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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 22

posted Jan 23, 2018, 6:48 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan 26: Rimfire Rifle

Jan 27: Salvation Army Service Project

Jan 28: Service unit unloading Girl Scout cookies

Feb 13: Citizen Opportunity

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

A very busy weekend for Troop 33!

Scouts completed the last of the hands-on cooking requirements for the outdoor meals a Brian Mellea’s house Saturday morning.  Many thanks again to Brian, Kimberly Dickerson and Laurie Hartford for all their hard work and time to make this such a great experience for the Scouts and being so successful

Also on Saturday, three of our Assistant Scoutmasters attended the Pacifica Skyline Council’s University of Scouting, taking several courses to include the Scoutmaster Position-Specific training, Patrol Method and Troop Leadership training, among others.  Congratulations to Matt Strum, Adam Braun and Cameron Oates.

Sunday, Troop 33 conducted another Eagle Court of Honor, this time for Karshin Gupta, Cameron Jones, Jack Monaco, and Vignesh Suresh. Congratulations to these Scouts for their great achievement.  Peter Monaco, Jack’s dad, was the keynote speaker as he had been involved as a Scout Leader with all four Scouts since they started as Cub Scouts.  Thanks to Kimberly Dickerson for all the coordination, Laurie Hartford and Tanya Maluf for the refreshments, Peter Stanley as the Emcee, and Alan Cyon for delivering the Eagle Pledge.  Also thanks to our SPL, Justin Cai for conducting the ceremony, and Jack Crane, Winn Hartford, Casey Jones and Ameen Quresh for the Color Guard detail.

Those Scouts signed up for, or Scouts interested in the Switzerland trip (look at the web page to make sure you are eligible), there will be a quick meeting at 8:45 pm in Room 9 Tuesday night.

The Adventure Patrol will be conducting their Boulder Creek Experience Backpacking presentation after announcements at Tuesday’s meeting.  Please refer to Austin Townsend’s e-mail with details and a link to the backpacking gear checklist.

Look for the Girl Scout Cookies Distribution information and sign-up on the Activity web page.  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 conducting various games to close out the month.

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

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.

Salvation Army Service Jan 27

Signups are full. If you’ve signed up, please bring the two forms to this Tuesday’s meeting.

Let’s go to a Sharks game!

Troop 33 has an opportunity to go watch the San Jose Sharks play the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 4th.  If you’ve never seen a hockey game, it’s the fastest game on earth.  The Sharks are currently in second place in the Pacific Division for a playoff slot, so this will be an important game, which means lots of excitement.  No prior knowledge of hockey is required to have a great time.

Date: 04 March 2018 at 6 PM (Sunday) — leave at 4:30pm from LAUMC, return by 9 pm

Game: San Jose Sharks vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Signups opening soon.

Citizenship Opportunity (rescheduled)

The Mayor of Sunnyvale, Glenn Hendricks, will speak to our First Year Scouts at LAUMC on February 13th.  This is a reschedule from January when he had the flu.  This will satisfy First Class requirement.

Earn Service Units on Jan 28

Earn Service units by unloading thousands of Girl Scout cookies from a truck at Almond School on 1/28. It's very cool to see thousands of cookie cases stacked 8 feet high quickly disappear in a very short time!  (You are unloading a huge truck. You are not selling cookies.) Choose between two shifts 7:30-10AM & 9:45-12:15pm. Please sign up HERE to volunteer.  Please contact Judy at with any questions

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.


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