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T33 Weekly Blast: January 7

posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:30 PM by Fania Lazarov
January 8: Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

January 12: Room Escape Event (note new time)

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 (rescheduled)

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 14- July 20 - Camp Oljato

Reminder: Board of Review Dates

The next Board of Review is on January 15th, 2019. Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Hongjun Zhu at a note before Jan 9th. Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed! Please email if you can help on the 15th.
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

Room Escape Event - January 12, 2019 (Saturday)

What: Room Escape

When: January 12, 2019   Game starts at 10:00 am (meet at Play Live Escape at 9:45am)

Where:  Play Live Escape — Room: Police Station - Cell

              3330 E El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051     


Who: All Troop 33 Scouts (4-12 players)

Cost: $30

Activity Coordinator: Teresa Tam

How: Click here to sign up

Escape Room: Police Station - Cell; Difficult Level: medium; Game Time: 60-minutes; Story: You were arrested by the airport security for carrying some suitcase and now you are in a local police station cell where you need to find the evidence against the dirty cop and some cash to make your way out.

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!

Death Valley Camping - Jan 18 - 21, 2019 (MLK holiday weekend)

The temperature in January in Death Valley is just right for camping! Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, hike into a volcanic crater at Ubehebe or visit mining ghost towns at Rhyolite and Leadfield, and try sand sledding at one of the dune fields.

For more info and sign up click here:

Activity Coordinator: Pete Dunten (

Camp Emerald Bay - June 15- June 22, 2019 (The Sat. after LASD schools end)

There is only 1 spot left.  Please contact Jessica at if you are interested.

Sign up is open now. We have only space for 35 scouts and 4 adults. No guarantee of adding more slots.

Our troop attends Emerald Bay camp every other year and it is a favorite for water front Merit Badges and Oceanography.

All the details can be found here. Merit Badge sign-ups will come in Spring 2019. For older scouts who have completed the merit badges that the camp offers, its Rugged Adventurers Programs are great options.

Dates 6/15/17 - 6/22/17 (6/15 overnight on USS Iowa)

Cost: approximately $950

Payments must be made by these dates to hold your spot. There are no refunds.

Camp Emerald Bay Fees/Payments*:

$180 deposit due no later than 1/4/2019

$620 payment due no later than 2/22/2019

$150 (amount to be finalized) final payment due no later than 5/10/2019

Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang (

SAVE The Date - Camp Oljato - July 14- July 20, 2019

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

Sign-ups will begin on January 7th, 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!