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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 23

posted Oct 23, 2017, 9:07 PM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 12:49 AM ]

Oct 24: Merit Badge Rally (and Nov 7th, 14th)

Oct 29: K1 Go Karting

Oct 31: Boo! No Troop Meeting

Nov 10: Tamarancho Camping

Nov 29: Deadline to request Dec 12 BoR

Dec 10: Salvation army service project

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

On Saturday, October 21, eight scouts got high in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and zip lined through 80-150-year-old trees safely and with great delight. With two great guides, they spent 2 hours zip lining among the redwoods. Their longest zip was 440’ down a deep redwood canyon. Said one scout, “This was as good as zip lining in Costa Rica and Tahoe without having to fly there!”. A first-year scout said, “This was the best activity that the Troop has ever held!" Great big thanks to Brian Mellea, Scoutmaster-in-Charge, and Zoe Hu, Activity Coordinator.

Again, don’t forget.  There is no meeting on Tuesday, October 31st.  Happy Halloween!

This Tuesday

Merit Badge Rally starts!  All Scouts are participating and there will be no First Year Program Tuesdays, October 24, November 7 and 14.

Troop Merit Badge Rally begins this week — finishing partials is also available!


The troop’s merit badge rally begins this Tuesday.  By now, each scout and parent should have received an email indicating what class they have signed up with and some merit badge counselors have also reached out to the scouts in their classes.  If you have not signed up, there will be no other activities at the troop meetings for the next few weeks.  Also available during the rally is the opportunity to finish up those partials.  If you would like to take advantage of this, please come and see Mr. Pampeyan at the beginning of the meeting to sign up for a counselor.

Mr. Pampeyan ( and Mr. Showalter (

Salvation Army Holiday Food Box Making Service Project  Dec 9

Let's help the Salvation Army ensure that low-income families, struggling seniors, and those without a home for the holidays have something to eat!  We will be assembling and packing Holiday Food Boxes on Dec 9, 2017.  Please sign up here before the Nov 21st deadline!

Activity Coordinator:  Karen Townsend (

Art Merit Badge in Los Gatos, Nov 5

New Museum of Los Gatos is offering the Art Merit Badge the first weekend in November with Elizabeth Greer.  See details here. $40.

Contact the Museum directly if you are interested

Reminder: Signups for K1 Go Karting Oct 29 are open!

Race with your friends before you even have a driver's license!

2 Race


Will have two groups:

  1. Between 4 feet and 4'10" Tall

  2. Taller than 4'10"

NOTE: Each group needs to have 10 scouts minimum to have the activity.

  • No racing experience is required.

  • Each racer will go through a short mandatory safety briefing on the karts and track rules.

  • The briefing will give the meaning of each flag, safety signs and also how to operate the kart.

Signups end 10/24!  

Sign up Here

Reminder: Join us for camping and mountain biking in Tamarancho – Nov. 10-12, 2017

Jessica Chang


Have a Mountain Bike?  Excited about trying the No. 1 mountain bike park in California?  We will be camping at Camp Tamarancho, the Marin Council camp with over 480 acres of meadows, redwoods, and oak-forested campsites.  Tamarancho is one of the few places where you can still find legal singletrack trails in Marin County, the birthplace of mountain biking!

If you are interested in the adventure, find out more here and join the fun trip

Recruiting Update

Julie Crane

The District has changed the date of its Open House to October 10.  As a result, we have pushed back our Open House to October 17.  So here is the updated list of recruiting activities for Troop 33:

If you have a sibling or know of anyone who might be interested in joining, please contact Julie Crane.

Reminder: Parents of Scouts, want to get your scouts more engaged in what is going on with troop 33?

They get them signed up to the “Members” google group so that they can explore the troop web site and receive these weekly blast messages.

Here is the easy process on how to sign up:

Questions – let me know – Peter Stanley

Ps. you can use this for additional parents to join also.

Reminder: Board of Review dates

Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Stanley at a note before the deadline.  Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!

August 29 with deadline to request August 22

September 12 with deadline to request August 30

Court of Honor is September 26

October 17 with deadline to request October 11

November (None)

December 12 with deadline to request November 29

January 16 with deadline to request January 3

Court of Honor is January 30

February 27 with deadline to request February 14

March 13 with deadline to request February 28

Court of Honor is March 27

April 17 with deadline to request April 4

May 22 with deadline to request May 9

Court of Honor is June 5

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 by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.