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T33 Weekly Blast: March 24

posted Mar 24, 2014, 3:49 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Apr 5-8 Big Sur backpacking

Apr 15 BoR. Must request review by April 8

Apr 18-19 Philmont shakedown overnight/ First year Orienteering (Apr 19)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

This weekend 40 Scouts camped and were able to participate in many shooting sports. See Mr. Browning's report on Pico Blanco below.

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop has a Troop has an Emergency Preparedness event scheduled.  First Year Scouts  are focusing on Tenderfoot First Aid achievements.

PLC - THIS Tuesday @ 6pm

Green Bar Scouts please bring $5/person for dinner provided by Andrew Marcopulos.  This is the first  PLC meeting of your leadership term, try not to miss it.

Congratulations on the following Scouts who advanced rank with their Board of Review on March 18


Tenderfoot: Nicolas Ferrari

Second Class: Logan Herman, Jacob Wunderling, Daniel Hu

First Class: Chris Burton

Star: Gian Coolen, Austin Townsend, George Poppitz, Ben Arledge

Life: Arjun Dhalla

2nd Silver Eagle Palm: Chas Wilken

Thank you to the reviewers who helped the Scouts advance to their next rank.

Next board of review will be April 15th. Please email me by the April 8th. All requirements and Scoutmaster's Conference  will need to be completed before requesting a board of review.  Turning up for a review all scouts must wear their Class A uniform, that includes scout socks.

Jacqueline Jeffries

Pico Blanco

40 Scouts and 9 Adults spent the weekend off the grid at Camp Pico Blanco in the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest.  It was an action-packed campout that started as soon as we turned off Highway 1 and drove the long, winding, mostly dirt road into camp.  It took us one hour to travel just 11 miles to arrive in the dark.  Scouts strapped on their backpacks and hiked up to our campsite while the adults shuttled gear across the river in my truck.  Scouts working on their Second and First Class requirements cooked for their patrols all weekend in addition to working on other requirements.

The main event was shooting sports: archery, low-power rifle, high-power rifle, muzzle-loading rifle, pistol, and shotgun.  A few of the ranges got off to a slow start in the morning but everyone got plenty of range time.  Lots of smiling faces and big grins after shooting!  For many this was their first time shooting a firearm or a new type of firearm.  Each range had expert instructors and range safety officers.  The shooting sports staff commented that our Scouts were very well behaved and great to work with.  Good job guys, I love to hear that.  Most importantly everyone was safe and had fun.

Even though the water in camp stopped running Saturday evening we made due with large drink containers filled from  a water source lower in camp.  After dinner we enjoyed a campfire program led by one of our Scouts working on his Communications merit badge.  It ended with a very respectful American flag retirement ceremony.  Scouts were so tired they slept in the next morning delaying our departure a bit.  Everyone strapped on their backpacks and hiked down the trail and across the bridge.  Most didn’t want to leave and I predict we will be back to Camp Pico Blanco.

It doesn’t get any better than this…  Camping, shooting, unplugging, shooting, eating, shooting, friends, shooting, fun.

Brent Browning

Reminder: Life Scouts – are you looking for an Eagle Project?

The living gardens projects in the Mountain View Whisman School District has 1-2  garden projects at Huff and Landels elementary schools.  Huff is a small native garden with pathways and turf removal (use a turf cutter to scrape off the turf), thus eligible for a rebate from the Water District.  Landels is similar, but there are also four raised planter boxes at one end of the garden.  Both need to be completed before mid-August and so if started soon after school lets out in June would be ideal.  Please contact if you are interested.

Reminder: Sign-up now open for Alcatraz Tour: Saturday May 10th 8-3 pm

Open to all Troop 33 scouts but limit of 25 scouts and 5 adult chaperones

Cost: $35.00

Bring a packed lunch

Sign up here

Visit the Cellhouse. Explore Alcatraz Island.

Step back in time and experience the legendary island that has been a civil war fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history. This memorable tour includes: 45 minute audio presentation "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour," featuring actual correctional officers and prisoners who lived and worked on the Island; orientation video by Discovery Channel; ranger and docent tours; historic gardens and abundant wildlife.

Activity Coordinator: Julie Showalter

Reminder: Den Chiefs Needed!

This is a great way to earn leadership credit, while helping out our local cub scouts and it’s not too late to sign up as Den Chief !

Bear Den 5 in Pack 426 (3rd graders) has an opening for a den chief. They generally meet 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 4:30-5:30pm in Sunnyvale.

If you're interested, please contact Mr Blasing

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.