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T33 Weekly Blast: August 17

posted Aug 17, 2015, 10:59 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Aug 18: First Troop meeting

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Here’s your official welcome back to Troop 33 for the new Scouting year 2015 – 16.  Welcome!  Officially.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 18th is our first meeting of the year, with presentations of the two summer Scout camps and a recap of the past Scouting year.  The Scouts that attended the World Scout Jamboree in Japan will present theirs next Tuesday, the 25th.

I will have the new term sign-up sheet available tonight for the Senior Patrol Leader and appointed positions.  Those Scouts that sign up for SPL will have until next week to prepare a short speech of why the Scouts should elect him, and then we will have the SPL election.  Once elected, the SPL will make his choices for the appointed positions (ASPL, Scribe, Historian, etc.), and then we will conduct the Patrol Leader elections on September 1st.  

ILST for all newly elected and appointed positions is Sunday, September 6th.  Scouts, be sure to look at the position duty descriptions and performance rubrics so you know what will be expected of you in those positions.  You can find them here:  Signing up for Den Chief will also be starting tomorrow night.  Please see Mr. Blasing’s announcement below.

A reminder on uniforms.  I know it is hot, and will be warm for a few weeks, so shorts are appropriate for meetings, but flip-flops are not.  They do not meet the uniform standard, and can be dangerous when involved in many activities.  Sandals are OK, but you should still be wearing Scout socks.  Please be in proper uniform for all Scout meetings and activities.

The Green Bar has their PLC tomorrow at 6 pm.

I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow evening.

Activity Coordinator (AC) Signups Are Open

Kathleen McGall

Welcome back! Another exciting year of great activities for Troop 33!

To ensure we can go on all these activities, we need ACs for each activity for the entire year. The link to signups is found at the top of the Activities page.  HERE.  Review the list and sign up early to ensure you can be AC for your first choice!

Being an AC is a great way to fulfill one of your family's volunteer commitments for the troop. As an AC you do not need to participate in the event.

If you are able, we especially need ACs for the activities scheduled in the first two to three months (see below) or the activity may need to be cancelled. Our most critical activities coming up are Deep Sea Fishing and Yosemite, since we need signups started now for these events.



Deep Sea Fishing


6:00 AM




Camping - Yosemite (Hiking & Climbing)


4:00 PM


Shotgun Shooting (Coyote Creek)


7:30 AM


Wilderness Survival Overnight


7:30 AM




Gold Rush Adventure!


4:00 PM


Alien Invasion


4:00 PM


Cycling - Coyote Creek Cycling Classic


7:00 AM




9:00 AM


An AC training class will be scheduled at the end of September or in October.

Please contact Kathleen if you need AC training or have any questions. Thank you!

Emerald bay campers -- please collect your refund

Judy Bergwerk

Emerald Bay Campers and/or parents - please see me at the troop meeting to collect a refund for excess fees collected. We had a full crew of 40, so the cost per scout to cover transportation and adults was less than budgeted.

Please submit outstanding expense reports before Aug 31

The Troop's fiscal year ends Aug 31. Please submit any outstanding expense reports before then to Judy Bergwerk.

A call for Den-Chiefs!

Mr Blasing

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.

In general , anyone who meets the following guideline is a candidate for 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.

The Troop website is a great resource to help you plan.


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. Jeffries, 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

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.