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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 15

posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:01 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan 21: Eagle CoH

Jan 26: Rimfire Rifle

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, 14 Scouts and four Scout Leaders flew to San Diego for the biennial Big City Tour.  After arriving Saturday morning at the airport, the Scouts hiked to the USS Midway to drop off their gear, then hiked to Petco park, home of the San Diego Padres, for a behind the scenes tour.  It was also the Padres Fan Fest, so it was extremely busy, but a lot of fun.  From there the Scouts went on a docent-led history walk of the Gas Lamp District.  Then it was back to the Midway for dinner and the evening tour and activities program.  The Scouts stayed overnight on the Midway.  Sunday morning the Scouts dropped off their gear at the hostel in the Gas Lamp district and then hiked to the San Diego Zoo, where they first went on a guided behind the scenes tour.  After the tour and lunch, some Scouts stayed at the zoo, while others went to Balboa Park to see the Air and Space Museum.  They then hiked back to the hostel where they enjoyed a pizza dinner, and then a movie.  Monday morning they hiked to the Tall Ships exhibit to tour the Star of India, an American and a Russian submarine, the Berkeley ferry boat, and other ships and boats.  Finally it was time to hike back to the airport and fly home.  The Scouts hiked about 26 miles over the weekend and were grateful be back on the airplane.  Special thanks to Jessica Chang for all the coordination and behind-the-scenes actions that made this a success, to Peter Stanley as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge, and for doing a great job of cat-herding, and Jack Crane as the Scout-in-Charge.  Also, thanks to Charlie Crane and Adam Braun for going and helping to keep our sanity.

Look for the Girl Scout Cookies Distribution information and sign-up on the Activity web page later this week.  We will be helping out on Sunday, January 28th.

Important Information for February

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

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

This month’s theme is Winter Sports and Activities, and the Main Troop will be going over shelter making, and then constructing winter forts. Followed by cardboard sledding..

First Year Scouts will continue to work on their rank advancement requirements.

Eagle Court of Honor, Jan 21, 3pm @ LAUMC

Please join us for a very special Eagle Court of Honor to recognize 4 of Troop 33's newest Eagle Scouts:  Karshin Gupta, Cameron Jones, Jack Monaco and Vignesh Suresh at 3:00 on Sunday, January 21st in the Sanctuary at the LAUMC.

Rimfire Rifle Training Jan 26

Almond School 6th grade Girlscout Troop 61044 would like to invite Troop 33 to Rimfire Rifle Training on January 26, next Friday evening. This particular troop had asked to do several Boyscout-like activities, so the outcome of that request is this training event. Space is limited and we will fill the spots on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please reply to to receive the event flyer and sign-up. Mr. Brent Browning is conducting the training session.

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

"The Boulder Creek Experience" February 3 - 4, 2018

It's choose-your-own-adventure time! This camping trip is perfect for scouts who want to...

  • try some entry-level backpacking, or

  • catch up on some rank requirements (camping, cooking, campfire skills, ax yard, LNT, etc.), or

  • go on a 5 mile hike (day hike).

Cubland will be our "home base" where some scouts (some First Years + others) will spend the weekend working on requirements, cooking, campfires, skills and a 5 mile hike. Separately the Adventure Patrol will hold a backpacking clinic at Cubland in the morning and guide ready-hikers a few miles into the Boulder Creek "back-country" for an overnighter. The Adventure Patrol will coordinate this with more instructions at the 1/23 Troop Meeting.

Click here to sign up.

Reminder: Merit Badge Midway

Registration is now open for the district Merit Badge Midway held on Feb 24th, 2018 in Belmont.  It reportedly fills up quickly so act promptly if interested.

Register directly with the district here:

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

Reminder: Additional Den Chief Opportunities


Thanks to the 14 scouts who have taken on the role of Den Chief this year; their presence and help have been greatly appreciated by the Cub Scout Dens that they have been working with.  It has recently come to my attention that Pack 78 in Los Altos could use a few additional Den Chiefs.  


If you are  1st class rank or higher and are interested in this Position of Responsibility, please contact Mr. Alfred Chin at a Troop Meeting or email him at:


If you are not familiar with this Position of Responsibility (PoR), the Den Chief is a significant Leadership position. As Den Chief, you'll be working closely with the local cub scout Dens and Packs, supporting and helping to organize and lead their activities, setting a good example for the younger scouts, and will be an important factor in recruiting new scouts to our Troop.


In general, anyone who meets the following guidelines is a candidate for Den Chief:

- A Boy Scout who has been approved by their ScoutMaster to serve as a Den Chief, is 12 years or older, and ideally 1st class rank or higher.  Den Chief Training (either online, classroom, or both) is required.


The Den Chief assignment is intended to span the entire school year,  Please note that we generally restrict Den Chief Services to Two terms, maximum.  That gives other scouts an opportunity, and it encourages past Den Chiefs to pursue other PoR positions within the Troop.

Historic World Scout Jamboree 2019 Sign ups open

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest camping event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement gathering as many as 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 countries.  This will be a historic Jamboree; It is the first World Scout Jamboree to be held in the US since 1967!

While the Jamboree is in 2019, the  USA Contingent to the Jamboree is accepting applications

When: July 22 - Aug 2, 2019.

Where: Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, West Virginia

Who can attend:  Birthday between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005 can attend as youth participants. Those born before July 22, 2001 can attend as Adult unit leaders or International Service Team

How to Sign up: Complete online applications here on or after November 1, 2017

More Info:

Reminder: Parents of Scouts, want to get your scouts more engaged in what is going on with troop 33?

They get them signed up to the “Members” google group so that they can explore the troop web site and receive these weekly blast messages.

Here is the easy process on how to sign up:

Questions – let me know – Peter Stanley

Ps. you can use this for additional parents to join also.


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.