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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 10

posted Oct 10, 2016, 1:19 PM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 7:38 PM ]


Oct 11: BoR

Oct 14: Gold Rush

Oct 15: JOTA

Oct 22: Big City Tour

Oct 29: Winchester Mystery House

Oct 30: STEM Merit Badge

Nov 1: Merit Badge Rally (and Nov 8, 15)

Nov 12: Scouting for Food (and Nov 19)


Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast



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This past week and weekend, the Troop participated in the Los Altos Unified Methodist Church’s Compassion Week in various projects.. Tuesday the First Year Scouts made 93  Paracord Survival Bracelets.  Some of the other projects Scouts and some adult volunteers were involved in included Silicon Valley Bike Exchange bike repairs, and Tree Planting at Graham Middle School.  Thank you to Max Baler, Troop Chaplain’s Aide, as the Scout-in-Charge, John Vastano as the Activity Coordinator (and the Troop Charter Representative between the church and the troop), and Peter Stanley as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge.  And most importantly, to all the Scouts that did volunteer your time and energy to these projects and giving back to the church.


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.  We will need patrol boxes, tents and other Troop gear for the Gold Rush Adventure October 14 – 16.



This Tuesday


Main Troop will continue its Wilderness Survival theme with the Scouts creating wilderness lean-to shelters that will be tested to their weather protection (meaning waterproof).  


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



San Francisco Big City Tour Oct 22nd

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Join us Saturday Oct 22nd for a fun day trip to San Francisco!  The day will start at the San Francisco Fire Department's Training Tower in the Mission. We will observe Battalion Drills and other demos of firefighter and rescue skills (including auto-extrication drills). Scouts will be able to participate in some of these activities.  We'll then head over to lunch at Dolores Park, which is a short walk from the training tower. It has amazing views of the city and a great playground for younger scouts. Following lunch and some play time at Dolores Park, we will head to the pier to ride on the new SFFD Fire Boat.  It's a brand new boat so it should be a fun experience for all!


Maximum participants is 30 Scouts and adults.  The number of Scouts that attend will be dictated by the number of seats in the vehicles the driving adults have.  To maximize the number of Scouts attending, only one adult (driver) per vehicle, and we need to have the maximum of seat-belts per vehicle going.



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Click here for details or contact Sunny Song sunnysongx@gmail.com



JOTA - Jamboree-on-the-Air

Visit amateur radio station K6B and talk to other Scouts on the radio! We’ll talk to other Scouts in the bay area, around the US, and maybe in other countries. You can also find out how to become an amateur radio operator and how to use radio in your troop.

We welcome individual Scouts, Cubs, families, Dens, or Patrols. This is a great thing to do if you can’t go to the Gold Rush Camporee or Cub-On. Drop by for a few minutes or an hour and have some fun!

Cost: free

Date: Saturday October 15, 2016

Time: 11 AM to 5 PM

Location: Palo Alto Service Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Questions? contact Walter Underwood at wunder@wunderwood.org

Want to find out more? Go to the national JOTA page at http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx



Merit Badge Rally Nov 1, 8 and 15

deborah@schuerens.com or craig@pampeyan.com


Our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally is coming soon!  The dates are Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov 15 during our normal troop meeting time.  Scouts who participate will take ONE merit badge class with 3 sessions.  There will be no regular troop meeting, so ALL SCOUTS (including first years) need to sign up for a merit badge class.  This year we are offering 6 Eagle-required and 3 elective merit badges.  We will also be offering the opportunity to work on partials, based on counselor availability and requirements to be completed, so pull out your partially completed blue cards and consider signing up to finish a merit badge!  Sign-ups will open tomorrow evening by going to the activity web page here.  Please preview the requirements, prerequisites and notes before signing up.


Scouting for Food Drop Off & Pick Up: November 12 & 19, 2016

Activity Coordinators Needed - Sign up for one or both!

Rick Valestra  aresvee@sbcglobal.net


This is an annual BSA service project.  Scouts earn service hours.

