Troop 333 - A Flexible Homeschool Troop!

Troop 333 was formed so that your family can make the choices it needs.

Once you join 333, a scout will not be removed for discontinuing homeschooling. Troop 333 is officially a homeschool troop, but this troop will encourage families and students to make whatever educational choices that are in the best interest of that family.

Situations change as our children grow and life can throw us a curve ball which necessitates utilizing schools, courses and non-traditional education outside of the home. This troop understands and respects that need.

Troop 333 serves North Mecklenburg, South Iredell and West Cabarrus Counties including the cities of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville, Kannapolis, and Charlotte metro.

Whether your scout needs special education services, public or private school for economic reasons,a military deployment or even college prep, Troop 333 will not require you leave our troop. Our by-laws state the opposite so families will know they are protected. We believe the friendships achieved as young men grow are very important. So is the support needed when life forces us to make changes in school choice.

We require that families be supportive of the homeschooling choice. Schooled friends whose families are supportive of homeschooling will also be allowed to join the troop.

Adult supervision of the boys and clear delineation of appropriate behavior, language, and topics will be the responsibility of leadership. We believe that children are to be guided and led so that the experience for everyone is a positive one. If you agree, then we may be the troop for you!

When: Tuesday nights - 6:30-8:30pm first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month.

Where: Contact us through the email form for the location for troop meetings. We will be having our meetings at a central location for scout families within the Huntersville area. With families from Charlotte to Cornelius, and Huntersville to Rockwell (Cabarrus County).

Parent Participation: We will encourage all parents to participate to the level which they are able and interested. This includes females in leadership roles. We will happily encourage and utilize any and all members’ skill sets. Dads will be required to join new scouts on the first camp-outs. If this sounds good to you, read on!

Family Participation: “They went on the ark two by two, and off three by three.”

Our troop number is 333. This represents our mission to be “The Family Troop”. This troop intends to honor the family unit. Families will be allowed to participate and see the boys in action in their patrols at meetings and most events. We believe that the patrol integrity can be maintained while families are present and do not have to be cut off from each other at troop events. (Besides, campfire skits are more fun with a larger crowd!)

Cost: This is usually a concern but not for Troop 333! Our troop will be focused on helping the boys support themselves through a variety of fundraising opportunities, which will also give them experience and gain real world skills. The leadership is very creative which will allow the boys to earn the best return on time invested. All scouts will be credited with a generous PSA (Personal Savings Account) percentage of sales so they can potentially pay for their own expenses including summer camp! You will find these fundraising activities will further enhance your homeschool education.

There are initial costs for registration and a scout uniform, but the boys will raise their funds and that time spent will be FUN and educational! If you agree with this concept, read on.

Religion: This troop will be strictly following the Boy Scouts of America guidelines regarding religion. Boy Scouts of America® does not require a faith statement or membership in a particular church or faith, and discriminatory behaviors by any members of the troop will not be tolerated. BSA has a policy of inclusiveness. If you agree, read on!

Camping Skills: Camping and survival skills are a cornerstone of the BSA program. A systematic preparation at meetings and events will ensure successful and positive experiences during camping trips.

Boy Led: This troop is committed to the ideal of a boy led troop.

The very creation of this troop is borne out of the leadership and decisions of the boys who are starting it. Troop leadership understands that boys cannot just be thrown together and told to make decisions. This troop recognizes leadership will need to teach boys how to make their own decisions, come to a consensus, and set personal, patrol and troop goals. These skills will be actively taught, while providing guidance for presentation, public speaking, problem solving and conflict resolution as needed.

To read more about our troop, including our philosophy, Rank Advancement and Merit Badges please visit us at http://www.thefamilytroop.org