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T33 Weekly Blast: January 14

posted Jan 14, 2019, 7:13 PM by Fania Lazarov
January 15: Board of Review

January 15: Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

January 18-21: Death Valley Camping

January 22: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (meet after regular meeting)

January 27: Personal Fitness Merit Badge TRAINING begins (every other week for 12 weeks)

February 9: K 9 Go Kart Racing

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 7- July 13 - Camp Oljato

Death Valley Camping -  planning meeting on January 15th after regular scout meeting

There will be a planning meeting after the regular meeting for Scouts going on the Death Valley Camping trip. A few Scouts still need to pay and turn in

their Activity Consent and Medical A & B Forms.

Northern Tier High Adventure

A message from Matthew Sturm (

If you are highly interested in being part of a Northern Tier High Adventure crew this summer, the activity page is now ready to accept responses in order to gauge interest and collect everyone's schedules. Please do this ASAP, and reach out to me if you have any questions. This process needs to move quickly, so please put hard thought into your availability and commitment!

For more details visit the activity page: Northern Tier High Adventure

Troop 33 is in Need of More Parent Volunteers!

Open positions include:

  • Treasurer (needed ASAP to get training from Judy Bergwerk)

  • Recruiting co-chair (will work with Julie Crane)

These committee positions are especially important for T33 to function. The parents who have been doing them all have kids who are either aging out or not continuing with scouting.

Please contact Amy Mendenhall at for more information on each open position.

Activity Coordinators Needed for Winter/Spring Events

We are looking for activity coordinators for the following events this winter:

  • Pinnacles Camping and Hiking (2/2/19 - 2/3/19)

  • Video Game Night (2/8/19) (this is a great choice for a new Activity Coordinator)

  • Bowling (2/23/19) (This is a great choice for a new Activity Coordinator)

  • Snow Caving/ Camping (3/2/19)

  • Conservation Project (3/9/19)

    • Philmont 2020 (We are looking for a parent who expects their scout to be  participating in Philmont 2020 to help coordinate this activity. We need to start collecting payments and signups for Philmont this month.)

Please contact Amy Mendenhall ( for more information on coordinating these events.

Personal Fitness Merit Badge - January 22nd after scout meeting

We are starting Fitness Testing January 27, and meet every other Sunday for 12 weeks.  Participation for all Fitness Testing is mandatory for the merit badge. Let's get up and move!

Requirements: First Class and above.  

Maximum: 15 scouts

Merit Badge Coordinator: Katie Jones

Sign ups and more details: Personal Fitness Merit Badge Sign Up

Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series - various dates between December 15 and June 2019

Where: Check below for each hike, depending on group and weather; can be up to two hours away.

Who: Scouts and adults (Ages 10+ is recommended)

Cost:  FREE to hike, cost for gas.  Drivers will be reimbursed for gas, and will need to bring a lunch and water.

AC: Nicole Lilly

How: Sign up on the main troop activities page for the event.

SMIC:  Cameron Oates

Hey, Scouts!

Troop 33 Scouts, merit badge-seekers, parent hiker enthusiasts -- do I have an activity for you!! Earn an Eagle-required merit badge over the summer or hike for hikers sake!

Ms. Oates will be leading the Rim Rover and Hiking Merit Badge, which requires 5 long hikes of 5 to 20 miles with one overnight.  This is a great preparation for the 50-milers, and if you make all 6 Saturdays and 1 weekend, you will definitely get the merit badge as well as qualifying for other merit badges.

What’s that you say? You already have the badge? You can’t make all 6 Saturdays? No problem! You can make as many or as few as you like, and you are guaranteed to see some amazing peaks around the Bay Area that you likely have never seen before.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Scouts (and all participants) must be physically fit and accustomed to 5 to 11-mile hikes, which could take up to 5 hours, depending on the speed of the group.

Below are the dates for the hikes:

·                December 15th— Mission Peak

·                February 2nd- Pinnacles

·                March 9th- Mt. Tamaulipas

·                April 6th- Mount Wittenberg

·                TBD- Mount St. Helena/Mount Diablo- overnight camping, possibly May or June

We will meet at LAUMC at (depending on the hike) 5:30 am to 7:30 am, so that we can do these hikes before the hottest part of the day.

Cost: Gas Money. Drivers will be reimbursed for gas, and will need to bring a lunch and water.

The more the merrier, as long as we have drivers.

Have we eliminated all of your reasons for not going yet? Good.

See you there!

K1 Go Kart Racing - February 9th at 3:30 pm

Reminder: Sign up for K1 Go Kart Racing!

Race with your friends before you even have a driver's license!


Cost: $47.50

Will have two groups:

  1. Between 4 feet and 4'10" tall

  2. Taller than 4'10"

NOTE: Each group needs to have 10 scouts minimum to have the activity.

  • No racing experience is required

  • Each racer will receive a short, mandatory briefing on kart operation, safety and track rules

Sign up today!

Camp Emerald Bay - June 15- June 22, 2019 (The Sat. after LASD schools end) - activity full. Please contact if you would like to be put on the waitlist)

Camp Oljato - July 7- July 13, 2019

Join the troop on its annual trek to Camp Oljato at Huntington Lake.

Where: Huntington Lake in Lakeshore, CA (Fresno County)

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $500 ($100 non-refundable deposit due January, $400 balance due March 1st)


SMIC: Tom Poppitz

Activity Coordinator: Kim Carahasen

How: Click here to sign up

For any questions please contact Kim Carahasen at

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 Fania Lazarov @ by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition. Please include “T33 BLAST” in the email subject line. Thank you!