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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 19

posted Jan 22, 2015, 1:02 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan  24: Cooking Merit Badge

Feb 6: Snow sports

Feb 8: Scout Sunday

Feb 21: Camp Oljato deposits due ($190)

Mar 24: Camp Oljato final payment due ($300)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I hope everyone had a splendid Martin Luther King Weekend!  I apologize for the late posting of the Blast today, but I just got back from a great weekend!  Art Bernstein led 26 Scouts and 2 Webelos Cub Scouts (soon to be Troop 33 Scouts!), four uniformed leaders and four parents/adults on our annual MLK Weekend Big City Trip to Sacramento.  The Scouts had a guided tour of the State Capitol (no, they didn’t get to meet Governor Brown, but they did hug the grizzly bear statue in front of the Governor's office put there by former Governor Schwarzenegger), a guided history tour of Old Sacramento and a tour of underground Old Sacramento.  Saturday ended with ice skating in downtown Sacramento.  Sunday was a guided history tour of downtown Sacramento, followed by lunch in, and then a guided tour of the old Sacramento City Cemetery (not scary).  Sunday they went to see the movie on Martin Luther King, Selma.  Today the Scouts returned to Old Sacramento to explore on their own, and then lunch and shopping at the Jelly Belly Factory on the way home.  Many thanks to Art and Barbara Mein for arranging the very excellent trip.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, the new Adventure Patrol went to Henry Coe Park for an overnight camping trip.  Accompanied by Scott Ottoes and Alan Cyron, these Scouts planned and coordinated the trip themselves - the adults just needed to go along.  Well done, Scouts!

Camp Oljato sign-ups are open on the Activity Page of the web site.  See more details below, and/or go to this link:

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will continue its theme of Snow Sports with preparing for snow activities and a related game or competition.  First Year Scouts will continue completing any outstanding achievement requirements needed to complete their trail to First Class.

Camp Oljato July 5 - 11, 2015

Ann Reid

Sign up is now open for Camp Oljato. This is a real favorite with Troop 33!

Click here for more information

We return every year to camp by Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at an elevation of 7000-8000 ft. and accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus.

  • Aquatics?  Check.

  • Nature?  Check.

  • Handicrafts?  Check.

  • Shooting sports?  Check.

  • Great food?  Check.

Troop 33 stays at the Navajo Campsite, which houses roughly 50 people. 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! Scouts sleep in raised-floor 2-person canvas tents.

Camp Oljato is a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. The 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 may sign up too. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few additional adult volunteers needed. Oljato also offers a family campsite. Find more on this at

Please contact Ann Reid,, with questions.

Snow camping sign ups are open

Caroline Tice

What: Snow Camping

When: March 7 - 8, 2015

Where: Details

Who: Any Troop 33 scout who has attended at least one camp out before AND attended the Snow Safety Briefing (see below).  If you have already  gone on a Troop 33 snow camping outing, you do not need to attend the Snow Safety Briefing.

Limit: 25 Scouts

How: Click here to sign up


Like to Ski or Snowboard? Sign up for Snow Sports on Feb 6-7

Curtis McAllister

Sign up for a day of winter fun at the Sugar Bowl resort. Read more about it here or sign up here

Sign up for Scout Sunday

Terry Hahn

Scout Sunday is coming up on February 8th, 2015. This is where boy and girl scouts attend and participate in the 3 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 8th (8:00am, 9:30am, 11:15am; 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).

We will be making announcements at upcoming troop meetings, and Steve Rutledge, the T33 Chaplain's Aide, will be assisting in getting sign-ups and helping us move forward.

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

Click here for more details and to sign up.

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.