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T33 Weekly Blast: June 2

posted Jun 2, 2014, 12:18 PM by Sundeep Gupta

June 10 Family Picnic starting at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP (link below)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

We are winding down the 2013 - 2014 Scouting year, with our last standard Troop meeting this Tuesday, followed with the end-of-the year Family Picnic (sort of) and Court of Honor next Tuesday at the Creekside Room.  

Mr. Browning took his Philmont crew on another conditioning/shakedown hike this past weekend on the  Sunol to Del Valle hike.  This was their last overnight before they go Philmont in June.  Mr. Kim has one more overnight in June before his crew goes to Philmont in July.

There is an Eagle Court of Honor this Sunday, June 8th at the LAUMC Sanctuary.

There are 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:

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop has some activities that the First Year Scouts will join in to participate later in the evening.  First Year Scouts will be finishing up some achievements before joining the main Troop.

Family picnic next week! Please RSVP

Janet Kolstad

Folks, the Troop 33 end of year picnic is just around the corner!  This year’s picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at LAUMC in the Creekside Room (just like our meetings), and begins at 5:30.  The food is provided by the Pasta Market - there will be pasta - both traditional and gluten free, salad, garlic bread and even dessert!  This will be the last Court of Honor before the summer camps!  Don’t miss it - it should be spectacular!  Please RSVP with the link below so that we know how many folks to expect!

Congratulations to these Scouts on passing their Board of Review

Jacqueline Jeffries

We had 37 scouts pass their BoR. Thank you to all BoR volunteers!

Tenderfoot: Andrew Arledge, Joshua Kim, Zachary Kassak, Caleb Holman, Ryan Livengood, Tae Kyu Kim, Paolo Ferrari, Nathaniel Newlund, Zachary Raschke, Evan Fine, Daniel Casares, Robert Stanley, Nicolas Ferrari, Luke Wunderling, Danny Donahue, Jacob Newland, Nathan Hahn, Nathan Hahn, Nitin Kumar, Trevor Stick, Xavier Choo, Ben Faigon, Ameen Qureshi


Second Class: Trent Lawson, Jehan Bhandari

First Class: Cameron Cummins, Peter Arnold, Sandeep Sidhu, Jehan Bhandari, Logan Herman, Darius Kafayi, Andrew Showalter

Star: Max Raschke, Max Drummond

Life: Ben Jeffries

Eagle Palm: Zachary Ottoes

Eagle Palm Gold: Nathaniel Wipfer

The next BoR will be in August and the actual date will be communicated later.

Congratulations to the Philmont 618-T1 crew members who completed the infamous “Sunol to Del Valle” shakedown.

Brent Browning

This was a 22 mile, point-to-point hike with somewhere between 5,000-6,000’ total elevation gain/loss.  We had to change our plans after one of our crew members wasn’t feeling well on Friday.  We doubled back and camped near the trailhead and arranged for a ride home for him in the morning.  We updated the route with a plan to hike ~9 miles on Saturday and ~9-10 miles on Sunday.  When the crew arrived into the prospective camp on Saturday around 2pm they made a decision to push on despite have already climbed nearly 4,000’.   They wanted to get to a nicer campsite and have a shorter day on Sunday in hopes of getting home earlier (and eat lunch at In-N-Out Burger).  This turned Saturday into a 14 mile day which is longer than any day we have planned at Philmont.  We hiked from 7:30am-5:30pm with a 1-hour lunch break.

I don’t think many folks appreciate what all this really means so let me make it a bit more concrete:

  • The Grand Canyon rim-to-rim is 21 miles with a total elevation gain of ~6,000’

  • Yosemite Valley to Half Dome is only 4,800’ elevation gain and typically done as a day hike

  • Mt. Whitney (from Whitney Portal) is 22 miles with a 6,100’ elevation gain

Need more?  Think Stairmaster, on level 7-8, with a 30lb pack, for 10 hours (with breaks)…

Reminder: Signups are now open for the San Francisco Giants game!

We will be going via Cal Train to see the Giants on Sunday, August 17.

We only have 25 tickets, this is a popular event each year so sign up quickly at the following link:

Questions contact Mr. Stanley or Mr. Narog.

The Troop web site is a great resource to learn about...


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.