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T33 Weekly Blast: May 7

posted May 7, 2018, 9:54 PM by Fania Lazarov

May 12: Boulder Creek Clean Up Weekend

May 13: Arastradero Mountain Bike Monte Bello Prep

May 15: Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride

May 18: Beach camping- Sweetwater

May 22: Board of  Review

May 26: Memorial Day Flag Placement

June 12: Philmont 12-day Backpacking Trek

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Friday through Sunday Troop 33 Scouts were involved in three major events.  First, the Philmont crews Scouts and adults had a two day overnight at Henry Coe State Park. They hiked ten miles over the two days and gained and lost over a thousand feet in elevation during the trek. The two crews practiced cooking, hiking, and backpacking skills. The views were epic.

Then, 16 scouts and 3 adults rode the waves of the South Fork of the American River from near Chili Bar to Lake Folsom under cloudy skies but warm weather. Scouts and their guides did 360s in Class I, II, and III rapids at about 2,000 cfs, ‘rode the bull’ (sitting on the bow of the boat), and played the game of trust on the flatwater portions of the river. As in the past, they stayed at the American Whitewater Expedition’s camp who provided tents and cooked their meals.

Finally, six Scouts attended the Ohlone Lodge Order of the Arrow Induction weekend where they endured the overnight and all day Saturday ordeal. All six Scouts earned their Arrowman distinction. Congratulations to Peter Arnold, Avery Chin, Alexander Daltchev, Ishaan Dave, Caelen Gross and Alex Vastano. Also, congratulations to Bryan Webb, who not only helped out as an Elangomat for one of the ordeal clans, but earned his Brotherhood distinction.

This Tuesday

Main Troop will be given a presentation on nutritional foods followed by a Nutrition Quiz and a healthy meal relay.

First Year Scouts will continue conducting Scout requirement training and testing in a six station round-robin. See Mr. Poppitz’ e-mail for specifics.

Reminder that next week there is no Main Troop meeting. The Monte Bello mountain bike ride is in lieu of the meeting.  First Year Scouts will be meeting at the regular time at the Loyola Elementary School multi.


A message from Mr. Stanley…


Hey scouts it’s time we want to hear from your for our annual planning

We are currently planning on what to do next year and your input matters


Fill out the survey here:


A message from Justin Cai, Senior Patrol Leader…

This year's PacSky NYLT 2018 is currently recruiting attendees. NYLT is a week-long summer leadership training program in Boulder Creek where attendees are placed into a patrol of people they don't know and must work together as a patrol to cook, lead, learn leadership skills, and complete team-building games. Currently, they are in need of more attendees, and I think many Troop 33 Scouts would be a great fit for NYLT.

If you are interested, contact Justin Cai @

You can visit for details on registration and NYLT.

Watch the promotional video here:

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

Service Opportunities:

Fleur de Lis (knock out)

Scouts do you need more service hours to get to your next rank?

Do you need conservation service hours?

The council has arranged a cleanup day at Boulder Creek.

If interested you need to sign up directly with the Pacific Skyline Council.

If we have enough interest we can carpool the scouts up there and have an adult

(doesn’t need to be a scoutmaster) stay and supervise the scouts.

Boulder Creek Cleanup Weekend - May 12

Join us for general work in camp at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.

Open to Boy Scouts (not Cub Scouts) and adults.

Youth must have adults attend with them. Please bring a lunch.

Learn more and register.

Contact Mr. Stanley if you have questions @ 650-279-0507


Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride – Tu. May 15th In Lieu of Troop Meeting

AND Prep Arastradero Mountain Biking on Sun. May 13th


What: Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride. Details here.

When: May 15, 2018, 5:00-7:30pm. NO troop meeting for that day, so please join the bike ride!

Where: Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts & Parents

Cost: Free AND pizza will be provided at the end of the ride!

Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang

How: Click here to sign up

NOTE: Please bring your bike for checks at 7:30pm on 5/8!

NOTE: If you have not ridden Monte Bello before or have missed the bike check on 5/8, you will need to attend the training ride on 5/13 at Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304).


What: Arastradero Mountain Bike Monte Bello Prep - May 13th. Signup open now!  This is a preparatory ride for the Monte Bello ride on 5/15.  Details can be found on the signup page here.

When: May 13, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm (time of the day to be finalized)
Where: Arastradero Open Space Preserve

Cost: Free
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts & Parents
Activity Coordinator: Shiv Krishnan <>
How: Click here to sign up

NOTE: You can join even if you are not doing the Monte Bello mountain biking ride. Please bring your bike for checks at 7:30pm on 5/8!

Sunol to Del Valle Shakedown Hike


When: May 18 - 20, 2018

Where: Sunol Regional Wilderness / Ohlone Regional Wilderness

Who: Philmont Crews

Cost: $30 ($31.20 through PayPal)


SMIC: Peter Stanley

Activity Coordinator: Julie Crane

How: Click here to sign up


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.  


See more details


NOTE: 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.

Memorial Day Flag Placement - May 26, 2018 (NOTE CORRECTED DATE)

Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang

How: Click here to sign up

Details here

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.

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!


May 22 with deadline to request May 9

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.