Troop 233

BSA Troop 233 meets every Monday evening from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at Bradley United Methodist Church, located at 210 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana.  The church is located only one block west of the Hancock County Courthouse.  The third Monday (meeting) of each month is the Patrol Leaders Council meeting. 


The troop has a very active schedule that includes not just once-a-week meetings, but also frequent camping outings (approximately one weekend every month).  Weekend camping trips in the past couple of years have included trips to Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio, and numerous other state parks within a three hour drive of Greenfield.  A week each summer is spent at the 660-acre Ransburg Scout Reservation on beautiful Lake Monroe near Bloomington.  Educational field trips are periodically scheduled, and examples include visits to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio;  and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.   Special trips are part of the annual schedule and examples include  Patriot Point (USS Yorktown aircraft carrier) and Ft Sumter in Charlestown, South Carolina;  Pokagon State Park (near Angola, Indiana) for bobsledding in the winter;  and Perfect North Slopes (near Lawrenceburg, Indiana) for snow skiing and snow tubing in the winter.

 

Scouts in the troop are very active in both Order of the Arrow (national Scouting honor society) and in Firecrafter (an outdoors-oriented program within the Crossroads of America BSA Council).  Numerous Scouts from the troop have achieved both the Vigil level in Order of the Arrow and the Firecrafter level in the Firecrafter program.  Several have been honored with the the Mendocino award in Firecrafter.  Scouts from the troop have served at the Lodge level of the Order of the Arrow, with several having served at the Vice Chief or Chief level in the Lodge.  Scouts from the troop have also participated in the National Order of the Arrow Conference that is held every three years, including recent ones held at Michigan State University.

 

Scouts are encouraged to participate in leadership development such as Junior Leader Training (JLT) at the troop level, the National Youth Leader Training program (called "White Stag") at the Council level, and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at the national BSA level.

 

Numerous Scouts from the troop participated in recent National Jamborees that were held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and six of the Troop's Scouts attended the most recent one the summer of 2013 in the mountains of West Virginia adjacent to the New and Gauley rivers.  One of the older Scouts in the troop served on the 2013 Jamboree staff as an Order of the Arrow Trek Guide, leading visiting Scout troops on a 10-mile hike to the highest point of the Jamboree site, each day for seven days in a row.  The troop has had one Scout participate in each of two recent World Scouting Jamborees (the 2011 World Jamboree in Sweden, and the 2008 World Jamboree in England).    

 

In addition, troop leaders organize and execute two major Merit Badge programs each year, the Central Indiana Merit Badge University (the 8th Annual MBU is being held the weekend of May 6-8, 2016, with dozens of different merit badges being offered), and the Central Indiana Merit Badge "Eagle Academy" (the 5th Annual "Eagle Academy" will be held November 7, 2015) which focuses on the Eagle-required merit badges that Scouts must earn if they are to achieve Eagle Scout rank.  For more information on these two events please click on the "Home" link and/or the "News and Events" link on the left side of this page.

 

Troop 233 has produced numerous Eagle Scouts in recent years, with 15 achieving the rank in the past five years, and several more Life Scouts are in the process of completing their Eagle Scout service projects during 2015-2016.


For more information about the troop and/or to find out how a boy can join the troop, please email the Scoutmaster, Joe Calvert, at joe.calvert@fedex.com .