posted May 8, 2018, 6:06 PM by Scott Lovell

Here is a link with information about the STEM NOVA program.  There are also links to the requirements for the awards.  I thought you might want to forward this if there were some boys interested.



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Summer Camp 2018

posted Mar 14, 2018, 7:08 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

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

Parent Time and Talent Survey

posted Mar 7, 2018, 5:17 PM by Webmaster Troop433ga

We ask that all parents please complete our time and talent survey.

Some of our best resources exist right under our noses. Whether it is a learned skill, resources, or contacts, our scouting parents can provide quite a bit of leadership and training opportunities for our Scouts.

To get a better understanding of what we have, we'll ask you about your talents - things that can potentially be used to benefit the Troop.

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.

Foothills Chicken Sheet

posted Oct 1, 2013, 5:31 AM by Scott Lovell   [ updated May 17, 2016, 5:26 AM ]

The Foothills Chicken Sheet is a newsletter that is full of information about Scouting events in our district. This includes programs like YLT and accomplishments by troops and packs. I encourage you to sign up and start receiving this newsletter in your email. 

To view the Newsletters directly, click this link:

We Are Only Leaders

posted Aug 23, 2009, 12:56 PM by Webmaster Troop433ga   [ updated Aug 23, 2009, 12:57 PM by Scott Lovell ]


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We are not experts. We're your next door neighbors. We're not perfect, we are just parents like you. We don't have anymore spare time or energy than you do, we all work full time and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.

The only difference between us is that we believe in what Boy Scouting has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our miles, and our talents to help our sons and your sons grow in Scouting.

We complete authorization forms, budgets, and registrations, and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork that you will never see. We are required to take 13-20 hours of training the first year, as well as attend Roundtable meetings every month, so that we can meet our greatest challenge- providing a variety of programs which meet the needs and interests of very individual boys.

We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don't have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others. Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions, We run out of steam. We have memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by. But that doesn't mean we don't care.

So many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. "How do I keep my boy's attention?" "What are your ideas for the ceremony?" "How do you work with boys in three different grades?"

Our dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, tour permits, and merit badge cards for each and every boy in the troop. A couple of them won't show up, and don't think to call and let us know. Sometimes we feel unappreciated.

Yet, these boys can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when they say "Thank You" it makes it all worth it.

We help these boys build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly... is encouraged by the Scout Oath and Law.  And sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the boys. But we are willing to keep learning.

Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not the kind of Boy Scout Leader you would be if you had the time. Instead, provide us with encouragement or offer your help.  Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

We are, after all, only mentors...role models...leaders.  Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these boys, your boys, the most precious gift we have to offer- the gift of time.

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