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T33 Weekly Blast: April 27

posted Apr 27, 2015, 10:20 AM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 11:14 AM ]

May 1: Deadline to sign up for Railroading MB on May 16

May 2: Big City trip

May 5: Deadline to sign up for Whitewater Rafting & Camping trip May 15-17

May 9: First year orienteering

May 12: Monte Bello bike ride (no troop meeting)

May 13: Deadline to request May 26 BoR

May 16: Railroad MB

May 15: Whitewater Rafting & Camping

May 23: Memorial day flag placement and day hike

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Congratulations to the Beach Camping Crew for surviving the wind and rain Friday night/Saturday morning.  Saturday was a much better day, and in addition to having fun at the beach, they were able to work up to three hours removing non-indigenous plants and weeds from the beach area.  A big thank you to Jeff Mayer for leading this and Imran Qureshi for his role as the Activity Coordinator.

We need all equipment returned Tuesday, clean and properly packed, with any problems/missing pieces either attached on a label, or written on masking tape affixed to the piece of equipment.


Upcoming Activities:

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

Memorial Day Flag Placement at Golden Gate National Cemetery, May 23rd

Day Hike at Montara, following the Flag Placement, May 23rd

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will be conducting its Talent Show!  First Year’s continue with achievements toward rank.

Sign ups for Big City trip now open!

What: Big City Trip - San Francisco

When: May 2, 2015

Where: San Francisco

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts. Maximum 30 participants (Scouts and adults)

Cost: $20 Check made out to BSA Troop 33

SIC: Max Drummond

SMIC: Chris Webb

Activity Coordinator: Barbara Mein

How: Click here to sign up


A one day trip to San Francisco that starts with a ride on the San Francisco Fire Department's Fire Boat on San Francisco Bay. Then it is over to Treasure Island for a demonstration by one of the SFFD's Fire Battalions or Companies at the training site on firefighter and rescue skills. Scouts will be able to participate in some activities. Following lunch at Treasure Island, we will head back to San Francisco's Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf area for activities and dinner.

Maximum participants is 30 Scouts and adults. The number of Scouts that attend will be dictated by the number of seats in the vehicles the driving adults have. To maximize the number of Scouts attending, only one adult (driver) per vehicle, and we need to have the maximum of seat-belts per vehicle going.

Sack lunch at Treasure Island, and money for dinner and Pier 39 (not included in the $20.00 fee).

Weather on San Francisco Bay can be quite cold, and as we will be on a boat, wet, so be sure to bring appropriate cold weather gear (layers, layers, layers!).

Give your check and required forms to Mrs. Mein at Tuesday's meeting, April 28th.

Whitewater Rafting and Camping on the American River Sign ups are open!

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

Emerald Bay Campers - Please attend mandatory meeting Wed May 6

Judy Bergwerk

There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for Camp Emerald Bay on Wednesday May 6 7:30 - 9:30 at the Creekside room. This is for scouts who have not been before and their parents. Repeat scouts and parents are welcome.

Railroading Merit Badge — May 16th.  Sign up ASAP!!

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 at  The details are much improved, so you may want to revisit the page.  Note that this information page asks for sign-ups also — please sign up through our activity form, here:

We need to submit a list of scouts to the organizer as soon as possible, so please sign up 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.

There will be two training rides preceding the event on Saturday  May 9 and Sunday May 10 from 2PM to 4PM at the Pearson- Arastradero Reserve. Registration will open soon!

Board of Review Advancements

Mr Stanley

Congratulations to the following scouts in advancing at last week's Board of Review:

Luke Wunderling-First Class

Darius Kafayi-Star

Arledge Andy-First Class

Ben Faigon-First Class

Zach Rashke-First Class

Thank you to Barb Wipfler, Michael Love and Terry Hahn for helping with the reviews.

LAST Board of Review for the school year is  May 26.  Deadline is May 13 to request a review.

To request a Board of Review or to help volunteer with the reviews, please contact Marilyn Stanley at

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.