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T33 Weekly Blast: Mar 2

posted Mar 2, 2015, 9:47 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Mar 3:  Emerald Payment #3 ($350)

Mar 4: Deadline for Mar 17 BoR

Mar 7: Snow Camping

Mar 8: Fitness MB starts

Mar 14: MB Midway

Mar 17: Pico Blanco payment ($100) and forms due, March BoR

Mar 21: Go Carting

Mar 24: Camp Oljato final payment due ($300)

Mar 27: Shooting Sports

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Congratulations to the new term Scout Leadership for completing Introduction to Leadership and Skills Training (ILST) on Sunday!  Thanks all around to Ted Marcopulos for coordinating and running the training, Brett Pauly, Peter Stanley, Ross Rutner, and Doug MacLeod for teaching the Scouts the class. Also, a big thanks to Andrew Marcopulos for stepping in when a couple former SPLs were unable to attend.  Great job, everyone!

Thank you to all the new First Year Program Scout parents for attending the orientation meeting Tuesday.  If you were unable to make the meeting, here is the link to the presentation and the two-page handout:

Presentation is under "Presentations", (T33_FirstYearOrientation_2015)

Hand-Out is under "FirstYear", (T33_FirstYearHandout_2015)

Snow Camping (at least cold weather camping) is March 7th and 8th.  There are two special meetings this week.  See more information below.

Troop Merit Badge Midway is Saturday morning, March 14th.

Go Carting - March 21st

Camping/Shooting Sports – Pico Blanco, March 27th through 29th.

THIS Tuesday

Troop 33 welcomes the new First Year Program Scouts!  After the new leadership Swearing in ceremony, they will join the Main Troop for a welcoming game, and then they will go off to start their new program.

Shooting Sports campout Sign-ups are open

Sign-ups are open for our shooting sports campout at Camp Pico Blanco on March 27-29, 2015.  Cost is $100/person.  This campout is open to all Scouts who are second year or older.  Sign up soon to save your spot!  Parents, drivers needed.

Mr. Valestra will be at the meeting on Tuesday to collect checks and forms.

March BoR deadline is March 4

Next Board of Review is schedule for Tuesday, March 17 and deadline to request is Wednesday, March 4.

Contact Mrs. Stanley to request a Board of Review at

Additionally, we need 12 parents to assist with the reviews.  if you are a parent of a First Year scout, please feel free to sign up.  It's easy and fun, and a great way to know scouts outside your son's age bracket.

Theater Merit Badge Meeting 6:30 pm this Tuesday

Scouts interested in the Theater merit badge, please attend the class meeting 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at Creekside.  We'll go over requirements.  Any scout (incoming first year scouts included!) that are  interested in working on the merit badge, please send Mrs. Stanley an email at  If you are taking the class or want to but can't make it on Tuesday, send me a note.

Going Snow Camping? Please read on

Caroline Tice


We currently do not have enough drivers signed up for the Snow Camping trip to

drive all the scouts who are signed up.  Any adult who can drive and is interested,


Snow Camping activity consent forms and payments are due this Tuesday, March 3.

If you have not already done so, please turn your payment and form in to Caroline Tice

at the troop meeting.

There will be a ** MANDATORY **  snow safety briefing this Weds., March 4, 7:30-9, in room

8 at the church.  Everybody going on this trip is required to attend.  Gear/equipment inspections

will happen during this meeting, so please pack everything you are planning on taking on the trip

and bring it to this meeting.

Activity Coordinator and Other Volunteer Position open

Kathleen McGall

A big thank you to everyone who has signed up already. Just a couple first year activities require ACs. We also have an important  position open.

Please sign up even if you have never been an AC. You will be trained. Link to signups is at the top of the activities page.

This is a critical role for our troop to be able to offer as many activities as we do. Plus each family is expected to volunteering two types of roles every year and this role will fulfill one of your volunteer roles for the troop. An AC is required to sign up for one event per year. Also as an AC you or your scout do not need to attend the event. If we do not get an AC for an activity we will need to cancel it.

Activities requiring AC:

1. First Year Bedwell Park Orienteering (5/9)

2. First Year Swimming (5/30)

Additional position:

1. Medical Records Co-Coordinator (please see the description at this link Medical Records Coordinator)

Please sign up to help!  Thank you!  Please contact Kathleen McGall if you are interested in the Medical Records Co-Coordinator position or have any volunteer-related questions.

Signups open for First Year Hike

Kathleen McGall

What: First Year Hike (5-mile day hike)

When: March 14, 2015 from 12:30-5pm

Where: TBD--likely Rancho San Antonio or Fremont Older

Who: First Year Scouts and Troop Guides

Why: Trail to First Class Skills

Cost: TBD


SMIC: Peter Stanley

Activity Coordinator: Kathleen McGall

How: Click here to sign up

For more information, see the First Year Hike webpage.

As the first organized activity for our new first year class, please ensure your scout gets off to a good start in completing some requirements and sign up. This will be discussed in the First Year meeting.

Troop Merit Badge Midway on March 14

Deborah Schueren and Craig Pampeyan

Sign-ups are open for our one day Troop 33 Merit Badge Midway coming up on March 14!  

It will be at LAUMC from 8:00 to noon.  Thanks to all the counselors who have agreed to offer these 9 Merit Badges!  We have brand new merit badges (Digital Technology), Eagle required (Family Life, Swimming) and multiple other fun and interesting choices (Astronomy, Collections, Dog Care, Energy, Medicine, Nature).  

Please make sure you read the pre-requisites and notes before signing up.  When you sign up, you specify first, second, and third choices, but you will only be taking one merit badge class (unless you sign up for Swimming, which is March 15, and then you can take a second if space is available).  The sign-ups will be reviewed by the SMIC, coordinators and counselors, and priority will be given based on: need, rank, age, and date/time of sign up.  Those who are signed up before Tuesday (3/3) can find out Tuesday which class they are in and get the MB book (assuming the library has one) after the meeting.  Next Tuesday (3/10) will be the last day to sign up. To see the choices and reach the sign up link, click here.


Sign ups for the Personal Fitness Merit Badge now open

Katie Jones

This session runs from march 8th 4:30pm to June 8th at Blach middle.  All scouts need to be available June 8th for the final work assessment, there is no partial credit for this merit badge.

Go Carting Sign Ups are now open

What: Go Carting

When: March 21, 2015, Last day to register is March 17

Where: K1 Speed, 2925 Mead Ave, Santa Clara 95051

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts that are a minimum of 4'10" tall

Cost: $49 for 2 races, Check made out to Troop 33


SMIC: Carl Gabrielson

Activity Coordinator: Dawn Herman

How: Click here to sign up

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.