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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 3

posted Oct 3, 2016, 10:52 AM by Sundeep Gupta


Oct 4: Annual Parents Meeting

Oct 8: Coyote Creek Classic

Oct 11: BoR

Oct 14: Gold Rush

Oct 30: STEM Merit Badge


Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast


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Congratulations to Justin Cai, Ryan Livengood, Harrison Schachter, Alec Song and Bryan Webb, plus Mr. Tom Biesty, for achieving Arrowman at this past weekend’s Order of the Arrow Ordeal.  Welcome to the Brotherhood!  Jared Biesty and Ameen Qureshi both helped the Lodge with the event Ordeal process.


This week starts the Los Altos Unified Methodist Church’s Compassion Week of which we are participating in as a Troop to support our benefactor of the Troop.  The First Year Scouts have committed to making Paracord Survival Bracelets Tuesday, but although the Main Troop will not be involved in any giving-back activity at the meeting, there are plenty of opportunities to help out the church and the community this week.  Service hours will be granted for volunteer service.  We have identified at least four activities Scouts can volunteer for and you can sign up on the activity web page.  They are:  Deer Hollow Cow Fence, Redwood Grove Habitat Restoration, Silicon Valley Bike Exchange bike repairs, and Tree Planting at Graham Middle School.  All four events are on Saturday, October 8.  It is extremely important Scouts take the time to help in these projects, first for the community, and secondly for the church.  Here’s the link to the web page to sign up:


https://sites.google.com/a/troop33.org/www/activities/2016/compassion_week


If you have any Troop equipment, make sure it is clean and inventoried, with a tag or piece of paper attached indicating its state (complete, missing items, etc.), and bring it in Tuesday.  We will need patrol boxes, tents and other Troop gear for the Gold Rush Adventure October 14 – 16.



This Tuesday


Main Troop will conducting a Wilderness Survival Challenge to start off the monthly theme of Wilderness Survival.  


First Year Scouts will be working on the Paracord Survival Bracelets for Compassion Week.


Alan Cyron, Rick Valestra and I will be holding our annual Parents Meeting and Update immediately after announcements.  Please be there for our “State of the Troop” presentation.



Last Call to Register for Coyote Creek Cycling Classic on Saturday, Oct 8.


Three options for distances - 10, 25 & 50 miles


More info here. Click here to sign up






Reminders


Check this out!  This will be a fun and spook-tacular event to go to.  Spots are limited, so sign up right away.

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

Details

Join us for a candlelight tour of the Winchester Mystery House, where your flickering candlelight will be the only source of illumination as you embark on a guided tour.  Your imagination is sure to run wild through this eerie Gothic experience.  Although the mystifying maze of rooms will be adorned with Halloween festive decorations, it is certain the atmosphere will be heavy with foreboding as those unseen are sure to be watching at all times…

Agenda

We'll depart the LAUMC parking lot at 7:00 pm for our 7:40 pm tour, which will be over by 8:45pm -- that is, if no one disappears...  After our tour, we will head to Yummi Yogurt (3787 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051) for a bone-chilling treat.  Please ensure your scout brings enough money for this delicious after-tour event.  Prices range from $5-$6.  We should return to LAUMC by 9:45 pm.

We need at least four drivers who can transport up to six (6) scouts.

Sign up now if you dare!


...NEWS FLASH…

...GOLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN BOULDER CREEK…

...JOIN THE GOLD RUSH ADVENTURE!...

...OCTOBER 14-16, 2016 at BOULDER CREEK SCOUT RESERVATION...


DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO STAKE AND WORK YOUR CLAIM?

PAN FOR REAL GOLD…

THROW TOMAHAWKS, SHOOT BOWS & MUZZLELOADING RIFLES…

(YOUNG ‘UNS CAN SHOOT BB GUNS AT THE SHOOTING GALLERY…)

ROPE A REAL STEER…

MAKE CANDLES, ROPE, AND BULLETS…

COOK YOUR OWN JERKY & BREAD…

START YOUR FIRE WITH FLINT & STEEL…

CUT WOOD FOR YOUR CABIN WITH A TWO-MAN BUCKSAW…

AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

NEW THIS YEAR: Can you win the Gold Rush Challenge?

Click here to sign up: http://troop33.org/activities/2016/gold_rush_adventure

Sign-ups are very limited so sign up soon!


Reminder: STEM Merit Badge Midway. Reg opens Oct 17.


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 jftcrane@gmail.com

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.  Here are our upcoming recruiting events:


10/11/16: Stanford District Open House, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), 190 Jordan Ave., Los Altos.  

10/14-16/16: Gold Rush Adventure, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.   


10/18/16:  Troop 33 Open House, 7:30-9:00 pm, Creekside Conference Room, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.  


A call for Den-Chiefs. Nine positions available!

Mr Blasing rblasing@me.com


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: rblasing@me.com), 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.



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 sundeep.gupta@gmail.com by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.


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