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T33 Weekly Blast: Nov 7

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:16 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Nov 8: Merit Badge Rally (and Nov 15)

Nov 12: Scouting for Food (and Nov 19)

Nov 30: Registration early bird discount ends

Dec 3: STEM Merit Badge

Dec 6: Jump Sky High

Dec 10: Salvation Army Service Project

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

On Saturday, 7 scouts and 2 adults went to the Tech Museum to explore its many hands on exhibits and watch the incredible IMAX movie, Extreme Weather. Exhibits have changed a lot in recent times. They went to the wearable technology exhibit and tried on wearables and got body measurements for themselves - none of which were embarrassing for the scouts and a few were for the adults! They then headed over to the BioDesign Studio to tinker and design with the building blocks of life.   Later they stepped into the role of a cyber sleuth in Cyber Detectives, which the Tech says is the nation’s first interactive exhibit designed to help us learn about Internet safety. The 45 minute long IMAX movie, “Extreme Weather”, which takes you up close and personal to the edge of collapsing 300-foot-tall glaciers, to the front lines of massive wildfires, and directly in the path of deadly but mesmerizing tornadoes in the IMAX theater, made it feel like the glaciers were caving right on top of you and that you were standing next to the firefighters in Riverside County fighting the forest fires. Finally, many thanks to Amy Mendenhall, our activity coordinator, for making things run so smoothly and Brian Mellea as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge.

Merit Badge Rally continues at Tuesday’s meeting through Tuesday November 15.  We will have the opening ceremony and announcements, and then go directly to the merit badge classes.  There will be a sign with the room number assignments for each merit badge in the Creekside lobby to help remind you where to go.

Scouts – you are to attend your MB classes in your Class A uniform (which does not include flip-flops), and be sure to stay once class is dismissed to help your counselor clean up and arrange  the room back to its original configuration.

Be sure to pay attention to the Troop 33 web site Calendar and Activity pages for upcoming events.  Many activities in November and December are already open for information and signing up.  These two pages are to help you arrange Scout events with school, sport and family events.  Everything we do is posted so you can always know what is going on.

This Tuesday (And Tuesday)

Merit Badge Rally for the next two Tuesdays.  No normal Troop meetings during this time.

Happy Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11th!

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.

Holiday Wreath Sales are now open for business.  

Alan Cyron

We are again selling fresh 24 inch Classic Noble Wreaths.  Earn credits to help fund your Troop activities and scholarships.  Complete one of the major requirements for Salesmanship merit badge which will be offered in January.  More information at the Wreath Sales Activity page on the website.

Monthly Committee Meeting this Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30PM

Alan Cyron

at 460 Pine Lane Los Altos.  All Committee members should attend and all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.    

Camp Emerald Bay

Judy Bergwerk

Sign-ups are open for Camp Emerald Bay! 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]

For those not familiar with Emerald Bay, you can see details from the 2015 trip:

Jump Sky High - December 6, 2016

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

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.

Reminder: Scouting for Food Nov 12, 19

Caroline Tice

The BSA's annual Scouting For Food drive is Nov. 12 & 19 this year.  Scouting for Food is when the scouts collect food donations from the community to help the Second Harvest Food bank.   Scouts will distribute door hangers on Nov 12 (the drop off, click here to sign up), to inform the community about the food drive, and then will collect the food donations on Nov. 19 (the pick up, click here to sign up).  

This is both a very easy way for scouts to earn important service  hours, as well as an important community service, helping to provide food for local families that need it.  A scout can participate in the drop off or the collection or both.  Sign ups are now open from the activity pages (drop off & pickup have separate pages).  The more scouts who participate the easier and faster the distribution/collection will go. Please sign up!  Parents are needed/welcome to participate also!

Reminder: 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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