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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 31

posted Oct 31, 2016, 7:51 PM by Sundeep Gupta

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

Nov 5: Tech Museum

Nov 12: Scouting for Food (and Nov 19)

Nov 30: Registration early bird discount ends

Dec 3: STEM Merit Badge (Sign ups open)

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Saturday night 17 Scouts and four adults ventured into the Winchester Mystery House Candlelight Tour.  It was a dark, scary and fun time.  After the tour, we all headed to the nearby frozen yogurt shop for yogurt and ice cream treats. Spooky thank you’s to Bryan Webb as the Scout-in-Charge, and Nancy Webb as the Activity Coordinator.

Merit Badge Rally starts with this Tuesday’s meeting through Tuesday November 15.  We will have the opening ceremony and announcements, and then go directly to the merit badge classes.  For those that have signed up for a merit badge, you should have heard from your counselor(s) on what to bring and what to expect.  There will be a sign with the room number assignments for each merit badge in the Creekside lobby.

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 (And next two Tuesdays)

Merit Badge Rally for the next three Tuesdays.  No normal Troop meetings during this time.

Happy Halloween!

Renew your registration with Troop 33 for 2017!

Alex Baretta

All continuing scouts and adults must renew their membership with the troop to be allowed to participate in troop activities and to be eligible for rank advancements. Early bird discount ends Nov 30th. Please visit the  membership renewal page to access the online form and get additional information.

Congratulations to Troop 33 ASM Alex Marcopulos

for completion of his Wood Badge Ticket and his Beading at the October 29th 2016 Wood Badge Reunion at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation. Wood Badge is considered Scouting’s top leadership development programs for adult leaders around the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement.  Once the participants in a Wood Badge course complete the 2 three day weekends of training, they have up to 18 months to complete their ticket.  A ticket has several different elements including diversity, service to their local unit, district, council organizations and self-development. Each Scouter creates a personal set of goals they wish to commit their time and energy.  Inspired by his participation in two international Jamboree’s and friends he made through Scouting’s International Exchange program, he set one his goals very high by volunteering to be an International Service Team (IST) member at the Central European Jamboree in the summer of 2016.  Although he was the only American at this event, he instantly made new friends and shared an amazing Scouting experience.  

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.

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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