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T33 Weekly Blast: April 14

posted Apr 14, 2014, 2:24 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Apr 18-19 Philmont shakedown overnight/ First year Orienteering (Apr 19)

April 25-27 Philmont shakedown Pescadero Creek

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

Last Saturday through Tuesday Mr. Ottoes and Mr.Cyron took 10 Scouts on an intermediate backpacking trip near Big Sur where they hiked 17 miles with over 4000 feet of elevation gain.  Great job, Scouts!

This Friday, April 18th is the first of the Annual Planning meetings.  Jeremy Binkley sent out a surveymonkey last weekend that still needs input from the Scouts before Friday.  Please take the time to fill out the survey as it is key to the events the Scout leadership plans for the next year:

THIS Tuesday

First Year Scouts will continue with First Aid activities. Main Troop will be building structures of poles, tarps and rope. Be sure to bring your headlamps

Service Project Hours credit

May 3rd - Denali School Carnival Fundraiser.  There will be activities, international food trucks, raffles, and a silent auction.  They are asking the Boy Scout troop to help “man” the carnival activities.  This means standing there to collect tickets and ensuring that things are in order, or monitor trash cans or be runners for the volunteer leaders. Set-up/Clean-up would also be helpful.  The event runs from 11 - 4.  Please contact Ms. Karen Franks at 415.595.5464, for more details and signing up.

May 24th - Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.  This will be the last Troop organized service project you can earn service hours for (except any Eagle project that may come up before the end of the school year).

Troop 33 Jacket and Sweatshirts: Last day to order is now April 18

Kathleen McGall

We are offering Troop 33 jackets and sweatshirts this year for purchase. The style, color and design will mirror current troop jacket and sweatshirt.

  • Samples will  be available to try on during this week's troop meeting on April 15.

  • Deadline for ordering is April 18.

  • Sweatshirts are $40 and Glacier jackets are $53.

  • Sign up for purchases during the troop meeting or via this  webpage. Amount owed for orders placed to date is also listed on the webpage.

Please bring payment for your order to the troop meeting (checks made out to BSA Troop 33) or mail to Kathleen McGall, 1121 Sladky Avenue, Mountain view, CA 94040

Contact Kathleen McGall for questions.

Parents, have you verified your email address in the troop roster?

The troop roster has been updated and is used by committee members, activity coordinators and adult volunteers to look up email addresses. Please make sure we have your correct email address.

To verify, select the roster link below, and place your cursor on your name and (depending on your browser), you should see your email address listed in the bottom of your browser window.

To make corrections, please forward your request to the Troop Webmaster Curtis McAllister

Philmont  is just over 60 days away. Remember to sign up for the mandatory shakedowns.

717-N - Black Mountain, 4/18-19, activity page link

618-T1 - Pescadero Creek, 4/25-27,activity page link  

618-T2 - Pescadero Creek, 5/2-4,activity page link  

628-T3 - Pescadero Creek, 5/2-4, activity page link  

717-N - Big Basin, 5/2-4, stay tuned...

618-T1 - Sunol-Ohlone, 5/30-6/1, stay tuned...

717-N - Sunol-Ohlone, 5/30-6/1, stay tuned...

We have a bunch of great trips lined up and need all crew members to participate so we can Be Prepared for our trek to Philmont which Is just over 60 days away!

OA News

Congratulations to scouts Jared Biesty, Noah Jarvis, Marcus MacLeod, Nathan MacLeod, Andrew Marcopulos, Anthony Mein, and Max Raschke, and adults Doug MacLeod and Blair Narog, who were inducted into the Order of the Arrow after completing their Ordeal at the Cutter Scout Reservation on April 12th.  The Ordeal is the first step toward full membership in the Order of the Arrow.  During the Ordeal weekend, candidates sleep apart from other campers, maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, and work on camp improvement projects.  All of these new Arrowmen are eligible to attend Order of the Arrow local, regional, and national events.

Congratulations to Troop 33 OA Representative Ryan Biesty who became a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow on April 12th.   After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, these new Arrowmen may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order of the Arrow.  Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow.

Thanks to Andrew Aguilar, Jacob Frank, Ryan Biesty, Troop 33 OA Representative, and Troop 33 ASM Ted Marcopulos for their service throughout the Ordeal Weekend.

You can learn more about Troop 33 Arrowmen, past and present, and the Order of the Arrow by visiting the Troop 33 website:

Dean Wilken

Troop 33 Order of Arrow Representative Advisor

Reminder: Eagle Projects Available

The projects at Mountain View High School, Purissima Little League, Huff Elementary, and Landels Elementary have all been spoken for.  Fear not, there are more!!

The Los Altos School District has many potential projects available and there is also a planter box construction project at Bubb Elementary School in Mountain View.

Contact if you are interested.

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.