Notes on Troop 33 Activities
Troop meetings begin at 7:00 sharp, and end at 8:30. Most are at the church, but watch for swim nights, gym nights, service projects, etc. at different locations. Your son will receive a handout the meeting before. If he is absent, we will try to mail it to him, or email it to you if we have your email address. (Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org)
We have a board of review generally at the first Troop meeting of every month (see schedule). Scouts passing Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, etc. must go before this board. They should have all of the requirements for the rank signed off in their book (except Scout spirit and Scoutmaster conference), and they should be in as full a uniform as possible (as they should be for every meeting).
Orienteering: We have several orienteering meets throughout the spring. They are at parks in the metro area. Orienteering is a requirement for the first class badge, and it is a fun sport for Scouts, using maps and compasses. We meet at the church at noon and return by about 4:00 pm, depending on where the meet is. Make sure you call Dave (922-4988) ahead of time if you are coming. If no one signs up, we wont go.
The merit badge clinic is generally for Scouts First Class and above. They are a good way for a Scout to at least begin a merit badge. There is usually one held each quarter, check the calendar for details.
Special events: The Waligazhu is a Scout skills contest covering first aid, lashing, knots and map and compass skills. Troops from all across the District are invited to this fast paced competition. It is usually held in late March, check the calendar for details.
Troop 33 families are invited to come to our Scoutmaster's house for a Sunday-after-Thanksgiving pot luck meal with Troop 100 (Hmong Scout) families. Troop 33 Scouts may also want to attend the Hmong New Year celebration with Troop 100 Scouts. Scouts and their families should check the calendars for the dates.
Court of Honor and Family Dinner: This is a family night. Scout badges are awarded to boys at the court of honor. All Troop 33 families should try to attend. We try to arrive by 6:15 pm. There is one in June and one in December.
Troop Committee Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month at the church. Some months the meetings are rescheduled so please call Bill Minge in advance to check on the current schedule. All parents are highly encouraged to participate in these meetings.
Overnights are the most important and most fun parts of Scouting! All Scouts should go on as many of these trips as they can.
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