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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 19

posted Oct 19, 2015, 2:20 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 20: BoR, MB Counselor training

Oct 21: Committee meeting

Oct 27: Guest speaker for first year scouts

Nov 3,10,17: Merit Badge Rally

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday, seven Scouts went to Golf Land in San Jose to play miniature golf, play arcade games and have pizza for lunch.  The weather was a bit overcast, but as it was not cold and wet, the Scouts had a great time and had a lot of fun.  Thanks to Bryan Webb as the Scout-in-Charge and Caroline Tice for setting everything up as the Activity Coordinator.

Tuesday, October 27, before the Troop meeting, those requiring to fulfill the Fire Safety requirement 9.a. Demonstrate the safe way to fuel a lawnmower, need to be at LAUMC at 6:30 pm to do so and get signed off by Mr. Crane, the Fire Safety Merit Badge Counselor.  Gasoline lawnmowers and gasoline will be available to complete this requirement.  Also, if you need to finish other requirements, bring those with you to show Mr. Crane so he can sign off on those as well.

Saturday, October 31, Nitin Kumar, Troop Quartermaster, will be conducting a Troop cage inventory and clean up from 9 – 12 in the morning.  You will earn service hours credit for participating in this event.  Send an e-mail to Nitin at to let him know you will be helping out.

For those Scouts who made the Call-Out last spring and did not make the Spring OA Ordeal, and for Scouts (and adults) eligible for Brotherhood status, the Fall OA Ordeal is October 23 – 25 at the Cutter Scout Reservation.  Jacob Frank (Troop 33 OA Representative) and Mr. MacLeod (OA Representative Advisor) will be putting out more information and coordinating carpooling.  Please sign up on Activities web page so we know who is going and whether we need to carpool.

Scouting-for–Food is coming up!  The door hanger drop off is Saturday, November 14, and the food pick up is Saturday, November 21.  Again, this event will earn you service hours credit.  You can sign up on the Activities web page.

Reminder!  The Patrol Leader Council (PLC) has moved to next Tuesday, October 27, 6 pm.  This only relates to the members of the Green Bar.

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will be competing in an Egg Drop competition to see who can best package a raw egg from cracking when dropped from heights with packaging supplies provided.  First Year Program continues with achievement activities towards First Class.

Monthly Committee Meeting Wednesday October 21, 7:30PM

Alan Cyron

Agenda will include a Scoutmaster, Recruiting updates, Financial Review and other topics.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend at 460 Pine Lane Los Altos

Sign up for our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally

Our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally is coming soon! The dates are Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov 17 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 7 Eagle-required and 4 elective merit badges.  Visit the web page, check the requirements and pre-perquisites, and sign up.  

Merit Badge Counselor Training – Tuesday October 20, 7:45pm

Are you ready to help?  Thanks to Donna Marcopulos, we have arranged a Merit Badge Counselor training class during our Troop meeting on Tuesday, October 20th.  With a short training class, you can be available for the scouts in our troop to guide them through merit badges where you have special interests or skills — see the full list here:  Our first need is for assistant counselors for the Merit Badge Rally for the troop in November.  Please make sure you’ve completed the short Youth Protection Training online, print the certificate, and bring it to the class on October 20th.  Thank you for your help, and the scouts thank you, too!  Any questions, please contact

Youth Protection Training can be completed online here

Makeup swimming test and water rescue Oct 24

Makeup swimming test and water rescue methods for second and first class requirements will be held this Saturday October 24 at a time TBD (most likely 10am).

Second Class 8b, 8C

First Class 9B, 9C

Contact Mr. if you are interested in attending.

The Walker family has arranged for the use of their club pool for this. It is limited to 6 scouts so please contact Mr. Stanley quickly if you need to completed this requirement.


OA Fall Ordeal Oct 23

The Fall Ordeal is open to all OA scouts and scouts who were make OA Candidates at the Troop 33 OA Call out last March. The ordeal will take place at the Cutter Scout starting on Friday October 23 and lasting until Sunday October 25. Details  here

Special Guest Speaker Jarrett Fishpaw former mayor of Los Altos on Oct 27

Peter Stanley

Special guest speaker Jarrett Fishpaw, former mayor of Los Altos will come talk with the first year scouts. This is to cover the requirement for First Class requirement # 5 -- Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.

Any scout who needs this requirement for first class or other scouts needing this requirement are welcome to come listen to the presentation.

Reminder: A call for Den-Chiefs!

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.

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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