Q: I see you are a Catholic Scouting group, are only those of Catholic faith welcome?
Q: What is the 633 "Family Scouting" Approach
Q: What is meant by Boy run?
Q: I heard about the changes allowing girls in ScoutsBSA, are they allowed to be with the boys and camp with boys campout?
Q: My scout is young and is not quite ready to be camping on his own yet, I am afraid he will not like it. How can you help him?
Q: Do we need to wait until the new school year to join?
Q: How Often do you Meet?
Q: Would my son need to attend every event?
Q: What is the process to join?
Q: Do I need to join the troop closest to my home?
A: No! In fact we have scouts of varying faiths join our troop as members or continue to join us on trips from other troops due to our rich program offerings
A. At the 633 family of scouting programs, we highly believe in the BSA's values in helping to shape our children however for those looking we see it as an opportunity to help bring families closer together as well. How do we do this? While there are many ways we can speak about, below are a few examples:
One Night One Location - Offer scout meetings on the same night. Many families have a scout in all three of our programs. This means less running around all week
Recognition & Celebrations - Scouting on all levels have formal events to recognize scouts rank achievements. At 633 we combine these so the older scouts participate in running the younger scouts awards forging a relationships with the younger scouts. The younger Scouts see the older scouts as role models as they witness the older scouts awards. Because of the larger format, our families from all three programs come to witness these ceremonies and have the opportunity to bond.
Service Hours - Where age appropriate, all three programs perform service to various institutions together allowing families to travel, work, and bond together.
Annual Program Campfire - A night of fun, food, music, and of course scout skits! This well attended event is a tradition at 633 where parents, scouts and other siblings come together
Other - Ask us about other opportunities for your family to thrive.
A: From the time your son joins, he will be part of team called a Patrol responsible for planning equipment, food, events for their various campouts and fun events. As they get older, the level of planning and execution increases and if they decide to go for their Eagle Scout rank, they will learn how to be a "Project Manager" through the process. At troop 633, we highly believe in what is referred to as the patrol method. The patrol method places youth in key leadership positions for a 6 month term such as:
Senior Patrol Leader: Responsible for planning and ensuring Patrol leaders are executing his plan. Typically and older scout, this is the only position reporting directly to the Scoutmaster utilizing business tools and assigned accountability. Tremendous growth and maturity is often observed.
Assistance Senior Patrol Leader: In addition to acting as backup to the SPL, the ASPL is responsible to ensure the roles below execute their responsibilities.
Quartermaster: Responsible for inventorying, repairing and/or replacing equipment
Scribe: In charge of recording notes and other important information
Webmaster: In charge of maintaining this website with the assistance of adult leadership.
Librarian: In charge in maintaining a library of physical and electronic materials such as merit badge books, cooking books, educational videos, etc.
Bugler: In charge of Bugle calls at campouts and formal events.
Chaplain Aid: In charge in ensuring faith is integrating into our activities
Historian: In charge of creating slideshows, tri-folds and other materials to record significant troop accomplishments.
A. Absolutely NOT! Below are the facts about allowing girls into ScoutingBSA changes:
Cub Scouts Ages 5-10: At this early age, the change is not noticed. Since Cub Scouts includes parent's/sibling, all scouts sleep with their families. At 633, we have had a girls program for years and integrated them via shared events. Essentially, we proved the model before BSA made the switch. In addition to larger stronger dens, we have also found stronger family support for both the individual scouts involved as well as the overall program!
Boy Scouts Ages 11-18: The program for boys will experienced NO changes. At the 633 family of scouting, we highly believe that at tween/teen ages boys and girls mature and develop at different ages and in different ways. As such, they each need to explore their worlds among their own. The Boy Scouts of America shares this view. Far more segmented than the cub scout program, the Girls have to belong to their own Girls Troop. What this translate to is ScoutsBSA - Girls troop meetings are their own, their leaders are their own, and their campouts will be their own. In fact, the Girls troop chartered as Troop 1633 to maintain their own identity within the larger 633 family of scouting.
A: While we are confident that our youth leadership will take him under their wing and make him feel welcome and comfortable, the adult leadership will ensure your son is able to overcome any fears. We have many successful stories we can share with you! Also, we welcome parents to come along on any and all our trips until we all feel they are ready. We simply ask that such parents take a step back as a parent and let the leaders lead. Your presence will go a long way and if your young scout is in need, they are welcome to seek your company.
A: No! Our scouting program features 12 months of camping and activities so now is always the best time to join!
A: Troop meetings are every Friday except when there is a campout. There is at least one campout per month. Check out our Calendar for more info!
A: No! There are many reasons why scouts are unable to attend. Sports, other faith or community commitments, or overall program preferences. Our busy program offers something for everyone and some scouts take full advantage of the opportunities while others pick and choose. While data has shown a scout who is more active is more likely to succeed if their goal is to make Eagle scout, the program can be individually tailored to their liking.
A: Please utilize the contact us link to schedule an initial call. We will then schedule time to meet your scout, provide the necessary application and information for uniform and supplies or if you are ready now check out our New Scout Registration Link.
A: No! We have multiple scouts attend our meeting who travel over 25 miles to get to our meetings!
All troops have their own culture & overall programs. Some are very hands on teaching on the trail or at the camps while others may be more instructional at meetings, may enjoy focusing on other aspects of scouting that another troop may not. Some may emphasize outdoors program while others may focus on cooking , STEM, and others. With that, you can count on all troops covering the same material required to become Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, all the way up to Eagle. The BSA clearly defines our paths.
There is no right or wrong approach, they are simply different and it's important to see if a particular program suits your son's needs the best.