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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 29

posted Feb 29, 2016, 2:34 PM by Sundeep Gupta

March 5: Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk

March 12: First Year hike

March 31: Deadline to sign up for Camp Oljato to secure the $500 rate

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Happy Leap Year!  For anyone born on February 29th, you are one-quarter of the age of those born yesterday or tomorrow.

Saturday and Sunday, two Scouts, five adult leaders and one adult volunteer took the initial or refresher Wilderness First Aid course (16 hours!) and successfully graduated.  This course is the ultimate first aid course and is mandatory for adult leaders to lead High Adventure trips.  Many thanks to Janet Kolstad setting up and coordinating this event!

Thanks to the Scouts and uniformed leaders that participated in the Blue and Gold Bridging ceremonies Saturday and Sunday evenings with Packs 77 and 80.  13 Scouts from those two Packs are beginning their Boy Scout careers with Troop 33 tomorrow.

Congratulations to the below Scouts for their selection as Troop Guides for 2016-17:

Peter Arnold

Justin Cai

Jack Crane

Cameron Cummins

Nikolas Gibson

Ameen Qureshi

Bryan Webb

This Tuesday

After announcements, we will be conducting the Position of Responsibly Inductions.  Then the Troop will welcome the new First Year Scouts with an icebreaker and game.  Following that, the First Years go to their room to meet the new Troop Guides and find out about their program.  Main Troop will be conducting a fun Orientation Course.

Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, March 5

It's short notice, but if you are interested in joining us for a full day of rollercoasters, mini-golf, arcade games, deep-fried Twinkies, and Icees ... please sign up ASAP and bring checks/signed consent forms to next Tues' meeting on March 1.  We will be purchasing tickets from Costco to take advantage of the best pricing.

What: Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk Trip

When: March 5, 2016

Where: Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $40 for scouts (and adults who want to ride) plus extra $ for lunch/drinks/snacks

Deadline:  Please bring checks and signed consent forms to the meeting on Tues, March 1


SMIC: Chris Webb

Activity Coordinator: Karen Townsend

How: Click here for more info and to sign-up

Questions?  Please contact Karen Townsend

Reminder to First Year Scouts and Troop Guides: Signup for the First Year Day Hike

Activity Coordinator: Kathleen McGall

This event like other first year events is one of the most memorable events of a scout's career. Don't miss this opportunity to spend the day with your first year class members. At the same time you will be off to a great start to satisfying requirements toward the Second class rank.

Saturday, March 12th 12:30-5. Meet at LAUMC and hike at Rancho San Antonio. No cost!

Please remember to participate in this hike you must turn in the following items by March 8:

1. A signed permission slip

2. Medical forms parts A and B for all participants (scouts and adults)

I will be present at the beginning of the troop meeting to collect these forms this week (March 1) and next week (March 8).

Please sign up at the following link to participate or drive:

Contact Kathleen McGall if you have any questions.

Committee Member and Activity Coordinator (AC) Signups Are Open

Please contact Rick Valestra with questions.

Committee Member Openings:

1. Training Coordinator: description can be found on the website using the path - Parents‎ > ‎Volunteers‎ > ‎Committee‎ > Training Coordinator

2. Reservations Coordinator: description can be found on the website using the path - Parents‎ > ‎Volunteers‎ > ‎General‎ > ‎Reservations Coordinator

Activity Coordinator Openings for the months of April, May, and June:

(Please sign up here)


Start Date

End Date

Cycle California Coast



Beach Camping



Big City Trip and Segway Tour (SF)



Rafting - Camping



Day Hike - Montara



Baseball Game



Windy Hill Conditioning Hike



Family Picnic



Reminder: Camp Oljato July 10 - 16

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: Early Bird Deadline for Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco is Feb 23, 2016

We are opening up this event to the incoming First Year scouts, who are new to the troop as of  March, if they attend the First Year Campout event on 3/19 - 3/20.

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)  This program is FULL as of 2/26/16.

As an added bonus, all meals for the weekend will be provided ... no patrol boxes needed ... yippee!!!

Sign up by the 3/29 deadline to secure your spot.  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.