How to Join

Scouts BSA provides a program for young boys and girls that builds character, trains in responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.  The next few months will be very hectic (and a ton of fun) for your children as they get to know several Scout troops and attend many activities.


Registration for 2022 is open!  Please click here to join Troop 33.

What is Troop 33?

For information about Troop 33, click here.

What is the recruitment process?

  • We recruit approximately 24 new scouts each year. We have learned over the years that 24 is an optimal size for us to run an effective First Year Program although we consider adding more scouts when there is interest.
  • We will accept Scouts on a first come first serve basis. Your spot is reserved as of the date we have received both the youth application and payment (go to next page at the above link to register now).
  • All enrollment is contingent pending receipt of all documents before the First Year Parent Orientation Meeting.  No scout is allowed to participate in any troop activities until all documents have been received and approved.
  • Prior to recruiting we stress to the scouts and parents the importance of engaging and volunteering after joining Troop 33. 

What is the First-Year Program?

  • We have a great First Year program focusing on the Trail to First Class that runs from March-to-February.
  • Scouts have the opportunity to be guided and advance through Scout, TenderfootSecond Class, to First Class ranks.
  • We have Scoutmasters dedicated to this program along with youth leadership (Troop Guides) to teach and test.
  • This multi-layered program offers the chance for new scouts to learn from older scouts who are learning leadership at the same time.
  • First Year Scouts meet separately from the main troop for skills training and testing and also meet with the main troop.
  • We have dedicated First-Year activities and First-Year scouts join the main troop on most outings and activities.

Important Dates

  • October 2021 - Gold Rush weekend - Webelos invited to experience camping with T33!
  • November  2021 - Webelos Open House
  • December, 2021 - Webelos Open House
  • Oct-Nov 2021 - First-Year Onboarding Events
  • Feb 2022 - First-Year Parent Orientation Meeting
  • March, 2022 - New First-Year Scouts Start
  • March 2022 - First-Year Hike
  • March 2022 - First-Year Campout
  • July 17-23, 2022 - Camp Oljato
NOTE: Troop 33 is back in person to regular activities and staying current / following with guidelines recommended by the Santa Clara County of Public Health to ensure the safety of our scouts and families.  We look forward to meeting you at one of our many scheduled activities!  Please contact Kim Carahasen wth any questions.

Transferring from another BSA Troop

Please contact the Scoutmaster, Tom Poppitz, for information on how to apply for a transfer from another BSA troop.


Kim Carahasen, Recruiting Coordinator

Tom Poppitz, Scoutmaster
Jon Meyer, Scoutmaster
Alan Cyron, Committee Chair