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T33 Weekly Blast: April 25

posted Apr 25, 2016, 2:05 PM by Sundeep Gupta




April 26: BoR

May 7: Big city tour

May 10: Monte Bello Bike Ride

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

May 13: Sunol to Del Valle Shakedown Hike


Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

This past weekend, 28 Scouts, six adult leaders and two adult volunteers participated in the Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay Council’s Shootout event at Camp Pico Blanco near Big Sur.  The Scouts were able to shoot .22 caliber rifles, shotguns, archery, throwing tomahawks and wrist sling shots.  Several Scouts were also able to shoot .22 caliber pistols under the new BSA pistol shooting pilot program.  We camped near a bend in the Little Sur River, and all meals were provided in the camp dining facility.  Good shooting, good food, good sleeping and good friends all made for a great weekend.  Kudos to William Stanley for doing a good job as the Scout-in-Charge, and great big thank you’s to Brent Browning for all the shooting coordination and travel arrangements, and to Karen Townsend for her support and coordination as the Activity Coordinator.  Also, thanks to Alan Cyron, Jun Kim, Peter Stanley and Tom Biesty for their support with the ranges and Scouts, and Craig Pampeyan and Dan Walker for driving and their assistance.

This Tuesday

Main Troop will be finishing their First Aid activities, and the First Years will be continuing with their requirements for Scout rank.



Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride - May 10, 2016

Luis Andrade luigi0003@gmail.com





Sign up for a fun mountain bike ride at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. There will be no meting that week. It is free -- the troop pays for the cost of pizza and drinks after the ride.

For details and sign up link click here.


NOTE: If you have not ridden Monte Bello before, you need to attend one training rides on either on 4/30/2016 or 05/07/2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, meet at Arastradero Preserve.

(click on the dates for details).

Also If you signed-up or you are thinking of joining us for the ride (or the training rides) and you haven't had your bike checked, there will be a bike check  on 4/26/2016 & 5/03/2016 - Bring your bike!



Sunol to Del Valle Shakedown Hike - May 13-15, 2016

Julie Crane jftcrane@gmail.com


This is a 19.5 mile, 6,000' elevation gain, 3-day, 2-night shakedown designed to give crew members a taste of longer distances, elevation gain/loss, and a multi-night trip.  Ask any Troop 33 Scout who has been to Philmont about this shakedown and they will tell you it was really hard but was a perfect test of whether they were ready for Philmont or not.  If you can survive Saturday at Sunol, you can survive any single day at Philmont.


This is a point-to-point hike, we need driver to drop-off at Sunol on Friday and pick up at Del Valle on Sunday.  



Reminders


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 jbergwerk@gmail.com.


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.  


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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 kvdickerson@gmail.com



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 marilynb@stanfored.edu.




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 car@annreid.com 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 sundeep.gupta@gmail.com by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.


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