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T33 Weekly Blast: May 2

posted May 2, 2016, 6:09 PM by Sundeep Gupta

May 7: Big city tour

May 10: Monte Bello Bike Ride

May 11: Deadline to request May 24 BoR (last one for the school year)

May 13: Sunol to Del Valle Shakedown Hike

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

No updates for this week.

Friends of Scouting Campaign

Elaine Blasing

Just a reminder that we are in the midst of the “Friends of Scouting” campaign this spring.  This is where our local Boy Scout Chapter asks for a donation to help cover the maintenance associated with Camp Oljato, Camp Cutter, Boulder Creek Scout Reservations and covers the cost of our wonderful Palo Alto and Foster City Council offices.  The council’s budget is about $15.50/month or $185/year per scout.  This campaign is different from our troop dues which were collected in the fall and goes directly to our troop for events, equipment, supplies, badges, etc.

Please give to "Friends of Scouting" at the following website:

Don’t forget to choose the Stanford District, Troop/Unit #33

If you prefer to pay by check, I will be attending next weeks meeting to pick up any checks made out to BSA.  I will also bring the brochures with me if any of you would like more information about this program.


Reminder: Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride - May 10, 2016

Luis Andrade

Sign up for a fun mountain bike ride at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. There will be no meeting that week. It is free -- the troop pays for the cost of pizza and drinks after the ride.

For details and sign up link click here.

NOTE: If you have not ridden Monte Bello before, you need to attend the remaining training ride on 05/07/2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, meet at Arastradero Preserve.

(click on the dates for details).

Also If you signed-up or you are thinking of joining us for the ride (or the training rides) and you haven't had your bike checked, there will be another  bike check  on 5/03/2016 - Bring your bike!

Reminder: Sunol to Del Valle Shakedown Hike - May 13-15, 2016

Julie Crane

This is a 19.5 mile, 6,000' elevation gain, 3-day, 2-night shakedown designed to give crew members a taste of longer distances, elevation gain/loss, and a multi-night trip.  Ask any Troop 33 Scout who has been to Philmont about this shakedown and they will tell you it was really hard but was a perfect test of whether they were ready for Philmont or not.  If you can survive Saturday at Sunol, you can survive any single day at Philmont.

This is a point-to-point hike, we need driver to drop-off at Sunol on Friday and pick up at Del Valle on Sunday.  

Reminder: Note from the Treasurer

Judy Bergwerk

Troop 33 is doing a trial of offering a paypal option to pay for activity fees. The first troop wide activity to have this is the Big City Tour on May 7. In order to be transparent about the fees associated with using paypal, we've decided to set one activity fee for cash/check and another for paying online.

Please remember that doing the online payment is not a substitute for signing up. You still need to click on the "Click here to sign up" to get your name on the roster.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this. You can contact me at

Reminder: Big City Tour

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Join us May 7th for a one day trip to San Francisco that starts with an exciting ride on San Francisco Fire Department's Fire Boat on San Francisco Bay.  After exploring the fire boat, in the morning, we will break for a sack lunch.  Then it's over to the Exploratorium for an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception.  This playful learning laboratory of interactive exhibits and experiences is sure to ignite the scouts curiosity and make for an exciting afternoon.  


Maximum participants is 30 Scouts and adults for the boat ride.  The number and age of Scouts that attend will dictate the number of adults (and cars) needed. $25/scout and $30/adult payment will be taken via Paypal or via check at the Troop meeting.

Click here for details or contact Kimberly Dickerson

Reminder: Camp Oljato July 10 - 16

Camp Oljato is a firm favorite with Troop 33. Join the fun for an extra special camp this year as Camp Oljato celebrates its 75th anniversary!

Learn more and sign up for an outdoor adventure, earn merit badges, learn new skills, and enjoy new activities for this year like horseback riding, log rolling, and waterskiing. (The food’s pretty good too.)

We return every year to this beautiful camp on Huntington Lake, located in the Sierra Mountains south of Yosemite and north of Kings Canyon at 7000-8000 foot elevation, accessible only by pontoon boat. The camp is about 240 miles away, a 5-6 hour drive by chartered bus. It offers aquatics on the lake, nature, handicrafts, and shooting sports areas.  Each year, we reserve the Navajo Campsite, which houses the roughly 50 members of Troop 33 who attend. Days are spent working on merit badges such as woodcarving, mammal study, rifle shooting, canoeing and swimming, and free time is usually filled with card games, ball games and trips to the Trading Post. Meals are prepared by the amazing staff and served buffet style with plenty of options - no one walks away hungry. Sleeping arrangements include raised floor canvas tents that sleep 2.

Sounds like fun, yes? Camp Oljato offers a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in boy scouts for a week. Scouts forge strong connections while enjoying a week full of adventure. They’ll arrive home smelly, dirty and with many stories to share. Please sign up quickly to reserve your spot! This is a popular camp with only a limited number of spots available, and we fill to capacity each year.  Interested adults should sign up as well. While preference is given to uniformed adult leaders, there are always a few additional adult volunteers needed. Contact Ann Reid with questions.

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.