A Few Facts
We're a large troop with over 100 Scouts, including 24 first-year Scouts. We've been around for over 60 years! Our Chartering organization is Los Altos United Methodist Church
, who provides the facilities that we meet in. Average attendance at any one meeting is about 70 scouts plus parents. Approximately 15% of our scouts achieve the rank of Eagle.
We balance activities with advancement to create a fun and well-rounded program for scouts. Our activities are funded on a pay-as-you-go basis, so we don't do fund raising. Dues (~$144/year) pay for council fees, Troop supplies, rank and merit badges, recognition awards and up-front activity registration deposits and fees.
Our scouts come from many Cub Scout packs in and around Los Altos: Packs: 33, 35, 36, 74, 76, 77, 80, 105, 426, 501. (Participation in Cub Scouts is not required in order to become a Boy Scout.)
"Scout led" means that the scouts plan and run the meetings and the outings. The boys get an opportunity to plan, prepare and implement the troop's activities, with some guidance from the leaders and parents. The troop believes that learning leadership skills is a key aspect of the scouting experience.
- Our troop was chartered in 1952. We have around 120 registered boys and about 70 are at any given weekly meeting.
- Troop 33 is all about having fun while following the Aims & Methods of Scouting within a supportive parent community.
- The troop goes on 9-10 campouts a year (one a month during the school year) with 1-2 high adventure trips in the summer (usually Philmont or Northern Tier).
- We offer 2 weeks of summer camp each summer; one in-council (Oljato) and one out-of-council (usually Emerald Bay or Wente)
- We have an impressive offering of service projects, activities, and outings and we have an active high adventure program.
First Year Program
New scouts coming into the troop are able to focus on building their scout skills and bonding with each other in this structured program that starts in March and continues to December. The "firsties" transition to the main troop during the winter. The program also allows for older scouts to exercise their leadership skills by serving as Troop Guides and Instructors to the new scouts. The First Year program enables new scouts to advance quickly through the early ranks - Tenderfoot
, Second Class
, to First Class
The parents of Troop 33 Scouts are highly involved and supportive - some of their activities include, serving on the Troop Committee, helping plan and organize outings, leading merit badge classes, handling a variety of troop communication and administration etc. Parent participation is required. The Scouts count on the parent community to enhance the whole scouting experience. We have also learned that when parents are engaged their sons also tend to go further and get more out of Scouting.
The scouts, their parents and the leaders all keep in touch through Google Groups email lists and our Google Site. There are separate lists for the main troop, the first year program, and for the adult leaders.
We meet weekly on Tuesdays at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, Creekside Center, from 7:30-9:00pm.
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Boy Scouting is for boys who are 11 years old, or have completed the fifth grade, or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.. Boys experience a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster to achieve the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Camping, fun with friends -- and more. It’s the adventure of a lifetime. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Boy Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.