We are a group of young men and dedicated adults having fun and adventure in the great outdoors while living the principles of the Boy Scout Oath and Law.Troop 333, chartered on February 1, 1963, has a rich history of leadership development and a tradition of service to the community.
A significant number of our Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout — a rank attained by fewer than 2% of all youth who enter the Scouting program.
The Troop follows the principles of a “boy-run troop” where Scouts, through their elected leadership, plan and execute the meetings, activities and outings. The adult leaders act as an ever present resource to help, advise and support them in achieving their goals, which they have indicated are:
- Make sure that Scouts have fun and learn at the same time.
- Keep scouts interested in advancement and stay involved in Scouting.
- Guide boys in planning the troop program.
- Provide leadership training and developmental opportunities for scouts.
For one week in June, Troop 333 headed to Camp Manatoc for Boy Scout Summer Camp. As usual for the last 40 years or so, we stayed at Buckeye campsite, which is an awesome campsite, not only because we stay there, but also because it is near the Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun ranges, along with the Trading Post (the camp store), and the Dining Hall, the largest Wormy Chestnut building in the world! Another tradition we are establishing, since they started selling hammocks at the Trading Post, is the “Hammock City” where everybody who brought a hammock from previous years or recently bought one, hangs them up in a close general vicinity. Everybody’s favorite night of camp is Wednesday night, or Family Night, where parents and siblings come out to the camp and bring dinner for their scout. One of the main purposes of camp is to start, and if possible, finish several merit badges. This year we had a ~75% completion rate overall with 56 badges finished. The most merit badges earned by a scout was 4, which several scouts did. In the end, everybody had fun, earned badges and made friends.
On the week of June 8, 2014, 4 Troop 333 scouts headed to Camp Butler, for a week at National Youth Leadership Training. Every year, many Boy Scout and Venture Scout Troops from the area send scouts out to Camp Butler, where they learn how to be better leaders in their home units. Some things that were taught there were better communication, helping newer people feel accepted, and better teamwork. Monday through Thursday each represented a ‘week’ in a ‘month’ of a troop. Each scout was put into a random group of 7 other scouts, in order to better model team building as it would be in a new troop. Unlike a new troop however, each day, a new set of two scouts got to be Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. All in all, there was a total of 14 teams, each with a corresponding color and design: solid or plaid colors, which were divided into 2 troops: Troop Fire for the solid patrols, and Troop Ice for the Plaid patrols. For meals, teams would have to prepare them themselves. Throughout the week, there were friendships made, along with good food. Each team also made a skit demonstrating what leadership meant to them. These were presented on Friday, after the groups spent most of the week working together on them. When all was said and done, everybody learned something new to take to their home units.
Over the weekend of January 24th, 14 patrols gathered at Camp Butler to partake in the 2014 Annual Klondike Campout, which was planned and run by Troop 333. As the host for this year’s Klondike, Troop 333 was responsible for coming up with a theme for the campout and with stations that relate to the theme. The theme chosen by the scouts of Troop 333 (almost unanimously) was “Lord of the Rings”. After around four months of planning, brainstorming, and preparing in general, each of the patrols was ready for the Klondike, with the result being the stations that were present on the Klondike: The Obstacle Course, Ladder Building, Fire-Making, Shelter-Building, Blind Tent-Building, First Aid, and the pièce de résistance: The Sled Race.
Finally, the day of the Klondike arrived, and with it came cold temperatures and a lot of snow. As the snow began to fall, the scouts of Troop 333 headed to their stations to wait for the competitors. As the day wore on, temperatures continued to hover at –5 to –2 degrees (not factoring wind chill). Overall, the competitors did well at the morning stations, but cold and hungry, everyone was glad to break for lunch back at their camps. At about 1:45 PM, after everyone had finished the stations, we were hit by a near complete whiteout. Fortunately, the snow cleared in time for the main event, The Sled Race. Among the winning patrols were The Rainbow Narwhals and The Fellowship, with The Fellowship winning first place overall.
On Saturday night, much like every year, the adults prepared a large dinner for the all of the scouts and adults who came to the campout. Pasta, meatballs, sausage, green beans, and cookies were served. After dinner, the top 3 patrols got prizes for their victory at the awards ceremony. First place got a ring on a chain and a bag of onion rings, second place got a staff with a yellow glow stick on top, and third place got a staff with a red glow stick on top. To top it off, after we went inside to unwind from the day, the adults put on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” for us to watch. When all was said and done, we had a great time on the campout.
Looking for information about Boy Scouting and area troops? Webelos I and II and their parents are invited to join Troop 333 for a special campout this November:
Webelos Campout and Turkey Roast (Vale Edge Cabin, Camp Manatoc) – Nov. 9-10, 2013
This event features Troop 333’s famous outdoor roasted turkey feast, with all of the trimmings, scouting skills stations developed by Troop 333 scouts, and opportunities learn more about Boy Scouting and Troop 333’s activities.
Troop 333 parents, leaders and scouts will be on hand to answer questions about the troop’s program and to share stories about the troop’s previous adventures. Please click on the link above for detailed information and to RSVP.
Ready to learn more right now? Feel free to browse our website and check out our Webelos page for info about troop meetings, upcoming events and more.
A First Class scout from Troop 333 of Hudson, Ohio gave his time and service to coordinate a warm clothing drive to benefit the less fortunate and homeless in Akron.
In December 2012, over 535 items of warm clothing, including hats, coats, and gloves, were collected and sorted by the Troop 333 First Class scout. These items were then distributed to Akron area homeless living under the Y Bridge by the Matthew 8:20 Mission, a street ministry in Akron. Hot soup, sandwiches, cocoa and coffee were also served to the homeless by the scout and his volunteer helpers as part of this project.
Bill Young, leader of the Matthew 8:20 Mission, mentioned that this was the largest one-time donation that that Matthew 8:20 Mission has received on behalf of the homeless and less fortunate. On the morning of the drop off, guests who partook of the donations expressed their gratitude and exchanged smiles with the scout and his helpers.
Troop 333 congratulates this scout on his first, and very successful, service project.