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A Troop Calendar That WORKS!!

Evening Everyone,

Check out the new and improved Troop Calendar.

Link is on the Troop Calendar page. Click on it and it will take you to a Google log in page. If you OR your Scout has a Google account, you can now add the Troop Calendar to your account!


Camp outs

March 15-17 – Good Turn at Seven Ranges
April 12-14 – Scout Skills at NLFGC
May 17-19 – Mohican Canoeing
June 16-22 – Summer Camp – NLFGC
July 11-14 – Summer trip – Gettysburg
Aug 9-11 – Court of Honor – Place TBD

Hetuck District Klondike Info

Evening Everyone,

PLEASE pass this info on to your Scout if they are attending the Klondike January 18th – 20th.

This will also be shared on our Troop Facebook Page and our website:

See this link for all Klondike related materials:

Klondike is coming up and there are skills and gear ALL Scouts will need to be familiar with to compete.  This is shaping up to be a very Scout Skills intensive Klondike.    We have gone over fire building and other Scout skills the past few meetings and camp outs, and we will go over lashings this coming meeting.

From the above Council link, click on the Resources Tab.   The two items all Scouts need to be familiar with are the

Equipment List and the Waterless Stew Recipe.

The Equipment List has required Patrol and Scout gear listed.  If your Scout does not have the correct winter gear, they will not be allowed to compete.    DO NOT go out and buy a snow suit/pants.  If you have them, wear them, if not, make sure your Scout is layered up and has extras as needed.  We will make sure each Patrol has the required gear.

The Waterless Stew Recipe is for lunch.  They will be cooking “on the trail” at whatever city they happen to be at during lunch time.    We will have two sleds competing right now, so we will need two meals.     As you can see from the link, this is an older recipe, from an older event, and it was typed out on a typewriter!  Scouts these days do not make a lot of stews.    They will have to for this Klondike.   After Monday’s meeting, a couple Scouts from each Patrol will be tasked w getting the food and precutting/packaging as needed.   We will go over it on Monday.  IF your Scout will not eat a stew, please send something to supplement the meal for them, that does not need to cook, would probably be best.

Again, please pass this on to your Scouts.   They need this info!!

We have approximately 12 Scouts attending this event right now.   If your Scout is coming in for the day Saturday, make sure they are at the Scout building by 7:30 am at the latest.    We have a few Scouts with sports conflicts that will be there later in the morning.   We also have three older Scouts, including our SPL, that cannot attend due to Band Solo/Ensemble.   Cole Carter will be our acting SPL.

The Klondike is $20 per Scout.  Patrol food will be an additional fee.  I would guess $5.00 or so each, but we will have to see.   The Assistant SM’s, the PLC, and I will look over the lunch meal recipe and discuss.   We will let you all know ASAP.    For Adults, it is $10 a person, plus our breakfast and lunch cost, TBD.

If your Scout has NOT signed up, but wants to participate, please let us know by Friday, January 11th.  

Have a great week!


Mr. Durkin

Scoutmaster Troop 933

330-806-1574 Cell/Text

Winter Camping and Polar Bear Time is Here!

The months of November thru March are Polar Bear time!
Click on the link for info on this award.  POLAR BEAR!!

The Polar Bear is a five year award.  First years receive the center patch in the picture above.

Need warm gear?   See our Links/Forms page above for a gear list.   Any questions?   Ask an older Scout, our SPL, or an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Now let’s go camping!!!

Yankee Peddler 2018

The 46th Annual Yankee Peddler Festival

Yankee Peddler 2018 is almost upon us.  In little over a month, we will once again be on the midst of our biggest fundraiser of the year.   This year we are only tweaking our menu a little bit, with the addition of Potato Chips for our sandwiches and Skewers for our… PICKLES!!

Mrs. Carter is once again leading our team.   She did a fantastic job last year.   Everyone really got together and made it a great year.

Assisting her with the scheduling of hours is Mrs. Allen.   She has sent out an email for families to start the sign up process.   We will need a good mix of veteran and new Scout families to insure that our high quality is maintained.  Also, this will make sure that the institutional knowledge the veteran volunteers have is passed down to the newer families.  This will be invaluable going forward as our Troop skews younger with the addition of new Scouts and their families.   So, please be flexible if we ask people to move around or to lead a days efforts.

