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T33 Weekly Blast: Dec 12

posted Dec 13, 2016, 12:41 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Dec 13: BoR

Jan 4: Deadline to request for Jan 17 BoR

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday, 20 Scouts and six adults, volunteered their time to pack food into boxes for the Salvation Army.  They packed 800 boxes!  The food was laid out assembly-line style on tables and the boxes were moved down the line with Scouts placing food in the boxes as they went by.  Additionally, seven Scouts and two adults constructed holiday cards to be given to senior citizens in nursing homes.  Big thanks to Alan Cyron for setting up the Salvation Army event again, and to Austin Townsend as the Scout-in-Charge.  Thank you to Michael Love, Stephanie Schachter, Caroline Tice, and Karen Townsend for your help packing food.  Also, major thanks to Julie Crane and Martha Gomez for organizing the card making event at the last moment.  You two are amazing!

If you have Troop equipment, please be sure to bring it next week cleaned and labeled, indicting any deficiencies.

Be sure to pay attention to the Troop 33 web site Calendar and Activity pages for upcoming events. These two pages are to help you arrange Scout events with school, sport and family events.  Everything we do is posted so you can always know what is going on.

This Tuesday

Bring your money!  It’s the Troop 33 Cake Action!  All Scouts and adults are invited to create a world class cake of your design and choosing that will be auction at the meeting to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Their mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.  What they do:  Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family. Adding a financial strain can make it all almost too much to bear. RMHC can help address those problems, whether they involve housing that’s near a hospitalized child, the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical and dental care in a vulnerable community.  Find out more at:

Cash or checks are the acceptable form of payment.  Receipts will be provided for cash (or checks), checks should be made out to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, or RMHC.  Do not make checks out to Troop 33.

Activity Coordinators Needed!

Rick Valestra

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!

And - Thanks to those who already signed up!

We still need AC’s for the fast approaching planned activities:


Start Data

End Date

Los Angeles MLK Trip



San Francisco Overnight



Scout Sunday



Please click this link to sign up directly or email me.


Camp Emerald Bay

Judy Bergwerk

Sign-ups are open for Camp Emerald Bay! There are 9 spots remaining. We may share a bus with another group, so sign up soon so I know how much room is available for the other group.

Details here

Dates 6/11/17 - 6/17/17

Cost $740 - $785.

We have space for 35 scouts and 4 adults. No guarantee of adding more slots.

Payment schedule.

Payments must be made by these dates to hold your spot. There are no refunds.

January 3, 2017 - deposit $100

February 24, 2017 - balance of camp fees $525

May 1, 2017 - transportation, patches, misc $115 - $160 [final amount tbd]

The ferry schedule will be finalized by the end of December. There's a chance we may go down on 6/10 and spend the night on the USS Iowa. This will cost an extra $85.

Renew your registration with Troop 33 for 2017!

Alex Baretta

All continuing scouts and adults must renew their membership with the troop to be allowed to participate in troop activities and to be eligible for rank advancements. Early bird discount ends Nov 30th. Please visit the  membership renewal page to access the online form and get additional information.

A call for Den-Chiefs. Nine positions available!

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.

We still have several more requests for Den Chiefs than candidates.  Our neighboring cub scout Packs continue to reach out to us, because we've built a strong reputation for great Den Chiefs.  Let's not let them down!  If you still need a PoR, please consider helping out your local cub scouts, but signing up to be a Den Chief!

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.

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.