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T33 Weekly Blast: May 5

posted May 5, 2014, 9:44 AM by Sundeep Gupta

May 10 Alcatraz

May 13 Monte Bello mountain biking

May 16-18 Pt. Reyes backpacking

May 24 Service flag placement

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

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb

This past weekend was extremely busy with Mr. Stanley taking 40 First Year Scouts, Troop Guides and adults to the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation for their First Year campout.  Please see Mr. Stanley’s update below.  Mr. Browning led Philmont Crews 618-T2 and 618-Ts for another shakedown backpacking trip of 23 and 21 miles around Pescadero Creek, while Mr. Kim led his crew from Waddell to Big Basin on their shakedown backpacking trip.

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will doing Tin Boat building and then a competition at the end of the meeting.  First Year Scouts will be working on water safety activities.

The PLC finalizes its Annual Planning this Friday, 6:30 to 9:30, in the Live Oak Room.  Dinner will be provided.

There is no Troop meeting next week, May 13th.  The Monte Bello Mountain Biking event is in lieu of the meeting.  There is still time to sign up for the ride, plus complete the necessary shakedown ride this weekend, if required for the Scout.

Service Project Hours credit

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.

Troop 33 Jacket and Sweatshirts Available for pickup on Tuesday, May 6th.

Kathleen McGall

Orders will be ready for pickup at this week's (May 6th) troop meeting.

A limited number of extra jackets and sweatshirts were ordered and will be available for purchase when ordered items are handed out. Payment is due at time of pickup.

Don't miss out since we do not order these every year!

  • Sweatshirts are $40 and Glacier jackets are $53.

  • Updates on the  webpage. Amount owed for orders placed to date is also listed on the webpage.

Please bring payment for your order to the troop meeting (checks made out to BSA Troop 33).

Contact Kathleen McGall for questions.

Have you signed up for Pt. Reyes Backpacking Trip - May 16 - 18?

This is an intermediate backpacking trip for the main troop.  Spend Friday night at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and then depart Saturday morning for Wildcat Camp.  Saturday evening may included a sunset walk to Alamere Falls!  The cost is $25 per person, and food will be purchased separately.  There are only 20 spots, so sign up soon. Click here for more details.

Activity consent forms are due to Mrs. Kolstad by Tuesday, May 12th!

Janet kolstad

Signups open for Philmont Shakedown for 618-T1 and 717-N

Signups are now open for the Sunol to Del Valle shakedown on May 30 to June 4.

You will find all the important info along with the link to sign up here:

Please remember that this is a MANDATORY shakedown hike.  

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

Three Philmont-bound crews were out pounding the trails this weekend

Brent Browning

  • 5 Scouts and 4 Adults from 717-N backpacked 20 miles from Waddell Creek to Big Basin.

  • 8 Scouts and 4 Adults from 618-T2 backpacked 23 miles in Pescadero Creek County Park.

  • 6 Scouts and 3 Adults from 618-T3 backpacked 21 miles in Pescadero Creek County Park.

I hopped between 618-T2 and 618-T3 getting a chance to enjoy the company of both crews.  The weather was incredible, the redwoods amazingly beautiful, and all three crews enjoyed very successful trips.  It was a great opportunity for everyone to get more experience backpacking, learn what works and what doesn’t, and to push themselves harder.  All three crews did 12-13 miles days on Saturday with appreciable elevation gain/loss.  They will see much harder (but shorter!) days at Philmont so this was a taste of what is to come this summer.

Photos will be posted to soon.

618-T3 getting started at the Tarwater Trailhead:

618-T3 at trail’s end at Sam McDonald Park:

Jun Kim

This past weekend, Philmont Crew 717-N completed their first weekend outing trekking from Waddell Beach to Big Basin HQ.  The 7 scouts and 4 adults stayed at the Twin Redwood and Sunset trail camps and hiked just over 20 miles total (including a 12.5 mile day), with a cumulative 3000-3500ft of elevation gain.  The crew was able to eat lunch at the Mt McAbee Overlook, reaching it via the McCrary Ridge Trail.  They also were able to travel along Waddell Creek and visit both Silver and Berry Falls.

Those familiar with the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail know how special this area can be.  The scouts did a great job working as a crew while soaking in this gem of a outdoor experience.  A big thanks to all the parents who helped prepare for and to drive our scouts to and from the trek!

717-N at Waddell Creek to Big Basin:

Boulder Creek Overnight

Peter Stanley

This weekend the first year scouts spent and overnight at Boulder Creek. We had about 40 scouts, adults, troop guides and older scouts helping the firsties work on various skills to meet their tenderfoot requirements. They also earned their Firem'n Chit & Totin' Chip cards.

They ate Gumbo that all the boys helped prepare, they enjoyed three types of dutch oven cobbler. They were entertained by a lively campfire that concluded in a respectful flag retirement ceremony.

Hmmn, I wonder…


Wondering what activities are coming up?  See then click on the links for details and sign-ups!

Rank Requirements

Wondering where you can find the rank requirements online?  How about videos that walk you through each Trail to First Class requirement?  See

Reminder: Monte Bello Mountain Biking is on Tuesday May 13. Sign-ups now open.

Sign-ups form is here.  Visit the website here for details. Remember there are training rides on April 24th and May 11th for those going first time to  Monte Bello and there is a mandatory bike check on 5/6. Turn in your permission slip to Mr. Le

The ride consists of about 5 miles on the Canyon Trail in the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, followed by about 5 miles on Stevens Canyon Road, pizza and drinks will be served at the end of the ride. This event is free to sign up.

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

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