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T33 Weekly Blast: April 21

posted Apr 21, 2014, 1:57 PM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 2:22 PM by Chris Webb ]

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

April 25-27 Philmont shakedown Pescadero Creek

May 2-4 Two Philmont shakedowns (Pescadero creek, Waddell to Big Basin)

May 3-4 First year camping BSCR

May 10 Alcatraz

May 27 BoR. Last day to sign up is May 20th.

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

Friday evening the Green Bar conducted the first part of the Annual Planning for next year.  Thanks to Mr. Coolen for coming to the rescue on dinner! Next meeting is May 9th.  Friday and Saturday Mr. Jun led Philmont crew 717-N on an overnight hike to Black Mountain.  Saturday, 19 First Year Scouts went to Bedwell Park to work on their orienteering skills.  A great big Thank You to Mrs. Coolen for her instruction and time.

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will be conducting Pioneer skills including making small catapults.  First Years will be meeting at the Blach School track at 6:15 pm for the second part of the Fitness achievement.  Also, there will be a coordination meeting with the Scouts and parents on the First Year Campout following the regular meeting.

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).

Board of Review results:  April 15, 2014

The following scouts achieved their new ranks:

First Class: Justin Cai, Geoffrey Glass, Harrison Schacter, Austin Farhoudi, James Pampeyan Life: Anthony Mein

Congratulations to the scouts and their new ranks. Many thanks once again to the volunteers who sat on the review boards.

The next and final Board of Review of the scout year, will  be May 27th, 2014. If you need a review please email me by May 20th, 2014.  Make sure you have completed your Scout Masters Conference before emailing me.

For Tenderfoot and Second Class, adults can still schedule the reviews for them. Although, I'd like to encourage scouts to schedule their own reviews. For First Class and above, I'll ignore emails from adults trying to schedule reviews for these scouts.   Please wear your FULL class A uniform, including scouting socks for your reviews.

Jacqueline Jeffries

Last chance to sign up for Alcatraz

Please sign up and bring your check and permission form to the next meeting (hand in to Blair Narog).  Deadline is April 26.

Alcatraz Tour: May 10th 8-3 pm.

Open to all troop 33 scouts ONLY 5 spots left

Cost: $35.00

Bring a packed lunch

Activity Coordinator: Julie Showalter

Troop 33 Jacket and Sweatshirts Update

Kathleen McGall

Orders have been placed. If you missed the order, you can still get a jacket or sweatshirt. A limited number of extra jackets and sweatshirts were ordered and will be available for purchase when ordered items are given out.

Don't miss out since we do not order these every year! Look for the announcement when pre-ordered jackets/sweatshirts will be handed out--target May 6th.

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

  • Updates on the  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.

Black Mountain

This weekend 12 Scouts and 6 Adults went backpacking as an ongoing part of the Philmont shakedowns.  We slept overnight at the Black Mountain backpack camp, went on a night hike to see the Silicon Valley lights, saw tons of wildflowers in full bloom on the hills, and saw incredible panoramic views of the coast and the valley.  All right in our own backyard as part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space.

Brent Browning

Philmont Shakedowns

Crew members - remember to sign up for the following mandatory shakedowns:

618-T1 – Pescadero Creek, 4/25-27, http:///

618-T2 – Pescadero Creek, 5/2-4,

628-T3 – Pescadero Creek, 5/2-4,

717-N – Waddell/Big Basin, 5/2-4,

618-T1 – Sunol-Ohlone, 5/30-6/1,

717-N – Sunol-Ohlone, 5/30-6/1,

Brent Browning


This past Saturday 19 first year scouts, 5 2nd year scouts, one troop guide and several parents attended orienteering at Bedwell park.

Mr. Stanley and Mr. Coolen explained the boys several techniques on how to measure the height of a tall object and the width of a stream.

Mrs. Coolen (BAOC member) gave the boys an introduction in Orienteering. All the boys successfully completed the Yellow (2km) course. Several boys did an additional White course and a few even dared to try the Orange orienteering  course.

They boys all had a great time, one was rumored to say, “I love orienteering”!

Peter Stanley (ASM) & Mattie Coolen (ASM)

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