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T33 Weekly Blast: Aug 25

posted Aug 25, 2014, 5:35 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Sep 12 - Yosemite Camping. Sign up now (see below)

Sep 16 - BoR. Sign up by Sept 9

Sep 27 - Mountain biking Cutter-to-the-Sea

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast.

Last week’s turnout was great, and all the presentations the Scouts prepared to showcase the activities they were on were well done and loads of fun.

There are many informative announcements below that are very important to both Scouts and their parents related to Merit Badge rallies, Board of Reviews, and Den Chief positions.  Please be sure to read each piece for the latest updates and details.

Scout Leadership sign-ups are still open, and currently no one has signed up for Bugler, Chaplain Aide, OA Troop Representative and Leave No Trace Trainer (14 +).  the sign-up sheet will be available again at tomorrow’s meeting.  

THIS Tuesday

The Scouts who have signed up to run for the Senior Patrol Leader will be presenting their speeches right after announcements.  Immediately following the speeches, all Troop Scouts will vote for the new SPL.  The newly elected SPL will be announced at the end of the meeting.  The main Troop will be involved in obstacle courses, both on bicycles and individual.  The First Year Scouts start back into their program with identifying animals and First Aid “hurry” cases.

LAUMC back parking lot resurfacing begins. Allow extra time.

The resurfacing of LAUMC’s back parking lot begins this Monday. Parking will be extremely limited, and only available in the section in front of the sanctuary. The church next door, Bridges, has agreed to let us use their parking lot. You might want to allow extra time to get to our meeting.

Sign-up for Yosemite. Spots are limited.

Enjoy the beauty of Yosemite in the Fall Sept 12-14 including a chance to climb Half Dome. Spots are limited. Please sign up from the link  here.

Merit Badge Midway Opportunity

Troop 2 is hosting its annual Merit Badge Midway on Saturday, October 11 at Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos.  This is an opportunity to earn a merit badge by meeting with qualified instructors and demonstrating the skills acquired in completing the prerequisites.  To sign up, check out their website at  Please ensure that you complete the prerequisites and get the name and contact information for your counselor.

Partial Merit Badges from Camp Oljato

If you received a partial at Camp Oljato (or another summer activity), you can complete these by contacting one of our Troop’s many helpful counselors and demonstrating the remaining requirements.  You can find the current list of counselors at the Troop 33 website at Merit Badge Counselors(Scouts>Advancement>Merit Badge Counselors).  If you can’t find one here, I can provide you names from the district master list.  Contact me (Craig Pampeyan) if you need help.

Merit Badge Counselors Needed

Have a skill and a desire to share it?  Troop 33 always has a need for qualified merit badge counselors.  With over 120 different merit badges and several new ones for 2014, we continue to need new counselors.  Specific needs at the moment are for Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Lifesaving, and the new Sustainability Eagle-required merit badges.  To see the complete list of merit badges and their requirements to find ones you can help with, check out the website.  Merit badge counselor training is held the second Tuesday of each month in Palo Alto and the fourth Thursday in Redwood City — both are listed on the Troop Calendar.  We will also have a training session at one of the Troop 33 meetings in the near future, so stay tuned.  Please contact me (Craig Pampeyan) if you are interested or would like more information on how you can support our scouts.

A call for Den-Chiefs!

Scouts, if you've thought of being a Den-Chief, now is best chance to make it happen!  Our local cub scout leaders are starting to make their requests.  Last year, Troop 33 assigned more than 20 scouts to various local Packs.

If you're not familiar with this Position of Responsibility (PoR), the Den Chief is a significant Leadership position.  As Den Chief, you'll be working closely with the local cub scout Dens and Packs, supporting and helping to organize and lead their activities, setting a good example for the younger scouts, and will be an important factor in recruiting new scouts to our Troop.

Who can be a Den Chief?

A Boy Scout who has been approved by their Scoutmaster to serve as a Den Chief, is 12 years or older, and ideally 1st class rank or higher.  Den Chief Training (either on-line, classroom, or preferably both) is required.

