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T33 Weekly Blast: Oct 9

posted Oct 9, 2017, 7:54 PM by Sundeep Gupta   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 7:57 PM ]

Oct 11: Deadline to request BoR

Oct 14: Coyote creek cycling (cancelled)

Oct 17: BoR

Oct 21: Zip lining

Oct 24: Merit Badge Rally (and Nov 7th, 14th)

Oct 29: K1 Go Karting

Oct 31: Boo! No Troop Meeting

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Friday through Saturday, 38 Scouts and eight Webelos Cub Scouts from various Packs participated in and enjoyed the annual Gold Rush Adventure! at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.  The weather was perfect and the 23 different activities offered kept all the Scouts busy throughout the day.  There was archery, rope making, flint and steel fire starting, air rifles, fold panning, black powder muzzle loading rifles, candle making, and many, many more.  The whole event is a testimony to the many adults throughout different Troops in our council that plan, coordinate and execute GRA!  Of the three co-chairs, Brent Browning, Troop 33 ASM and former Scoutmaster, is the primary shaker and mover of this event, and we are very lucky he still provides so much support to our Troop.  Many thanks within our Troop go out to Tom Poppitz, Scoutmaster-in-Charge, and Jeanne Schmitt as the Activity Coordinator.  Also to Jack Crane as the Scout-in-Charge, and a special thanks to Cameron Jones for conducting an outstanding campfire event on Friday night. Jon Meyer and Matt Sturm provided admirable Scout leadership skills, and Alan Cyron once again proved his superior cooking skills providing breakfasts and dinner for the adults.

One Scout, via his parent, reported, “I am never missing this camping trip!’  Well put.

NEWS FLASH!  Halloween has returned!  The Tuesday, October 31 Troop meeting is cancelled in order to provide time for Scouts to Trick or Treat early enough for a school night.  The first night of the Merit Badge Rally is now Tuesday, October 24th.  The Board of Review scheduled for that night is now on Tuesday, October 17th.  All these changes have posted to the web site calendar.


The Main Troop will first complete the rocket activity, followed by the Adventure Patrol will be running a Zomb-O-Ree style event with shelter making, Zombie attacks and Zombie infections – will you join the Zombie Invasion?!?!

First Year Scouts continue with rank advancement activities.

Merit Badge Rally Oct. 24th, Nov. 7th and Nov. 14. (NOTE DATE CHANGES NO RALLY ON HALLOWEEN) or


Our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally is coming soon!  The dates are Oct 24th, Nov. 7th, Nov. 14th 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 6 Eagle-required and 3 elective merit badges.  In addition, there will be opportunities to finish up you partial merit badges before and after the meeting. Go to the activity page to sign up.

Council STEM Merit Badge Midway - Signups Open Now!

Pacific Skyline Council signups opened today. They fill up FAST. If interested head over there now and sign up.  Note: This is different and in addition to the merit badge rally which will  be offered by Troop 33 (our troop) in a few weeks.  More information here:

Registration Starts:

 Oct 9, 9:00am - For in-council Scouts

 Oct 16, 9:00am - For out-of-council Scouts

Cost: $30

Date: Sat, Dec 2, 2017

Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm

Location: Ralston Middle School, Belmont (Google map)

Signups for K1 Go Karting Oct 29 are open!

Race with your friends before you even have a driver's license!

2 Race


Will have two groups:

  1. Between 4 feet and 4'10" Tall

  2. Taller than 4'10"

NOTE: Each group needs to have 10 scouts minimum to have the activity.

  • No racing experience is required.

  • Each racer will go through a short mandatory safety briefing on the karts and track rules.

  • The briefing will give the meaning of each flag, safety signs and also how to operate the kart.

Signups end 10/24!  

Sign up Here

Signup for Ziplining Oct 21 are open!

Enjoy freedom and speed zipping through redwood forest. Two hour guided eco-adventure includes six zip lines and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet. Each tour is led by 2 certified guides who share ecological knowledge and bring the forest to life. Signup ends on 10/6. More information here.

Join us for camping and mountain biking in Tamarancho – Nov. 10-12, 2017

Jessica Chang


Have a Mountain Bike?  Excited about trying the No. 1 mountain bike park in California?  We will be camping at Camp Tamarancho, the Marin Council camp with over 480 acres of meadows, redwoods, and oak-forested campsites.  Tamarancho is one of the few places where you can still find legal singletrack trails in Marin County, the birthplace of mountain biking!

If you are interested in the adventure, find out more here and join the fun trip

Recruiting Update

Julie Crane

The District has changed the date of its Open House to October 10.  As a result, we have pushed back our Open House to October 17.  So here is the updated list of recruiting activities for Troop 33:

If you have a sibling or know of anyone who might be interested in joining, please contact Julie Crane.

Reminder: Parents of Scouts, want to get your scouts more engaged in what is going on with troop 33?

They get them signed up to the “Members” google group so that they can explore the troop web site and receive these weekly blast messages.

Here is the easy process on how to sign up:

Questions – let me know – Peter Stanley

Ps. you can use this for additional parents to join also.

Reminder: Board of Review dates

Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Stanley at a note before the deadline.  Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!

August 29 with deadline to request August 22

September 12 with deadline to request August 30

Court of Honor is September 26

October 17 with deadline to request October 11

November (None)

December 12 with deadline to request November 29

January 16 with deadline to request January 3

Court of Honor is January 30

February 27 with deadline to request February 14

March 13 with deadline to request February 28

Court of Honor is March 27

April 17 with deadline to request April 4

May 22 with deadline to request May 9

Court of Honor is June 5

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.