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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 8

posted Feb 8, 2016, 5:03 PM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Feb 8, 2016, 5:09 PM ]

Feb 2: Camp Oljato sign-ups open

Feb 10: Deadline to request for Feb 23 BoR

Feb 23: Camp Oljato deposits ($200) due

Feb 27,28: Wilderness First Aid

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Friday and Saturday, 12 Scouts and five adults went skiing and snowboarding at Sugar Bowl.  Conditions were great, the hotel worked out really well and all the Scouts had a lot of fun and plenty of snow.  Thanks to Brian Mellea as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge, Curtis McAllister as the Activity Coordinator, David McAllister as the Scout-in-Charge, and to Peter Monaco, Carl Gabrielson, and Steve Chang for driving and helping out.  Everyone agreed this is a trip we will do again next year.

Sunday was Scout Sunday at Los Altos Unified Methodist Church.  13 Scouts of all ranks participated in this event with Scouts giving Witnesses of Faith at all services.  Winn Hartford, Troop 33 Chaplain’s Aide, was the Scout-in-Charge, and also gave a speech and attended all four morning services.  Additionally, Nikolas Gibson and Leandro Andrade give speeches, and William Stanley did the Call to Worship at two services.  At the 5 pm service, William and Nathaniel Wipfler were interviewed by Pastor Dirk on their experiences at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.  Thanks to John Vastano, Troop 33 Chartered Organization Representative, as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge, who along with his son Alex (starting the First year Program in March) attended all the morning services, and Laurie Hartford as the Activity Coordinator.  Thanks also to Alan Cyron and Peter Stanley for their presence and help.

There is still time to sign up for Wilderness First Aid, February 27 - 28.  See Janet Kolstad’s announcement below.  This is for all uniformed leaders conducting or going on High Adventure trips, Scouts at least 14 years old, and any adult volunteers who would like an advanced first aid course.  Certification is good for two years.


This Tuesday

Senior Patrol Elections is this week!  Be sure to be there to vote for whom you want to lead your Troop.  The sign-up sheet for the SPL selected positions will again be available at this week’s meeting.  Look at this page on the Troop 33 web site for the various positions and the job description of each:

During the troop meeting on Tuesday the Troop leadership will be holding a “First Year Parent Transition” meeting. This is for all the parents of current First Year Scouts to learn about how the Troop works, now that your Scouts will be leaving the first year room.  This meeting will be conducted by Alan Cyron and Chris Webb.  For your Scouts continued success in Boy Scouts it is very important that at least one parent attend this meeting.  The meeting will start just after opening announcements at 7:45.

The Main Troop will continue with its Winter Activities and Sports theme, demonstrating gear and running Patrol competitions on sled packing relays and other winter events.  First Years will complete requirements for those still requiring them, and many of the First Year Scouts will be joining the main Troop.

Don’t forget!  There is NO meeting next Tuesday, February 16, due to Winter Break (or Ski Week).

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!

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 wood carving, 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.

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: Please submit receipts for Death Valley expenses

Judy Bergwerk

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!

Reminder: Feb BoR

Next Board of Review is February 23 and deadline to request is February 10.  To request one, please send a note to Marilyn Stanley 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.