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T33 Weekly Blast: Apr 23

posted Apr 23, 2018, 6:14 PM by Fania Lazarov

April 29: Rifle Shooting Merit Badge

May 4: White Water Rafting & Biking Trip - American River

May 18: Beach camping- Sweetwater

May 22: Board of Review

June 12: Philmont 12-day Backpacking Trek

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday and Sunday the Philmont crews Scouts and adults performed their first preparatory backpacking overnight at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation. This was not only a shakedown hike, but they practiced their Philmont skills which include backpacking cooking (chicken and rice for dinner – yum!), tent site selection and set up, dining fly set up, and field sanitation. Sunday morning they were awoken to a chorus of five wild turkeys parading through their campsite. It was a great weekend and all enjoyed the trip.

This Tuesday

All Scouts will meet on the lawn next to the LAUMC Sanctuary (near the Magdalena entrance). We do not have access to Creekside for this Tuesday’s meeting. Do not park in the Creekside parking lot, use the one near the Sanctuary.  We will then move to the Children’s Center for the meeting.

Main Troop will be conducting Geocaching and Orienteering presentations and skill competencies, and there will be Patrol Time.  

Patrol leaders should know:

  • Who is in your Patrol?

  • Have the Scouts advanced in your patrol

  • Patrol activity planned? - look to plan one

  • Work toward honor patrol - what is needed?

  • Meet with your Patrol Advisor (check current patrols document above)

    • Patrol Advisor to have printout of Scout’s progress

    • Review who is in the patrol – any changes

First Year Scouts will meeting in one of the Children’s Center rooms to continue conducting Scout requirement training and testing. See Mr. Poppitz’ e-mail for specifics.

Boards of Review will be conducted Tuesday. Mrs. Stanley has been in contact with the Scouts going before the board. Be in full uniform and bring your Scout Handbook.

A message from Paulo Chung, T33 quartermaster...

Hi all, this is the quartermaster.


I am asking those who went on the Camporee to return all equipment this Tuesday because Troop 33 is short on supplies for the Philmont trip. To all the other families, we are also wondering if you have any water filters, Half Dome2+ tents, and jet boils lying around in your homes or garages that didn’t make it back to the cage after other camping trips. Now is the time to bring them back!


Also, if anyone does have this kind of equipment to lend the Philmont Scouts for the trip, that would be appreciated because if they don’t have tents they will be sleeping on the ground and could freeze to death and we do want to make sure all the scouts make it out alive. We also need water filters because we want the Scouts to drink clean water so they won’t get sick: We need jet boils so they can cook food to recharge their energy.


An amazing reward will be given if you brought one of the items by Tuesday.

New First Year Advancement Coordinator needed

As you can imagine volunteers move on after their scouts age-out. So we need a new Advancement Coordinator specifically for the First Year program. The bulk of the job is weekly entering data into our TroopMaster system after Tom Poppitz (semi-weekly) enters that same data into our Google Tracking Sheets for each FY scout. The work generally isn't time-urgent except when we approach Board of Reviews, when some data-double-checking might be necessary. But our FY rank advancements generally come in "batches" so that is only an issue 3 or 4 times a year (see job description below).


Please let us know if you can take on this role for us. Please contact Tom Poppitz for more information:


First Year Advancement Coordinator job description

  • Works closely with the First Year Director (via google spreadsheet) and records first year scout rank advancements and special awards in TroopMaster database

  • Using info from the Activity Reports provided by the ScoutMaster In Charge, records First Year activities in TroopMaster database

  • Periodically reviews database and verifies it is current and accurate, especially prior to scheduled Board of Review and Court of Honor dates

  • Attends monthly troop Committee meetings (90min once a month) (recommended, but not required)

  • Time commitment:  Approximately 45 min-1 hour per week

Cage Cleanout - cancelled at this time; new date TBD


White Water Rafting & Biking Trip - American River

When: May 4 - 6, 2018

Where: American Whitewater Expeditions, 5981 New River Road, Coloma, CA 95613 Camp Site GPS Directions: 5981 New River Rd. Coloma, CA 95613 USA

Dinner Location: Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, 2191 Cowell Blvd, Davis, CA 95618 - off hwy 80 near UC Davis

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $190 payable to "BSA Troop 33" (write scout name and "Whitewater" on memo line) + additional cash for dinner and lunch (see details)

Dress: Class A for travel to Coloma -/- Saturday - follow packing list -/- Sunday travel home Class A

Bonus: this trip qualifies for a camping merit badge requirement: 9B 4. Take a non-motorized trip on the water of at least four hours or 5


SMIC: Brian Mellea

Activity Coordinator: Lance Pham

For more details and consent form:

How: Click here to sign up

Beach Camping - Sweetwater

When: May 18-20, 2018

Where: Sweetwood Group Camping - Half Moon Bay, CA

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $40


SMIC: Brian Mellea

Activity Coordinator: June Zhu

How: Click here to sign up

For more details:

Philmont 12-Day Backpacking Trek 2018

When: June 12 - 25, 2018

Where: Philmont Scout Ranch - Cimarron, NM

Who: See below (limited to 18 Scouts and 6 Adults, requires Scoutmaster approval)

Cost: $100.00 deposit required when signing up


SMIC: Peter Stanley

Activity Coordinator: TBD Coordinator

For more details:

How: Click here to indicate interest

Reminder: Board of Review dates

Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Stanley at a  note before the deadline. Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!


May 22 with deadline to request May 9

Court of Honor is June 5

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 Fania Lazarov by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.