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T33 Weekly Blast: Mar 14

posted Mar 14, 2016, 8:59 AM by Sundeep Gupta

March 19: First Year Campout

March 22: BoR

March 31: Deadline to sign up for Camp Oljato to secure the $500 rate

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Friday evening’s Stanford District Annual Recognition Dinner was attended by Alan Cyron, Karen and Karl Townsend, Doug MacLeod and Judy Bergwerk, Peter and Marilyn Stanley with their sons William and Robert, and Nancy and me.  It was a very pleasant evening, with William Stanley receiving his award for Scout of the Year (along with Gian Coolen and Andrew Marcopulos who were unable to attend) and Peter and Karen receiving their Flame of Leadership awards.  Also, Doug received his beads, neckerchief and leather woggle signifying his completion of his training requirements in the Wood Badge Beading Ceremony. Congratulations to all and very well deserved.  Troop 33 is very proud of all our award recipients.

Saturday and Sunday, the two Philmont crews backpacked up to Black Mountain for their first shakedown backpacking trip.  As soon as we reached the train head, it started to lightly rain and by the time the camp was reached at the mountain top, it was raining hard with a strong wind. All we successful setting up their tents and then getting dinner ready, but it rained extremely heavily with strong wind gusts all through the night until the morning.  Packing up was a challenge, but we successfully broke camp and hiked out the last few miles where we were met by the volunteer drivers and went to lunch at Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside.  A very wet, wild and fun weekend.  Thanks go Laurie Hartford for organizing this event, and to the multitude of parents who either drove us to our drop off point on Saturday or picked us up on Sunday (or both!).

This Tuesday

PLC starts at 6 pm for the Green Bar (Troop Guides are excused as they will be helping with the First Year Fitness test).

First Year Program will be conducting the Fitness Test at Blach Middle School, and then back at LAUMC will be covering packing for the campout this weekend, plus examples of gear will be shown.

Main Troop will be conducting their Amazing Race activities.

Committee Member and Activity Coordinator (AC) Signups Are Open

The troop relies on parent volunteers to provide a strong program for our boys.

Please consider becoming a committee member. If you cannot take on a year long commitment, sign up as an activity coordinator.

Committee Member Openings:

1. Training Coordinator: description can be found on the website using the path - Parents‎ > ‎Volunteers‎ > ‎Committee‎ > Training Coordinator

2. Reservations Coordinator: description can be found on the website using the path - Parents‎ > ‎Volunteers‎ > ‎General‎ > ‎Reservations Coordinator

Activity Coordinators for the months of April, May, and June:

Thank you for those who have signed up!  There are a few more activities that need AC’s.  Please contact Rick Valestra if you are interested or sign up here.


Start Date

End Date

Big City Trip and Segway Tour (SF)



Rafting - Camping



Day Hike - Montara



Windy Hill Conditioning Hike



Family Picnic



Thank you for those who have signed up. Please contact Rick Valestra with questions.

Reminder: First Year Campout

Activity Coordinator: Rick Valestra

The first year camp out is on Saturday Mar 19 through Sunday Mar 20 at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (BCSR).  First Year Scouts will work on Trail to First Class skills including cooking, campfire building, and safe knife & axe handling.

Look for Mr. Valestra at the troop meeting and hand him your check ($30) and form.

Reminder: Camp Oljato July 10 - 16

Camp Oljato is a firm favorite with Troop 33. Join the fun for an extra special camp this year as Camp Oljato celebrates its 75th anniversary!

Learn more and sign up for an outdoor adventure, earn merit badges, learn new skills, and enjoy new activities for this year like horseback riding, log rolling, and waterskiing. (The food’s pretty good too.)


We return every year to this beautiful camp on Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at 7000-8000 foot elevation, accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus. It offers aquatics on the lake, nature, handicrafts, and shooting sports areas.  Each year, we reserve the Navajo Campsite, which houses the roughly 50 members of Troop 33 who attend. Days are spent working on merit badges such as woodcarving, mammal study, rifle shooting, canoeing and swimming, and free time is usually filled with card games, ball games and trips to the Trading Post. Meals are prepared by the amazing staff and served buffet style with plenty of options - no one walks away hungry. Sleeping arrangements include raised floor canvas tents that sleep 2.

Sounds like fun, yes? Camp Oljato offers a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. Scouts forge strong connections while enjoying a week full of adventure. They’ll arrive home smelly, dirty and with many stories to share. Please sign up quickly to reserve your spot! This is a popular camp with only a limited number of spots available, and we fill to capacity each year.  Interested adults should sign up as well. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few additional adult volunteers needed. Contact Ann Reid with questions.

Sign up for Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco by March 29

We are opening up this event to the incoming First Year scouts, who are new to the troop as of  March, if they attend the First Year Campout event on 3/19 - 3/20.

If you're ready for an exciting outing that combines camping and a variety of shooting opportunities, join us for a weekend of shooting sports at Camp Pico Blanco ... sign up now!

A full staff of NRA- and NFAA-certified instructors (including our very own Brent Browning) will supervise and provide a safe environment for our scouts.  The shooting activities offered at this beautiful venue include:

  •  Archery

  •  Primitive  (tomahawk & knife throwing)

  •  Rifle  (mandatory safety briefing)

  •  Muzzleloading

  •  Shotgun  (7th grade and up, mandatory safety briefing)

  •  Pistol  (14 years and up, limited to 16 scouts, add'l $10 fee, mandatory 4-hr training at Pico Blanco)  This program is FULL as of 2/26/16.

As an added bonus, all meals for the weekend will be provided ... no patrol boxes needed ... yippee!!!

Sign up by the 3/29 deadline to secure your spot.  Please visit the Pico Blanco activity page for specific details, requirements, safety briefing dates, and to sign up.

If you have any questions, please contact Activity Coordinator, Karen Townsend at  Hope to see you there!

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.