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T33 Weekly Blast: June 16

posted Jun 17, 2014, 1:56 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Summer Break!

Aug 19th - First meeting of the 2014-15 scouting year

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

School is out and summer is finally here (although it officially starts this Saturday, June 21st)!  Jun Kim led his Philmont crew on their last shakedown backpacking overnight this past weekend to Pescadero Creek, and now all the crews are ready to go. In fact, the first three crews left Tuesday the 17th  for their adventure, and Mr. Kim’s drew departs on July 16th.  To all the crews - have fun, be safe, and we look forward to sharing your memories at the first Troop meeting for 2014/15 in August!

Camp Oljato is only 19 days away, so again, please pay attention to the two major changes at Camp Oljato this year, one with how we get to the camp this year (unfortunately, no boats), and the other the new rule about not wearing “logo” t-shirts.  If you’ve not reviewed the orientation slides, please do so using this link. Update messages on Camp Oljato and form reminders will continue to go out to the Scouts and their parents up until we leave on July 6th.

The Blasts will be limited throughout the summer, however, we will kick it back up full force in August, preceding our first meeting on August 19th.  Blasts will go out as necessary for vital information only between now and August.

Thanks you’s galore to Alan, Janet and Barb for setting up and making Brent Browning’s recognition event and the end of year dinner.  Also, thank you to all those behind the scene that helped out.  This event, and everything else that goes on throughout the year would not be possible without all the help and support the volunteers and parents provide that makes Troop 33 so successful and great.

Adult Volunteer Positions Open

Kathleen McGall

1. Board of Review Coordinator:

This is a key position in the process for scout advancement. We are very sad that Jacqueline (and Ben) are moving to the UK. Thank you, Jacqueline, for filling this role so seamlessly!

Please consider filling this very important position. We would like someone identified before our first Board of Review next year (August or September). Description is found at this link.

So, we can start discussions, please let me know of interest by July.  

2. Medical Coordinator

Our beloved medical records coordinator is ready to hang up her pith hat. Please consider contributing to the troop in this very valuable role to ensure your scouts have all their medical information with them on troop outings. Ann will train the replacement(s).

Description at this link.

3. Hospitality Coordinator:

We have an opening for one of two of these positions Please see description of Hospitality Coordinator at this link.

The two coordinators work together and with the Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator at each of the four Eagle Courts of Honor held each year.

4. Ongoing AC position:

Consider learning the wreath sales AC role this year from the master, Alan. Alan usually ties this to the Salesmanship merit badge.

There will be more exciting volunteer opportunities, so stay tuned...

Contact Kathleen McGall if you are interested or if you have questions about any of these.

Hiking Merit Badge Summer Day Hike Opportunities

Contact for activity questions: SMIC: Brett Pauly

For AC interest contact (see below): Kathleen McGall

Brett has scheduled day hikes throughout the summer (5x10mi and 1x20mi) to meet requirements for the Hiking Merit Badge.

Dates are:

June 28--AC identified (Amy Franzblau)

July 5--AC identified (Karen Townsend)

August 2--AC identified (Amy Franzblau)

August 16--AC identified (Karen Townsend)

August 23

September 6

Look for announcements and information about the hikes on the webpage and for signups opening up (still under construction)--these hikes are free and are open to anyone, scouts and adults! Bring your own lunch. Locations will be flexible depending on group and weather. Can be up to a two hour drive to location. Hotter days will hike closer to the coast.

For general information, see the webpage at this link.

Roles needed:

  • Hikers and Drivers for each hike

  • Activity Coordinators (AC) for last two hikes

Please contact Kathleen McGall for questions and interest in being an AC for one of these.

Pescadero Creek Final Shakedown for Crew 717-N

Jun Kim

This past weekend, Philmont Crew 717-N completed their final weekend shakedown at Pescadero Creek.  Seven scouts and 4 adults stayed  at the Tarwater and Shaw Flats trail camps, and backpacked approximately 21 miles.  The weather was warm Friday and Saturday, with Sunday being more refreshingly brisk.  Saturday was a 12 mile day that the crew handled well.   It was a great outing for the crew to get more experience working as a crew, learn what works and what doesn't, and push themselves to improve.

As the crew wishes the 618 crews a safe and wonderful journey, we also look forward to our own a month from now.

The Troop web site is a great resource to browse over the summer break..


Wondering what activities are coming up?  See then click on the links for details and sign-ups!


Want to see the Troop calendar for the next week/month/year?  See

If you have a smart phone you can subscribe to the Troop 33 calendar using ICAL, see instructions at the bottom of the page.


Did you accidentally delete the blast from last week?  See

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

Camping Checklist

Are you wondering what you should pack for the next campout?  Look no farther, we have a detailed checklist based on the Camping merit badge pamphlet.  See

Backpacking Checklist

Headed into the wilderness on a backpacking trip?  We have a checklist for you!  Based on the Philmont summer packing list but slimmed this is a time-tested and proven checklist.  See

Gear Recommendations

Do you have a birthday coming up?  Getting ready for your first campout?  There are several critical pieces of gear that will help you enjoy your outdoor experience.  See

Merit Badge Counselors

Looking for a merit badge counselor?  We are fortunate to have many counselors for Eagle-required and elective merit badges in Troop 33.  See

Merit Badges

Wondering how to fill out a blue card (must be done before you take the merit badge)?  Where to find the requirements?  See

Troop Leadership

Who is your Patrol Advisor?  Who is your Troop Guide?  See

Rank Requirements

Wondering where you can find the rank requirements online?  How about videos that walk you through each Trail to First Class requirement?  See

Uniform and Patches

Wondering what a “Class A” uniform is?  See

Wondering where to sew that patch?  See

Troop Roster

How can I contact my Patrol members?  See

Positions of Responsibility

First Class, Star, and Life Scouts need to serve in a position of responsibility as part of their rank advancement.  For more information about the various positions, their duties, and the “rubric” that explains Troop 33 expectations see

Scoutmaster Conference

Are you ready to advance to the next rank?  First you must have a Scoutmaster Conference with your Patrol Advisor.  He will review everything to make sure you are ready.  See for more details.

Board of Review

Are you ready to advance to the next rank?  After your Scoutmaster Conference you need to contact our Board of Review Coordinator, Mrs. Jeffries, to be scheduled.  See for more details.


PoR?  ASPL?  ILST?  LNT?  PLC?  Confused by all the acronyms?  See

Frequently Asked Questions

At first Boy Scouts might be a bit overwhelming unless you have been exposed to it before.  We put together an “FAQ” in an attempt to help with any confusion.  See

Trail to Eagle

Are you a Life Scout and wondering what is next?  Check out our “Trail to Eagle” section on our website which has a ton of great information to help you through the process.  See

How can I help?

We are a volunteer organization and always need help.  In fact, every family is expected to help in at least two ways.  For more information about the manyvolunteer roles and their responsibilities see

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

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.