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T33 Weekly Blast: October 15

posted Oct 15, 2018, 9:32 PM by Fania Lazarov
October 16: Troop 33 Webelo Open House

October 20: First Aid Merit Badge

October 21:Salesmanship Merit Badge

October 23: Board of Review

October 27-28: Moaning Cavern Tour and Ziplining Camping Trip

October 30: Merit Badge Rally (Also Nov 6th & Nov13th)

November 17: First Aid Merit Badge

December 1: Planet Granite Activity

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

A quiet Scouting weekend, so I’ll use a few lines for reminders and upcoming events.

There are two merit badge meetings this weekend.  First Aid is Saturday, October 20, 1 – 5 pm, for those Scouts that are already signed up.  The second class will be in November. On Sunday, October 21, the Salesmanship MB will be conducted, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  There is still space available, and you can sign up on the activities web page.

Our merit badge rally starts in two weeks, so be sure to sign up for one of the badges being offered.  Pay attention to the prerequisites as not all Scouts are eligible for all merit badges. Go to the activities web page to see what is offered and sign up.

There will be an Order of the Arrow Ordeal Weekend planning meeting for all Scouts, adult leaders and parents immediately following the Troop meeting.  This meeting will not take long as there is no need to organize patrols or plan for meals.

Members of the Green Bar – You have a Patrol Council Meeting tomorrow at 6 pm, Room 9.  Do not be late.

Tuesday is our Webelos Open House and we expect quite a few Webelos Scouts and their parents to visit us.  Please come and join in the activities, welcome the visiting Webelos and show them how great Troop 33 is!

Salesmanship Merit Badge - October 21st @ 1:30PM in the Live Oak Room at LAUMC

What: Salesmanship Merit Badge

Who: All Troop 33 scouts

For details on requirements, workbook and merit badge book: Salesmanship Merit Badge

For sign up: Click here to sign up

Ice skating - Saturday November 10, 3-5pm

Where:   Winter Lodge Palo Alto      

               3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306



Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $18 (Admission + Skate Rental) light snack provided.

Transportation: Pick up and drop off at Winter Lodge Palo Alto.

Activity Coordinator: Teresa Tam

Sign up: Click here to sign up

SAVE The Date

Camp Emerald Bay - June 15- June 22, 2019 (The Saturday after LASD gets out of school)

Sign up coming up soon.

Clear your calendar for this week on Catalina Island – where the water is warm and the hills are small.

We attend Emerald bay every other year and it is a favorite for water front merit badges and oceanography.

Don’t forget the day spent in the war canoe – where you go to the other side of the island and camp on the beach.

Moaning Cavern Tour and Ziplining Camping Trip - October 27-28

The long awaited trip is here: we are heading to California's historic Gold Country to have fun! There will be a variety of activities waiting for us:

1. Cave Adventure Tour (crawling tour) for those 12+ and in good physical condition

2. Cave Walking Tour

3. Ziplining!

4. Tour the historic gold mining town Columbia, ride the coach etc.

5. On Saturday night, we will camp in the park.

For more information and sign up click here:

Moaning Cavern Tour and Ziplining Camping Trip

Activity Coordinator: Jian Li (

First Aid Merit Badge Class - October 20 & November 17

Mr. Browning and several other parents are hosting a First Aid Merit Badge class on Saturdays, Oct 20 and Nov 17 from 1-5 pm each day. This class is for scouts that rank First Class or higher and will be limited to 24 scouts. The fee for the course is $20.

For more information and to sign up: First Aid Merit Badge

SMIC: Brent Browning

Activity Coordinator: Amy Mendenhall

Merit Badge Rally Oct. 30th, Nov. 6th and Nov. 13 or

Our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally is coming soon!  The dates are Oct 30th, Nov. 6th, Nov. 13th 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 5 Eagle-required and 4 elective merit badges. In addition, there will be opportunities to finish up you partial merit badges before and after the meeting.

For sign up: Merit Badge Sign up 2018

For more information:

Top 5 merit badges Scouts could earn while completing assignments for school


Here’s a word problem to ponder: How can one homework assignment count twice?

Easy. By getting credit for that work at school and in Scouts.


Turns out several merit badge requirements align perfectly with schoolwork. And there’s no BSA rule against going for double credit. (Same goes for service projects done at school). The Guide to Advancement says that “counting service hours for school or elsewhere in the community and also for advancement is not considered double counting since the hours are counted only once for advancement purposes.”)


Makes that 10-page essay seem a little more palatable, huh?


Now that school is back in session, let’s look at the top 5 merit badge Scouts can earn while completing homework, group projects or other school assignments.


Click on the following link to read about the top 5 merit badges and how you can earn credit:


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