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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 20

posted Jan 21, 2014, 11:38 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan 28 Court of Honor

Feb 8-9 Beginning Backpacking trip (first years welcome!)

Feb 11 First Year Parent Orientation (incoming first year parents)

Feb 11 First Year Parent Transition (outgoing first year parents)

Feb 18 Last day for approval for the Feb 25 BoR

Scoutmaster Update

Brent Browning

This weekend 34 Scouts and 6 adults were treated to an awesome trip to San Diego.  We walked over 32 miles in 3 days in an action-packed agenda.  We walked with our backpacks. We had a private tour of Petco Park.  We slept in the enlisted quarters on the aircraft carrier USS Midway and were assigned to squadrons to learn about damage control, engines, catapults, the foc’sle, flight control, the bridge, and the arresting gear.  We ate Navy chow.  We walked. We had a private tour of the San Diego Zoo including a behind the scenes look at the giraffes including the 150lb newborn.  We walked.  We toured the air and space museum in Balboa Park.  We listened to an award-winning actor do a re-enactment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.  We met a Brazilian group in the hostel and our local Troop 33 interpreter conversed with them.  We saw movies.  We hoisted the stay-sail on the oldest active sailing ship.  We toured a Russian submarine.  We walked.  The weather was amazing, 70-75F all weekend.  See below for a picture of the group aboard the USS Midway flight deck.

Our Scouts were well-behaved and we received many nice compliments everywhere we went.

Thank you to Art Bernstein and Urmil Desai for leading, planning, and coordinating this great trip!

Tomorrow Night

First Years will be working on make-up.

Main Troop will be continuing the arts/drama theme.

First Year Transition

We are nearing the close of our first year program.  Mr. MacLeod sent out an email with details on requirements where he needs help from the Scout and a parent to complete several requirements.  Many Scouts still need requirements for Second and First Class.  It will be possible to complete them in the main troop but it becomes much harder.  Get ‘er done now!

We will hold a transition meeting for parents on Tuesday 2/11.  We will talk about what to expect in the main troop and how to help your Scout manage and plan his Scouting career.  I strongly encourage all outgoing first year parents attend.

We will hold an orientation meeting for incoming first year parents on Tuesday 2/11.  We will cover the first year program.

Results from the January 14 Board of Review

Congratulations to the following Scouts for achieving their next rank.

First Class: Sam Kaplan

Star : David McAllister

Thank you to the parents who sat on the review board.

Next Board of Review (BoR) will be held on February 25th. Please notify me by February 18th to schedule a review.

Scouts, please take a moment to check your rank achievements. Some of you are very close to your next rank, perhaps missing only your Scoutmaster Conference.  Talk to your Patrol Advisor if you have questions or need help.  See for who to contact.

I encourage scouts to schedule their own review and contact me directly. However, adults can still schedule a review for Tenderfoot and Second class Scouts.

Mrs Jeffries

Sign-ups for Troop Guide are open!

Mr Kim

The Troop Guide position is an important and rewarding leadership role within the troop.  You will be leading, teaching, and guiding incoming First Year scouts on their Trail to First Class - while setting a good example for them - as your Troop Guide did for you.  You will also participate in ILST and become a member of the PLC.

To be considered:

  • Read the description of the position

  • Need to be First Class or higher

  • Have spent at least 12 months with the main troop by March.  

  • Previous PoR experience is also needed (Den Chief / Patrol Leader / Senior Patrol experience very helpful).

  • Speak with Mr Kim during the next two troop meetings to be considered for the position.

Please note that this is a year-long commitment (March 2014 to March 2015) and requires regular attendance of First Year outings and troop meetings. Sign-ups will close on Jan 29th, with the decisions being announced that week. Please contact Mr Kim with any questions.

Den Chiefs Needed!

This is a great way to earn leadership credit, while helping out our local cub scouts and it’s not too late to sign up as Den Chief !

Bear Den 5 in Pack 426 (3rd graders) has an opening for a den chief. They generally meet 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 4:30-5:30pm in Sunnyvale.

If you're interested, please contact Mr Blasing

Are you 8th grade or above?  Do you like cookies?  

Hello scouts --  On February 8,  the Girl Scouts service unit of this area will be receiving their shipment of cookies, and we need lots of help loading them into cars, trucks and minivans.  

To reward your hard work, you will receive service hours and, of course, cookies to snack on!  

Mr. Cyron will lead this effort.  Please sign up here.

We’ll meet at Loyola School just prior to your shift, and you’ll be assigned to a team to move cookies.  Please remember to wear your scout uniform, and we’ll be outside, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Mrs. Kolstad will be collect activity consent forms at the next few meetings.   Thanks in advance for your help!  Questions?  Ask Mrs. Kolstad

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.