On Nov 12, we will distribute the door hangers and on Nov 19, we will collect food from the same area.


Volunteers needed for Eagle Project

Hi T33! I am currently working on my Eagle Project and I am looking for volunteers on Sunday Oct. 16 (rain or shine) and possibly 23rd. We will be constructing Squirrel Cages at Covington School around the planter boxes for the Living Garden Program to help the plants grow without pests digging them up. I am looking for approximately 4 volunteers. If your interested, shoot me an email (nhermanhaus@gmail.com)! Pizza and drinks will be provided. Thanks.  


Reminders


Check this out!  This will be a fun and spook-tacular event to go to.  Spots are limited, so sign up right away.

What: Winchester Mystery House Candlelight Tour

When: October 29, 2016

Where: Winchester Mystery House

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $50

SIC: Bryan Webb

SMIC: Chris Webb

Activity Coordinator: Nancy Webb

How: Click here to sign up

Details

Join us for a candlelight tour of the Winchester Mystery House, where your flickering candlelight will be the only source of illumination as you embark on a guided tour.  Your imagination is sure to run wild through this eerie Gothic experience.  Although the mystifying maze of rooms will be adorned with Halloween festive decorations, it is certain the atmosphere will be heavy with foreboding as those unseen are sure to be watching at all times…

Agenda

We'll depart the LAUMC parking lot at 7:00 pm for our 7:40 pm tour, which will be over by 8:45pm -- that is, if no one disappears...  After our tour, we will head to Yummi Yogurt (3787 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051) for a bone-chilling treat.  Please ensure your scout brings enough money for this delicious after-tour event.  Prices range from $5-$6.  We should return to LAUMC by 9:45 pm.

We need at least four drivers who can transport up to six (6) scouts.

Sign up now if you dare!


...NEWS FLASH…

...GOLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN BOULDER CREEK…

...JOIN THE GOLD RUSH ADVENTURE!...

...OCTOBER 14-16, 2016 at BOULDER CREEK SCOUT RESERVATION...


DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO STAKE AND WORK YOUR CLAIM?

PAN FOR REAL GOLD…

THROW TOMAHAWKS, SHOOT BOWS & MUZZLELOADING RIFLES…

(YOUNG ‘UNS CAN SHOOT BB GUNS AT THE SHOOTING GALLERY…)

ROPE A REAL STEER…

MAKE CANDLES, ROPE, AND BULLETS…

COOK YOUR OWN JERKY & BREAD…

START YOUR FIRE WITH FLINT & STEEL…

CUT WOOD FOR YOUR CABIN WITH A TWO-MAN BUCKSAW…

AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

NEW THIS YEAR: Can you win the Gold Rush Challenge?

Click here to sign up: http://troop33.org/activities/2016/gold_rush_adventure

Sign-ups are very limited so sign up soon!


Reminder: STEM Merit Badge Midway. Reg opens Oct 17.


Registration opens Monday, October 17 at 9:00am for the STEM Merit Badge Midway, a 1-day event for Scouts to earn STEM*-related Merit Badges and to finish incomplete ones. (*STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Our Midways sell out very quickly, please click the "Learn More" button for registration day tips. Learn more here.


Recruiting Reminder

Julie Crane jftcrane@gmail.com

We are beginning our recruiting season for our new 2017 First Year Program.  If you have any siblings who will be joining us next year, or if you know of anyone who is interested in joining Troop 33, please email Julie Crane.  Here are our upcoming recruiting events:


10/11/16: Stanford District Open House, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), 190 Jordan Ave., Los Altos.  

10/14-16/16: Gold Rush Adventure, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.   


10/18/16:  Troop 33 Open House, 7:30-9:00 pm, Creekside Conference Room, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.  


A call for Den-Chiefs. Nine positions available!

Mr Blasing rblasing@me.com


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: rblasing@me.com), 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.



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 sundeep.gupta@gmail.com by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.


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