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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 24

posted Oct 24, 2016, 11:25 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 29: Winchester Mystery House

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

Nov 5: Tech Museum

Nov 12: Scouting for Food (and Nov 19)

Dec 3: STEM Merit Badge (Sign ups open)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday, our Assistant Scoutmaster Charlie Crane, who is a Battalion Fire Chief with the San Francisco Fire Department, hosted 12 Scouts and two adults at their Training Tower in the Mission District to observe Battalion Drills and demonstrations of firefighting and rescue skills.  After lunch, they all took a bay cruise on the new SFFD fireboat, “Saint Francis.”  Great big thank you’s to Charlie Crane as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge, Jack Crane as the Scout-in-Charge, and Sunny Song as the Activity Coordinator.

There are still plenty of slots available for the various merit badges being taught next month.  Do not miss this opportunity to work on needed merit badges.  We will also have counselors available for a number of badges that Scouts have started but not completed that can help determine what is still needed and possibly assist in completing those missing requirements.  Sign up here:  

There are only three slots available this this Saturday’s Winchester Mystery House Candlelight Tour.  See the details and sign up here:  

Be sure to pay attention to the Troop 33 web site Calendar and Activity pages for upcoming events.  Many activities in November and December are already open for information and signing up.  These two pages are to help you arrange Scout events with school, sport and family events.  Everything we do is posted so you can always know what is going on.

This Tuesday

The entire Troop will be participating in the Court of Honor.  Many Scouts will be receiving rank advancement as well as special awards and merit badges.  It is very important that parents be in attendance when their Scout receive recognition, no matter how small the achievement.  

I expect the ceremony to be completed by 8:30, so either stick around for the ceremony, or make sure you come back by 8:30.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.

Reminder: 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!?”

Reminder: 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.

Reminder: 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: STEM Merit Badge Midway on Dec 3. Reg Open

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.  

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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