From her email, with additions:

For each weekend we need:

2 cooks (Historically adult men due to working with fire and the cooker. Will wear period apparel.  Provided by the Troop). Start @ 0630 and get that fire going!

7 women (4 for Moms booth, 2 for Pie booth, and one floater. Will wear period apparel.  Provided by the Troop).

10 Scouts (wear red troop shirts, troop hats, sturdy boots, and solid colored pants with belts.)

2-4 adult walkers t(o supervise the Scouts and lend assistance as needed).

The festival runs from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm each day. Scouts and other parents not cooking must arrive BY 9AM. (The start time may be earlier for the first Saturday of the festival). So plan on a full day, 9:00 am to approximately 7:00 pm, or until released by the Adult in charge for the day. We have to staff full days before we can look at partials.

For more information, please see her email from July 19th, it goes into a lot more detail.

Thank you for all your efforts in support of YOUR Scouts!!

Now, get signed up!!


Upcoming Events!!

Here is our updated events list thru October 1st.   Camp outs this coming year will be decided at the Troop Planning Meeting.    Any questions?   Let the PLC and Mr Durkin know.

Troop Calendar will be updated soon.

July Camp out
July 27 – 29th
Camp Tuscazoar
Scouts $5-10 (TBD by head count)
Adults $5-10 TBD

August Campout
Aug 10 – 12th
Camp Manatoc
Shooting Weekend
$30 for all ($25 includes shooting, camping, and lunch in dining hall.  $5 for Patrol Food)

Court of Honor
August 13th
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Lawrence Township Park
Covered Dish Dinner
(Rain date Tuesday Aug 14th)

OA Ordeal (OA Members Only)
Aug 17 – 19th
Seven Ranges
Ordeal $55.00
Brotherhood $35
Member $15
See Council website for details

Yankee Peddler
Set up: Sept 4 – 7 (Times TBD)
Festival: Sept 8/9, 15/16, 22/23

OA Fall Fellowship (OA Members Only)
Sept 28 – 30th
Seven Ranges

July 30th
Aug ???
Sept 24th

Troop Meetings
July 23rd
Aug 6th
Aug 20th  (Elections)
Aug 27th   (Troop Planning Meeting??)
Sept 10th  (Class A Uniform)
Sept 17
Oct 1st
Oct 8th

Summer Camp 2018 Recap

Evening Everyone,


I wanted to take some time to recap our Troop’s 2018 Summer Camp experience.

First, the good stuff I can’t wait to share…

The Dining Hall.   The food was 100% better than last year.   So that was a big help.  It was very hot and humid the majority of the week.   And then the rain came, too.   It was a difficult week, but a rewarding week.   There were amazing highs, and disappointing lows.   Here is a run-down of some of the highlights…

Merit Badges:  your Scouts earned 52 Merit Badges this past week, and we had only one partial.  They ran the gamut from our First Year Scouts earning Nature and Leatherwork, to 3 Scouts earning Forestry, 1 Scout taking Wilderness Survival (without anyone else from our Troop in the class), 1 Scout taking Fish and Wildlife Management, and a few Scouts knocking out Eagles badges like Swimming, First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, and Environmental Science.   I spoke to many of the MB Counselors or their directors during our week in camp, and our Scouts behaved, for the most part, as Scouts in the classes.   We have all the blue cards, and they will be turned in to Mrs. King to process.   Scouts will be recognized for their achievements at our next Court of Honor, scheduled for August.

Camp Honors:   Once again the drum sounded calling those who earned their Pipestone honors.  21 out of 22 eligible Scouts earned it, with one just falling short, but already saying he will get it next year.   Pipestone is an honor.   It honors those campers who have finished the requirements for their year.   Scouts are allowed to talk to their parents about the ceremony, and Scouts from their “year”.   They may not discuss it with younger Scouts.   Thereby maintaining the programs mystique, without any spoilers.  If ANY parents have ANY questions about the program, please see me, Mr. King, or Mr. Longworth as we are all 5th Year Pipestone holders who have volunteered to help run the program over the past few years and have a good insight in the program.

