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T33 Blast: July 17

posted Jul 17, 2014, 11:22 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Midsummer Edition

Aug 19th - First meeting of the 2014-15 scouting year

We hope your summer is progressing well! Our troop meetings will resume August 19th. In the meantime, we have open volunteer positions so please apply soon if you want to be considered.

As a reminder we do have two remaining activities over the summer break --  the Los Altos to Sea walk and the Giants vs. Phillies game. Please read on for more information.

Adult Volunteer Positions to consider

Kathleen McGall

1. Board of Review Coordinator:

This is a key position in the process for scout advancement. We are very sad that Jacqueline (and Ben) are moving to the UK. Thank you, Jacqueline, for filling this role so seamlessly! Please consider filling this very important position. We would like someone identified before our first Board of Review next year (August or September). So, we can start discussions, please let me know of interest by July. Description is found at this link.

2. Medical Records Coordinator:

Our beloved medical records coordinator is ready to hang up her pith hat. Please consider contributing to the troop in this very valuable role to ensure your scouts have all their medical information with them on troop outings. Ann will train the replacement(s).

Description at this link.

3. Hospitality Coordinator:

Currently, we have an opening for one of two of these positions Please see description of Hospitality Coordinator at this link.

The two coordinators work together and with the Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator at each of the four Eagle Courts of Honor held each year.

Signups for September and October AC positions are now open

Kathleen McGall

Activity Coordinator (AC) Signups are now open for September and October activities.

If you are interested, please let me know which activity you want to be AC for and send me your name, phone number and email to sign up.

Activity Date(s) SMIC


Yosemite (hiking and climbing)


Peter Monaco


Mountain Bike Trip


Ted Marcopulos


Canoe trip (one or more days)


Brian Mellea


. Coyote Creek Cycling Classic


Blair Narog


. Zomboree


Ted Marcopulos


. Mountain Man Rendezvous


Doug MacLeod


BAOC--Orienteering Scout O


Mattie Coolen

Signups for the remainder of the activities for the year will open in August or September.

Summer Hikes--Hiking Merit Badge Day Hike Opportunities

Contact for activity questions: SMIC: Brett Pauly

Or Contact the Activity Coordinators (AC) listed below

Brett has scheduled day hikes throughout the summer (5x10mi and 1x20mi) to meet requirements for the Hiking Merit Badge. Four hikes are left (3x10 mi and 1x20mi). Sign up for one or all hikes!

Dates are:

June 28--AC Amy Franzblau--completed

July 5--AC identified (Karen Townsend)--completed

August 2--AC Amy Franzblau

August 16--AC Karen Townsend

August 23--AC Huma Qureshi

September 6--AC Huma Qureshi

For general information and signups, see the webpage at this link.

Reminder: San Francisco Giants vs the Phillies on Sunday, August 17!

All sign-up are full.

We will be meeting 10:30am at Mtn. View Caltrain station - BE SHARP!

For more information view the following link:

Please forward any cancellations or questions to Mr. Stanley or Mr. Narog.

Reminder: Los Altos-to-the-Sea August 6-10, 2014

We are getting ready for our lovely walk to the beach!  A walk that is a 50 mile and 5 day, and 4 night backpacking trip from this sign in Los Altos to Waddell Beach near Davenport Aug 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

More information at the activities page here or contact Mr. Ottoes

The Troop web site is a great resource to browse over the summer break..


Wondering what activities are coming up?  See then click on the links for details and sign-ups!


Want to see the Troop calendar for the next week/month/year?  See

If you have a smart phone you can subscribe to the Troop 33 calendar using ICAL, see instructions at the bottom of the page.


Did you accidentally delete the blast from last week?  See

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

Camping Checklist

Are you wondering what you should pack for the next campout?  Look no farther, we have a detailed checklist based on the Camping merit badge pamphlet.  See

Backpacking Checklist

Headed into the wilderness on a backpacking trip?  We have a checklist for you!  Based on the Philmont summer packing list but slimmed this is a time-tested and proven checklist.  See

Gear Recommendations

Do you have a birthday coming up?  Getting ready for your first campout?  There are several critical pieces of gear that will help you enjoy your outdoor experience.  See

Merit Badge Counselors

Looking for a merit badge counselor?  We are fortunate to have many counselors for Eagle-required and elective merit badges in Troop 33.  See

Merit Badges

Wondering how to fill out a blue card (must be done before you take the merit badge)?  Where to find the requirements?  See

Troop Leadership

Who is your Patrol Advisor?  Who is your Troop Guide?  See

Rank Requirements

Wondering where you can find the rank requirements online?  How about videos that walk you through each Trail to First Class requirement?  See

Uniform and Patches

Wondering what a “Class A” uniform is?  See

Wondering where to sew that patch?  See

Troop Roster

How can I contact my Patrol members?  See

Positions of Responsibility

First Class, Star, and Life Scouts need to serve in a position of responsibility as part of their rank advancement.  For more information about the various positions, their duties, and the “rubric” that explains Troop 33 expectations see

Scoutmaster Conference

Are you ready to advance to the next rank?  First you must have a Scoutmaster Conference with your Patrol Advisor.  He will review everything to make sure you are ready.  See for more details.

Board of Review

Are you ready to advance to the next rank?  After your Scoutmaster Conference you need to contact our Board of Review Coordinator, Mrs. Jeffries, to be scheduled.  See for more details.


PoR?  ASPL?  ILST?  LNT?  PLC?  Confused by all the acronyms?  See

Frequently Asked Questions

At first Boy Scouts might be a bit overwhelming unless you have been exposed to it before.  We put together an “FAQ” in an attempt to help with any confusion.  See

Trail to Eagle

Are you a Life Scout and wondering what is next?  Check out our “Trail to Eagle” section on our website which has a ton of great information to help you through the process.  See

How can I help?

We are a volunteer organization and always need help.  In fact, every family is expected to help in at least two ways.  For more information about the manyvolunteer roles and their responsibilities see

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

For questions on an activity or event, contact the activity owner listed. As an activity owner to have your items included in the T33 Weekly blast, please submit them to Sundeep Gupta by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.