2016 News (and earlier)
On the evening of Sunday November 13, 2016 the dining hall at Camp Grimes was destroyed by fire. It has been determined that the fire originated in the kitchen and was the result of an accident. It was not caused by arson, nor related to the wildfires in western North Carolina.
Thanks to the efforts of firefighters from across McDowell County, the open shelter adjacent to the dining hall was saved, along with the rest of the camp property. No one was injured by this fire.
Although Troop 33 has attended summer camp at other camps over the past few years, Camp Grimes has been one of our council camps for 40 years. Many of the Scouts who have passed through Troop 33 remember this facility from their summer camp experiences. Troop 33 has invested a great deal of time and resources over the years assisting in the maintenance and improvement of the camp property. This is a great loss for our local Scouting community.
If you would like to contribute to the clean up and replacement efforts, please click Go Fund Me - Camp Grimes.
For the official statement from our Council Executive, Mark Turner, click Full Story
From September 16th through 18th we will visit the North Carolina coast. This trip will include black water canoeing on the Rice's Creek, a service project, and a visit to the USS North Carolina in Wilmington. We will camp at Carolina Beach State Park.
See main Trip Page here: Coastal Carolina - Sep 16
As you know, the 75th Anniversary of Scouting at Sardis event is coming up at the end of August. You have an opportunity to order special t-shirts to commemorate the event. These shirts will be available for purchase to all members, friends, and family of Troop 33, Troop 133, and Pack 33.
The shirts will be Kelly green, and available in both cotton and synthetic materials.
The cost per shirt is as follows:
Available sizes are:
The deadline for taking your orders is midnight on Thursday August 11th by email to Kendal M.
Payment may be made to Troop 33 and brought to Monday night's meeting.
Scouts, Scout Masters, and Troop parents,
Thanks for all your responses. Please contact Mr. Marsh for the attachment with the responses to date. Please let him know if he has missed someone
I have noted all the tools that everyone will bring. Please ID then with your name or other markings.
Here are a few last minute reminders for everyone participating.
E ETA: Eat breakfast prior to arriving at the Scout Hut 7:15 AM
Clothing: Long pants and long sleeved shirts, closed toed shoes, gloves
Late arrivals to the project and parking:
· The bus and trailer will be parked adjacent to the club house
· That is the drop off location
· Additional vehicles will need to park in the Christ Lutheran Church parking lot adjacent to the Essex Condominium complex.
· There is a cut through from the parking lot to the work site.
· Early departures can be picked up at the bus.
4:00 PM – Begin loading tools and equipment to return to the Scout Hut
4:30 – Should be ready for pick up at the Scout Hut
The 2017 Troop 33 BBQ is just around the corner. Our wood supplier has dropped off some wood that we need to cut, split and stack so that we can clear the hut area for the 75th Anniversary celebration in August. With that in mind, we are going to hold a Wood Day on May 14th. Details are as follows:
When: Saturday May 14th from 8:00-1:00
Where: At the pit area
Who: We need 15-20 adults and all scouts
What will we be doing: Cut, split and stack the wood behind the scout hut. Cover when done.
What is needed:
Food: Need a team of folks to put together donuts, coffee, drinks, snacks and light lunch
Please let me know if you plan to attend (Or not). This will help with logistics and food planning.
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We will hold a T-33 'Yard Sale’ for Scout Needs on Monday Night , Feb 29, 2016. The purpose is to provide all an opportunity to obtain any used Scout Supplies <Scout Uniforms/Boots, Camping needs (such as packs, sleeping bags, ground pads)> at an affordable price. Also for those that have extra Scout items to recoup some of their cost.
If you have any items you want to sell, bring them to the meeting on either Mon, Feb 22, 2015 (and I will store in the Shelter) or Mon, Feb 29, 2016 on or before 7:00 p.m.When you bring your items, you will need to have it tagged with the seller's name and price (Painter's Tape with seller's name and price works well). We will have all of the items for sale underneath the shelter. I will act as the cashier to collect money from the buyer for sold items and return it to the seller at the end of the meeting on Monday, Feb 29, 2015. Any unsold items will go back to the seller.
Suggested items for the Sale
Hydration packs (Camelbacks)
Any other Miscellaneous camping items that may be of value to others.
We will be exploring Worley’s Cave in Bluff City, Tenessee. The cave has been called the “best natural spelunking spot this side of the Mississippi.”
**Important: See main page here: Worley's Cave - Jan 15 and read attached Word Document which contains absolutely required equipment!
BSA has released new requirements for each of the ranks effective Jan 1, 2016. The wording has changed on most all requirements, but that does not necessarily make it different. “In general,” there are more/new requirements. Scout through First Class have the most changes. Some requirements which existed for higher ranks have now been moved to lower ranks. See 2016BoyScoutRequirements 8.14.2015 for a side by side comparison.
There is a transition period for those who joined BSA prior to Jan 1, 2016. See Transitioning New Requirements 2016 … this document explains it pretty clearly. Please read this asap.
I still have work to do and need to work with the Scout Leaders so that we all have the same understanding, but please send me any questions / concerns and I will work to get an answer. Also, see 2016BoyScoutrequirementsFAQs.
***My assumption will be that each Scout will continue to work on their next rank using the old requirements until such time as they must convert to the new requirements (again, see Transitioning New Requirements 2016 ). If, however, you want to switch to the new requirements, please let me know so I can focus on that specific rank/Scout.
There will be additional communication forthcoming.
Happy New Year
On Saturday, December 12th we'll be spending the day cleaning out the warehouse at Jackson Park Ministries near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Jim Emery from Jackson Park will be attending our 12/7 meeting to give us a preview of our workday, and answer any questions you may have.
I will need all headcounts by Monday night’s meeting, 12/7.
Link to Jackson Park's website jacksonpark.org