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Welcome to the official website of Troop 133 (Indianapolis, IN) in the Northeast District of Crossroads of America Council of BSA.

TROOP 133 - THE ACTION TROOP!

CELEBRATING OVER 75 YEARS OF SCOUTING (Founded 1940)

T-133 Trailer @ Summer Camp

2013 Northeast District Troop of the Year

2014 Troop Golden Spike Award for Northeast District

2016 Northeast District Troop of the Year

Turkey Run Bridge

"Scouting's greatest strength is the bringing together of children of infinite promise with adults of good character"  Lord Robert Baden Powell - Founder of Boy Scouts

 

 

Recharter Due

Posted on Nov 29 2020 - 5:09pm

Troop 133/1033 families,

Recharter is due now.  Please follow the link to renew your membership in T133/T1033.  We need your commitment before  the Troop commits to paying registration dues to council.  

Patrol Parents Wanted!

Posted on Nov 29 2020 - 5:07pm

Patrol Parents Wanted!

Last spring, T133 and T1033 were in the process of setting up a Patrol Parent system.  Patrol Parents were going to coordinate transportation for scouts within each patrol to and from campouts.  This plan would allow our Scoutmasters (SM) and their assistants (ASMs) to focus more on scouting and would have enhanced parent-to-parent communication and support within the troops. 

Although we are not going on any campouts for a while, T133 and T1033 are in need of Patrol Parents more than ever!   Under our current COVID “plan-B” situation, the SMs and Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs) will be working closely with our Patrol Leader Council (PLC) to plan weekend activities that are focused on fun and advancement.  Patrol Parents will then help coordinate the necessary parental support make these plans run successfully.  Scouting is SCOUT LED.  But under COVID, our scouts (and their parents) will need some extra help keeping in touch with each other.  

Some sample Patrol Parent duties might include:
- Working with an ASM (or delegating another parent) to set up small meetings (zoom or otherwise) between patrol leaders and the rest of their patrol to prepare for outdoor events/plan advancement activities
- sending emails to parents to make sure everybody is “in the loop,”
- helping the SMs and ASMs find additional parent volunteers when needed
- fielding basic questions from other parents about dates, times, etc.
- making sure somebody brings a box of instant hot chocolate packets to keep the patrol warm on chilly winter days! (The Troops will be bringing the Jet Boiler to our outdoor events).

Volunteering as a Patrol Parent is a small job that will go a long way towards helping T133 and T1033 operate smoothly during these challenging times. 

Please contact Danna Kostroun if you are interested in volunteering as Patrol Parent at dkostroun@gmail.com

Troop 133/1033 - Hybrid Model - Dec 2020 and beyond

Posted on Nov 23 2020 - 12:07am

Troop 133/1033 families,

Thank you to all of you who attended the parent meeting last Thursday.  After reviewing the feedback we received from that meeting, we have decided to attempt a hybrid model of scouting over the next few months to keep scouts engaged while prioritizing safety.  

We will plan outdoor in-person meetings one Saturday/month to work on a scouting activity. The first event will be EcoGames/orienteering on December 12 at Belzer.  Future events will be determined by the incoming youth leadership team. We will avoid overnight outings and meetings indoors until further notice.  Masks, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene are required at all events.

Plan Outline:
- One Saturday/month for outdoor scout activity/craft, with older scouts leading younger ones to promote advancement at all levels.
- Zoom Parent meetings on the Mondays following Saturday events.
- New Patrol Leader Council (PLC) to participate in New Youth Leadership Training to prepare for their roles as leaders. Date/location TBD. 
- PLC will meet to plan outings/activities and to discuss the needs of the Troop and the individual Patrols they represent. Frequency and location TBD. 
- Zoom to be utilized by Troop when necessary. For example, by Patrol to work on rank related advancement, to prepare for outings, for Boards of Review (BOR), etc.

This plan will only succeed with high parental involvement. We plan to revitalize the “patrol parent” initiative that we launched last year.  We need at least one parent per patrol to coordinate scouts’ advancement.  This work will involve communicating with other parents to arrange meetings among patrol members (either on zoom or in person) so they can work on their rank advancement and/or merit badges as a cohort.  Patrol parents will also coordinate with assistant scoutmasters and merit badge counselors to make sure scouts have the information they need to advance and that their advancements are properly recorded in the troops’ records.   

Also be on the lookout for a Path to Eagle Workshop led by Jerry Phillips in December/January.  This workshop will cover the timing and art of completing the final stages of the Eagle requirements: the Eagle Project, the Eagle Binder, and the Eagle Board of Review.   

Scout Holiday Gift Ideas 2020

Posted on Nov 22 2020 - 9:41pm

Dear Families of Troops 133 and 1033,

If you are looking for a holiday gift that will support your family’s scouting activities, we hope you will find this little flyer helpful. The suggestions are based on our observations and experiences from “the field.” We are working on a more comprehensive list of gear and shopping tips that we will post on a dedicated page on the troop website. In the meantime, we hope this flyer sparks some ideas and brings you cheer. We wish you and your scout the very best for this holiday season!

The Adult Leaders of T133 and T1033
November, 2020

No Scout Meeting on Monday 11-23-20 due to Thanksgiving Break

Posted on Nov 22 2020 - 6:46pm

The PLC and Scouts will NOT meet on November 23,2020 due to the Thanksgiving Break.

Enjoy the holiday.

Scout Meeting on Monday 11-16-20 - Schedule Change

Posted on Nov 15 2020 - 10:05pm

Monday, 11-16-20, will be the last in-person Scout meeting for a while. Leaders will do all we can to ensure safety, social distance, warmth, etc. Everyone should be prepared for most of the Scout Meeting to be outdoors if weather permits. If you do not feel safe, or have concerns, please stay home.

Elections of Youth Leaders will be a part of the Scout Meeting on Monday. This will include Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders. Scouts who have an interest in being a part of the Youth Leadership Team should contact their Scoutmaster to confirm their eligibility for the leadership position they are considering to be a candidate.

Younger scouts (Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class) will focus on advancement, so come prepared with any paperwork or records of completed requirements for adult leaders to sign off. We will also have leaders ready to teach skills as needed.

Older scouts (First Class, Star, Life, Eagle) can either assist with advancement or begin 90-day Eagle required Merit Badge courses offered by Mr Huizinga (Personal Management) and Mrs Leffler (Physical Fitness, Family Life). These MB courses will be limited in class size and scouts can RSVP on the Troop calendar. Due to the limited class size, these MB courses are geared towards first class and above scouts, but exceptions can be made for scouts close to first class if space remains available.

To all Leaders on this email, we are doing the best that we can based on the information that we are receiving. We will meet on Monday as a Troop, but it is not known when we will all be together again. I hope it is soon. The Scout Program is intended to be a very social endeavor. It was not meant to be completed in isolation, or on Zoom remote meetings. However, we will do what we need to do to accommodate rank advancement and merit badges.

Our leadership has been discussing multiple options going forward. A Parent Meeting via Zoom will be planned soon to replace the scheduled Parent Meeting that was planned for Monday. An email invite will be sent in advance of this virtual meeting. 

If you have any questions, please address them to Steve Ferguson

Steve Ferguson
Committee Chair
Troop 133 and Troop 1033

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