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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 20

posted Oct 20, 2014, 7:29 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 21 - Mandatory Parents Meeting This Tuesday

Oct 26 - Scout-Orienteering (sign up by Oct 16)

Oct 28 - Merit Badge rally (and also Nov 4, 11)

Nov 1  - Planet Granite

Nov 21 - Pescadero Creek backpacking

Dec 2 -  Combined BoR for November & December (sign up by Nov 18)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Although Mountain Man Rendezvous was cancelled, Troop 33, along with a few other District Troops, pulled together its own Gold Rush Adventure, that ended up with seventeen different stations the Scouts could experience, which included candle making, rope making, tomahawk throwing, black powder gun shooting (BB guns for the Webelos Cub Scouts attending), archery, two-man saw log cutting, leather work, and more.  There were many adult leaders involved putting this together, but the main driver was Brent Browning, who without his drive and dedication, this event probably would not have happened.  Also, many thanks to Doug MacLeod, Alan Cyron, Mattie Coolen and Jun Kim for adding to the Troop leadership to pull this off.  We had about 33 Scouts and 10 Webelos attending and having a great time.  The weather was great, and so was the food.  Our Webelos recruiting event paid off!

The Merit Badge Rally starts next Tuesday, October 28th.  If you’ve not signed up for a merit badge, do it now.  The deadline for signing up is at 7 pm Tuesday, October 21st.  Anyone not signed up by then will not be able to “walk-on” to a merit badge on the 28th.  Sign up here:

Scout-Orienteering is this Sunday.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hone and extend your land navigation skills.  Information and sign-up at:

Planet Granite is Saturday, November 1st.  Sign-up here:    

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will be having a Halloween costume display and competition, First Year program will be continuing First Class achievement tasks.  Also, there is a mandatory Perents Meeting, presented by the Troop leadership.  This is our report to the parents of the past year activities, achievements and accomplishments, plus our road ahead for the next year.  We would really like to see you there!

Mandatory Parents Meeting on Oct 21

Alan Cyron

A parent from each family is expected to attend a mandatory parents meeting tomorrow night in the Creekside side room starting at 7:45pm right after our opening ceremony. We will review the state of the Troop and introduce a new program.

October BoR Results and deadline for next BoR

Marilyn Stanley

Congratulations to Trent Lawson and Xavier Choo. Both moved up to First Class after last week's BoR.

Because of holidays, school field trips and the merit badge rally, the next BoR with be combined for November and December. The Board of Review will be December 2 with a November 18 deadline.

Troop Merit Badge Rally

Deborah Schueren

The Merit Badge Rally starts next week - to find out your class assignment, open the Class Assignment file attached to the bottom of the MB Rally web page, which you can reach here.

The rally dates are Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov 11 during our normal troop meeting time - there will be no troop meeting on those nights.  

If you still need to sign up, do it today!  The troop library will be open before and after this Tuesday’s meeting, so please get your merit badge book, read it and the worksheet, and come prepared next week.  We are offering 7 Eagle-required and 4 elective merit badges.  Please make sure you read the prerequisites and notes before signing up.  When you sign up, you specify first, second, and third choices, but you will only be taking one merit badge class (one MB class is 3 sessions) The sign-ups will be reviewed by the SMIC, coordinators and counselors, and priority will be given based on: need, rank, age, and date/time. To see the choices and reach the signup link, click here

Pescadero Creek County Park backpacking Nov 21 to 23

Join us for an advanced beginner backpacking trip through Pescadero Creek County Park on Nov 21st to 23rd, the weekend before Thanksgiving. All Scouts

who have finished their first year in the troop are encouraged to join.  Pescadero Creek County Park has 8,020 acres of land and contains a significant amount of forest and watershed related resources. Pescadero Creek, which flows all year round, is a major Steelhead spawning stream.  For details, please check here . Contact  Jian Li if any questions.

Remember to Sign up for Planet Granite event on Nov 1

Do you like to Climb?Join us at Planet Granite on Saturday Nov. 1st from 9am til Noon. All climbing abilities welcome. We'll receive expert instruction from the staff at Planet Granite. Sign ups are now open.  More details here. Don't delay! We are limiting this outing to 20 scouts. Contact AC Laurie Hartford with any questions (650) 823-0429.

Order of the Arrow  October 24 - 26.  

If you would like to rideshare to and from Cutter Scout Reservation please contact Blair Narog


Reminder: Yosemite Expense reports

Judy Bergwerk

If you bought food or supplies for the Yosemite camping trip and haven’t yet turned in your expense form, please let me know. I’d like to close out this activity and need to know if there are still outstanding expenses.

Reminder: Activity Coordinator Signups still open

Kathleen McGall

We still need several Activity Coordinators (ACs). Thank you to everyone who has signed up.

Please sign up even if you have never been an AC. We will train you. Link to signups is here or at the top of the activities page.

This is a critical role for our troop to be able to offer as many activities as we do. Plus each family is expected to volunteering two types of roles every year and this role will fulfill one of your volunteer roles for the troop. An AC is required to sign up for one event per year. Also as an AC you or your scout do not need to attend the event. If we do not get an AC for an activity we will need to cancel it.

We have some exciting opportunities for AC coming up that still need assignment:

1. Several activities in the winter and spring.

2. Our large summer trips (e.g. Camp Oljato) need ACs now to start signups and collect money, etc.

Please sign up to help!  Thank you!  Please contact me with any questions.

Reminder: Den Chiefs needed

Our Den Chief program is off to a great start this year!  13 scouts are currently working towards securing their Den assignments!  However, we continue to get requests for Den Chiefs from several local Packs.  We currently have at least another 3 opportunities, and probably more.   So if you're interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing to get the ball rolling (

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