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T33 Weekly Blast: Jan 4

posted Jan 4, 2016, 9:58 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Jan 9: Cooking Merit Badge

Jan 12: BoR

Jan 15: Death Valley

Jan 22 & 29: Rifle shooting MB

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Welcome to the New Year!  Now that you all have had a great two week break for the holidays, we jump right into an exciting Scouting year.  Be sure to look at the Troop 33 web site calendar and activity web pages for all the upcoming activities and events.

This Tuesday

Your Scout leadership has chosen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as its theme for this month, starting with Engineering for Tuesday’s meeting.  Patrols will construct catapults to compete in object launching (various payloads).

First Year Scouts will continue with completing achievements towards First Class (see Mr. Stanley’s detailed e-mail from last month)

Still time to sign up for Death Valley!

Join us on this Troop 33 favorite 4-day, 3-night camping trip, MLK weekend Jan 15 - 18.  You will see breathtaking views, visit the lowest point (282' below sea-level) in North America, hike through some strikingly beautiful country, and go sand sledding on the dunes!

More details here

Did you remember to sign up for the Rifle Shooting merit badge?

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a rifle?

Have you shot a rifle at camp and wanted more range time?

You are in luck!!  I am coordinating two evenings of supervised, safe, and fun rifle shooting at the Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club.  Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club will provide a Range Master, Range Safety Officer, and several experienced rifle club members.  A local Venture Crew will be bringing their rifles and helping with instruction.  I will serve as one of the Rifle Instructors for the evening.  I have secured the use of the range on two separate Friday evenings for our use.  We will setup 10 lanes with both paper and reactive (steel) targets at 50 feet, 50 yards, and 100 yards.  Scouts will shoot single-fire, bolt-action rifles.  Scouts 14 or older will have a chance to shoot Ruger 10/22 auto-loader rifles.

You have several options to consider:

1.       I want to earn the merit badge – must attend classes Tue 1/12 & 1/26 from 5:30-7:15pm, must attend range dates

2.       I already have the merit badge – must attend safety briefing Tue 1/12 or 1/26, can attend range dates

3.       I just want to try it out for fun – must attend safety briefing Tue 1/12 or 1/26, can attend range dates

NOTE: Parents MUST attend with their son  (the club requires one adult for every Scout)

Submit check, waiver and consent form to Rick Valestra ( before the Troop meeting tomorrow

For more information, visit

Brent Browning

Troop 33 Shooting Sports Advisor

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

NRA Certified Rifle/Shotgun/Pistol/Muzzleloading Instructor


Calling all future Troop Guides!

In March of the new year we will be getting a bumper crop of first year scouts joining the troop.

Mr. Rutner and I need to start to find new troop guides for the incoming firsties in 2016.

If you are up for the challenge, contact Mr. Stanley and Mr. Rutner

You can also contact us during any meeting.

Sign-Ups Open for Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco, April 22-24, 2016

If you're ready for an exciting outing that combines camping and a variety of shooting opportunities, join us for a weekend of shooting sports at Camp Pico Blanco ... sign up now!

A full staff of NRA- and NFAA-certified instructors (including our very own Brent Browning) will supervise and provide a safe environment for our scouts.  The shooting activities offered at this beautiful venue include:

  •  Archery

  •  Primitive  (tomahawk & knife throwing)

  •  Rifle  (mandatory safety briefing)

  •  Muzzleloading

  •  Shotgun  (7th grade and up, mandatory safety briefing)

  •  Pistol  (14 years and up, limited to 16 scouts, add'l $10 fee, mandatory 4-hr training at Pico Blanco)

As an added bonus, all meals for the weekend will be provided ... no patrol boxes needed ... yippee!!!

Sign up early to secure a limited spot for pistol shooting and for Early-Bird pricing ($80 before 2/23, $90 by 3/29 final deadline).  Please visit the Pico Blanco activity page for specific details, requirements, safety briefing dates, and to sign up.

If you have any questions, please contact Activity Coordinator, Karen Townsend at  Hope to see you there!

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.