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T33 Weekly Blast: Nov 13

posted Nov 14, 2017, 1:26 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Nov 18: Beginner Intermediate Camping cancelled

Nov 29: Deadline to request Dec 12 BoR

Dec 3:  Earn extra by helping sell wreaths at LAUMC service

Dec 10: Salvation army service project

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Over the long Veteran’s Day weekend, six Scouts and two adults, led by ASM Brian Mellea, rose to the challenge of mountain biking Tamarancho in Marin County.  Here’s Brian narrative:  Friday night was at Pizzalino and we all tried burrata and mushroom/truffle pizza. We switched back to pizza margherita!  Saturday was a slow start with heavy coastal fog and all of about 5 miles of mountain bike trails covered, but by noon we had covered most of the trails in the camp, but we had been going the wrong way! We discovered after coming down the Serpentine Trail (reputedly 44 hairpin turns) that we were to be going the other way. Good thing we made that mistake because uphill would have been more than we could handle.  After lunch, we went searching the remains of a B-17. We didn’t find it, but found spectacular views from the top of White Hill Preserve. Though the initiative of the Scouts, we mapped an exciting route home with great downhills but one killer uphill. We racked up some real elevation and miles in the afternoon. Congrats to Dominic and his Dad, both first time mountain bikers!  Our Saturday evening brought a sky filled with stars as the foothills blocked the urban light pollution from San Francisco and we got to listen to owls and many groups of coyotes howling through the wee hours of the night.  A shout out to Jessica Chang who excelled as activity coordinator dealing with campsite changes, ensuring we saved as much of our deposit as we could, and coordinating food and other logistics.  Major thanks to Brian for running this event.

Saturday, 14 Scouts and 6 adults successfully picked up over 1000 pounds of food for Scouting for Food.  Our contribution was part of the total 28,618 pounds (14.3 tons) of collected food in the Stanford District.  That represents approximately 20, 441 meals for those in need.  Thank you to all the Scouts and parents that helped both Saturdays, November 4 and 11, and special thanks to Doug MacLeod, who helped both weekends as well as running Saturday’s food pick up.

Special Notice:  Unfortunately, the backpacking activity for this weekend had to be cancelled.  We are looking for dates after January 1 to schedule it again.

This Tuesday

Tuesday is the last Merit Badge Rally session.  Class A uniform is still a requirement.

There is no PLC tonight.  It has been moved to Tuesday, November 28th.

We are open for business!

This beautiful 24 inch Classic Noble Wreath will enhance any doorway. It is made of freshly cut Noble Fir and decorated with natural cones and a red velvet bow. The Troop will sell them for $25. You will earn a credit of approximately $10 per wreath that you can use to pay for your participation fees in Troop activities or you can donate to the Troop scholarship fund.

Earn additional credits by helping sell wreaths at LAUMC services on Sunday morning December 3th

Go to the Troop Website here for details.   

Additional Den Chief Opportunities


Thanks to the 14 scouts who have taken on the role of Den Chief this year; their presence and help have been greatly appreciated by the Cub Scout Dens that they have been working with.  It has recently come to my attention that Pack 78 in Los Altos could use a few additional Den Chiefs.  


If you are  1st class rank or higher and are interested in this Position of Responsibility, please contact Mr. Alfred Chin at a Troop Meeting or email him at:


If you are not familiar with this Position of Responsibility (PoR), the Den Chief is a significant Leadership position. As Den Chief, you'll be working closely with the local cub scout Dens and Packs, supporting and helping to organize and lead their activities, setting a good example for the younger scouts, and will be an important factor in recruiting new scouts to our Troop.


In general, anyone who meets the following guidelines is a candidate for Den Chief:

- A Boy Scout who has been approved by their ScoutMaster to serve as a Den Chief, is 12 years or older, and ideally 1st class rank or higher.  Den Chief Training (either online, classroom, or both) is required.


The Den Chief assignment is intended to span the entire school year,  Please note that we generally restrict Den Chief Services to Two terms, maximum.  That gives other scouts an opportunity, and it encourages past Den Chiefs to pursue other PoR positions within the Troop.

Recruiting Update

Julie Crane

We have one more event for recruiting:

If you know of anyone who is interested in attending, please contact Julie Crane.

Also, our application process is open and spots are filling up.  If you know of anyone who wants to join our First Year program, please direct them to our Applying page.

Salvation Army Holiday Food Box Making Service Project - 12/9

Let's help the Salvation Army ensure that low-income families, struggling seniors, and those without a home for the holidays have something to eat!  We will be assembling and packing Holiday Food Boxes on Dec 9, 2017.  Please sign up here before the Nov 21st deadline!

Mrs. Townsend will be collecting activity forms and waivers at the beginning of Tues night's meeting.

Activity Coordinator:  Karen Townsend (

Historic World Scout Jamboree 2019 Sign ups opening Nov 1

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest camping event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement gathering as many as 50,000 Scouts and leaders from 169 countries.  This will be a historic Jamboree; It is the first World Scout Jamboree to be held in the US since 1967!

While the Jamboree is in 2019, the  USA Contingent to the Jamboree will begin accepting applications starting tomorrow, Nov 1!

When: July 22 - Aug 2, 2019.

Where: Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, West Virginia

Who can attend:  Birthday between July 22, 2001 and July 21, 2005 can attend as youth participants. Those born before July 22, 2001 can attend as Adult unit leaders or International Service Team

Cost: Published Nov 1, 2017

How to Sign up: Complete online applications here on or after November 1, 2017

More Info:

Reminder: Parents of Scouts, want to get your scouts more engaged in what is going on with troop 33?

They get them signed up to the “Members” google group so that they can explore the troop web site and receive these weekly blast messages.

Here is the easy process on how to sign up:

Questions – let me know – Peter Stanley

Ps. you can use this for additional parents to join also.

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!

August 29 with deadline to request August 22

September 12 with deadline to request August 30

Court of Honor is September 26

October 17 with deadline to request October 11

November (None)

December 12 with deadline to request November 29

January 16 with deadline to request January 3

Court of Honor is January 30

February 27 with deadline to request February 14

March 13 with deadline to request February 28

Court of Honor is March 27

April 17 with deadline to request April 4

May 22 with deadline to request May 9

Court of Honor is June 5

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