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T33 Weekly Blast: June 4

posted Jun 4, 2018, 5:15 PM by Fania Lazarov

June 5: Court of Honor with deserts

June 9: Black Mountain Shakedown Hike

June 12-25: Philmont 12-day Backpacking Trek

June 24 - Swimming Merit Badge

July 8-14: Camp Oljato

Sep 1-3: Yosemite Camp

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Congratulations to the Troop 33 Scouts who graduated high school in 2018 from Los Altos, Mountain View, Homestead, Monte Vista and Kings Academy High Schools!

Sunday afternoon, Troop 33 conducted another Eagle Court of Honor where we celebrated and honored the attainment of the Eagle rank for Kyler Blasing, Winn Hartford and Zack Moore. Congratulations, Scouts!  Again, major thanks to Kimberly Dickerson for all the coordination and set up, Robert Bowden as the master of ceremonies, Alan Cyron for delivering the Eagle Pledge, James Pampeyan, our Senior Patrol Leader, and the Scouts that performed the duties of the color guard and the passing of the candles.  Also, big thanks to Tanya Maluf, Renee Boustard and Kathy Styles for setting up and serving the refreshments.

This Tuesday

We will be meeting at Creekside at 7:30 for our last Court of Honor for the school year. Don’t forget to bring a dessert!

All Scouts will be in full Class A uniform to include the merit badge sash.  Even if you are not receiving rank advancement or any other recognition, this is a formal event and it is fitting we all dress appropriately to honor those that are being recognized.


As this is a family event, please sign up for everyone in your family who will be attending the event HERE



Please remember to include a note to indicate if there are nuts or nut by-products in your desert

Black Mountain Shakedown Hike - June 9, 2018


   22500 Cristo Rey Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014

Who: Philmont Scouts who did not do all three overnight training hikes is mandatory. Other Troop 33 Scouts may join with Mr. Webb and or Stanley Permission

If you have attended all training hikes, you are welcome to go on this hike and the backpack is optional for you.

Cost: $0

Trail description: Black Mountain Trail - (4.0 mi). The Trail climbs through chaparral, grassland, and oak woodland to the top of Black Mountain. Steep canyons and narrow ridges can be seen from various points. At the top of 2,800-foot Black Mountain, there are other views west into Stevens Creek Canyon and open space lands along the Skyline ridge, as well as views of Santa Clara Valley.

SMIC: Chris Webb

Activity Coordinator: Peter Stanley

Signup @

Swimming Merit Badge -June 24, 2018


Who: All Troop 33 Scouts who can complete BSA Swimming Requirement. Preference will be given to older scouts who are attempting to complete Eagle required merit badges

These are not swim lessons, nor does the Troop provide swim lessons

When: June 24, 2018 8.45 am - 12:00pm

Where: Woodland Vista Swim and Racquet Club, 1991 Deodora Drive, Los Altos, CA, 94024, (between Arboretum Drive and St. Joseph Avenue)

SMIC: Cameron Oates

Activity Coordinator: Shiv Krishnan





For sign up, more details and consent form:

(note that the activity link can currently be found under recent site activities- left bar)

Join us for camping and hiking in scenic Yosemite! (see updates)

David Louie,



  • We're going Labor Day weekend (September 1-3)

  • Scouts and Adult Leaders only this year. Cost is $65.

  • We have secured a campsites in Yosemite Valley for 45 Scouts and 10 Adult Leaders, and anticipate strong interest!

  • We're leaving early on Saturday morning, Sept 1, and returning Monday afternoon, Sept 3.

  • There will be time for everyone to do two day hikes before coming back on Monday

  • Potential hikes including Mirror Lake, the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls, and Yosemite Falls. Experienced hikers may be able to hike Cloud's Rest, an epic ridge that looks down on Half Dome.

  • Since our Half Dome hiking permits are so limited this year, Scouts who wish to hike Half Dome will be selected by seniority and hiking experience. The Hiking Merit Badge is not required.

  • Adult leaders must be able to transport at least 7 people, unless they're carrying troop gear. They'll also help with meals, hikes and activities.


  • Upper Pines campground is in the heart of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park

  • Yosemite Valley provides awe-inspiring views of many of Yosemite's most famous natural features!

Sign up here

For more information: Yosemite 2018


New First Year Advancement Coordinator needed

As you can imagine volunteers move on after their scouts age-out. So we need a new Advancement Coordinator specifically for the First Year program. The bulk of the job is weekly entering data into our TroopMaster system after Tom Poppitz (semi-weekly) enters that same data into our Google Tracking Sheets for each FY scout. The work generally isn't time-urgent except when we approach Board of Reviews, when some data-double-checking might be necessary. But our FY rank advancements generally come in "batches" so that is only an issue 3 or 4 times a year (see job description below).


Please let us know if you can take on this role for us. Please contact Tom Poppitz for more information:


First Year Advancement Coordinator job description

  • Works closely with the First Year Director (via google spreadsheet) and records first year scout rank advancements and special awards in TroopMaster database

  • Using info from the Activity Reports provided by the ScoutMaster In Charge, records First Year activities in TroopMaster database

  • Periodically reviews database and verifies it is current and accurate, especially prior to scheduled Board of Review and Court of Honor dates

  • Attends monthly troop Committee meetings (90min once a month) (recommended, but not required)

  • Time commitment:  Approximately 45 min-1 hour per week

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