The Den Chief assignment is intended to span the entire school year.  Please note that we generally restrict Den Chief service to Two Terms, maximum.  That gives other scouts an opportunity, and it encourages past Den Chiefs to pursue other PoR positions within the Troop.

If you are interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing (either at the Troop meetings or by email:, to get the ball rolling.

If you were a Den Chief last year, you will need to again receive Scoutmaster approval, and will need to coordinate the assignment through Mr. Blasing.

Sign up by Sept 9 for the Next Board of Review (BoR)

Mrs. Stanley

Next Board of Review (BoR) will be held Tuesday, September 16.  Sign ups are due by Tuesday, September 9.

Scouts, many of you were busy during the summer completing requirements.  Please take a moment to check your rank achievements. Some of you are very close to your next rank, perhaps missing only your Scoutmaster Conference.  Talk to your Patrol Advisor if you have questions or need help.  See for who to contact if you are not certain who your Patrol Advisor is.

I encourage scouts to schedule their own review and contact me directly. However, adults can still schedule a review for Tenderfoot and Second class Scouts.

Additionally, if any parent is interested in helping with the Board of Review, please let me know.  It's a great way to volunteer, and meet other scouts and parents.  And it's fun!

Calling all Eagles

The Fall 2014 Eagle gathering is coming up on Sept 11. Read more here.

Los Altos to Sea crew featured in the Town Crier

Our very own Cutter-to-the-Sea crew are features in the Los Altos Town Crier. Click here to read the complete story.

New to Troop 33? Have a lot of questions about scouting?

The Troop web site is a great resource of curated and to the point information. Here is a handy index.


Wondering what activities are coming up?  See then click on the links for details and sign-ups!


Want to see the Troop calendar for the next week/month/year?  See

If you have a smart phone you can subscribe to the Troop 33 calendar using ICAL, see instructions at the bottom of the page.


Did you accidentally delete the blast from last week?  See

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

Camping Checklist

Are you wondering what you should pack for the next campout?  Look no farther, we have a detailed checklist based on the Camping merit badge pamphlet.  See

Backpacking Checklist

Headed into the wilderness on a backpacking trip?  We have a checklist for you!  Based on the Philmont summer packing list but slimmed this is a time-tested and proven checklist.  See

Gear Recommendations

Do you have a birthday coming up?  Getting ready for your first campout?  There are several critical pieces of gear that will help you enjoy your outdoor experience.  See

Merit Badge Counselors

Looking for a merit badge counselor?  We are fortunate to have many counselors for Eagle-required and elective merit badges in Troop 33.  See

Merit Badges

Wondering how to fill out a blue card (must be done before you take the merit badge)?  Where to find the requirements?  See

Troop Leadership

Who is your Patrol Advisor?  Who is your Troop Guide?  See

Rank Requirements

Wondering where you can find the rank requirements online?  How about videos that walk you through each Trail to First Class requirement?  See

Uniform and Patches

Wondering what a “Class A” uniform is?  See

Wondering where to sew that patch?  See

Troop Roster

How can I contact my Patrol members?  See

Positions of Responsibility

First Class, Star, and Life Scouts need to serve in a position of responsibility as part of their rank advancement.  For more information about the various positions, their duties, and the “rubric” that explains Troop 33 expectations see

Scoutmaster Conference

Are you ready to advance to the next rank?  First you must have a Scoutmaster Conference with your Patrol Advisor.  He will review everything to make sure you are ready.  See for more details.

Board of Review

Are you ready to advance to the next rank?  After your Scoutmaster Conference you need to contact our Board of Review Coordinator, Mrs. Stanley  to be scheduled.  See for more details.


PoR?  ASPL?  ILST?  LNT?  PLC?  Confused by all the acronyms?  See

Frequently Asked Questions

At first Boy Scouts might be a bit overwhelming unless you have been exposed to it before.  We put together an “FAQ” in an attempt to help with any confusion.  See

Trail to Eagle

Are you a Life Scout and wondering what is next?  Check out our “Trail to Eagle” section on our website which has a ton of great information to help you through the process.  See

How can I help?

We are a volunteer organization and always need help.  In fact, every family is expected to help in at least two ways.  For more information about the manyvolunteer roles and their responsibilities see

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

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