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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 22

posted Feb 22, 2016, 10:54 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Feb 23: Camp Oljato deposits ($200) due

Feb 27,28: Wilderness First Aid

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I hope everyone had a great week off during Winter Break!

Saturday was a very successful day for Nitin Kumar and the Scouts who showed up to help him clean out the gear cage, inventory and indicate shortages or missing parts, and organize the cage.  They went through all the tents, patrol boxes and adventure patrol boxes, and we are currently at a high state of readiness for upcoming activities.  Thanks to Nitin and the Scouts who worked so hard, and to Mr. Stanley for assisting me for the overall coordination and supervision (which took very little work!).

As Tuesday is an official Order of the Arrow event for the Troop, all OA Scouts and adult leaders are authorized to wear their OA sash.

This Tuesday

Green Bar – PLC is Tuesday, starting at 6 pm in Room 9.

Tuesday’s meeting will be very busy with the Order of the Arrow election as well as Patrol Leader elections.  The Senior Patrol has pioneering skills stations organized for the remainder of the meeting.

Mr. Stanley, Mr. Cyron and I will be hosting and making a presentation to the incoming First Year Scout’s parents immediately following the opening ceremony and announcements.

Current First Year Scouts will be completing any last minute requirements in their quest to reach First Class for their last meeting as First Year Scouts.  They will join the main Troop at the next meeting, March 1st.

Committee Meeting Feb 24

Alan Cyron

Wednesday 24th of February is monthly committee meeting starting at 7:30 pm at 460 Pine Lane, Los Altos

Camp Oljato July 10 - 16

Deposits for Camp Oljato are due on February 23.

Camp Oljato is a firm favorite with Troop 33. Join the fun for an extra special camp this year as Camp Oljato celebrates its 75th anniversary!

Learn more and sign up for an outdoor adventure, earn merit badges, learn new skills, and enjoy new activities for this year like horseback riding, log rolling, and waterskiing. (The food’s pretty good too.)


We return every year to this beautiful camp on Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at 7000-8000 foot elevation, accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus. It offers aquatics on the lake, nature, handicrafts, and shooting sports areas.  Each year, we reserve the Navajo Campsite, which houses the roughly 50 members of Troop 33 who attend. 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. Sleeping arrangements include raised floor canvas tents that sleep 2.

Sounds like fun, yes? Camp Oljato offers a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. 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 should sign up as well. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few additional adult volunteers needed. Contact Ann Reid with questions.

Reminder: Get your Wilderness First Aid certification

Headed to Philmont this summer?  Planning a big trek?  Has your WFA certification expired?  Then clear your weekend for this 16 hour class that will prepare you for all the wilderness can dish out.  Bobbie Foster, from Foster Calm, is our amazing instructor.  Must be 14 years old to attend.

February 27th and 28th, 8am to 5pm both days at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Preschool in Mtn View

Cost is $105, but if you want the additional certificate and book for a national boy scout camp, there is an additional $20 fee.

Click here to sign up!

Reminder: 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!

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.