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T33 Weekly Blast: August 24

posted Aug 24, 2015, 10:04 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Aug 30: Deep sea fishing [link]

Sept 2: Deadline for BoR signup

Sept 11: Yosemite [link]

Sept 15: BoR

Sept 19: Shotgun shooting

Sept 26: Wilderness survival

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Buonogiorno, Suprabhata, Buenos dias, Guten morgen, Ohayo, Zao shang hao, Chao buoi sang, annyeonghi jumuuseoss-eoyo, Good morning! Tomorrow evening is our international night.  Scouts that attended the World Scout Jamboree in Japan will have a presentation on their adventure this summer, which includes a video/picture presentation and some of the Scouts will talk about their experiences with Scouts from around the world.  Also tomorrow evening is the food presentation and display from the various countries and ethnic backgrounds of Scouts.  Bring your best dish and appetite for tasting the multitude of treats.  There will also be a presentation from Camp Oljato.

Congratulations to Nathaniel Wipfler an Zachary Ottoes for their induction to the National Youth Leadership Society Class of 2015!  This honor is well deserved and Nathaniel and Zach have proven again that Troop 33 Scouts are among the best.

Asking all Committee Members to please attend our first meeting of the year, Wednesday August 26th 7:30PM 460 Pine Lane Los Altos

Alan Cyron

Agenda will include approval of this years Calendar, review of this years Budget, a Financial Review, Recruiting plan and other topics.  All Committee Members are requested to attend.  As always, all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Next Board of Review is September 15.  Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 2.

Marilyn Stanley

Please check with your patrol advisor and Mrs. Townsend to make sure you are ready for advancement.  Scoutmaster conferences should also be completed prior to requesting a Board of Review.

Please send Marilyn Stanley a note to request a Board of Review at

Parent volunteers are also needed to help with the review on September 15 -- please send me a note if you can help!

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.

Most urgent needs:

1. We need a new Philmont AC to take over ASAP. If your son is signed up for Philmont 2016, let me know if you can be the AC for this.

2. 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.



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


Thank you to Brenda Frank and Matt Raschke for agreeing to be AC for Deep Sea Fishing and Yosemite.

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!

Reminder: Please submit outstanding expense reports before Aug 31

Judy Bergwerk

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

Reminder: 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 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.