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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 26

posted Jan 26, 2015, 9:56 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan 27: Deadline for Feb 10 BoR

Feb 6: Snow sports

Feb 8: Scout Sunday

Feb 21: Camp Oljato deposits due ($190)

Mar 3: Deadline for Mar 17 BoR

Mar 7: Snow Camping

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

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

What a great Saturday it was for the 20 Scouts on their second day working on the Cooking Merit Badge.  They made all of their meals outdoors to include backpacking cooking and using Dutch ovens.  Once again they made wonderful meals (to include some interesting variations), and most of the Scouts have completed or are very close to completing the merit badge.  So many thanks and deserved adulation to Brian Mellea, Kimberly Dickerson, Chris Migdal, Ann Reid, Doug MacLeod, Judy Bergwerk, Laurie Hartford, Peter Stanley, Jun Kim, Karen Townsend, Martha Gomez - there were so many adults helping run this thing, I can’t even keep track, so if I missed listing your name, my apologies!.

Scouts! If you are attending the Council Merit Badge Midway this Saturday, January 31st, be sure to get a Merit Badge Blue Card signed by any of the Scoutmasters at Tuesday’s meeting (make sure you fill out the card properly before submitting it for signature).  You need to take it with you to the Rally.  They will not be giving out cards at the Rally.

Look for more information below on:

Girl Scout Cookie Distribution -  January 31st

Skiing/Snow Sports - February 6th and 7th

Scout Sunday - February 8th

Board of Review - February 10th (e-mail Mrs. Stanley by this Tuesday, January 27th to be on a board)

Snow Camping - March 7th and 8th

Camp Oljato - July 5th through 11th

Also, Senior Patrol Leader Election is on February 10th, Patrol Leader Elections are February 24th, and the mandatory ILST for all newly elected leaders and assigned positions is March 1st.  Order of the Arrow Elections are February 24th as well.

THIS Tuesday

All Scouts will participate in the Court of Honor, and following that, the Main Troop has and activity and the First Year Scouts will complete missing achievements.

Sign up for Girl Scout Cookie Distribution on Jan 31

Janet Kolstad

Girl Scout Cookie Distribution Day Saturday, 1/31, from 10:45 to 3:30, you get to move cookies, eat cookies and get service hours all at the same time! Sign up here

Activity Coordinator positions still open and one needing replacement

Kathleen McGall

Four Activity Coordinators (ACs) are needed. Thank you to everyone who has signed up already.

Please sign up even if you have never been an AC. You will be trained. Link to signups is at the top of the activities page.

This is a critical role for our troop to be able to offer as many activities as we do. Plus each family is expected to volunteering two types of roles every year and this role will fulfill one of your volunteer roles for the troop. An AC is required to sign up for one event per year. Also as an AC you or your scout do not need to attend the event. If we do not get an AC for an activity we will need to cancel it.

We have some exciting opportunities for AC coming up that still need assignment:

Activities requiring AC.

1. Camping-Shooting sports (3/27-3/29)

2. Camporee (4/17-4/19)

3. Memorial Day Flag Placement (needs new AC) (5/23)

4. Shoreline Water Sports (5/30)

Please sign up to help!  Thank you!  Please contact me with any questions

Order of Arrow dues should be paid online

Judy Bergwerk

2015 OA dues are due should be paid using the link below. If you included payment for OA with your annual troop registration, that amount will be returned back to you. Please make the payment separately using this link.

Sign up for Scout Sunday

Steven Rutledge

On February 8, we have Scout Sunday where we give back to the Church by helping to run the service.  This is our way of giving thanks for all that LAUMC does for us.  If you are in need of service hours or just want to help, we need all the help we can get.  So far only 8 scout have signed up.  You can be a greeter, speaker, or pass out bulletins. Also the speech can help you fulfill the 5 minute speech needed for the communications merit badge.

Click here for more details and to sign up.

Merit Badge Midway this weekend — get your blue cards!

Craig Pampeyan

For those that are attending the district merit badge midway this coming weekend, please don’t forget to get your blue cards from your ASM so that you can have your work recorded.  Blue cards will not be available at the midway, so be prepared.

Results for the last Board of Review

Marilyn Stanley

Congratulations to:

Nathaniel Wipfler - second Bronze Palm

David McAllister - Life

Danny Donahue - Second Class

Luke Wunderling - Second Class

And a  huge thank you to the parent volunteers who assisted:

Brian Donahue, Terry Hahn, Craig Pampeyan, Ariel Faigon

This Tuesday, January 27 is the deadline for the February 10 Board of Review.  The March Board of Review is on March 17 and the deadline is March 3.

Please remember, everything needs to be signed off and completed before requesting a Board of Review, including scoutmaster conference and all merit badges turned in.  Scouts are strongly encouraged to request their own board of review rather than having a parent or scoutmaster ask.


Reminder: 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

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.