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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 5

posted Oct 5, 2015, 11:47 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 7: Deadline to sign up for BoR

Oct 9: Alien Invasion (cancelled)

Oct 10: Coyote Creek Cycling Classic

Oct 17: Mini Golf

Oct 20: BoR, MB Counselor training

Nov 3,10,17: Merit Badge Rally

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Troop 33 had a very successful campout at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation for Gold Rush Adventure! where we hosted 16 Webelos Scouts and their parents from Packs 77, 80 and 501.  Saturday, there were 20 activities available to the Scouts to include black powder muzzle loading rifles, BB guns, archery, panning for gold (real gold, as well as pyrite), lead-bullet making, leather and beading working stations, two-man bucksaws, and loads of other events that filled the whole day.  The weather was perfect, and everybody had a great time.  The patrols cooked their own meals and they had really good (and interesting!) menus.  A very special thank you goes to Brent Browning for organizing and running Gold Rush Adventure! as co-chair with our great Scout friend Jeff Sato.  Brent also performed the duties as the Scoutmaster-in-Charge for the Troop, but he had excellent support from Alan Cyron, Jeff Mayer (who graciously volunteered to help when another ASM could not attend due to an illness), Jun Kim, John Cummins, and Doug MacLeod, plus parent volunteers Terry Hahn and Rick Valestra.  Jacob Franck did an excellent job as the Scout-in-Charge, and Jian Li was on top of everything in her Activities Coordinator position.  Thank you all!

Unfortunately, our participation in Alien Invasion did not meet the minimum requirement to attend and has been cancelled.

Troop 33 will be participating in the District Webelos Open House this Thursday evening.  I can use two senior Scouts to assist as well as two Scouts from this year’s First Year Program.  You will earn service hours.  I will make an announcement at tomorrow’s meeting, so if you are interested, let me know then.

For those Scouts who made the Call-Out last spring and did not make the Spring OA Ordeal, and for Scouts (and adults) eligible for Brotherhood status, the Fall OA Ordeal is October 23 – 25 at the Cutter Scout Reservation.  Jacob Frank (Troop 33 OA Representative) and Mr. MacLeod (OA Representative Advisor) will be putting out more information and coordinating carpooling.

THIS Tuesday

Andrew Aguilar will be sending out an e-mail with Tuesday’s meeting activities.  First Year Program continues with achievement activities towards First Class.

BoR is Oct 20, deadline is October 7

Next Board of Review is Tuesday, October 20 and deadline to request is October 7.  Please send an email to Marilyn Stanley at to sign up.  

Parent volunteers are also needed.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Save the date for Mini Golf Trip on Oct 17

Peter Stanley, Caroline Tice

We will be going to Golfland and are working on a package of Golf, arcade and lunch for the cost of the trip. More details will follow as the get it all worked out.

LAUMC’s Compassion Week

Winn Hartford

My name is Winn Hartford and I am Troop 33's Chaplain's Aide. You might have heard Nathaniel and Justin's announcement at last week's troop meeting about LAUMC's Compassion Week. I'd like to mention 3 additional activities that LAUMC thinks would be good for scouts to participate in next week:

1. Wed, Oct. 7th at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos from 630-830 (sorting and boxing food)

2. Friday, Oct. 9th from 3-530 at McClellan Ranch in Cupertino. This is a landscaping maintenance project probably doing some trail work and invasive plant removal

3. Saturday, Oct. 10th from 930-1230pm. A park cleanup activity at Redwood Grove in Los Altos.

You can sign up at the link at for any of these three activities or the activities that Nathaniel and Justin mentioned at Tuesday's meeting as well as many more. You will get service hours for all of these activities. Please contact me with any questions.

Merit Badge Counselor Training – Tuesday October 20, 7:45pm

Are you ready to help?  Thanks to Donna Marcopulos, we have arranged a Merit Badge Counselor training class during our Troop meeting on Tuesday, October 20th.  With a short training class, you can be available for the scouts in our troop to guide them through merit badges where you have special interests or skills — see the full list here:  Our first need is for assistant counselors for the Merit Badge Rally for the troop in November.  Please make sure you’ve completed the short Youth Protection Training online, print the certificate, and bring it to the class on October 20th.  Thank you for your help, and the scouts thank you, too!  Any questions, please contact

Youth Protection Training can be completed online here


Reminder: Calling All T33 Parents – Merit Badge Rally – Call for Counselors

Calling all T33 parents - here’s a great opportunity to contribute to the troop.  Our annual Merit Badge Rally takes place during 3 meetings every fall and we need you to come work with the boys to earn a merit badge.  This year the dates are Nov 3, 10 and 17 during our normal meeting time of 7:30-9:00.  Last fall, we had over 90 boys working on 11 merit badges during this rally.  

If you can help this year, please contact either of us by dropping a short note here ( or, indicating whether you would prefer to lead a merit badge class or assist, and which you are most interested in.  For a complete list of merit badges, go to the following site and click on any badge to see its requirements.

Some of the merit badges we would like to offer the boys are listed below.  Lead counselors who have already volunteered are noted.  Now would be a perfect time to help out an experienced counselor.  If you have never taken merit badge counselor training, there will be a training session offered in October during our regular Tuesday meeting.

·         Camping (Brett Pauly)

·         Citizenship in the World (Brian Mellea)

·         Communication

·         Emergency Preparedness (Chris Webb)

·         Personal Management

·         Family Life and/or Citizenship in the Community

·         Chess (Jun Kim)

·         Digital Technology

·         Electronics

Please contact us ( or as soon as possible to let us know how you can help.

Reminder: What Pack Are You From?

We are in the midst of recruiting season and it would be especially helpful if we could identify some alumni from the various packs who are currently considering Troop 33.  If you are an alumni of Pack 33, 74, 76, 77, 78, 84, 103, 105 or 426 and would be willing to share your reasons for choosing Troop 33 and your perspective since joining, please email Julie Crane,, Recruiting Coordinator for Troop 33.

Reminder: Participate in LAUMC’s compassion week Oct 7,10. Earn service hours

Justin Yun

Hello, my name is Justin Yun, the new patrol leader of the Adventure Patrol.

I would like to invite all of you to participate in LAUMC's compassion week. This is a
week in October where the church and other organizations go around performing service
projects to make a difference in others' lives. The Adventure Patrol has decided to
support the church by signing up for events such as:

  • Sewing for the World on  Oct 7th

  • Creek Cleanup on Oct 10th,

  • McClellan Ranch Invasive Plant Removal on Oct 10th.

Because the church has offered the troop so much of its resources and rooms,
scouts should try and give back to the community. With multiple service projects to
choose from, I encourage scouts to sign up for events that interest them  quickly as
spots do fill up quickly.  Sign up here

Once again, thank you for supporting the LAUMC. If you have any questions or have signed up for the activities, please email me at

Reminder: Activity Coordinator (AC) Signups Are Open

Kathleen McGall, Rick Valestra

Thank you to those who have volunteered to fill the adult volunteer requests to date. Please contact Kathleen and Rick if you have any questions.

Current Openings:

1. Tour Plan Coordinator: a description can be found on the website using the following path.Parents‎ > ‎Volunteers‎ > ‎Committee‎ > ‎Tour Plan Coordinator

2. AC openings for the following activities for November through January.

Start Date

End Date


Backpacking - Beg/Int








Planet Granite



Please contact Kathleen and Rick if you have any questions. Thank you!

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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