Open Program:   Scouts had many opportunities for exploration during the afternoons at camp.  As always, the Trading Post was a major attraction.   I always try to nudge the Scouts away from big dollar purchases at the Trading Post.   They do not accept returns on most items, unless there is a defect in the item.   So Scouts buying knives, hammocks, and other more costly items would really be better served to go through a retailer back at home that offers warranties and returns.   (They are kids and no matter what we say, that shiny knife w a black spider on it is waay cool, and they buy it.)

Shooting Sports offered Cowboy Action Shooting on Tuesday night.  Limited by time and day light to 40 participants, Scouts and adults shot at various targets using 22 caliber revolvers, lever action rifles, and a 20 gauge shotgun.   BSA and NRA certified range officers worked individually w Scouts while on the range.  Rifle, shotgun, archery, and tomahawks were always available.   Joe Tharp won us a watermelon in an archery contest one night.

The Waterfront offered swimming, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, and again this year, the Iceberg.

Outdoor Skills added a new climbing tower that Scouts of all ages were able to utilize.

Tuesday was also a Carnival night on the reservation.  Scout could play many carnival inspired games at the Outdoor Skills area.

Scouts also worked on their Merit Badges during Open Program.

Other events:  There were two main campfires while in camp, Sunday night and Friday night.   There was a Vesper Service on Wednesday night.   The Order of the Arrow held a Tap Out ceremony on Wednesday.   Travis Wood was selected by his fellow Scouts to be an Ordeal candidate to the order.  Good Luck Travis!    Cody Walter was a first time ceremonialist at the ceremony and did a fantastic job.

What else?  We had one sprained ankle that required an x-ray.  Scout is ok.   Various Scouts had blisters.  Mrs Brenner and Mr. Peterson handled all the medical issues this past week.   I had to leave camp Tuesday night for a personal medical issue and returned Wednesday morning in time to catch up with our first years taking a break at the Trading Post.

And now the not so fun stuff…

  1. Personal Gear. Scouts must have their names on everything they bring.  Hats, shirts, ponchos, books…  all of it.  We have to search for owners of misplaced gear all the time.  Also, it leads to Scouts getting upset over missing gear.
  2. Packing for camp.  Scouts really need to know what is in their packs and where it is.   I always found that working with my son insured he knew where is gear was those first couple years.   Gather the gear with your Scout, but let them pack it.
  3. Merit Badge Prereq’s. We have pushed this for months.  The work done at home helps the Scouts at camp.   The prereq’s are there for a reason.    Usually they involve requirements that take time that counselors do not have at camp.   We stress them to the Scouts multiple times in the lead up to Summer camp each year, and each year there is some sort of issue that comes up.
  4. Scout Spirit. Every year Every Scout hits the breaking point.   At some point in time the heat, the rain, the homesickness, the tiredness etc etc all come together to make mundane moments explosive.   Tempers flare, words are said, gear goes flying and feelings and pride are hurt.   In these instance, sometimes a calming word from an adult helps, other times it does not.  IN all these instance we are aware of, we try to work through the issue.   We cannot catch 100% of these moments.  If any of your Scout feels like they were in a situation like this that was not handled by an adult, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Which leads me to this difficult discussion.

  1. Bullying. Kids pick on each other and can be mean, it happens.  Even in Scouts, we are not immune to this.   Bullying has many forms, and sometimes kids interrupt situations differently.  What one Scout regards as funning or playing around, another Scout may feel they are being bullied, especially if they are targets of this in school or in their neighborhood.   Bullied is a word I don’t use lightly, or take lightly, and it was used by a Scout to describe some behavior this week.   I have spoken to ALL the Scouts involved and will follow up as needed.   I have not had a chance to speak to all the parents, but I will soon.  I will be talking about this with all of our Scouts at the next meeting, on Monday July 2nd.   We can not tolerate this kind of behavior and will work with all parties involved to make this a good learning moment for all involved.   Our Troop is governed by the Scout Oath and Law.  ANY and ALL accusations of bullying will be investigated by our Troop Adult leadership.   BSA has adopted policies to address this issue, here is a link to their info on it:

In summary:

This was such a rewarding week overall.   The good far outweighs the bad, but the bad must be addressed.   At our next Troop Committee Meeting, this Tuesday, June 26th, we will discuss these issues and what we can do better as adult leaders to serve our Scouts.   We will look at the other issues we encountered and come up with corrective actions to overcome them in the future.   There is always room for improvement.

