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T33 Weekly Blast: Mar 28

posted Mar 28, 2016, 5:42 PM by Sundeep Gupta

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

April 1: Henry Coe

April 22: Pico Blanco

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing Easter weekend.  Although it was a weekend without any Scouting activities, we did have three Scouts participate in the 2016 Robot Sports Tournament, 3rd Annual FIRST Tech Challenge West Super-Regional Championship in Oakland Friday and Saturday – Matthew Mellea, William Stanley and Benjamin Tice.  It looks like it was a fun and meaningful event. (Thanks to Peter Stanley for the story and photos)



This Tuesday

Court of Honor.  All Scouts will attend this event.  Uniform is Class A, meaning shirt, neckerchief, MB sash, Scouts pants or shorts, and appropriate shoes.  No flip-flops.  If you are coming from another event, be sure to bring all the necessary items with you to change into.

Parents - The Courts of Honor have been ending sooner than the normal Troop meeting end time (9:00 pm), so if you can, stick around and see how it is run and celebrate the rank advancements and other achievements with our Scouts.

Parent Involvement with the Troop

Rick Valestra

Recall from the parents’ meeting that each family is required to volunteer in two ways.  For non-uniformed volunteer positions, one of the two ways is to be either a Committee Member or an Activity Coordinator.  We cannot deliver the variety of activities without every family contributing.  We need everyone’s support to keep our program strong.  You will be trained and we have full documents you can access and read to learn more about your role.

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 Coordinator:

THANK YOU to those who just signed up!  We’re down to one!  Please sign up here or contact Rick Valestra


Start Date

End Date

Rafting - Camping



Shooting Sports at Camp Pico Blanco 4/22 - 4/24:  FULL!!!

This activity is now FULL and we are no longer accepting registrations.

For those scouts attending, please visit the Pico Blanco activity page for information on the MANDATORY safety briefings and mark your calendars to attend the appropriate one for your shooting activity(ies).

Safety Briefings

ALL Scouts MUST attend the following mandatory safety briefings:

  • 6th Graders: 30 minute Rifle

  • 7th and up: 30 minute Rifle + 30 minute Shotgun

Briefings will be offered on two different evenings to accommodate schedules.

Tuesday, April 5th Safety Briefings

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - 30 minute Shotgun

  • 6:45 - 7:15pm - 30 minute Rifle

Tuesday, April 19th Safety Briefings

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - 30 minute Shotgun (make-up)

  • 6:45 - 7:15pm - 30 minute Rifle (make-up)

NOTE: Scouts who do not attend safety briefings cannot shoot, no exceptions!

If you have any questions, please contact Activity Coordinator, Karen Townsend at

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.

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.