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T33 Weekly Blast: Mar 7

posted Mar 7, 2016, 10:47 AM by Sundeep Gupta

March 9: Deadline to sign up for BoR

March 12: First Year hike

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

Due to the rain on Saturday (which we desperately need, so a good thing there!), the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk activity was postponed.  I will coordinate with the new PLC to determine which date to move it to.

However, the weather cooperated on Sunday afternoon, and 26 Scouts (out of 28 newly elected or appointed positions) attended the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops training.  The training was a combination of briefings with a couple of team-building games mixed in.  All the Scouts were involved and did a great job.  Many, many thanks to John Cummins, Jun Kim, Ted Marcopulos, Brian Mellea and Peter Stanley for assisting in the presentations and games.  And a big thank you to David McAllister, SPL, for his portion of the training.

This Tuesday

After announcements, Scouts elected to the Order of the Arrow will participate in a ceremony referred to as the OA Call out.  If you were on the election eligibility list, you will want to be at the meeting to find out the results.  All current Arrowmen are encouraged to wear their OA sash.

Following the call-out, patrols will be given time to meet with their Patrol Advisor(s), appoint an Assistant Patrol Leader, and determine what they want to accomplish for this term (Honor Patrol is an excellent goal).  Afterwards, the Main Troop will be engaged in a spaghetti and marshmallow tower building contest.

First Year Scouts will learn more about their upcoming year and prepare for their First Year 5-mile hike this Saturday.

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 Coordinator Openings for the months of April, May, and June:

(Please sign up here)


Start Date

End Date

Cycle California Coast



Beach Camping



Big City Trip and Segway Tour (SF)



Rafting - Camping



Day Hike - Montara



Baseball Game



Windy Hill Conditioning Hike



Family Picnic



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

Deadline for next BoR is March 9

Next Board of Review is Tuesday, March 22 and the deadline to request one is Wednesday, March 9.  Please send an email to Mrs. Stanley at to request one.

Parents who are interested in assisting with Board of Reviews (or would like more information on them) should send a note to Mrs. Stanley too.

First Year Campout Correction - Cost: $30

What: First Year Campout

When: March 19 - 20, 2016

Where: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $30


SMIC: Peter Stanley

Activity Coordinator: Rick Valestra

Please write a check for $30 made out to “BSA Troop 33” and give it to Mr. Stanley at the Troop Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Reminder to First Year Scouts and Troop Guides: Sign Up for the First Year Day Hike

Activity Coordinator: Kathleen McGall

This event like other first year events is one of the most memorable events of a scout's career. Don't miss this opportunity to spend the day with your first year class members. At the same time you will be off to a great start to satisfying requirements toward the Second class rank.

Saturday, March 12th 12:30-5. Meet at LAUMC and hike at Rancho San Antonio. No cost!

Please remember to participate in this hike you must turn in the following items by March 8:

1. A signed permission slip/consent form

2. Medical forms parts A and B for all participants (scouts and adults)

I will be present at the beginning of the troop meeting to collect these forms this week (March 1) and next week (March 8).

If you need to submit these to Julie to register your scout, please do so on Tuesday at the latest so that we can process the forms prior to the activity so your son can participate. Your son cannot participate in activities without these forms having been submitted.

Please sign up at the following link to participate or drive:

Contact Kathleen McGall or Peter Stanley if you have any questions.

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.