So, Congratulate your Scout for their achievements!   They all grew so much over the week.  All the adults who attended saw the work they put in and can attest to their growth.

I want to thank the adults whose help made Summer Camp 2018 possible:

Mrs. King and Mrs. Venditti:   for taking care of merit badge sign ups and making sure we were all paid up!

Mr. Peterson:  for attending the beginning of the week, working with out first years, and dispensing medicine.

Mr. Polen.    For 7 years now he has attended with his sons from WRC to his 5th year of Pipestone.   His help is invaluable.  His attitude and fun loving nature is infectious.

Mr. Kellman.  Very glad you made it and we shared a memorable Friday night in the woods.

Mr. Lott.  Thank you for your guidance and in depth knowledge of Scouting.

Mr. Longworth.   You are our constant rock.   I can never thank you enough or repay you for your steady hand and encouraging words.

Mr. King.  You are the mainsail of this ship.  Without you we would not sail as we do.

Mrs. Brenner.   There are no words.  You are a true Scout at heart, and to me, an ideal Scouter.

The Stutzman’s for helping with our med bag issues.
Mrs. Carter for the fantastic photo, as always.
Mr. Luckring for hauling the trailer to camp.

If I forgot anyone, man am I sorry.

For Mr. Polen…
356 days till 7R Week 1, Summer Camp 2019, June 16th, 2019!!

Hope everyone’s gear is coming clean, I finally have mine done and mostly put away

ANY questions or concerns, please let me know

Mr. Durkin

Scoutmaster Troop 933
330-806-1574 Cell/Text

Summer Camp: Sunday Meet up and Itinerary

Morning Everyone,

Here is our game plan for this coming Sunday:

1. Meet at Building: Sunday, June 17th @ 10:00 AM

When you arrive, please head into the building for check-in in first!!
IF it is not raining, place gear in area of flag pole, but not on table.

**Turn in any outstanding Med Forms
**Bring Medicine for Med check
**Turn in Scout spending money (zip lock bag w note on side or on piece of paper in it)

Wear Class A Uniform.   Hiking Boots. Scout shorts w swim trunks underneath if possible. Or a day pack w them and a towel for swim check.   No neckerchiefs or Merit badge sashes are needed.  (OA members should BRING their OA Sashes for Wednesday’s activities.)

***Bring sack lunch, nothing that needs refrigerated, we will eat at Camp when we arrive.***
Load Trailer.

2. Depart BY 11:30, takes approx. an hour to get to camp.

3. Arrive @ camp by approx. 12:30. Eat lunches.

4. Check in is 1:30 pm.

5. Swim check and camp site set up, parents if have stayed, should go home at this time. Then the Troop will get ready for dinner!

Let us know if you are planning on driving your Scout to camp.

***Please note we are meeting at 10 am, same as last year.***

ANY questions, please let me know.

Mr. Durkin
Scoutmaster Troop 933
330-806-1574 Cell/Text

Summer Camp is ALMOST HERE!!!

Here is our condensed Troop Schedule till Summer Camp:

Time is growing SHORT!!

We have NO MORE meetings till Summer Camp.

DUE ASAP   Med Forms (parts A, B, C, and copies of insurance card).  If cannot have forms by then, please make arrangements with Mrs. Brenner.

Also due:  Pipestone Wood!!   See our SPL Brandon to have it checked.


Sunday, June 17 – 23rd: Summer Camp @ 7R

And for our Arrowmen… the OA Schedule

Friday, June 1 -3rd: OA Spring Ordeal @ 7R

Friday, Aug. 17 -19th: OA Fall Ordeal @ 7R

Merit Badges for Summer Camp 2018!!

The 2018 Merit Badge list and prerequisites are posted to our Summer Camp page!

Click on links, and a PDF will open in another window.

All NEW Scouts will take Nature and Leatherwork.   There are prereq’s for Nature and Leatherwork requires that projects be purchased at the Trading Post.  So extra money will need to be sent to cover those.

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