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T33 Weekly Blast: October 8

posted Oct 8, 2018, 6:47 PM by Fania Lazarov
October 9: District Webelo Open House

October 16: Troop 33 Webelo Open House

October 20: First Aid 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


I want to thank all the Scout leaders and parents that made Gold Rush Adventure! so much fun and successful.  The weather was fantastic, there were over 22 stations that Scouts could participate in, to include archery, candle making, steer roping, slingshots, gold panning, tomahawk throwing and many more.  We hosted Webelos Scouts and their parent(s) and Jack Crane talked about out Troop and regaled them about his exploits. Alex Vastano placed first in the archery competition, and Nathan Caranza took first place in the Black Jack competition. Nitin Kumar led the Saturday night SPL Campfire and did a great job running the various Troops and Crews through their skits and/or songs.  He ended the program with a somber US Flag retirement ceremony. So many thanks go to Tom Poppitz, Jon Meyer, Jeanne Schmitt, Adam Braun, and the parents who drove and or attended the event. A special thank you to Alan Cyron, who not only handled the attendance and check-in process for the all the Troops attending, he ran the rope making station, and provided the food and did most of the cooking for that adults that attended.  Thank you all!

Please note that the Order of the Arrow Induction weekend has moved to October 26-28, and is now at the Cutter Scout Reservation.

This Tuesday

After announcements and the First Year Scouts dismissal to their program, there will be a presentation on the High Adventure activity called Northern Tier.  Matt Sturm, ASM and previously a NT Guide, will be conducting the presentation and will be able to answer most questions you may have. As we are planning on sending at least two crews next summer (2019), if interested, a Scout and a parent should plan to attend.  There will be more details, but one hard rule is that you must be 14 years old by the first day of the trip.

Reminder: Board of Review Dates

The next Board of Review is on October 23rd 2018. Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs Hongjun Zhu at a note before October 10th. Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!

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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