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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 5

posted Feb 5, 2018, 10:50 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Feb 11: Scout Sunday

Feb 13: Citizen Opportunity

Feb 17: Cave Tour/Ziplining -- signups open!

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday and Sunday, 32 Scouts and six adults went to the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, where they split off into two groups, one staying at the main camp (five Scouts and two adults) and one backpacking at the campsite atop Mt. McDonald (27 Scouts and four adults).  The base camp Scouts were finishing up requirements towards their First Class rank, led by Bryan Webb, and the backpacking Scouts were on their first backpacking trip, led by Austin Townsend and six other members of the Adventure Patrol.  Both groups had special campfire programs led by Scouts completing their Communications merit badge – Bryan Webb at base camp, and George Poppitz with the backpackers.  Both Scouts did a great job developing and leading the campfires and entertaining the Scouts.  George even brought all the makings for s’mores.  Austin did a super job coordinating and running the backpacking, and all the Adventure Patrol Scouts were instrumental making this a wonderful outing.  In all, the Scouts hiked over 8 miles up and down the mountain.  Besides the thanks to Austin and Bryan, major thanks to Leslie Becker for all her coordination as the Activity Coordinator, and Tom Poppitz as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge.  Thanks to Jeff DeAngelis for helping at base camp, and to Alan Cyron, Jun Kim and Cameron Oates (one of our newest ASM’s) for going along and helping the backpackers.  And also to the parents that drove Saturday and Sunday to make sure we could get there and back – couldn’t have done this without you!

Important Information for February

Feb 6 – Current First Year Parent’s Transition presentation with Alan, Chris and Peter

Feb 13 – Senior Patrol Leader Election

Feb 20 – No Meeting. Winter break (or Ski Week)

Feb 27 – Order of the Arrow Elections

   Patrol Leader Elections

This Tuesday

The theme for February is World Travel.  Tomorrow’s meeting will include a short presentation by Mr. Blair Narog, ASM, of his trip to Africa last fall.  It will be followed by World Travel themed activities and games.

First Year Program Scouts are into their last month of the program and will be finishing up various rank requirements.

Troop 33 has a few open committee positions!

And we need your help. Please consider signing up for one of these open positions. Click the link to see a description of the position.

Please reply to Amy Mendenhall at for questions or to sign up.

Mourning Cave Tour and Ziplining Camping Trip  Feb 17-18, 2018

During the President's Day long weekend, we are heading to California's historic Gold Country to have fun! There will be a variety of activities waiting for us:

1. Cave Adventure Tour (crawling tour) for those 12+ and in good physical condition

2.  Cave Walking Tour

3. Ziplining!

4. Tour the historic gold mining town Columbia, ride the coach etc.

5. At night, we will camp in the park.

It is President's Day long weekend.  Hope you all join!  

Click here to view and sign up!!

Scout Sunday is this Sunday - February 11.

This is where boy and girl scouts attend and participate in the 2 Sunday morning services at LAUMC.   This is our way of saying to "Thank you" to the church for sponsoring Troop 33.

Through Scout Sunday, we can show LAUMC how their "investment" in scouting is paying off.

Boy Scouts get service hours for their participation.   And you do not need to attend church at LAUMC in order to participate!

The request is for you (scouts) to volunteer and attend one or more of the LAUMC services on Sunday, Feb 11th  (8:30am, 10:00am; we may also do 5pm), and serve the role of either greeter, reader, speaker, or pass out bulletins.  

The speaking roles are 2 mins in length.  During this process, a scout can meet the Communications MB requirement of giving a speech to a group (requirement is 5 minutes, so this can be achieved in a longer rehearsal speech).

Please see the activity page for more information:

We will be making announcements at upcoming troop meetings, John Vastano can be contacted for additional information

Please help us show our appreciation to LAUMC and sign-up!  (and get service hours).

Rimfire Rifle Training Event

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Twenty scouts and parents attended the Rimfire Training Event last week. Prior experience varied from nerf-guns (according to the scouts) all the way up to muzzle-loading rifles and more. The session began with a classroom safety training lecture by Mr. Browning. Several parents said they were impressed with the training – the procedures, the clarity and the information. Several line-managers were quietly yet keenly watching every scout for safety. The scouts did quite well – one girlscout shot eight “dum-dums” (a dum-dum is a ~3/4” lollipop). The generosity of all the attentive volunteers and the Sunnyvale Rod & Gun club was appreciated – they lent time, space and equipment that in some cases cost as much as a car. The scouts had fun and learned quite a lot!

Reminder: Let’s go to a Sharks game!

Troop 33 has an opportunity to go watch the San Jose Sharks play the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 4th.  If you’ve never seen a hockey game, it’s the fastest game on earth.  The Sharks are currently in second place in the Pacific Division for a playoff slot, so this will be an important game, which means lots of excitement.  No prior knowledge of hockey is required to have a great time.

Date: 04 March 2018 at 6 PM (Sunday) — leave at 4:30pm from LAUMC, return by 9 pm

Game: San Jose Sharks vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Signups open.

Reminder: Citizenship Opportunity (rescheduled)

The Mayor of Sunnyvale, Glenn Hendricks, will speak to our First Year Scouts at LAUMC on February 13th.  This is a reschedule from January when he had the flu.  This will satisfy First Class requirement.

Reminder: Want to try backpacking for the first time? Need more camping or cooking?

Reminder: Board of Review dates

Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Stanley at a note before the deadline.  Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!


February 27 with deadline to request February 14

March 13 with deadline to request February 28

Court of Honor is March 27

April 17 with deadline to request April 4

May 22 with deadline to request May 9

Court of Honor is June 5

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.