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T33 Weekly Blast: April 20

posted Apr 20, 2015, 10:41 AM by Sundeep Gupta

April 21: April BoR

April 24: Sweetwood beach camping

May 2: Big City trip

May 13: Deadline to request May 26 BoR

May 15: Whitewater Rafting and Camping on the American River

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I was so happy having a week off, I forgot a couple of really important things to put out last week.

First, April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Our goal to is provide a safe environment for youth to participate in program, and  it is critical that not only our unit leaders, but all adults who interact with youth, become familiar with the BSA's Youth Protection policies, programs, and practices, including formalized Youth Protection Training (YPT). All leaders and registered adults are required to complete YPT every 24 months. So please join this effort to ensure that all our registered adults take, and remain, current in their YPT training requirements. Click here to get started!

Second, I received this video from Ty Baler of Max Baler and Sam Kaplan laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on April 6th.  Max and Sam went with their school, Graham Middle School, on a trip to Washington DC, and both Scouts volunteered for this honor ahead of time and they took their Scout uniforms to wear during the ceremony.

Our Troop is very proud of these two Scouts, as are the Baler and Kaplan families.

Saturday and Sunday 17 First Year Program Scouts camped out at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation for their first official BSA campout.  They were led by their Troop Guides, a Troop Scout Instructor and three Star Scouts completing their EDGE requirement.  All the First Year Scouts in attendance completed 12 achievements leading to the First Class rank, and they all earned their Firem’n Chit and Totin Chip.  The weather was great, we had a roaring campfire and the patrol skits were funny.  All the patrols did a great job with cooking their meals (dinner and breakfast).  Thanks all around to the Scout Leadership, Adult Leadership and Rick Valestra as the Activity Coordinator.  Everything went very smoothly.


Upcoming Activities:

Beach Camping at Sweetwood, Half Moon Bay, April 24th through 26th.

Big City Trip – San Francisco, May 2nd

First Year Orienteering – Bedwell Park, Menlo Park, May 9th

Monte Bello Mountain Biking (in lieu of a Troop Meeting), May 12th

Rafting – Camping, South Fork American River, May 15th through 17th

THIS Tuesday

Board of Review for selected Scouts.  Main Troop will have and egg-drop competition.  First Year’s continue with achievements toward rank.

Whitewater Rafting and Camping on the American River.

Karen Townsend

Sign ups are now open for a fun-filled, thrilling weekend on the American River!  On May 15-17, join us for two nights of camping and a full-day of Class II-III whitewater rafting on one of the most popular rivers in the U.S.   Cost is $190pp and the deadline to sign up is May 5, 2015.  

For more info and to sign up, click here.  

Questions?  Contact Activity Coordinator, Karen Townsend

Railroading Merit Badge — May 16th.  Sign up Now.

Mr. Pampeyan

The National Model Railroad Association is hosting a Railroading Merit Badge clinic on Saturday 16 May in Newark. I encourage scouts interested in either real railroads or railroad modeling to attend. See the details here.

We need to submit a list of scouts to the organizer as soon as possible, so please sign up at Railroading Sign Ups by Friday, May 1.

Sign ups for Monte Bello Bike Ride on May 12 are open.

Luis Andrade

Sign ups for the Monte Bello bike ride are open. This is a fun ride from Monte Bello open space preserve. It is free -- the troop pays for the cost and pizza and drinks after the ride.

For details and sign up link click here.  

Tuesday is Board of Review night!  

Mr Stanley

The following scouts are scheduled for a review.  

Please remember to wear your uniform, neat and complete as possible.  Also bring your Scout Handbook.

Luke Wunderling-First Class

Darius Kafayi-Star

Arledge Andy-First Class

Ben Faigon-First Class

Zach Rashke-First Class

Board of Reviews will start after announcements in room 9.  Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help as well.  Please let Marilyn Stanley at if your schedule has changed.

Next Board of Board of Review will be May 26, and is the last one for the school year.  Deadline is May 13 to request a review.

A few spots still available for beach camping on April 24.

Jeff Mayer

There are still openings for Scouts and Adults to join in.  We need drivers!

Scouts, need camping nights, you can get two.

Scouts, need Service hours, you can get three Saturday morning.

Scouts, need to work on your Communications Merit Badge, you may be able to help with the Campfire programs and make progress on your Badge.  Talk to your Merit Badge counselor.

Scouts, need to have a fun time at the beach......................

Adults, need to look at the waves and listen to the sounds?

Time is running out, join us!

Use the link below to get more details and to sign up before it is too late.

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.