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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 27

posted Oct 27, 2014, 12:09 PM by Sundeep Gupta

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

Nov 1  - Planet Granite

Nov 18 - Sign up for BoR

Nov 21 - Pescadero Creek backpacking

Dec 2 -  Combined BoR for November & December

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Congratulations to the Scouts and Uniformed Leaders that attended and passed the Order of the Arrow Ordeal at Cutter Scout Reservation this past weekend.  In addition to the OA requirements, this group survived the downpour of rain Saturday morning, which made for a wet and muddy adventure all day.  Well done, Scouts!

Mr. Coolen had seven Scouts compete in the Scout-O orienteering competition at Briones Park yesterday, and although their numbers were small, they all did well and placed 2nd through 5th (as a group and individually) on different courses.  Way to go, Scouts!

There is still space available for Planet Granite this Saturday, November 1st.  Sign-up here:     

THIS Tuesday

The PLC starts at 6 pm in Room 9.  The Merit Badge Rally starts this Tuesday, and other than opening ceremonies and announcements, there are no regular Troop meetings.  If you did not sign up for a merit badge class that starts this week, then there is no need for you to come to the next three meetings.  Regular meetings will resume on Tuesday, November 18th.  As a not too gentle reminder, if you didn’t register for a merit badge on the web site, you cannot show up Tuesday evening expecting to “walk-on” to any class.  The rosters are final.

Adventure Patrol

Brent Browning

Do you like adventure?

Are you in High School but too busy to attend weekly meetings?

Want to spend more time with other older Scouts?

Announcing the Adventure Patrol!

We have formed a new patrol specifically for Scouts in 10th-12th grade.  The Adventure Patrol will meet on the first Tuesday of every month during the Troop meeting to plan activities and outings.  The goal is 3-4 outings per year ranging from bowling to rafting to shooting to backpacking.  Scouts will choose, plan, and lead outings with help from adult leadership.  The Adventure Patrol is a “virtual” patrol meaning that Scouts are still members of the regular patrol and can enjoy all of the benefits of Troop meetings and activities AND Adventure Patrol meetings and activities.


  • 10th-12th grade

  • Star Scout or higher

  • 30 or more camping nights

  • Camping, First Aid, and Personal Fitness merit badges

Please note that Scouts with positions of responsibility in the main troop like SPL, ASPL, Troop Guide, etc. can be members of the Adventure Patrol but their PoR takes priority.  Those Scouts will miss monthly meetings but can still attend outings.  All Adventure Patrol Scouts can attend all Troop activities and will be encouraged to give back through leadership and service to the Troop.

Please contact Nathaniel Wipfler (Patrol Leader), Mr. Ottoes (Patrol Advisor), or Mr. Browning (ASM) if you have any questions.

STEM Merit Badge Midway Registration - Reg opens Mon, Oct 13

Craig Pampeyan

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Midway will be held on Sat, Dec 6 at Ralston Middle School. This midway offers merit badge classes that are STEM-related. Registration for in-council Scouts opened Mon, Oct 13 here. Click on the "Activities" tab to see which classes will be offered. Registration for out-of-council Scouts began Mon, Oct 20. Click here for more information including prerequisites and a flyer.

Nov 2 – First Year Swim requirements.

Peter Stanley & Susan Stick

The first year scouts will be working on their 2nd and 1st class swim requirements on Sunday November 2nd from 10am till Noon.

We also have some space for scouts who have Partials in the Swimming merit badge to help them complete their requirements.

For more information check the activity page

Planet Granite on Nov. 1st: A few spots left!

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 still open. More details here. Last chance to sign up! We are limiting this outing to 18 scouts and are also now opening this activity up to Webelos. Contact AC Laurie Hartford with any questions (650) 823-0429. All forms and payment are due at THIS TUESDAY'S TROOP MEETING.

Activity Coordinator Signups still open; two urgent requests

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 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:

Two ACs are urgently needed:

1. Jump Sky High Dec 9th

2. Wreath Sales: starting Nov 16th

Several activities (major and minor) in the winter and spring.

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.

Scout-O orienteering - October 26, 2014 (Results)

Mattie Coolen & Mike Galles

Every year the Scout-O is a close race between Troop 37 from Los Altos and Troop 24 from Berkeley. This year Troop 33 mixed up the competition and finished with an excellent 2nd place, close behind Troop 24!

Course setter Steve Harrison from Troop 24 set out 5 challenging courses with course 1 being the most easy and course 4 being the most challenging. Course 4 was even more challenging than the adult course as it had more distance and more elevation.

Troop 33 achieved excellent results:

Jacob & Luke Wunderling and Leander Coolen, placed 4th on course 2

Adam Galles & Sam Kaplan, placed 2nd on course 2

Tom Gabrielson, placed 5th on course 4

Gian-Andrin Coolen, placed 2nd on course 4

In the afternoon we joined the second part of the race, a "Score-O". This means you have to check as many markers as possible in 80 minutes. Each marker has a different amount of points, based on the distance from the start and the level of difficulty in finding it. In total 25 markers with a total of 325 points where to be collected. 6 Scouts collected all the markers, 2 of them from T33, Tom and Gian. Sam Kaplan did a great race and missed only one checkpoint. All T33 scouts completed the race on time, between 60 (the fastest time overall) and 80 minutes.

I'd like to thank the Scouts for participating, you showed fantastic effort, great team spirit and good map and compass skills. The result is way beyond expectations especially if you consider we were only 7 scouts and 3 adults. The first years scouts contributed significantly to the results and did a great Job !

I'd like to thank Carl for participating in this event and helping out. Special thanks goes to Mike Galles for the excellent organization and Congratulations to a wonderful 3. place in the Adult race.

All results will be posted here in due time.

Order of the Arrow

Ryan Biesty, Order of the Arrow Representative

“I would like to congratulate the following people on the achievement of Membership in the OA:

  • Gian Coolen

  • Mattie Coolen, ASM

  • Charlie Crane

  • Cole Cummins

  • Kevin Kafayi

  • Jun Kim, ASM

  • Kyle Kim

  • Alex Kolstad

  • Jeffrey Mayer, ASM

  • Travis Mayer

  • Zachary Ottoes

  • Peter Stanley, ASM

  • William Stanley

  • Austin Townsend

  • Chris Webb, Scoutmaster

I would also like to congratulate Nathaniel Wipfler on the achievement of Brotherhood in the OA."


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 (

Reminder: 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.

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.