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T33 Weekly Blast: April 4

posted Apr 4, 2016, 11:32 PM by Sundeep Gupta

April 13: Deadline to request April 26 BoR

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

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Friday through Sunday, 17 Scouts and 5 adult crew leaders backpacked at Henry Coe State Park.  The crews hiked over 14 miles in two days which included many creek and stream crossings.  All were conducted properly to BSA standards, and all (OK, most) stayed dry.  They carried and ate Philmont style food (Hmmm, Philfood – yum!). The weather was excellent and made for a wonderful trek.  Many, many thanks to Jian Li for setting this all up as the Activity Coordinator!

On Saturday and Sunday, 3 Scouts and 2 adult leaders of the Adventure Patrol backpacked from Windy Hill to Black Mountain for a total of 15 miles in 7 hours, and then out 2 more on Sunday.  They also enjoyed the great weather in the mountains.  Thanks to Scott Ottoes and Jun Kim for accompanying the Scouts.

Congratulations to our newest Troop 33 Arrowmen – Joshua Kim, Ameen Quershi, Robert Stanley, and Trevor Stick!  They completed the Ordeal phase at Cutter Scout Reservation on Saturday and Sunday.  Andrew Aguilar (Troop 33 OA Representative), Ryan Biesty (OA Lodge 63 Treasurer) and Andrew Marcopulos attended and helped run the Ordeal as members of the OA Lodge.


This Tuesday

Mandatory Shotgun and Rifle Safety Briefings for Pico Blanco are at 6 pm (shotgun) and 6:45 pm (rifle) in Room 9.

Main Troop will starting its theme for the month with First Aid, beginning with “hurry cases.”

First Years will be working on requirements for the Scout rank to include Scout Oath, Law and Outdoor Code; and patrol yell and flags.

Scouting and sports: You don’t have to pick between one or the other

Thanks to Alan Cyron for the links!

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

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

This activity is now FULL and we are no longer accepting registrations.

For those scouts attending, please visit the Pico Blanco activity page for information on the MANDATORY safety briefings and mark your calendars to attend the appropriate one for your shooting activity(ies).

Safety Briefings

ALL Scouts MUST attend the following mandatory safety briefings:

  • 6th Graders: 30 minute Rifle

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

Briefings will be offered on two different evenings to accommodate schedules.

Tuesday, April 5th Safety Briefings

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - 30 minute Shotgun

  • 6:45 - 7:15pm - 30 minute Rifle

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!

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