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T33 Weekly Blast: December 14

posted Dec 14, 2018, 7:56 PM by Fania Lazarov

This is the last T33 Blast for 2018. T33 Blast will resume with weekly updates on January 7 2019. Happy Holidays!

December 15th - Early bird membership discount ends

December 18: Board of Review

January 6: Eagle Court of Honor

January 8: Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

January 12: Room Escape Event

January 15: Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

January 18-21: Death Valley Camping

January 22: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (meet after regular meeting)

January 27: Personal Fitness Merit Badge TRAINING begins (every other week for 12 weeks)

February 9: K 9 Go Kart Racing (rescheduled)

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 14- July 20 - Camp Oljato

Reminder: Board of Review Dates

The next Board of Review is on December 18th 2018.  Parent volunteers are needed! Please email if you can help.

Eagle Court of Honor - January 6th (Sunday), 3PM at the Sanctuary at the LAUMC

Please join us for a very special Eagle Court of Honor to recognize 8 of Troop 33's newest Eagle Scouts:  

Nikolas Gibson, Drishaan Jain, Kyle Kim, Nathan MacLeod, James Pampeyan, Matthew Schueren, Austin Townsend, Bryan Webb

Troop 33 membership fee due- EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS DECEMBER 15th!

It is time to renew your membership with Troop 33. Every scout and every adult member are required to register online to continue to participate in troop activities. Membership fees are $168 for each scout, but if you complete your registration by December 15 you will benefit from an early bird rate of $156. Adult membership with Troop 33 continues to be free for all of 2019.

Both Scouts and adult members are required to fill in the appropriate online registration form.

Please visit the troop website's Registration page for additional instructions. contact the Registrar, Alex Baretta (, if you have any questions.

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge - January 8 and January 15, 6:00pm-7:25pm

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge class continues on Jan 8 and completes on Jan 15 from 6:00pm to 7:25pm at LAUMC room #7, just prior to the regular Tuesday troop meeting. Please bring pictures of your family’s emergency kit to the Jan 8th class for feedback. The class is being offered by Ms. Schmitt with Mr. Baretta assistance.

The class is full.

Personal Fitness Merit Badge - January 22nd after scout meeting

We are starting Fitness Testing January 27, and meet every other Sunday for 12 weeks.  Participation for all Fitness Testing is mandatory for the merit badge. Let's get up and move!

Requirements: First Class and above.  

Maximum: 15 scouts

Merit Badge Coordinator: Katie Jones

Sign ups and more details: Personal Fitness Merit Badge Sign Up

Room Escape Event - January 12, 2019 (Saturday)

Action Adventure Fun. You will play in a real-live quest, all while searching for clues and solving puzzles in order to find your way out to freedom…

Time: 8:15am

Cost: $30-35 per person (estimate)

Number of Players: 4-15 scouts

Where: Play Live Escape, 3330 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Escape Room: Police Station; Game time: 60 minutes; Difficult

Story: You were arrested by the airport security for carrying some suitcase and now you are in a local police station cell where you need to find the evidence against the dirty cop and some cash to make your way out.

**Sign up will be available soon.

Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series - various dates between December 15 and June 2019

Where: Check below for each hike, depending on group and weather; can be up to two hours away.

Who: Scouts and adults (Ages 10+ is recommended)

Cost:  FREE to hike, cost for gas.  Drivers will be reimbursed for gas, and will need to bring a lunch and water.

AC: Nicole Lilly

How: Sign up on the main troop activities page for the event.

SMIC:  Cameron Oates

Hey, Scouts!

Troop 33 Scouts, merit badge-seekers, parent hiker enthusiasts -- do I have an activity for you!! Earn an Eagle-required merit badge over the summer or hike for hikers sake!

Ms. Oates will be leading the Rim Rover and Hiking Merit Badge, which requires 5 long hikes of 5 to 20 miles with one overnight.  This is a great preparation for the 50-milers, and if you make all 6 Saturdays and 1 weekend, you will definitely get the merit badge as well as qualifying for other merit badges.

What’s that you say? You already have the badge? You can’t make all 6 Saturdays? No problem! You can make as many or as few as you like, and you are guaranteed to see some amazing peaks around the Bay Area that you likely have never seen before.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Scouts (and all participants) must be physically fit and accustomed to 5 to 11-mile hikes, which could take up to 5 hours, depending on the speed of the group.

Below are the dates for the hikes:

·                December 15th— Mission Peak

·                February 2nd- Pinnacles

·                March 9th- Mt. Tamaulipas

·                April 6th- Mount Wittenberg

·                TBD- Mount St. Helena/Mount Diablo- overnight camping, possibly May or June

We will meet at LAUMC at (depending on the hike) 5:30 am to 7:30 am, so that we can do these hikes before the hottest part of the day.

Cost: Gas Money. Drivers will be reimbursed for gas, and will need to bring a lunch and water.

The more the merrier, as long as we have drivers.

Have we eliminated all of your reasons for not going yet? Good.

See you there!

Death Valley Camping - Jan 18 - 21, 2019 (MLK holiday weekend)

The temperature in January in Death Valley is just right for camping! Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, hike into a volcanic crater at Ubehebe or visit mining ghost towns at Rhyolite and Leadfield, and try sand sledding at one of the dune fields.

For more info and sign up click here:

Activity Coordinator: Pete Dunten (

Camp Emerald Bay - June 15- June 22, 2019 (The Sat. after LASD schools end)

There are only 3 spots left. Deposit is required by 1/4 to keep your spot. If you sign up after the roster reaches 35, you will be put on a waitlist; please contact Jessica at before making payment.

Sign up is open now. We have only space for 35 scouts and 4 adults. No guarantee of adding more slots.

Our troop attends Emerald Bay camp every other year and it is a favorite for water front Merit Badges and Oceanography.

All the details can be found here. Merit Badge sign-ups will come in Spring 2019. For older scouts who have completed the merit badges that the camp offers, its Rugged Adventurers Programs are great options.

Dates 6/15/17 - 6/22/17 (6/15 overnight on USS Iowa)

Cost: approximately $950

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

Camp Emerald Bay Fees/Payments*:

$180 deposit due no later than 1/4/2019

$620 payment due no later than 2/22/2019

$150 (amount to be finalized) final payment due no later than 5/10/2019

Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang (

SAVE The Date - Camp Oljato - July 14- July 20, 2019

Join the troop on its annual trek to Camp Oljato at Huntington Lake.

Sign-ups will begin on January 7th, for any questions please contact Kim Carahasen at

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 Fania Lazarov @ by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition. Please include “T33 BLAST” in the email subject line. Thank you!