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T33 Weekly Blast: Dec 15

posted Dec 15, 2014, 5:34 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Dec 16 - Cake auction

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

A quiet week for Scouting activities, and other than Tuesday’s meeting, there are no more activities for the month.  We will continue with Blast reminders over the holidays for events and activities in January, and I will resume my comments with the December 30th Blast.

However, this a very active month with Hanukkah starting tomorrow, The Winter Solstice and first day of winter on the 21st, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Boxing Day for those from the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.  So no matter what you celebrate, I wish you all a wonderful, exciting and safe holiday season, and may peace reign upon all.

THIS Tuesday

Cake Auction!  All Scouts will participate in this fundraising event.  The Green Bar has decided that all funds raised will be given to UNICEF.  Bring your best cake entry and money to bid on the glorious cakes.

Remember to renew your registration for 2015 by December 31st

Deepak Jain

Renew your registration with Troop 33 for 2015 with two simple online forms, one for Scouts and one for Adults.  All continuing scouts and adults must renew.  

Board of Review Results

Marilyn Stanley

Congratulations to the following scouts on their advancement at the last Board of Review:

Second Class: Alex Song, Ben Faigon, Evan Fine, Jacob Newlund, Josh Kim, Leander Coolen, Nate Newlund, Nathan Hahn, Nitin Kumar, Robert Stanley, Ryan Livengood, Taekyu Kim, Trevor Stick

First Class: Jacob Wunderling, Wesley Weatherspoon

Life: Charlie Crane

And a HUGE thank you to the parent volunteers who helped with the Board of Review:

Caroline Tice, Alan Cyron, Martha Gomez, Ashok Kumar, Mark Schultz, Ruthie Wunderling, Tom Poppitz, Barb Wipfler, Charles Fine, Susan Stick, Terry Hahn and Steve Newlund

The next Board of Review is Tuesday, January 13 and deadline for requesting a review is January 6.

Be a Troop Guide

Peter Stanley

Looking for a new leadership position?

We are actively recruiting new first year scouts and we will need troop guides to help lead them.

The position run from March to March. You must be First Class or higher rank. This is a great way to teach the firsties and guide them to first class.

A description of the position can be found here

Please check in with Mr. Stanley at a troop meeting or email him for more information

Spotting Troop 33

During the last merit badge rally, former Troop 33 Scoutmaster and numismatist  Art Bernstein led budding numismatists working on their Coin Collection Merit Badge to a meeting of the Fremont Coin Collectors club. The club’s latest newsletter highlights their attendance!


Cooking Merit Badge Workshop

Kimberly Dickerson

Star and Life scouts on the Eagle trail join us for a Cooking Merit Badge Workshop to earn this Eagle required badge.  The workshop will be held over 2 days and participation is required for all complete the badge:  

  • Saturday, January 10th 9:00pm-4:00pm

  • Saturday, January 24th 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost:  $60

Sign up here.

Submit your payment and BSA activity form to Kimberly Dickerson at the December 16th Troop meeting.

Merit Badge Midway -- 22 badges including 6 Eagle Required are offered

Deborah Schueren

For boys wanting to earn another merit badge, check out this annual event put on by our council - it’s a one day Merit Badge Midway on Saturday, January 31 at Ralston MS in Belmont.

Registration usually fills fast, and it starts December 8.  Please be aware that most of the badges have prerequisites, some requiring you to do much of the work on your own in advance.  Check this link for more details

Sacramento MLK Trip

Barbara Mein

What: Sacramento MLK Trip

When: January 17 - 19, 2015

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Where: Sacramento, CA

Cost: $150.00


SMIC: Art Bernstein

AC: Barbara Mein

How: Click here to sign up

Here are some of the things we are planning:

Our time in Sacramento will be a fabulous historic trip!

Sign up for Emerald Bay. Spots are limited.

Judy Bergwerk

Camp Emerald Bay is an award-winning premier camp destination for over 4500 Boy Scouts each summer.  It is located on the west end of Santa Catalina Island 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Scouts can earn merit badges, pet a shark at the Pennington Marine Science Center, snorkel/canoe/kayak in beautiful coves, hike, stargaze during Emerald Bay's signature overnight experience War Canoe, and so much more!

Scouts have up to 3 merit badge or rank advancement opportunities.  Emerald Bay also offers other camp programs and troop bonding activities to choose from during free time.  For example, scouts can join Handicraft and Nature Staff during open sessions to stamp a leather belt, carve an original neckerchief slide, or hike.  Free time may be used to visit the Emerald Bay Ship's Store for scouting supplies, merit badge materials, souvenirs, and snacks/drinks.

Campers stay in 2-person wall tents (wooden platform to 2 cots/mattresses.)  Meals (salad bar and vegetarian options available) are provided in the newly remodeled Dining Hall.

Transportation (to/from Catalina Express Terminal in San Pedro, CA and boat ride to/from Catalina Island) is included in the ~$850 fee.  Our chartered bus will leave LAUMC on Sun, 6/14/2015, @ 3:30am and will return on Sat, 6/20/2015 @ 8:30pm (to be confirmed.)

Details and sign up links are here

Need a Position of Responsibility? Try Den Chief

Our Den Chief program is off to a great start this year!  13 scouts are currently working towards securing their Den assignments!  However, we continue to get requests for Den Chiefs from several local Packs.  We currently have at least another 3 opportunities, and probably more.   So if you're interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing to get the ball rolling (

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.