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T33 Weekly Blast: Nov 10

posted Nov 10, 2014, 12:14 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Nov 11- Merit Badge rally

Nov 15 - Scouting for Food

Nov 18 - Sign up for BoR

Nov 21 - Pescadero Creek backpacking

Dec 2 -  Combined BoR for November & December

Dec 9 - Jump Sky High

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

17 Scouts went through some of the neighborhoods of Los Altos Saturday placing the Scouting for Food door hangers for this Saturday’s food pick up.  Thanks to Doug MacLeod and Robin Livengood for leading and setting up this event.  If Scouts wish to participate in the food pick up, sign up here:

Pescadero Creek Beginning and Intermediate Backpacking still has spots available.  Sign up at:

THIS Tuesday

The Merit Badge Rally continues with Class 3.  Remember, full Class A uniform is required.

Jump Sky High - December 9, 2014 (Sign up by Dec 3)

Mattie Coolen, Anat Faigon

In place of our regular Troop 33 meeting, we will be JUMPING and BOUNCING at Sky High Sports in Santa Clara! We will have access to the jump courts, dodge ball and foam pit. Come ready to bounce off the walls!

Details and sign-ups here.

Invite a Webelo II to Troop 33 Open House

Julie Crane

Troop 33's recruiting season has opened and if you know a Webelo II please invite him to consider Troop 33.  

Invite them to come to our table at the District’s Open House on Thursday, November 13, at 190 Jordan Avenue in Los Altos from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  

Information about Troop 33 including the Open House slide presentation can be found here.  Interested Webelos may also contact Julie Crane to schedule a visit or ask questions.

There has been a lot of interest in our troop and spaces are going quickly so encourage your friends to reach out soon.  

Signups for Camp Emerald Bay -- June 14 to 20 --  are open

Judy Bergwerk

Camp Emerald Bay is an award-winning premier camp destination for over 4500 Boy Scouts each summer.  It is located on the west end of Santa Catalina Island 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Scouts can earn merit badges, pet a shark at the Pennington Marine Science Center, snorkel/canoe/kayak in beautiful coves, hike, stargaze during Emerald Bay's signature overnight experience War Canoe, and so much more!

Scouts have up to 3 merit badge or rank advancement opportunities.  Emerald Bay also offers other camp programs and troop bonding activities to choose from during free time.  For example, scouts can join Handicraft and Nature Staff during open sessions to stamp a leather belt, carve an original neckerchief slide, or hike.  Free time may be used to visit the Emerald Bay Ship's Store for scouting supplies, merit badge materials, souvenirs, and snacks/drinks.

Campers stay in 2-person wall tents (wooden platform to 2 cots/mattresses.)  Meals (salad bar and vegetarian options available) are provided in the newly remodeled Dining Hall.

Transportation (to/from Catalina Express Terminal in San Pedro, CA and boat ride to/from Catalina Island) is included in the ~$850 fee.  Our chartered bus will leave LAUMC on Sun, 6/14/2015, @ 3:30am and will return on Sat, 6/20/2015 @ 8:30pm (to be confirmed.)

Details and sign up links are here

Need a Position of Responsibility? Try Den Chief

Our Den Chief program is off to a great start this year!  13 scouts are currently working towards securing their Den assignments!  However, we continue to get requests for Den Chiefs from several local Packs.  We currently have at least another 3 opportunities, and probably more.   So if you're interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing to get the ball rolling (

Remember to sign up for Scouting for Food on Nov 15

Robin Livengood

Scouting For Food is an annual BSA service project conducted across the entire country. The food collected by this event goes to local food banks (in our case Second Harvest) to help those in our community who need assistance. On Saturday November 8th from 9 am to noon we distributed door hangers; on Saturday November 15th we will collect food from the same area from 9 am to noon (or when we’ve collected and turned in all the food). You will be credited Service Hours for your effort.

Food Pick Up Sign up here:  

Meet at the LAUMC parking lot at 9:00 am for zone and driver assignments, door hanger issuance and maps.

Board of Review Sign Deadline is Nov 18

Mrs Stanley

Because of holidays, school field trips and the merit badge rally, the next Board of Review will be combined for November and December. The Board of Review will be December 2 with a November 18 deadline.


Reminder: Pescadero Creek County Park backpacking Nov 21 to 23

Join us for an advanced beginner backpacking trip through Pescadero Creek County Park on Nov 21st to 23rd, the weekend before Thanksgiving. All Scouts

who have finished their first year in the troop are encouraged to join.  Pescadero Creek County Park has 8,020 acres of land and contains a significant amount of forest and watershed related resources. Pescadero Creek, which flows all year round, is a major Steelhead spawning stream.  For details, please check here . Contact  Jian Li if any questions.

Reminder: Activity Coordinator Signups still open; one urgent request

Kathleen McGall

We still need several Activity Coordinators (ACs). Thank you to everyone who has signed up.

Please sign up even if you have never been an AC. We will train you. Link to signups is at the top of the activities page.

This is a critical role for our troop to be able to offer as many activities as we do. Plus each family is expected to volunteering two types of roles every year and this role will fulfill one of your volunteer roles for the troop. An AC is required to sign up for one event per year. Also as an AC you or your scout do not need to attend the event. If we do not get an AC for an activity we will need to cancel it.

We have some exciting opportunities for AC coming up that still need assignment:

One ACs are urgently needed:

1. Wreath Sales: starting Nov 16th--please contact Kathleen if you are interested in this.

Several activities (major and minor) in the winter and spring.

Our large summer trips (e.g. Camp Oljato) need ACs now to start signups and collect money, etc.

Please sign up to help!  Thank you!  Please contact me with any questions.

Reminder: Adventure Patrol

Brent Browning

Do you like adventure?

Are you in High School but too busy to attend weekly meetings?

Want to spend more time with other older Scouts?

Announcing the Adventure Patrol!

We have formed a new patrol specifically for Scouts in 10th-12th grade.  The Adventure Patrol will meet on the first Tuesday of every month during the Troop meeting to plan activities and outings.  The goal is 3-4 outings per year ranging from bowling to rafting to shooting to backpacking.  Scouts will choose, plan, and lead outings with help from adult leadership.  The Adventure Patrol is a “virtual” patrol meaning that Scouts are still members of the regular patrol and can enjoy all of the benefits of Troop meetings and activities AND Adventure Patrol meetings and activities.


  • 10th-12th grade

  • Star Scout or higher

  • 30 or more camping nights

  • Camping, First Aid, and Personal Fitness merit badges

Please note that Scouts with positions of responsibility in the main troop like SPL, ASPL, Troop Guide, etc. can be members of the Adventure Patrol but their PoR takes priority.  Those Scouts will miss monthly meetings but can still attend outings.  All Adventure Patrol Scouts can attend all Troop activities and will be encouraged to give back through leadership and service to the Troop.

Please contact Nathaniel Wipfler (Patrol Leader), Mr. Ottoes (Patrol Advisor), or Mr. Browning (ASM) if you have any 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.