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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 26

posted Oct 26, 2015, 6:35 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 27: Guest speaker for first year scouts

Nov 3,10,17: Merit Badge Rally

Nov 7: Mountain biking Cutter-to-the-Sea. Sign up here.

Nov 18: Deadline to request BoR

Nov 30: Early bird discount for troop membership renewal ends

Dec 1: BoR

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Congratulations to the following Scouts earning rank at last week’s Boards of Review:  Tenderfoot – Jack Deegan, Joshua de Schutter and Thomas Walker; Second Class – Sam Love and Nicholas Pugh; Life – Cameron Jones.  Great work Scouts, and well deserved!  Thanks to Ariel Faigon, Terry Hahn, Lisa Deegan and Caroline Tice for conducting the boards, and to Marilyn Stanley, for setting everything up.

Friday through Sunday, Scouts and adult leaders from Troop 33 participated in Pacific Skyline Council’s Order of the Arrow Ohlone Lodge 63’s Fall Ordeal.  The following Scouts completed the ordeal and earned their Arrowman membership: David McAllister, Trevor McGall and Devon Narog. The following uniformed leaders earned their Brotherhood membership: Brian Mellea and Blair Narog.  Congratulations to our OA Brothers.  Well done!

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.

Sign-up for the November Merit Badge Rally is still open.  Register now to ensure you get the merit badge you want/need.  There is a minimum for each class, and if we do not meet those minimums by the end of this week, the class will be cancelled.  See the announcement below.

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.

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) is Tuesday, November 3, 6 pm.  This meeting only relates to the members of the Green Bar.

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop has a pumpkin carving competition that will also be raising donations for UNICEF and a costume parade and contest.  First Year Program will have a special guest to discuss the aspects of government and related issues, and continues with achievement activities towards First Class.  First Year Program Scouts can compete in both events in the Main Troop, but will have to leave their pumpkins in the main Creekside room for the judging.

Renew your registration for 2016

Alex Baretta (

Renew your registration with Troop 33 for 2015 with two simple online forms, one for Scouts and one for Adults. All continuing scouts and adults must renew.  Early bird discount ends Nov 30th.

Annual Merit Badge Rally: Sign up today

Our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally starts next week and registration closes tomorrow, Oct. 27. The rally 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 here.  

October BoR Results

Congratulations to the following scouts on their advancement at last week's Board of Review:





de Schutter







2nd Class



2nd class




The next Board of Review is Tuesday, December 1.  Please sent Mrs. Stanley a note at by the November 18 deadline to request one.

Sign up for Mountainbiking Cutter-to-the-Sea Nov 7th.

Sign up link is 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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