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T33 Weekly Blast: Dec 14

posted Dec 14, 2015, 8:12 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Dec 30: Last day to request Jan 12 BoR

Jan 9: Cooking Merit Badge

Jan 12, 26: Rifle shooting MB

Jan 12: BoR

Jan 15: Death Valley

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Tuesday, instead of the regular Troop meeting, 27 Scouts headed to Sky High in Santa Clara for many (I really mean many!) games of dodge ball on the trampolines, as well as bouncing and jumping in a foam-filled pit.  These boys have talent!  Thanks to Brett Pauly and Kevin Kafayi as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge and Scout-in-Charge, and to Susan Stick for organizing and collecting the forms and payment for this event.

Saturday, 17 Scouts and 8 leaders/parents volunteered at the Salvation Army in San Jose, filling over 700 boxes with food that will be distributed to families in need for the holidays.  They additionally cleaned up the left-over boxes and packaging, and then organized the area where toys will be given to children that may not have any gifts for Christmas.  This annual event for the Troop was again very successful and meaningful as it provides so much for those that have little.  Great big thanks to Alan Cyron for organizing this, providing the impetus and energy that makes it so a worthwhile event.  Plus, he brought plenty of donuts.  Thanks also to Austin Townsend as the Scout-in-Charge, and thank you to all the parents and adult leaders who helped out and gave of their time!

The web site is up and sign-ups are open for the Death Valley trip over the Martin Luther King weekend in January, Jan 15 – 18.  This is a favorite and very fun trip for the Troop, and there is a limit on how many can attend.  Sign up now to secure your place for this one-of-a-kind event.  You will go to the lowest point (elevation) in the contiguous United States, plus see other out-of-this-world sights.

THIS Tuesday

Cake Auction!  Bring your best (and even outlandish) cake creations to be auctioned off for charity.  Many of the First Year Scouts will be catching up on some of their requirements on their Trail to First Class.

This is the last meeting for 2015.  Everybody have a great holiday break, and we’ll see you again on January 5th!

Dec 16 Committee Meeting Cancelled

Alan Cyron

Last Two Weeks to renew your registration for 2016!

Alex Baretta (

Renew your registration with Troop 33 for 2016 with two simple online forms, one for Scouts and one for Adults. All continuing scouts and adults must renew.  Early bird discount ends Nov 30th.

Would you like to earn the Rifle Shooting merit badge?

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a rifle?

Have you shot a rifle at camp and wanted more range time?

You are in luck!!  I am coordinating two evenings of supervised, safe, and fun rifle shooting at the Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club.  Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club will provide a Range Master, Range Safety Officer, and several experienced rifle club members.  A local Venture Crew will be bringing their rifles and helping with instruction.  I will serve as one of the Rifle Instructors for the evening.  I have secured the use of the range on two separate Friday evenings for our use.  We will setup 10 lanes with both paper and reactive (steel) targets at 50 feet, 50 yards, and 100 yards.  Scouts will shoot single-fire, bolt-action rifles.  Scouts 14 or older will have a chance to shoot Ruger 10/22 auto-loader rifles.

You have several options to consider:

1.       I want to earn the merit badge – must attend classes Tue 1/12 & 1/26 from 5:30-7:15pm, must attend range dates

2.       I already have the merit badge – must attend safety briefing Tue 1/12 or 1/26, can attend range dates

3.       I just want to try it out for fun – must attend safety briefing Tue 1/12 or 1/26, can attend range dates

NOTE: Parents MUST attend with their son  (the club requires one adult for every Scout)

For more information, visit

Brent Browning

Troop 33 Shooting Sports Advisor

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

NRA Certified Rifle/Shotgun/Pistol/Muzzleloading Instructor

Calling all future Troop Guides!

In March of the new year we will be getting a bumper crop of first year scouts joining the troop.

Mr. Rutner and I need to start to find new troop guides for the incoming firsties in 2016.

If you are up for the challenge, contact Mr. Stanley and Mr. Rutner

You can also contact us during any meeting.

November BoR

Congratulations to Jad Maluf and Bryan Webb for achieving Second Class and Life, respectively, at the last Board of Review.

Next Board of Review is January 12, and deadline to request is December 30.  Please send a note to Mrs. Stanley at to request a review.

Did you know that the COOKING Merit Badge is now an Eagle Requirement?

Kimberly Dickerson

Star and Life scouts on the Eagle trail join us for a Cooking Merit Badge Workshop!.  This is your only chance to get this badge over the course of the year.  It is not offered at any of the various council midways nor at our troop rally. The workshop will be held over 2 days and participation is required for all complete the badge:  

  • Saturday, January 9th 9:00pm-4:00pm at Creekside at LAUMC

  • Saturday, January 23rd 9:00am-4:00pm at Brian Mellea’s Residence

Cost:  $60

Sign up here  

Submit your payment to Kimberly Dickerson at the December 15th Troop meeting.

Sign-Ups Open for Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco, April 22-24, 2016

If you're ready for an exciting outing that combines camping and a variety of shooting opportunities, join us for a weekend of shooting sports at Camp Pico Blanco ... sign up now!

A full staff of NRA- and NFAA-certified instructors (including our very own Brent Browning) will supervise and provide a safe environment for our scouts.  The shooting activities offered at this beautiful venue include:

  •  Archery

  •  Primitive  (tomahawk & knife throwing)

  •  Rifle  (mandatory safety briefing)

  •  Muzzleloading

  •  Shotgun  (7th grade and up, mandatory safety briefing)

  •  Pistol  (14 years and up, limited to 16 scouts, add'l $10 fee, mandatory 4-hr training at Pico Blanco)

As an added bonus, all meals for the weekend will be provided ... no patrol boxes needed ... yippee!!!

Sign up early to secure a limited spot for pistol shooting and for Early-Bird pricing ($80 before 2/23, $90 by 3/29 final deadline).  Please visit the Pico Blanco activity page for specific details, requirements, safety briefing dates, and to sign up.

If you have any questions, please contact Activity Coordinator, Karen Townsend at  Hope to see you there!

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