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T33 Weekly Blast: Nov 28

posted Nov 28, 2016, 3:58 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Nov 30: Registration early bird discount ends / Deadline to request BoR

Dec 3: STEM Merit Badge

Dec 6: Jump Sky High

Dec 10: Salvation Army Service Project

Dec 13: BoR

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of good food, family and friends.

If you have any Troop equipment, make sure it is clean and inventoried, with a tag or piece of paper attached indicating its state (complete, missing items, etc.), and bring it in Tuesday.

This Tuesday

Main Troop will be working on rocket building and launching.

First Year Scouts will be back working on their Trail to First Class skills and requirements.

Camp Emerald Bay

Judy Bergwerk

Sign-ups are open for Camp Emerald Bay! There are 9 spots remaining. We may share a bus with another group, so sign up soon so I know how much room is available for the other group.

Details here

Dates 6/11/17 - 6/17/17

Cost $740 - $785.

We have space for 35 scouts and 4 adults. No guarantee of adding more slots.

Payment schedule.

Payments must be made by these dates to hold your spot. There are no refunds.

January 3, 2017 - deposit $100

February 24, 2017 - balance of camp fees $525

May 1, 2017 - transportation, patches, misc $115 - $160 [final amount tbd]

The ferry schedule will be finalized by the end of December. There's a chance we may go down on 6/10 and spend the night on the USS Iowa. This will cost an extra $85.


Holiday Wreath Sales open for business

Alan Cyron

Only seven days left to get your Wreath orders in.  To date, only 5 Scouts have sold 20 wreaths.  A very disappointing number for the work involved to coordinate this activity.  Remember, you are selling a high quality wreath that helps fund your Troop activities and earn a major requirement for the Salesmanship merit badge.  Details here.   

Next Board of Review is Tuesday, December 13

Mrs. Stanley

Deadline to request is Wednesday, November 30.  Please send me a note if you need to schedule a review or would like to help.  Please keep in mind next rank requirements are in place starting January 2017.

Additionally, I will need about 20 parent volunteers as I anticipate that we will need to have about 6 panels.  Please let me know if you can help on December 13.  

Activity Coordinators Needed for 2017 Activities!

Rick Valestra

Please click this link to see which activity or activities you are interested in to coordinate next year.  Sign up directly or email me.

February Merit Badge Midway Registration Opens December 5th

The district will be holding a merit badge midway on February 11th.  This one-day midway is a great opportunity to get a merit badge or finish a partial.  Registration opens on December 5th for scouts in our troop, and the classes fill up quickly.  Find out more information here:

Jump Sky High - December 6, 2016. Bring your payments.

Please come bounce and dodge with the troop on Dec. 6th at Jump Sky High.  This will be instead of our normal meeting, but to attend, you must sign up.

What: Jump Sky High

When: December 6, 2016

Time: 6:45-9:00 pm (check -in at 6:45, jump from 7:00-9:00)

Where: 2880 Mead Avenue, Santa Clara

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $17.00 (includes socks)


SMIC: Tom Poppitz

Activity Coordinator: Julie Showalter or 650-948-4585

Julie Showalter will be at the Troop meeting  Tues (Nov 22) and Next tues (Nov 29)  to collect checks and forms for Jump Sky high. Otherwise they can be mailed to:

Julie Showalter

1310 Villa Drive

Los Altos, Ca 94024

Salvation Army Holiday Box Making Service Project

Alan Cyron

sign-ups are now open.  Spend Saturday morning December 10th at our annual Troop 33 service project to bring cheer to the needed during the Holidays.  You must be signed up by November 24th. Details here.

Renew your registration with Troop 33 for 2017!

Alex Baretta

All continuing scouts and adults must renew their membership with the troop to be allowed to participate in troop activities and to be eligible for rank advancements. Early bird discount ends Nov 30th. Please visit the  membership renewal page to access the online form and get additional information.

A call for Den-Chiefs. Nine positions available!

Mr Blasing

Scouts, if you've thought of being a Den-Chief, now is best chance to make it happen!  Our local cub scout leaders are starting to make their requests.  Last year, Troop 33 assigned more than 20 scouts to various local Packs.

If you're 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 guideline 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 on-line, classroom, or preferably both) is required.

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

We still have several more requests for Den Chiefs than candidates.  Our neighboring cub scout Packs continue to reach out to us, because we've built a strong reputation for great Den Chiefs.  Let's not let them down!  If you still need a PoR, please consider helping out your local cub scouts, but signing up to be a Den Chief!

If you are interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing (either at the Troop meetings or by email:, to get the ball rolling.  If you were a Den Chief last year, you will need to again receive Scoutmaster approval, and will need to coordinate the assignment through Mr. Blasing.

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