In many ways it's these small, seemingly unimportant achievements and the sometimes ridiculous ways we have of achieving them in Scouts which prepare us for the future.
As 1997 draws to a close, Troop 33 has over 40 members and remains one of the strongest, best Troops in the district. We are matched only by our Hmong friends in Troop 100, which is a troop composed of the children of Hmong immigrants, also run by Scoutmaster Dave Moore.
While my friends and I were busy having crazy adventures, the troop's leaders, Dave Moore, Bob Fulton, and Ted McLaughlin, were busy improving the roster through improved recruiting and actively seeking out Cub Scouts, stressing Troop 33's higher standards and greater number of campouts, which sets it apart from other Troops.
Troop 33 is strong right now. No matter what happens to it in the future, the Troop's impact upon hundreds of young men is too large to go unnoticed and uncelebrated.
Perhaps I'll send my children to Troop 33; perhaps my grandchildren. In writing this history I stopped short of thoroughly covering the seventies, eighties and nineties. Perhaps that is for a future Eagle project. The Scouts of these eras need to grow older before they can truly say what Scouting has meant in their lives.
In its 80-year existence, former Scouts attribute the following directly to their involvement in Troop 33:
-love of outdoors & camping
-rise to the occasion - you have the ability to do anything.
-accomplishment throug hard work and desire
-perseverance, to see a job to completion
-good work habits and leadership skills
-a desire to serve others
That is merely a summary. Not a single letter came back to me which did not have something to say about what Scouts had given them. To write it all down would fill many more pages. Instead, I will close with a quote from Neil Swanson, a Scout during the 1930's, which seems to speak for all in seeing the impact of Scouting on their lives:
- Neil Swanson
Good weather, watertight canoes, and good scouting!
- Ty Michael Lilja
December 25, 1997
Troop 33 History