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T33 Weekly Blast: Sep 12

posted Sep 12, 2016, 9:53 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Sep 13: BoR.

Sep 16: Basic camping

Sep 17: Los Altos Train Days service hour event

Sep 20: Annual Parents Meeting

Sep 30: Lake Tahoe trip

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

Congratulations to the Scouts of the newly elected/appointed Positions of Responsibility of the fall term for completing Introduction to Leadership Skills to Troops on Sunday!  James Pampeyan and most of his Green Bar leadership completed the course and are now on their way to lead and manage the Troop.  I will be announcing another date in September for those who missed yesterday’s training in order to attend this mandatory training.

I am out of town this week, Mr. Doug MacLeod with be the presiding Scoutmaster for Tuesday’s meeting.

Please be sure to bring in any equipment checked out from any activity over the summer and from the Yosemite trip.. All equipment must be cleaned and inventoried, with an attached tag or sheet indicating the condition of the equipment, and anything missing or broken.  If we do not properly care for and replenish/repair our equipment, it won’t e available for future activities.

Many Scouts will be going before a Board of Review at tomorrow’s meeting.  Make sure you are in complete uniform, which means shirt, neckerchief and slide, Scout pants or shorts and belt, and Scout socks.  If you have earned merit badges and have them sewn onto a sash, then wear your merit badge sash.  Do not wear Order of the Arrow sashes as a Board of Review is not an official OA event.

All merit badges earned over the summer have been recorded and you can either find Mrs. Townsend at a Troop meeting and she will give you your blue card(s), or you can wait until the next Court or Honor to get them along with your new merit badge.  BUT, Mrs. Townsend is out of town this week, so you have to wait until next week.

This Tuesday

Boards of Review.

Main Troop will be working on knots and lashings with a patrol competition worked in.  This is in preparation for next week’s full size catapult competition.

First Year Scouts will continue with completing achievements towards First Class.

Los Altos Train Days - September 17, 2016

What: Los Altos Train Days-Volunteer

When: September 17 - 18, 2016

Where: Los Altos History Museum

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: No Charge

SMIC: Chris Webb

How: Email Mr. Doug Dull at to volunteer


Train Days at the Los Altos History Museum

Volunteer for this fun event and earn Service Hours Credit!


Times available both days:

10am to 1 pm

1 – 4pm

Scouts will be required to wear their Class A uniform.

Directly contact Mr. Doug Dull at to volunteer for this event.

Recruiting Reminder

Julie Crane

We are beginning our recruiting season for our new 2017 First Year Program.  If you have any siblings who will be joining us next year, or if you know of anyone who is interested in joining Troop 33, please email Julie Crane.  Here are our upcoming recruiting events:

10/11/16: Stanford District Open House, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), 190 Jordan Ave., Los Altos.  

10/14-16/16: Gold Rush Adventure, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation.   

10/18/16:  Troop 33 Open House, 7:30-9:00 pm, Creekside Conference Room, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.  

Activity Coordinators Needed!

Rick Valestra

Thanks to those who signed up for AC positions. We still need coordinators for the activities below:


Start Date

End Date

Basic Camping



Lake Tahoe Trip



Cycling - Coyote Creek Cycling Classic



Gold Rush Adventure!



SF Firehouse Trip



Beg/Int Backpacking Trip



K1 Speed Go Karting



Please sign up online or email me.

A call for Den-Chiefs. Nine positions available!

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.

We still have several more requests for Den Chiefs than candidates.  Our neighboring cub scout Packs continue to reach out to us, because we've built a strong reputation for great Den Chiefs.  Let's not let them down!  If you still need a PoR, please consider helping out your local cub scouts, but signing up to be a Den Chief!

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.

Reminder: Order of Arrow induction Sep 30 - Oct 2

Doug MacLeod

The OA induction will be 8 pm sept 30 to 10:30 am Oct 2. Open to existing OA member and inductees.

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.