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T33 Weekly Blast: Mar 9

posted Mar 9, 2015, 1:28 PM by Sundeep Gupta

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

This past weekend, 8 Scouts and four adults ventured to Kings Canyon National  Park for snow camping and winter activities.  Although it did not snow the week prior to or while we were there, sufficient snow was on the ground that allowed the Scouts to camp on the snow and enjoy sledding and snow activities (lots of snowball fights!) both days.  The weather was warm during the day and not too cold at night.  Before leaving on Sunday, the Scouts took a short hike in the General Grant Grove to view the General Grant Tree, among one of the oldest and largest trees in the world.  A huge thank you to Mattie Coolen for leading this activity ,and Caroline Tice for coordinating the logistical and administrative efforts to make this such a wonderful trip.  Also, many thanks to Blair Narog (excellent Dutch oven meals!) and John Mein for providing adult support and leadership, and Jacob Frank as the SPL for the Scouts.  This is one great trip worth repeating!

Upcoming Activities:

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

First Year 5-Mile Hike, Saturday afternoon, March 14th.

Go Carting - March 21st

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

Intermediate/Advanced level Backpacking Trip, Big Sur, April 9th through 12th.

THIS Tuesday

The whole Troop will be conducting the Cyber Awareness Training.  After the initial presentation to all Scouts, they will then split off into two groups (6 - 8 grade and 9 - 12 grade) to watch three age appropriate videos.  Upon completion of the training, the Scouts will earn their Cyber Chip certification and Patch.  This is a yearly requirement the Scouts can update on line to stay current.  The process will be detailed in Tuesday's training.  It is imperative Scouts make this meeting to complete this requirement.

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)

3. 2016 Northern Tier AC needs replacement ASAP

Additional position:

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

This position will be shared with our current 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. If you do not see an activity on the AC signup page, please let me know of your AC interest.

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: Rancho San Antonio (via alternate entrance, so you must meet at LAUMC to carpool) (map of preserve)

Who: First Year Scouts and Troop Guides

Why: Trail to First Class Skills

Cost: None

SIC: Troop Guides

SMIC: Peter Stanley

Activity Coordinator: Kathleen McGall

How: Click here to sign up

For more information, see the First Year Hike webpage.

Signed consent forms (found on the webpage) must be given to Kathleen McGall at the troop meeting on Tuesday to participate in the hike. These forms are required to obtain the BSA permit of an activity held at a location different than our usual meeting location. You will also need to have complete medical forms on file with the medical records coordinator.

This activity fulfills one of the early rank requirements and will not be held again. Participating in this will help your scout complete this requirement easily, is an opportunity to bond with his first year scout mates and to HAVE FUN! Please make every effort for your scout to participate.

Shooting Sports campout Sign-ups are open

We only have a dozen spots left for this campout March 27-29, 2015:

Safety Briefings

ALL Scouts AND Adults MUST attend the following mandatory safety briefings:

  • 6th Graders: 30 minute Rifle

  • 7th-8th Graders: 30 minute Rifle + 30 minute Shotgun

  • Ages 14+: 30 minute Shotgun + 30 minute Pistol

Tuesday, March 17th

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - 30 minute Shotgun

  • 6:45 - 7:15pm - 30 minute Rifle

Tuesday, March 24th

  • 6:00 - 6:30pm - 30 minute Shotgun

  • 6:45 - 7:15pm - 30 minute Pistol

March BoR is March 17, need 12 additional parents to help with reviews

Next Board of Review is schedule for Tuesday, March 17 and 12(!!) additional parents are needed to help with reviews.  This is a great opportunity for all parents (old and new) to help with the troop.  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.  Please send a note to Marilyn Stanley (at if you can help or would like to know more about helping with the Board of Reviews.

Theater Merit Badge Meeting 6:30 pm this Tuesday

Marilyn Stanley

Scouts in the Theater merit badge class, we will be meeting again this Tuesday, March 10 in room 9 at 6:30 p.m. to work on the script

Troop Merit Badge Midway on March 14

Deborah Schueren and Craig Pampeyan

Sign-ups close Tuesday at 7:30pm 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.  Get your MB book (assuming the library has one) before or after this week's meeting.  

To see the choices and reach the sign up link, click here.

Emerald Bay Campers: Please make your merit badge selections

Instructions were mailed out to all campers. Questions can be directed to Judy Bergwerk (

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.