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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 1

posted Feb 1, 2016, 11:26 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Feb 5: Snow Sports

Feb 7: Scout Sunday

Feb 10: Deadline to request for Feb 23 BoR

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Friday evening, Mr Browning led another successful Boy Scout rifle shooting activity at Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club!  24 Scouts and 24 Parents attended across 4 two-hour sessions, where 8 Scouts completed the qualification portion of the Rifle Shooting merit badge.  One of those Scouts qualified in less than an hour and went on to shoot 5-shot ragged hole groups, and they got almost every parent to try shooting. Mr. Browning received a lot of very positive comments from the parents:  “I did not know what to expect and was very impressed with how seriously they take safety.”  “I have been to other ranges and they were not this organized or well run.”  “The instructors were so helpful, I had fun too!”

And as usual, he had ZERO safety incidents!  Huge, major thanks to Mr. Browning, his range support crew (Range and Safety Officers), the instructors and the parents to create such a fun and safe activity.

Saturday nine Scouts helped the Girl Scouts move 4656 cases of cookies - that’s over 55,000 boxes, or 27 pallets or a full size trailer - at Almond School!  Thanks to Peter and Jack Monaco, Nitin Kumar, Cameron Jones, Sam Love, Nicholas Pugh, Robert Stanley, David and Justin Valestra and Thomas Walker for all of their help!

Sunday, the two Philmont Crews consisting of 18 Scouts and their adult leadership hiked 12 miles in the watershed hills above Crystal Springs Reservoir preparing for their trip to Philmont in June.  This is a special event as a permit is required from the water agency and docents are provided to guide the hike and provide nature and historical information along the route.  It was a great day and we all had a great hike.  A special thank you to Karen Townsend for setting this all up as the Activity Coordinator, and to the adult volunteers who drove the Scouts and enjoyed the hike with us.

Senior Patrol Elections are next week!  The sign-up sheet for SPL and other SPL selected positions will be available at this week’s meeting.  Look at this page on the Troop 33 web site for the various positions and the job description of each:

This Tuesday

We will have a special guest presenting a Snow Camping and Activities slide show and equipment demonstration starting off this month’s theme of Winter Activities.  Mr. Gordon Abraham, a recipient of the Skyline Council’s 2015 Silver Beaver award, is an past lead instructor for the Council’s Winter Camping and Safety Course, and currently assists in that course as an instructor, as well as High Adventure Training and other courses.  He is a man of many talents and a dedicated Friend of Scouting.

First Year Scouts will continue with lashing requirements and other “catch-up” activities as we end the last month of their program.

Please submit receipts for Death Valley expenses

Judy Bergwerk

Did you sign up for Snow Sports on Feb 5-6?

There are spots available. If you are thinking of going, please hurry and sign up here

Sign up for Scout Sunday Feb 7

Laurie Hartford

On February 7, we have Scout Sunday where we give back to the Church by helping to run the service. This is our way of giving thanks for all that LAUMC does for us.  If you are in need of service hours or just want to help, we need all the help we can get. You can be a greeter, speaker, or pass out bulletins. Also the speech can help you fulfill the 5 minute speech needed for the communications merit badge.

Click here for more info and to sign up.

Early Bird Deadline for Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco is Feb 23, 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!

Reminder: Feb BoR

Next Board of Review is February 23 and deadline to request is February 10.  To request one, please send a note to Marilyn Stanley 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 Sundeep Gupta by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.