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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 2

posted Feb 9, 2015, 11:35 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Feb 6: Snow Sports

Feb 8: Scout Sunday

Feb 10: BoR

Feb 21: Camp Oljato deposits due ($190)

Mar 3:  Deadline for Mar 17 BoR

Mar 7: Snow Camping

Mar 24: Camp Oljato final payment due ($300)

Mar 27: Shooting Sports

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Happy Groundhog Day!  Ol’ Punxsutawney Phil (his 129th annual appearance!) saw his shadow this morning, so we have another six weeks of winter.  Let’s hope that means more rain and snow as we might see later this week!  Saturday ten Scouts earned service hours credit and helped local Girl Scouts with their annual Girl Scout Cookie Distribution Day.  As many of you were wondering when the cookie sales started, it is this week, February 5th.  Watch for the booths and tables! Thanks to Mr. Browning for being available to assist the Scouts and Janet Kolstad for setting it up.

Another reminder:  The Senior Patrol Leader Election is on February 10th, and Patrol Leader Elections are February 24th.  Look for the sign-up clip board at Tuesday’s meeting.  The mandatory ILST for all newly elected leaders and assigned positions is March 1st.  Order of the Arrow Elections are February 24th as well.

Look for more information below on:

Skiing/Snow Sports - February 6th and 7th

Scout Sunday - February 8th

Snow Camping - March 7th and 8th

Camp Oljato - July 5th through 11th

THIS Tuesday

The Main Troop conducting a catapult building and competition event, and the First Year Scouts will finishing the Fingerprinting MB and starting on the Chess MB, with some Scouts working on achievements in makeup sessions.

Activity Coordinator positions still open and one needing replacement

Kathleen McGall

Making good progress in signups, but still need more. Thank you to everyone who has signed up already.

First year activities for this spring will require ACs, we give the new first year parents a break on this until fall (they have enough to adjust to--remember when you were a new parent), so please sign up as these activities are added.  First year hike has been added for March 14. Other first year activities with dates still TBD (in April/May) are First Year campout and Bedwell Park orienteering.

Please sign up even if you have never been an AC. You will be trained. Link to signups is at the top of the activities page.

This is a critical role for our troop to be able to offer as many activities as we do. Plus each family is expected to volunteering two types of roles every year and this role will fulfill one of your volunteer roles for the troop. An AC is required to sign up for one event per year. Also as an AC you or your scout do not need to attend the event. If we do not get an AC for an activity we will need to cancel it.

We have some exciting opportunities for AC coming up that still need assignment:

Activities requiring AC.

1. First Year Hike (3/14)

2. Camporee (4/17-4/19)

3. Memorial Day Flag Placement (needs new AC) (5/23)

4. Shoreline Water Sports (5/30)

Please sign up to help!  Thank you!  Please contact me with any questions.

Save the date: Camping - Shooting Sports, March 27-29

Rick Valestra, (650) 224-5156

Where:  Camp Pico Blanco (details click here)

SMIC:  Brent Browning

AC:  Rick Valestra. More details and sign ups will be coming soon...


Reminder: Order of Arrow dues should be paid online

Judy Bergwerk

2015 OA dues are due should be paid using the link below. If you included payment for OA with your annual troop registration, that amount will be returned back to you. Please make the payment separately using this link.

Reminder: Sign up for Scout Sunday

Steven Rutledge

On February 8, 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.  So far only 8 scout have signed up.  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 details and to sign up.

Reminder: Camp Oljato July 5 - 11, 2015

Ann Reid

Sign up is now open for Camp Oljato. This is a real favorite with Troop 33!

Click here for more information

We return every year to camp by Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at an elevation of 7000-8000 ft. and accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus.

  • Aquatics?  Check.

  • Nature?  Check.

  • Handicrafts?  Check.

  • Shooting sports?  Check.

  • Great food?  Check.

Troop 33 stays at the Navajo Campsite, which houses roughly 50 people. Days are spent working on merit badges such as woodcarving, mammal study, rifle shooting, canoeing and swimming, and free time is usually filled with card games, ball games and trips to the Trading Post. Meals are prepared by the amazing staff and served buffet style with plenty of options - no one walks away hungry! Scouts sleep in raised-floor 2-person canvas tents.

Camp Oljato is a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. The scouts forge strong connections while enjoying a week full of adventure. They’ll arrive home smelly, dirty and with many stories to share. Please sign up quickly to reserve your spot! This is a popular camp with only a limited number of spots available, and we fill to capacity each year.

Interested adults may sign up too. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few additional adult volunteers needed. Oljato also offers a family campsite. Find more on this at

Please contact Ann Reid,, with questions.

Snow camping sign ups are open

Caroline Tice

What: Snow Camping

When: March 7 - 8, 2015

Where: Details

Who: Any Troop 33 scout who has attended at least one camp out before AND attended the Snow Safety Briefing (see below).  If you have already  gone on a Troop 33 snow camping outing, you do not need to attend the Snow Safety Briefing.

Limit: 25 Scouts

How: Click here to sign up

Like to Ski or Snowboard? Sign up for Snow Sports on Feb 6-7

Curtis McAllister

Sign up for a day of winter fun at the Sugar Bowl resort. Read more about it here or sign up here

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.