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T33 Weekly Blast: March 20

posted Mar 20, 2017, 5:53 PM by Sundeep Gupta

T33 Weekly Blast: March 20

March 25: First Year Campout

April 1: Cycling Le Tour de LAPV

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday, 15 Scouts and six adults took a docent-led three mile, 2 ½ hour tour at Aňo Nuevo State Preserve to observe the last of the Elephant Seals before they all head back out to sea on one of the lengthy migrations.  All of the really large “alpha” males and most of the females were gone, leaving only a few “beta” males and females behind with all of the “weaners”.  There are no more pups as they are now much larger and almost ready to head out to sea on their own.  Once the weaners have their brown fur molt off to reveal their silver fur, they too, will be gone.  The weather was great, and we all had our lunch outside the historic horse barn where the office, store and interpretive center are located.  Our docent, Sarah, was a lot of fun and so knowledgeable.  This is a trip worth doing again.  Many thanks to George Poppitz as our Scout-in-Charge, and Caroline Tice, who made all the reservations and coordination as the Activity Coordinator.

Congratulations to Jack Crane, Cameron Cummins, Sam Love, Ben Tice and Justin Valestra for being elected to the Order of the Arrow.  They were called-out for the honor at last Tuesday’s meeting.  Thanks to Doug MacLeod for coordinating and conducting the election and call-out, and to the Arrowmen who participated in the call-out Tuesday.

This Tuesday

Main Troop -   Patrol Meetings; Continuing with the Physical Fitness theme – backpacking and hiking fitness presentation, backpack loading and wearing competition (activities with backpacks on).

First Year Program – First Year Scouts work on some Scout rank requirements and planning for the campout this weekend.


Signups for Le Toud de LAPV 25+ miles cycling open

What: Road Cycling 25+ miles

When: April 1, 2017 8am to 1pm-ish

Where: Start/Finish at LAUMC parking lot

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $0


SMIC: Blair Narog

Activity Coordinator: Lin Jing

How: Click here to sign up

Reminder: Emerald Bay Campers, Make your MB selections

If you haven't made merit badge class selections yet, now is the time. The registration window is open, so do it now for best selection. The form for filling out selections is imbedded in the middle of the activity page here.

Reminder: Want to complete the Swimming Merit Badge before camp this summer?  

Join us for a workshop:

When: May 13, 2017 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino, Palo Alto

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts who can complete BSA Swimming Requirement

Cost: $5

Activity Coordinator: Kimberly Dickerson

How: Click here to sign up

Details:  The Swimming Merit Badge workshop is open to any scouts who can complete the BSA swimming requirement:

  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.

  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.

  • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.

  • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Please note that this merit badge workshop is not a swimming lesson!  In addition to the BSA swimming requirements, scouts will need to swim 150 yards (6 laps using freestyle, backstroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke) and demonstrate various floating and diving skills.  If you need swimming lessons for any of these strokes, please contact Kimberly Dickerson for some suggestions.

Reminder: Activity Coordinators Needed!

Rick Valestra

We need Coordinators for the activities shown below.  Please sign up directly or email me if you have any questions.  You will be trained.

See all the activities here.


Start Date

End Date

Shotgun Merit Badge



Mountain Bike Shakedown



White Water Rafting



Mountain Bike Shakedown



Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride



Day Hike - Montara



Reminder: Philmont 2018 Interest Sign-Up is Open

  • Age limit (prior to participation)

    • Scouts must be at least 14 years of age OR

    • Scouts must be at least 13 years of age AND completed 8th grade

    • See Philmont Crew Requirements, requirements cannot be relaxed.

  • Scouts must be First Class or higher by June 1, 2018 (Troop 33 requirement)

  • Must be in top physical condition 

    • Must meet Philmont health/medical requirements

    • Must be able to carry a 30-40lb backpack 5-14 miles a day for 12 days at 6,500'-12,441' over rugged terrain for a total of 50-75 miles

    • Must participate in a physical training program 

  • Must participate in 4 mandatory shakedown outings (1 day hike and 3 backpacking trips) 

  • Must attend all monthly planning meetings 

  • Must meet with Scoutmaster and be approved

NOTE: First-come, first-serve pending Scoutmaster approval.  $100.00 deposit required when signing up.

NOTE: Preference will be given to uniformed adults, the activity coordinator, committee members, and then other adults.

Sign up at this site:

Reminder: Sign-ups are open for Camp Oljato!

Details here

Dates 7/02/17 - 7/08/17

Cost $500 through March 31; $515 April 1 through June 10.

We have space for 50 Scouts and 6 adults.

Payment schedule.

Payments must be made by these dates to hold your spot. There are no refunds.

January 31, 2017 - deposit $100

March 31, 2017 - balance of camp fees $400 (early bird)

April 1 – June 10, 2017 - $415

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.