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T33 Weekly Blast: October 29

posted Oct 29, 2018, 4:20 PM by Fania Lazarov
October 30: Merit Badge Rally (also Nov 6th & Nov13th)

November 2-4: Trail to First Class Camping

November 3: Henry Coe Campout

November 10: Ice skating

November 17: First Aid Merit Badge

December 1: Planet Granite Activity

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast


On Saturday, October 27, seven brave Scouts and two fearless adult leaders loaded up at LAUMC and headed up to the Moaning Caverns in Angels Camp, located in the heart of California's gold rush country.  For more than 3 hours the group crawled, climbed, squished, squirmed and rappelled up, down, sideways and backwards through the caverns. It was truly and awesome experience! Upon coming back to the surface and into the warm, 85 degree sunlight, the group strapped on body harnesses and took 2 thrilling zip-line runs down 1/4+ mile long cables.  By chance, the T33 group happened to arrive on the day of Moaning Cavern's annual pumpkin smash contest.  Each zip line participant was given a pumpkin that they could drop more than 100 feet down on a waiting target.  Needless to say, Troop 33 represented!  Out of 4 total hits to the "bullseye" that day, T33 racked up 3 of the hits.  Topping the accuracy charts was Felix Boustead, hitting the mark on both of his zip line runs.  Kolby Pham also found the mark with a bullseye.  Almost all the scouts hit the target on their runs winning additional free passes to the caverns and "official" Moaning Caverns T-shirts.  The group hung around for the grand prize drawing, which didn't disappoint either!  Felix won a $700 voucher for a day of boating on New Malones reservoir and Kolby won dinner for two and free night's stay in the historic Murphy's hotel.  Great Job T33!  This was truly a must-do adventure!  Nicholas Gibson took the campfire emcee duties, leading a rousing Red Wagon song and what seemed like five rounds of Mafia.  After some great ghost stories, of which Martha Gomez had the best one (oh no, it's the man in the Blue Suit!), the group made s'mores and headed off to bed. A short, 20-minute drive the group reconvened in Columbia, CA on Sunday.  The group spent a few hours touring the well-preserved gold rush town, touring the museum, candle dipping, observing the local blacksmith and visiting the old schoolhouse.  A special shout-out go to Jian Li for her tireless effort in scheduling and planning the reservations for the activity, which was no small feat.  Everything went off without a hitch.  Also, a shout out goes to Martha Gomez for documenting the trip with her great photography, and her eerie and true ghost story.


This past weekend six of our Troop 33 Scouts were inducted into the Order of Arrow:  Jamieson DeAngelis, Casey Jones, Nitin Kumar, James Pampeyan, George Poppitz, and Andrew Zhu along with Mr. Poppitz.  The Order of the Arrow, a fellowship very nearly as old as scouting itself, is a commitment to selfless service and brotherly love.  It exemplifies the best of the Scouting spirit.  Our candidates endured The Ordeal, proved themselves worthy, reflected on their place in Scouting and as stewards of our fellow man, and emerged as full members of the Order of the Arrow.  Please congratulate them on their continued journey.  Thanks to Craig Pampeyan and Katie Jones for driving.

Our merit badge rally starts Tuesday, and goes for the next two weeks after that.  Classes will begin right after the opening ceremony and announcements. Uniform is still Class A.

Looking for An Eagle Project?

Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) enriches the lives of youth with need through barnyard animal interactions at our Smile Farm and mobile visits, creating moments of joy and happiness throughout our AAH Community.  Our vision is 1 million smiles.

We’ve been blessed with a variety of Boy and Girl Scout projects designed and built at the AAH Smile Farm by kids for kids – Three Little Pigs house, Goat Climbing Structure, Guinea Pig Lego Playpen, Mini Horse Feeder, Golden Gate Goat House, Guinea Pig Village, Chicken Village Sails, to name a few. Check out this video to get a feel for the whimsical projects completed to date:

They are looking for a scout to help with their maintenance yard fencing – they have the dimensions but need a design, post holes dug, raising funds for the fencing and of course, building the fence itself. Please contact Julie Crane if interested.

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

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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 Fania Lazarov @ by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition. Please include “T33 BLAST” in the email subject line. Thank you!