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T33 Weekly Blast: May 22

posted May 23, 2017, 8:42 AM by Sundeep Gupta

May 26: Oljato orientation meeting

May 27: Memorial Day Flag Placement & Montara Day Hike

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

This past weekend, 20 Scouts and eight adults ventured to Fremont Peak in San Benito County, near San Juan Bautista for camping, hiking and gazing at the stars.  The magnificent vistas of Monterey Bay and the Salinas and San Benito valleys are incomparable from the 3,169-foot peak. Also visible are the Santa Cruz, Diablo and Gavilan ranges, and the Santa Lucia Mountains.  At night, constellations and galaxies not visible in light-polluted city skies dazzle the eye.  We were able to view Jupiter and four of its moons, and you could see the patterns or bands on the planet.  After 10 pm, we were able to see far away galaxies that were spectacular and amazing.  Thanks to Karshin Gupta as the Scout-in-Charge, and Shiv Krishnan as the Activity Coordinator.  Many, many thanks to our amateur astronomers, Ron Gross, Jun Kim and Doug MacLeod, who were able to explain a lot more beyond the volunteers at the observatory, that made the whole evening very fun and exciting.  And thanks to Alan Cyron, Peter Stanley and Sherman Tam for rounding out our intrepid group.  This is a “must-see” event if you’ve never been, and one I am sure we will do again.

Congratulations to the newest Troop 33 Arrowmen earning Ordeal membership in the Order of the Arrow, Ohlone Lodge.  Jack Crane and Ben Tice passed the OA Ordeal this past weekend.

Nikolas Gibson earned his Brotherhood and full membership in the Order. Way to go Scouts!

This Tuesday

Green Bar -  Patrol Leader Council at 6 pm, Room 9, LAUMC

Main Troop -   “Patrol Chopped” competition.  May the best patrol win!

First Year Program – Continue with requirements for Tenderfoot rank; Scoutmaster Conferences.

Memorial Day Flag Placement - May 27, 2017

Activity Coordinator: Nancy Webb

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Annually, Troop 33 Scouts, their families, and friends, join fellow Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts from all over the Bay area to place an American flag at each of the 112,700 graves at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno in honor of the men and women who bravely served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice.  There is no better way to start the Memorial Weekend than by participating in this solemn event while earning Service hours for your next rank and a commemorative patch. 


We will assemble at the LAUMC parking lot at 7:00 AM and leave for the cemetery no later than 7:15AM.  A brief Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:30AM followed by the placing of the flags in our designated area. We will be back at LAUMC no later than noon.

Montera Day Hike - May 27, 2017

What: Montera Day Hike

When: May 27, 2017

Where: Montara Mountain Following the end of the Memorial Day Flag event . Hike starts at 1 pm

Where: Starting at McNee Ranch, in the parking lot opposite Grey Whale Cove State Beach, near Pacifica.

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts (but must be a strong hiker)

Cost: $0


SMIC: Brett Pauly

Activity Coordinator: Robin Livengood

How: Click here to sign up

Attention all Oljato Campers — Mark Your Calendar for Friday May 26, 7:30pm

David Louie

Camp Oljato is now FULL. Mark your calendars for the Camp Oljato orientation meeting this Friday, May 26, 7:30 pm in the Creekside room. This important meeting will cover all of the logistics of our trip to the camp and is mandatory for all who have not previously attended Camp Oljato. Mr. Stanley will be making this presentation along with a few older scouts.

Merit Badges

All Merit Badge selections have been received and input. Fees for the higher cost Merit Badges (rifle shooting, archery, motor boating, welding, shotgun) will be collected after confirmation of classes, which won't happen until shortly before camp. Any questions on Merit Badges, please contact Mr. Pampeyan (

Last Payments and Forms Due Now

David Louie will contact scouts with info on missing forms and payments and will collect these at meetings this Tuesday and Friday. Please email him with any questions.


Join us for camping and hiking in Yosemite!

Amy Mendenhall

  • We're going Labor Day weekend (September 2-4)

  • Families and siblings are welcome (although we'll give preference to scouts)

  • We have secured campsites for 90 participants, so we hope to accommodate all that are interested.

  • We're *not* leaving on Friday night with everyone else in the Bay Area.  Instead, we're leaving early on Saturday morning, Sept 2, and returning Monday Sept 4.

  • There will be time for everyone to do two day hikes before coming back on Monday

  • Experienced scouts, instead of hiking Half Dome, will be able to hike Cloud's Rest, an epic ridge that looks down on Half Dome or another hike such at Mt. Dana, yet to be determined.


  • Tuolumne Meadows is in the high country of Yosemite National Park. More info here.

  • it is much less crowded than the valley and a totally different experience than the valley, if you have not been before it is worth coming up to see why we visit the park each fall.

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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.

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