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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 23

posted Feb 23, 2015, 9:35 AM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 10:21 AM ]

Mar 3:  Deadline for Mar 17 BoR,  Emerald Payment #3 ($350)

Mar 7: Snow Camping

Mar 8: Fitness MB starts

Mar 14: MB Midway

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

Mar 27: Shooting Sports

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I wonder if anyone was able to take advantage of the winter break to go skiing, anywhere, but if you managed to find decent snow, I imagine you made the best of it  Not much in the way of Scout activities this past week as the Sporting Event (Stanford vs. UC Berkeley Men’s Basketball) was postponed due to a lack of Scouts signing up.  We are looking to find another sporting venue to offer within the next couple months.

I do want to share a couple of stories that ran in recent past publications of the Los Altos Town Crier.  Two of our Eagle Scouts have attained great recognition in two different categories.  Rohith Kuditipudi was selected as a finalist in the national Intel Science Talent Search, and Ashwin Krishna will be one of the guitarists performing on a National Public Radio (NPR) “From the Top” in March.  Please find the links to their stories below.  Congratulations to Rohith and Ashwin.



Patrol Leader Elections are February 24th, to include Order of the Arrow Elections.

The mandatory ILST for all newly elected leaders and assigned positions is March 1st.

Snow Camping (at least cold weather camping) is March 7th and 8th.

Troop Merit Badge Midway is Saturday morning, March 14th.

Camping/Shooting Sports – Pico Blanco, March 27th through 29th.

THIS Tuesday

This is the last meeting of the current First Year Scouts!  After the Patrol Leader and Order of the Arrow elections, Mr. Kim will be closing out their year, and my guess is there will be a lot of Scoutmaster Conferences! Main Troop will conduct Chariot Races.  Peter Stanley and I will be meeting with the new First Year Program parents after the announcement.

Sign Ups are now open, Camping - Shooting Sports, March 27-29

Rick Valestra (650) 224-5156

On the Trail to First Class and need to cook for your patrol? Enjoy shooting sports and can't wait until summer camp? Want to camp in some of the most beautiful wilderness?

Join us for camping and shooting at Camp Pico Blanco! Click here for more information.

What: Pico Blanco

When: March 27 - 29, 2015

Where: Camp Pico Blanco

Who: Scout second year and older and adult drivers

Cost: $100 (includes gas, ammo, targets, food, and fees)


SMIC: Brent Browning

AC: Rick Valestra

How: 1. Sign up for campout, 2. Sign up for range slots, 3. Turn in money & forms (see below)

Look for Rick Valestra at troop meetings holding "Pico Blanco" sign and hand him your check and forms.

Sign ups for the Personal Fitness Merit Badge now open

Katie Jones

This session runs from march 8th 4:30pm to June 8th at Blach middle.  All scouts need to be available June 8th for the final work assessment, there is no partial credit for this merit badge.

Troop Merit Badge Midway on March 14

Deborah Schueren and Craig Pampeyan

Sign-ups are open for our one day Troop 33 Merit Badge Midway coming up on March 14!  

It will be at LAUMC from 8:00 to noon.  Thanks to all the counselors who have agreed to offer these 9 Merit Badges!  We have brand new merit badges (Digital Technology), Eagle required (Family Life, Swimming) and multiple other fun and interesting choices (Astronomy, Collections, Dog Care, Energy, Medicine, Nature).  Please make sure you read the pre-requisites and notes before signing up.  When you sign up, you specify first, second, and third choices, but you will only be taking one merit badge class (unless you sign up for Swimming, which is March 15, and then you can take a second if space is available).  The sign-ups will be reviewed by the SMIC, coordinators and counselors, and priority will be given based on: need, rank, age, and date/time of sign up. To see the choices and reach the sign up link, click here.

Going Snow Camping? Please read on

Caroline Tice

1. One More Driver Needed for Snow Camping Trip!

URGENT:  More Adults/Drivers needed for Snow Camping Trip!

We currently do not have enough drivers signed up for the Snow Camping trip to

drive all of the scouts who are signed up.  We really need at least 1 more adult to

go on this trip.   Any adult who can drive and is interested, please sign up!!

2. Snow Camping Forms/Payments

Everybody who is going on the Snow Camping Trip needs to fill out an activity form (there

is a link on the activity page), and turn the forms and the payment in to Caroline Tice at one of the troop meeting.  Final deadline for forms and payments isTuesday, March 3.

3. Reminder: Snow Camping Food/Clothing Meeting *THIS TUESDAY*

Reminder:  There will be a short meeting after the regular troop meeting this Tuesday (Feb. 24), to go over the food and clothing requirements for the Snow Camping trip.  Everyone who is going on the trip is strongly encouraged to attend.  Parents may want to attend as well.

Activity Coordinator Positions open

Kathleen McGall

Making great progress in signups, but still need couple more. A big 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.

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. Camporee (4/17-4/19)

2. First Year campout (4/18-4/19)

3. First Year Bedwell Park Orienteering (5/9)

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


Go Carting Sign Ups are now open

What: Go Carting

When: March 21, 2015, Last day to register is March 17

Where: K1 Speed, 2925 Mead Ave, Santa Clara 95051

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts that are a minimum of 4'10" tall

Cost: $49 for 2 races, Check made out to Troop 33


SMIC: Carl Gabrielson

Activity Coordinator: Dawn Herman

How: Click here to sign up

Reminder: Sign up for Theater Merit Badge

The Theater merit badge is being offered to any interested scout currently involved in a play or theater production or class, and/or is interested in helping with sets, props or technical aspects of an upcoming drama production.  Dates of the class(es) will be determined by the number of scouts interested in participating.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, February 13.

Sign ups here:

For more information or questions on the Theater merit badge click here:

Contact Mrs. Stanley for more information 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.