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T33 Weekly Blast: April 18

posted Apr 18, 2016, 12:30 PM by Sundeep Gupta

4/19:  Last Safety Briefings for Pico Blanco Shooting Sports Weekend

4/19:  Pico Blanco Planning Meeting Following Troop Meeting - All Scouts and Drivers Please Attend

April 22: Pico Blanco

May 7: Big city tour

May 11: Deadline to request May 24 BoR (last one for the school year).

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

No updates. Last week was spring recess.

Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco 4/22 - 4/24:  FULL!!!

This Tuesday, 4/19, is the LAST day for the MANDATORY safety briefings.

  • 5th and 6th Graders: 30 minute Rifle

  • 7th and up: 30 minute Rifle + 30 minute Shotgun

Tuesday, April 19th Safety Briefings

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - 30 minute Shotgun (make-up)

  • 6:45 - 7:15pm - 30 minute Rifle (make-up)

NOTE:  Scouts who do not attend safety briefings cannot shoot, no exceptions!

There will also be a short planning meeting FOLLOWING the regular troop meeting on Tues night ... all scouts and drivers, please attend!  We will cover:

  - Departure time

  - Friday dinner plans

  - Tent buddies (Scouts responsible)

  - Sunday return plans

If you have any questions, please contact Activity Coordinator, Karen Townsend at


Reminder: Note from the Treasurer

Judy Bergwerk

Troop 33 is doing a trial of offering a paypal option to pay for activity fees. The first troop wide activity to have this is the Big City Tour on May 7. In order to be transparent about the fees associated with using paypal, we've decided to set one activity fee for cash/check and another for paying online.

Please remember that doing the online payment is not a substitute for signing up. You still need to click on the "Click here to sign up" to get your name on the roster.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this. You can contact me at

Reminder: Big City Tour

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Join us May 7th for a one day trip to San Francisco that starts with an exciting ride on San Francisco Fire Department's Fire Boat on San Francisco Bay.  After exploring the fire boat, in the morning, we will break for a sack lunch.  Then it's over to the Exploratorium for an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception.  This playful learning laboratory of interactive exhibits and experiences is sure to ignite the scouts curiosity and make for an exciting afternoon.  


Maximum participants is 30 Scouts and adults for the boat ride.  The number and age of Scouts that attend will dictate the number of adults (and cars) needed. $25/scout and $30/adult payment will be taken via Paypal or via check at the Troop meeting.

Click here for details or contact Kimberly Dickerson

Reminder: Next Board of Review is Tuesday, April 26  

Deadline to request one is Wednesday, April 13.  Scouts should have scoutmaster conferences and all requirements completed prior to requesting a Board of Review.

The last Board of Review is May 24 (with a May 11 deadline).

To schedule a review or to volunteer to help, please send Marilyn Stanley a note at

Reminder: Camp Oljato July 10 - 16

Camp Oljato is a firm favorite with Troop 33. Join the fun for an extra special camp this year as Camp Oljato celebrates its 75th anniversary!

Learn more and sign up for an outdoor adventure, earn merit badges, learn new skills, and enjoy new activities for this year like horseback riding, log rolling, and waterskiing. (The food’s pretty good too.)

We return every year to this beautiful camp on Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at 7000-8000 foot elevation, accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus. It offers aquatics on the lake, nature, handicrafts, and shooting sports areas.  Each year, we reserve the Navajo Campsite, which houses the roughly 50 members of Troop 33 who attend. Days are spent working on merit badges such as woodcarving, mammal study, rifle shooting, canoeing and swimming, and free time is usually filled with card games, ball games and trips to the Trading Post. Meals are prepared by the amazing staff and served buffet style with plenty of options - no one walks away hungry. Sleeping arrangements include raised floor canvas tents that sleep 2.

Sounds like fun, yes? Camp Oljato offers a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. Scouts forge strong connections while enjoying a week full of adventure. They’ll arrive home smelly, dirty and with many stories to share. Please sign up quickly to reserve your spot! This is a popular camp with only a limited number of spots available, and we fill to capacity each year.  Interested adults should sign up as well. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few additional adult volunteers needed. Contact Ann Reid with questions.

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.