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BOY SCOUT TROOP 33
First Lutheran Church - DeKalb, Illinois


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"Always an Adventure"




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    - Activities
    - Meetings
    - Membership
    - Our Community
    - Our Program
    - High Adventure
    - Advancement
    - Costs
    - Fundraising
    - Equipment
    - Adult Leaders
    - History
    - New Scouts




Troop 33 works to provide quality affordable program which will challenge, inspire, and educate.

Boys learn about things around them and discover things within them. Troop 33 Scouts have explored new horizons in 49 states and 20 foreign nations.

















ABOUT TROOP 33

 


ACTIVITIES

We have a tradition of combining outdoor adventure, leadership, citizenship, through an active vibrant program that challenges members to do their best.

A full and varied calendar of events attracts scouts with many interests. Camping, day trips, and other outdoor activities are the foundation of our program plus we also enjoy high adventure trips, historical tours, and other special events.

Service is a key element. We include community service in a wide variety of programs such as food drives, refurbished bicycles, helping at historic sites, etc. At a higher level Troop 33 has responded to national disasters including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes.

Scouting is a personal journey for boys ages 11-17.


MEETINGS

Mondays 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the basement of First Lutheran Church. Optional programs can run 7:30 to 8:00 or 8:30 p.m.

Regular weekly meetings prepare for our activities. Youth leadership positions influence what we do. Our adults don't decide our calendar, the Scouts do.


MEMBERSHIP

We have about 40-50 Scouts in our troop. The Scouts and Scoutmaster are supported by a Troop Committee. Parents are always welcome at our events.

Troop 33 is boy-run.
We strive to achieve the three aims of Boy Scouting - character, citizenship and fitness. Scouts plan our yearly calendar and troop activities.

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OUR COMMUNITY

DeKalb is a community of 45,000 residents with a rural character in the heart of the corn belt. Home to Northern Illinois University the state's second largest university campus. It's only an hour away from Chicago.

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OUR PROGRAM

We have an active outdoor program outdoors year-round, particpating in summer camp at Camp Lowden near Oregon, Illinois. We typically offer several activities each month, many of which are free.

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HIGH ADVENTURE

Our extensive High Adventure Program has included beaches, backpacking, bicycling, boating, caving, canoeing, dog sledding, horseback, international travel, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, snorkeling, snowshoeing, and much, much, more.

We've traveled from Canada to Central America, from Maine to Hawaii.

HIGH ADVENTURE PAGE

Climbing, camping, canoeing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, swimming, and so much more!


ADVANCEMENT

Boy Scouting provides a series of challenges through Advancement. A Scout can set goals and progress at his own pace as he meets each challenge. He completes the necessary steps to achieve goals and is recognized for each achievement. Through the advancement method Scouts gain self-confidence, acquire new skills and experiences, become more self-reliant, explore new areas of interest, and gain the ability to help others in need.

RANKS: Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class - Star - Life - Eagle

ADVANCEMENT PAGE - - EAGLE ROSTER


COSTS

Our annual troop dues are $48.00 which include registration, insurance, Boys Life magazine, and advancement awards. Scouts pay additionally to participate in the monthly outings, covering the cost of camping, food and transportation. Generally 75% of our activities are free. A week of summer camp is $265-$290. High Adventure trips vary in cost.

COST PAGE


FUNDRAISING

We have several fundraisers where Scouts can earn money. Our only product sale is popcorn. Other fundraisers include food booths, cowboy shoots, recycling, and pancake breakfasts. Boys can earn their way through Scouting by actively participating in our fundraising activities, though participation is not required.

FUNDRAISING PAGE


EQUIPMENT

Troop 33 owns tents, cooking equipment, canoes, and a fleet of trailers. Scout only need a uniform shirt, sleeping bag, eating utensils, and extra clothes.

EQUIPMENT PAGE



ADULT LEADERS

Troop 33 has 20 registered adult leaders plus several active and involved parents working year-round to keep our program running smoothly. The 20 member Troop Committee represents over 300 years of Scouting experience.

The three leaders below represent over 100 years of Scouting experience.



BOB SNOW - Chartered Organization Rep.

Bob has been continuously registered since joining Troop 33 as a Scout in 1961. He is an Eagle Scout. Outside Scouting he is an attorney, owns Parkside Bed & Breakfast, and serves on DeKalb City Council.


CHAD MCNETT - Committee Chairman

Chad joined Troop 33 as a parent. He coordinates several things including summer camp and winter camp. Outside Scouting he works as Community Relations Officer for the DeKalb Police Department.


CLIFF GOLDEN - Scoutmaster

Cliff joined Troop 33 as a Scout in 1965. Serving as Scoutmaster since Nov. 1976, programs have included 49 states and 19 foreign countries. Outside Scouting he works at Founders Memorial Library at Northern Illinois University.



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OUR HISTORY

Originally chartered as Troop 3 in 1925 with the DeKalb County Council, in 1928 our number was changed from Troop 3 to Troop 33. High adventure activities have included Philmont, Florida Keys, and trips throughout the United States and beyond. High adventure activities have taken Scouts to 49 states and 20 foreign nations.

Major service projects took place responding to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike and most recently Hurrican Sandy. Troop 33 has been featured in national magazines and in the recent book "Boy Scouts of America: a centennial history".


Group photo from 1935.

HISTORY PAGE - - NEWS STORIES



NEW SCOUTS

We welcome new members and visitors at any time. For more information, contact any of the leaders on our contact page or visit our Joining Page.


JOINING

Our troop is open to boys who are 11 through 17 years old.

HOW TO JOIN

If you qualify in one

(a) turned 11,
(b) completed fifth grade, or
(c) earned the Arrow of Light award

you can become a Boy Scout.

To become a Boy Scout, you’ll need to complete a youth application form. This is available from the Scoutmaster at a Monday night troop meeting.

We invite you to get a better sense for Troop 33 by attending a meeting or two, and possibly joining us on one of our monthly outings. Click here to contact us about joining.





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