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T33 Weekly Blast: May 22

posted May 22, 2018, 6:08 PM by Fania Lazarov

May 26: Memorial Day Flag Placement

May 27: First Year Swimming

June 12: Philmont 12-day Backpacking Trek

Sep 1-3: Yosemite Camp

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Due to technical difficulties, an update from T33 Scoutmaster will be emailed separately/updated on webpage.

Family Picnic needs an Activity Coordinator

The T33 Family picnic is coming up on Tuesday, June 5 and we need an Activity Coordinator.  This is a potluck event where families bring dishes to share. Troop 33 provides the hot dogs, hamburgers, and fixings.  Duties include setting up the sign up page and collecting Consent Forms, purchasing the food, and making the reservation at a park where it'll be held. Please let Amy Mendenhall know if you can coordinate this event.

New First Year Advancement Coordinator needed

As you can imagine volunteers move on after their scouts age-out. So we need a new Advancement Coordinator specifically for the First Year program. The bulk of the job is weekly entering data into our TroopMaster system after Tom Poppitz (semi-weekly) enters that same data into our Google Tracking Sheets for each FY scout. The work generally isn't time-urgent except when we approach Board of Reviews, when some data-double-checking might be necessary. But our FY rank advancements generally come in "batches" so that is only an issue 3 or 4 times a year (see job description below).


Please let us know if you can take on this role for us. Please contact Tom Poppitz for more information:


First Year Advancement Coordinator job description

  • Works closely with the First Year Director (via google spreadsheet) and records first year scout rank advancements and special awards in TroopMaster database

  • Using info from the Activity Reports provided by the ScoutMaster In Charge, records First Year activities in TroopMaster database

  • Periodically reviews database and verifies it is current and accurate, especially prior to scheduled Board of Review and Court of Honor dates

  • Attends monthly troop Committee meetings (90min once a month) (recommended, but not required)

  • Time commitment:  Approximately 45 min-1 hour per week

First Year Swimming - May 27


When: 9:50am-11:30am

Who:  First Year Scouts, plus main troop scouts still needing skill sign off for Second/First Class requirements.

          This is not for the swimming merit badge.

Where: University Club of Palo Alto, CA  

Cost: Free

SIC: Troop Guides

SMIC: Tom Poppitz

Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang



For more details, sign up and consent form : First Year Swimming


Join us for camping and hiking in scenic Yosemite!

David Louie,



  • We're going Labor Day weekend (September 1-3)

  • Scouts and Adult Leaders only this year. Cost is $65.

  • We have secured a campsites in Yosemite Valley for 50 Scouts and 5 Adult Leaders, and anticipate strong interest!

  • We're leaving early on Saturday morning, Sept 1, and returning Monday afternoon, Sept 3.

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

  • Potential hikes including Mirror Lake, the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls, and Yosemite Falls. Experienced hikers may be able to hike Cloud's Rest, an epic ridge that looks down on Half Dome.

  • Our six (6) Half Dome hiking permits this year will be held for scouts who've earned their hiking merit badge.



  • Upper Pines campground is in the heart of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park

  • Yosemite Valley provides awe-inspiring views of many of Yosemite's most famous natural features!


Sign up here


For more information: Yosemite 2018

Reminder: Board of Review dates

Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Stanley at a  note before the deadline. Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!


Court of Honor is June 5

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 Fania Lazarov by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.