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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 17

posted Oct 17, 2016, 11:16 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 22: Big City Tour

Oct 29: Winchester Mystery House

Oct 30: STEM Merit Badge (Sign ups open Oct 17)

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

Nov 12: Scouting for Food (and Nov 19)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast


What a wet, wild and wonderful weekend it was!  Even with the major rain storm in the Bay Area, which included 7.25 inches of rain in Boulder Creek Friday through Sunday, the Troop attended Gold Rush Adventure with our invited Webelos II Scouts and their parents.  We had over 50 Scouts, Webelos, adult leaders and guest parents enjoying 22 stations that included steer roping, archery, flint and steel, black powder muzzle loading rifles, buck sawing, hawk throwing, BB guns, wrist rockets, rope making, and on and on.  Over 400 people enjoyed the totally fun weekend.  We all need to thank Brent Browning for co-chairing and providing so much of the planning, set up coordination, execution and cleanup of the event -  without him, this would not have happened, or at least not as well.  Also, thanks to all the Scoutmasters that manned stations – Doug MacLeod (with Brian Mellea’s assistance) for the Dutch Ovens, Jun Kim at the buck saw, Peter Stanley running the Hawk throwing, Ted, Alex and Andrew Marcopulos for Rope Making, and especially Alan Cyron for check in, and for the adult meals and emotional support.  Thanks to all the Scouts that helped with the patrols and feeding the Webelos Scout guests.

See the below announcements for Saturday’s San Francisco Fire Department Training Facility and Fire Boat trip.  Turn in consent forms and SFFD forms and monies tomorrow night.  This is the new Fire Boat that is only being christened today with its new name selected from hundreds of recommendation from SF elementary school students.

Also, the Winchester Mystery House Candlelight Tour is Saturday, October 29.  Turn in your consent forms and checks tomorrow evening to Mrs. Webb.

I will have the partial merit badge blue cards to return for Scouts that attended Camp Oljato this summer.

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

Tuesday’s meeting is our Webelos Open House that will include opening activities for the visiting Webelos Scouts, and then a Troop presentation to their parents while the Webelos are with the First Year Scouts.

Main Troop will have welcoming games and activities for visiting Webelos Scouts and then continue its Wilderness Survival theme with the Scouts participating in a wilderness scavenger hunt.  

First Year Scouts will be back working on their Train to First Class skills and requirements while hosting and entertaining Webelos Scouts during our Webelos Open House.

Scouts -

Turn in your consent forms and checks to Mrs. Webb at Tuesday's meeting.  There are still a few slots available -  don't miss this rarely offered opportunity!

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

Guided only by candlelight, the morbid lure of darkness and what might exist on the “other side,” you tour the bewildering maze of rooms which are frozen in a state of arrested decay or resplendent in Victorian grandeur. Although touches of festive Halloween abound, the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding as an unseen presence seems to be watching at all times.

This nighttime tour of the intimidating, century old mansion will give your imagination an opportunity to run wild. You will be taken to locations in the house where paranormal activity has been cited by both employees and visitors alike. Each tour group is sure to punctuate their journey through the mansion with nervous exclamations of "Did you hear that?", "What's that in the corner?", "Do you see what I see!?”

Merit Badge Rally Nov 1, 8 and 15 or

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 are open - please sign up this week by going to the activity web page here.  Please preview the requirements, prerequisites and notes before signing up.

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: An Afternoon at the Tech Museum Nov 5

Amy Mendenhall

Join us for an afternoon at the Tech Museum in San Jose! Scouts will be able to see the exhibits at their leisure. Our admission includes the IMAX movie "Extreme Weather". Please eat lunch before you arrive. Bring spending money if you plan to purchase a snack or a souvenir. Cost is $22 per person.

12:30 pm Meet at LAUMC

12:45 pm depart for The Tech Museum

2:00 pm IMAX movie "Extreme Weather"

5:00 pm Depart for home

5:30 pm Pick up at LAUMC

Reminder: 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.


Click here for details or contact Sunny Song

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

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.  

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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