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T33 Weekly Blast: March 3

posted Mar 3, 2014, 8:47 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Mar 7 Troop 33 hosts district dinner

Mar 18 Board of Review, please sign up by March 11

Mar 21-23 Camp Pico Blanco

Apr 5 MB Rally

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

Sunday, 20 Scouts in newly elected Leadership and Appointed Positions attended and completed the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST).  Congratulations, Scouts!  A big Thank You to Jun Kim, Doug MacLeod and Ted Marcopulos for your time and effort!

THIS Tuesday

The incoming First Year Scouts join the Troop and start their initial training with Mr. Kim and Mr. Stanley.  Main Troop will have the newly elected Senior Patrol, Patrol Leaders, Troop Guides and Scouts in Appointed Positions conduct the Leadership Induction Ceremony, the OA Call-Out, and a Topo map competition and navigation games.

PoR credit (2nd Call)

If you have served in a leadership position for the past 6 months you have one more responsibility.  You need to talk with your Patrol Advisor to review your performance against the rubric for your position.  He will then determine how much credit you will earn.

Progress Reports

The last weekend in February Mr. Browning sent emails to all Scouts and their parents with their progress reports.  If you did not receive a report please let him or Chris Webb know.  Please take a look to see what requirements you need to complete to advance to the next rank.  If you have any questions please work directly with your Patrol Advisor.  See for a list of Patrol Advisors.  If you don’t know which patrol you are in, see and attend more meetings!  If you are listed as “Unassigned” you should join a patrol and attend more meetings!

Troop 33 hosts March 7th District Awards Dinner at LAUMC need adults and scouts to help!

Kathleen McGall

Every year a different troop hosts this dinner. This year is Troop 33' s turn. Come see your fellow Troop 33 scouts receive their Scout of the Year awards and adults receive their Flame of Leadership awards.

We need adults and scouts to help with the District Awards Dinner on March 7th. Our troop is hosting this event this year, so let’s pull together and show how great our troop is. To help, scouts must be in full uniform with shirts tucked in. We need senior patrol to help with the event as well as for flag ceremony. Pizza provided for scouts that help.

Please sign up at this link.

Congratulations to these Scouts on passing their BoR

Second class: James Pampeyan, Darius Kafayi, Wes Weatherspoon, Stephen Migdal, Austin Farhoudi, Justin Cai, Peter Arnold, Cameron Cummings, Andrew Showalter

Star: Winn Hartford, Kevin kafayi, Jain Drishaan, Jared Khan, Chris Dadok, William Stanley

Life: Ryan Biesty, Marcus MacLeod, Steven Rutledge, Noah Jarvis, Steven Walter

Bronze Palm Eagle: Nathaniel Wipfler, Zachary Ottoes

I would like to thank and appreciate the 15 reviewers who helped the Scouts with their interviews.

Next board of review will be March 18, If you request a review please make sure you have all your requirements completed- that includes your Scoutmasters Conference by March 11.

Mrs. Jeffries

Pico Blanco – Please turn in money and forms

This trip is now FULL.  Anyone signing up at this point will be placed on a waiting list.

Please give $85/person and TWO signed forms to Mrs. Frank at the meeting on 3/7.

One day MB Rally Saturday April 5

The boys have voted on a one day MB Rally as a troop activity for this year. We need counselors to step up to help the boys complete badges. New Counselors are Welcome and encouraged Please contact me for training information.

Please let us know at your earliest or by MARCH 8th if you can teach in this rally. When possible, we will partner you with experienced MB counselors for your badge for this rally.

Ideally, we would like to be able to offer a mix of Eagle-required and non-eagle-required badges.

Examples of  Non Eagle-required badges:  Basketry,  programming, geocaching, art, finger printing,cycling

Examples of Eagle-required badges: Camping, Citizenship (Cit) in the Nation,  Cit in the World, Communications,, First aid, E prep.

Any questions, please contact me, Kalai Kulandaivelu, Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator, at

Los Altos to San Francisco Bike Ride (35 or 50 miler) - March 8

Sign-ups are closed. Please find more information here.

Mandatory Bike Checks next Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 pm during the troop meeting.

Reminder: Mr Browning Silver Beaver Award - Award Dinner March 4th

Alan Cyron

On March 4th Scoutmaster Brent Browning will be receiving the Silver Beaver Award, one of Scouting highest adult awards at the Council's Award dinner held at the Elks Lodge 223 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401.  If any parent and scout is interested in joining me and attending the dinner you can find details at the pacsky site here . Do let me know if you plan to attend.

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

Reminder: Life Scouts – Eagle Project Available

If you are a Life Scout and need an Eagle Project this might be for you…  A Mountain View High School Art instructor needs a storage cabinet constructed on campus near the Art building. He claims to already have lumber and school approval.  Some hardware may need to be acquired.  Contact for more information.

Reminder: Need some scouting gear? Have something you no longer need? Read on…

Scouts and parents:

  • Do you have outdoor gear that is still in great condition but outgrown or no longer needed?  

  • Would you be interested in selling it to another scout?  

We bet there is a lot of gear in our storage that is no longer in use. We'd like to find out if there is enough interest in selling and buying to set aside time during a Tuesday meeting later this month or in March as a gear flea market.

Please think about your outgrown/unused gear and think about your needs for spring and summer hiking and camping. Then fill out the survey here.

Any questions, contact Matthew Schueren (

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.