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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 30

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:01 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Feb 12: Scout Sunday

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

This weekend, 30 Scouts and five Scout leaders ventured to Boulder Creek Scout Reservation for the Trail-to-First-Class campout.  The Scouts selected their tent sites and set up their tents, then went on a 5-mile hike where they learned much of the flora and fauna, as well has the logging history of BCSR on the Nature and Historical Trails.  After the hike, they worked on lashings and then made their dinners.  It was cold Saturday night and dropped to 31 degrees by Sunday morning, but the Scouts were in great spirits, made their breakfasts, packed up and cleaned the campsite, and we were all back by noon Sunday.  Huge thanks to Jon Meyer as the Activity Coordinator setting up and coordinating all the details.  Jon did a great job for his first activity.  Also thanks to James Pampeyan as the Scout-in-Charge, Tom Poppitz and Peter Stanley, co-Scoutmaster-in-Charge, and Craig Pampeyan for his usual support and comradery.

Sunday was the Eagle Court of Honor for Ryan Biesty, Noh Herman, Kai Jarmon, Anthony Mein and Matthew Mellea.  It was a wonderful ceremony and celebration for these young men as they achieved the highest rank and honor for Boy Scouts.  Thank you’s all around to Kimberley Dickerson, Robert Bowden, Alan Cyron, Laurie Hartford, Tanya Maluf, the Scout Honor Guard and First Year Scouts for their parts of the flag detail and candle ceremony.  Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scouts!

There is one week left for the Troop 33 65th logo competition.  Be sure to get your entry in to me by next Tuesday, February 7th.

The next term for Positions of Responsibility starts March 1st, so you can sign up now at the Troop meetings.  Senior Patrol Leader election is February 14th.  Patrol Leader elections are February 28th.  Mandatory ILST for newly elected and appointed office holders is Sunday, March 12th, 1 – 4 pm.

First Year Program parents – Next Tuesday Alan Cyron and I will be providing you a transition presentation into the main Troop.  We will cover what the changes will be for your Scouts, what to expect and how you can help.

February 14th will be a presentation for Scouts eligible for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) by Scouts that have attended this training.  I will be sending notification messages to those Scouts and their parents this week.  Look for those e-mails…

This Tuesday

The whole Troop will take part in the Court of Honor.  Full Class A uniform is required, which includes Merit Badge sash.  OA sashes are not authorized as this is not an OA event.

Reminder: Philmont 2018 Interest Sign-Up is Open

  • Age limit (prior to participation)

    • Scouts must be at least 14 years of age OR

    • Scouts must be at least 13 years of age AND completed 8th grade

    • See Philmont Crew Requirements, requirements cannot be relaxed.

  • Scouts must be First Class or higher by June 1, 2018 (Troop 33 requirement)

  • Must be in top physical condition 

    • Must meet Philmont health/medical requirements

    • Must be able to carry a 30-40lb backpack 5-14 miles a day for 12 days at 6,500'-12,441' over rugged terrain for a total of 50-75 miles

    • Must participate in a physical training program 

  • Must participate in 4 mandatory shakedown outings (1 day hike and 3 backpacking trips) 

  • Must attend all monthly planning meetings 

  • Must meet with Scoutmaster and be approved

NOTE: First-come, first-serve pending Scoutmaster approval.  $100.00 deposit required when signing up.

NOTE: Preference will be given to uniformed adults, the activity coordinator, committee members, and then other adults.

Sign up at this site:

Reminder: 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

Reminder: Order of Arrow dues should be paid online

2017 OA dues are due should be paid using the link below. Please make the payment separately using this link:

Reminder: 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.

Reminder: 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


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