and Merit Badge Quick Reference Chart attached below for guidance in selecting merit badge classes or programs.


 i.          We cannot complete registering a scout for summer camp until merit badges classes or programs are received. 

 ii.          Some Merit Badges incur additional costs which will be reflected in your scout statement

iii.          Final Merit Badge or program sign up is subject to Scoutmaster approval

2)      Annual medical forms – For majority of scouts, this is the time to renew your annual medical forms to be used for all scouting activities besides summer camp. Please complete medical forms Part A, B and C in triplicate, and submit to Laurie Champion.  Scouts are not admitted to camp if these forms do not pass the check in QA process.  Boy Scouts Annual Health and Medical Record form can be found here (attached below)

Note – Requesting for triplicate submission for 1 – Master copy, 2 – Travel copy, 3 – Summer camp copy

3)      Annual swim test – It is recommended to register to take the Troop arranged swimming test on March 25 by RSVPing to the invitation in Troopmaster. If you are unable to take the swim test on March 25, please refer to the self-arranged swim test information below for guidance.


       a)      A Swimmer will be allowed to participate in any water activities or classes. A Beginner is limited to shallow waters only.

       b)      This swim test can be used for rank advancement (check Scout Book for exact requirement)


4)      Waiver for White Water OR Horseback Riding – The troop will most likely participate in an offsite activity at camp. We have not decided on White Water at Nantahala/Ocoee or Horseback Riding; however, the waivers are in a shared document.  Please complete the waiver found here <waiver document attached below> and submit to Kim Freed. Without the waiver, the scout will not be able to participate in this activity.

5)      Prescription Medication Dosing Form – if a scout requires medication during camp, please fill out this form <attached below Prescription Medication Dosing Form> and submit to Kim Freed.

6)      Youth Protection Training – For Adult leaders/volunteers only – This is necessary for all scouting events besides volunteering or shuttling scouts to/from summer camp. Please complete your Youth Protection Training through <Youth Protection  >, and provide a copy of completion certificate to Scott Lovell.  The training takes about 1 hour and is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.


 Swim test information – extracted from Swim Classification Procedures (attached below - Pre-Camp Swim Classification)

A)    Swim levels

The various components of each test evaluate the several skills essential to the minimum level of swimming ability. Each step of the test is important and should be followed as listed below:


Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.


Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming as before, and return to starting place.


B)     Self-arranged swim test

If your scout does not attend the swim test scheduled for March 25, or does not pass, he will need to take the test prior to being allowed in the water at summer camp.  
1.) If you can, please have your scout take the test under the supervision of another BSA-approved lifeguard or swimming instructor (nobody in Troop 433 is qualified to administer this test). Please use the swim test package (insert link to Pre-Camp Swim Classification doc) to document the swim test results, complete the paperwork, obtain copies of the test administrator's credentials or certificate as proof of qualification, and submit the completed swim test package to Kim Freed.
2.) Swim testing is done at camp on the afternoon of arrival, but the line is VERY long, so it is best that your scout not need to be in that line if you can avoid it. 


Additional information on Woodruff 2018 Summer Camp can be found through these links

1)      General Camp Equipment List – useful for 1st time campers on what to pack can be found on our Documents Page.

2)      Woodruff 2018 Scout Camp Program Guide

3)      Woodruff 2018 Scout Camp Leader Guide


More information/to do’s to come

1)      Collect footlocker lock combination numbers

2)      Adult Volunteers to shuttle scouts to/from camp

3)      Adult leaders volunteers at camp

4)      Trailer loading – usually 1 day before departure – footlockers, cooking items, etc

Hogan Gowder Eagle Ceremony

posted Mar 6, 2018, 4:01 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 10:46 AM by Webmaster Troop433ga ]

The Eagle Ceremony to congratulate Hogan Gowder on his reaching the highest rank in scouting will be as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Holy Family Catholic Church (Parish Hall)

RSVP to or 770-590-8724 by March 19th

The invitation is attached below for you to print.

High Adventure 2018

posted Jan 24, 2018, 4:24 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 9:39 AM ]

Troop 433 High Adventure 2018


Open to scouts 13 and older who have achieved First Class rank or above


In order for the troop to make arrangements for the trip (e.g. booking flights, reserving vehicles and campsites), we ask for scouts and adults who qualify for the trip to decide on participation by February 5, 2018 and indicate their interest by signing up on the troop Trip Registration form on the Troop 433 website.



·      Depart Wed, May 23 (after school on last day)

·      Return Wed, May 30



·      Fly in and out of Las Vegas International Airport

·      Zion National Park, Utah

·      Bryce Canyon National Parks, Utah

·      Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim), Arizona

·      Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada



·      Guided Canyoneering and Backpacking – Zion National Park

·      Day hiking, Sightseeing – Bryce, Grand Canyon and Red Rocks

·      Rock Climbing (with parental supervision) – Red Rocks



·      Group Cooking, except Backpacking Trip portion


ESTIMATED COST: $900 per person, payable in three installments.



·      1st Payment of $300 to be added to Scout Accounts on Feb 5

·      2nd and 3rd payments to follow in March and April

·      Need-based Financial Assistance Available.  Contact Scoutmaster.

Merit Badge Clinic - March 2018

posted Nov 9, 2017, 8:03 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 7:01 AM ]


St Ann's Troop 1776 Merit Badge Day is scheduled for 3/3/18. Registration is open 12/3/2017.

This clinic will fill up quickly so put the registration date on your calendar.

Caving Trip - January 2018

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:43 PM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 3:14 PM ]

Troop 433 is planning a caving trip for January of 2018. Details as they stand are below:

Dates: Jan 27, 2018
Description: Caving in a wild cave - Tumbling Rock, TN
Details: Fill out online SCCI and AAC waivers (attached below) by Dec 21, 2017. Leave at 5:30am to reach Tumbling Rock at 9am which will allow us about 30mins for breakfast.  Cave from 10am - 5pm. Return at the church around 10pm which will allow 1 hour for dinner.

Even though it is winter, the temperature in the cave remains at about 55 to 60F.
Cost Estimation: Total $25 per scout

Note - cost is $25 compared to commercial cave at $75. (From Cumberland Caverns 2017)

Personal Management Merit Badge at Georgia Tech - January 13th

posted Oct 4, 2017, 7:26 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 4:23 AM ]

Learn Personal Management with Business Experts

The Atlanta Area Council is partnering with the
Scheller School of Business at Georgia Tech to offer
a unique opportunity for Scouts to earn the Eagle-
Required Personal Management merit badge. 

January 13, 2018.

(See LINK for details)

This two-day clinic will give Scouts the chance to
learn how to balance their own budgets with some of
the best business minds in Atlanta. Scouts will work
on the badge with Georgia Tech faculty and staff at
the Scheller College of Business on January 13. An
additional work day at the Volunteer Service Center
will be held the following Saturday, January 20.

Registration will be through the Atlanta Area Council
website and individual parents will register their own
scouts.  Registration is scheduled to open on 
October 24, with limited space available. 
Cost will be $7 per scout.

Yours in Scouting,
Hilary Thornton

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

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