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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 16

posted Jan 17, 2017, 12:54 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan 21: Go Karting & Final Session of the Cooking Merit Badge

Jan 28: Trail to First Class

Jan 29: Girl Scouts Cookie Delivery

Feb 12: Scout Sunday

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

This weekend, the Adventure Patrol went to Seattle for the MLK weekend.  Some highlights included the Space Needle, Chihuly glass exhibit, MoPop museum, Pike's Place, Seattle Underground, Gum wall, waterfront ferris wheel, Seattle Aquarium, and several eateries.  

The pinnacle was the University of Washington tour, as both Nathanial and Brian Wipfler were present and had the boys entranced about college life and the UW campus

Green Bar has a Patrol Leader’s Council on Tuesday, 6 pm, Room at LAUMC.

This Tuesday

Main Troop continues with its Winter Activities theme – There is presentation on the Klondike Derby and then sled building.

First Year Program works on its Trail-to-First-Class requirements.  A campout has been added to the activities to help the Scouts finish outdoor requirements and get another camping activity completed.  See the Activities link on our web page to sign up.

Sign-ups are open for Camp Oljato!

Details here

Dates 7/02/17 - 7/08/17

Cost $500 through March 31; $515 April 1 through June 10.

We have space for 50 Scouts and 6 adults.

Payment schedule.

Payments must be made by these dates to hold your spot. There are no refunds.

January 31, 2017 - deposit $100

March 31, 2017 - balance of camp fees $400 (early bird)

April 1 – June 10, 2017 - $415

Eagle Court of Honor Jan 29

Kimberly Dickerson

Please join us for a very special Eagle Court of Honor to recognize 5 of Troop 33's newest Eagle Scouts, Ryan Biesty, Noah Herman, Kai Jarmon, Anthony Mien, and Matthew Mellea at 3:00 on Sunday, January 29th in the Sanctuary.

Cooking Merit Badge Final Session Jan 21

Laurie Hartford

Sat. 21st is our final session of the Cooking Merit Badge class that we began at the Troop Midway last November. We will meet from 9 am til 1pm at Mr. Mellea's home. If you are one of our expected attendees, you will have already received an email with further details. Please email Mrs. Hartford if you have any questions.

Girl Scout Cookie Delivery Day is Sunday, Jan 29, 7am-12:30pm, Almond School

Mrs Kolstad

Please help us load cases and cases of Girl Scout Cookies into the backs of trucks, minivans and station wagons!  And eat cookies!  It's a really fun day with lots of great people helping out and cookies!  The morning goes by very quickly and did I happen to mention cookies?!?  Please sign up - check the T33 website as the signup page will be created momentarily.

Trail to First Class Campout Jan 28,29. Sign ups open.

Tom Poppitz

This year has proved a challenge for Firsties regarding the number of camping trips, in part due to this year's new BSA requirements.  Recognizing that we don't have enough overnight camping trips planned for any of our scouts to achieve First Class status before finishing our Firsties term, we're adding some now.  Please reserve it on your calendar for now, and watch for more details soon.

Trail to First Class Camp Trip

Sat Jan 28th (morning) to Sun 29th (home for lunch)

Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (Cubland site)

Agenda: Arrive Sat morning, lunch, optional 5 mile hike, tailored tasks for others, dinner, camping, breakfast, return before lunch.  

First Year scouts -- all need more camping, and are encouraged to join if possible.  But don't panic if not.  We will attempt to add another camp trip, perhaps in March, but remember that Scouting is a process.  Realistically many (most?) Firsties will graduate into the main Troop in early March before getting their First Class rank, and that's fine!  They will have tackled of the vast majority of the necessary tasks and should just join additional camp trips in the months/years that follow the Firsties program.  More on that topic at our February 7th First Year Transition Briefing (put that on your calendar also!).

Main Troop scouts working towards First Class -- are also encouraged to attend.  Chris Webb and fellow Scoutmasters will start planning so that we can make this a productive trip for you also.  

Trip costs will be modest - perhaps $25 - after camp fees and food costs.

Signup here


Calling all Future Troop Guides!

Scouts,  are you looking to boost your leadership skills and give back to the troop?

Have you been a Den Chief and would like to move up to the next level? Are you looking for a new Position of responsibility?

At the end of March the troop will be getting a bumper crop of first year scouts joining the troop.

Mr. Rutner, Mr. Poppitz and Mr. Stanley need  to find new troop guides for the incoming firsties in 2017.

If you are up for the challenge, contact any of the first year ASM’s

Mr. Tom Poppitz, Mr. Stanley,  Mr. Rutner Ross Rutner

You can also come speak with us during any meeting.

Attention Star Scouts needing EDGE training!

For Star scouts who want to work on their EDGE training, we have a couple of opportunities coming up.  If you are interested, please send me an email and I will place your name on a list.  As spots open up, I will fill those spots with the scouts on the list.

Two opportunities coming up involve navigation (Second class requirement 3a and 3d).  If you are interested in training scouts in these requirements, please send an email to:

The dates are being finalized but should be in mid-January and March.

Jun Kim


A call for Den-Chiefs. Nine positions available!

Mr Blasing

Scouts, if you've thought of being a Den-Chief, now is best chance to make it happen!  Our local cub scout leaders are starting to make their requests.  Last year, Troop 33 assigned more than 20 scouts to various local Packs.

If you're 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 guideline 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 on-line, classroom, or preferably both) is required.

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

We still have several more requests for Den Chiefs than candidates.  Our neighboring cub scout Packs continue to reach out to us, because we've built a strong reputation for great Den Chiefs.  Let's not let them down!  If you still need a PoR, please consider helping out your local cub scouts, but signing up to be a Den Chief!

If you are interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing (either at the Troop meetings or by email:, to get the ball rolling.  If you were a Den Chief last year, you will need to again receive Scoutmaster approval, and will need to coordinate the assignment through Mr. Blasing.

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