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T33 Weekly Blast: May 19

posted May 19, 2014, 11:28 AM by Sundeep Gupta

May 24 Service flag placement

May 27 BoR. Last day to sign up is May 20th.

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

The Monte Bello Mountain Bike trip on Tuesday was great - great weather, great train conditions, and great pizza!  A big thanks to Mr. Gabrielson for leading this event.  Friday through Sunday Mr. Pauly led nine Scouts on a 20-mile backpacking trip to Point Reyes.  They also climbed Ft. Wittenburg, which is one of the Rim Rovers peaks.

There are only two Troop meetings left for this year before the end-of-year picnic on June 10th.

I will be conducting a Camp Oljato orientation this Wednesday, June 21st starting at 7:30 pm in the Creekside room.  This meeting is VERY important for all first-time attendees and their parents to attend.  You are still welcome if you attended before but would like an update - I will be speaking of the effect the drought will have on the waterfront activities this summer.

Eagle Scout Renny Glasner worked with the Los Altos Rotary Club to provide survival supplies in backpacks to Los Altos seniors.  This was a follow-on to his Eagle project last year providing medical information USB sticks to seniors.  Several Troop 33 Scouts helped Renny out with this project.  Please see the article as this link:

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will be doing bridge building using Legos and/or other materials.  First Year Program will doing some make-up activities and conducting Scoutmaster Conferences.

May 24th - Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Golden Gate National Cemetery.  This will be the last Troop organized service project you can earn service hours for (except any Eagle project that may come up before the end of the school year).  Sign-up on the Activities page of the Troop web site.

Philmont Shakedown for 618-T1 and 717-N

The Mandatory Sunol to Del Valle Shakedown is fast approaching - May 30 to June 1.


Get the details here:

This is a MANDATORY shakedown hike.  

All 618-T1 and 717-N crew members are expected to participate.

Mr. Herman is our activity coordinator for this shakedown trip.  

Please turn in your money and consent forms to him at the start of tomorrow night’s meeting!

Have merit badge books? Consider donating to the T33 library

We are looking for donations for the Troop 33 Library because we don't have any of these merit badge books.  If any scouts have the following books and would like to donate them to the T33 library, please bring them to the next troop meeting and give them to Benjamin Tice (troop librarian).  Books we need:

American Labor, Animal Science, Archaeology, Automotive Maintenance, Coin Collecting, Composite Materials, Digital Technology, Drafting, Farm Mechanics, Game Design, Graphic Arts, Landscape Architecture, Mining in Society, Moviemaking, Photography, Plant Science, Programming, Pulp and Paper, Scouting Heritage, Sculpture, Search and Rescue, Surveying, Sustainability (Eagle Required!), Textile,Truck Transportation, Welding

Come Learn about the Religious Emblem Program

Noah Herman, Troop 33 Chaplain, will be conducting a session to learn about the Religious Emblem Program. The optional program has over 40 faiths represented and you can earn a medal to wear on your uniform.

When: May 20th immediately following the scout meeting.

Length: The session will last about 15 - 20 min

Who: First Year and Main Troop scouts are welcome.

Link to the program:

Changes to the swimming merit badge

Just in time for summer, the requirements for the swimming merit badge have been revised. The new requirements focus more on teaching Scouts correct stroke mechanics while continuing to emphasize basic water skills. Read more here.

Hmmn, I wonder…

Ten Essentials

Every Scout knows that there is a list of ten items that should be brought to any outdoor activity.  The BSA now calls it the “Scout Outdoor Essentials” but most know them as the “Ten Essentials”.  Find a list on our website along with handy tips and recommendations.  See

Gear Recommendations

Do you have a birthday coming up?  Getting ready for your first campout?  There are several critical pieces of gear that will help you enjoy your outdoor experience.  See

Trail to Eagle

Are you a Life Scout and wondering what is next?  Check out our “Trail to Eagle” section on our website which has a ton of great information to help you through the process.  See

Reminder: Memorial Day Weekend Flag Placement - Saturday, May 24

Join us for this important annual event for scouts and their families to honor the memory of those men and women who have served our country.  We will meet early Saturdaymorning at LAUMC to drive up to Golden Gate National Cememtery and will return by noon.  All Scouts, friends and families are welcome to participate.  We willl need parent drivers!

Click here for more details. and to sign up or contact Cindy Labuda for more details.

Reminder: Registration now open to attend the 2015 World Jamboree.

Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 8, 2015

Kirara-hama, Japan

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.  Our Council has a strong tradition of sending many of our scouts to the World Jamboree as part of contingent troops.  Several of our adults have been selected to serve in leadership positions and registration for scouts is now open. Scouts and Venturers applying to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree as part of the Boy Scouts of America's contingent must be between 14 and 17 years of age at the time of the Jamboree. Interested scouts are strongly encouraged to sign up immediately  At this point, a $250 deposit is required. The total cost to attend the 2015 World Scout Jamboree as part of the Boy Scouts of America's contingent is $5,750, which includes round-trip airfare; the registration fee paid to the Scout Association of Japan; a two- to three-day tour of Japan; lodging; ground transportation; meals; troop equipment, including tents and cots; items provided to each participant including a duffel bag, day pack, neckerchiefs, and contingent patches; shipping of equipment to Japan; insurance; and other costs.

For additional information contact Art Bernstein, Pac Sky International Chairman and World Jamboree Scoutmaster for previous Jamborees in England and Sweden.. or 408 299 1358

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.