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T33 Weekly Blast: Sep 19

posted Sep 19, 2016, 7:45 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Sep 20: Annual Parents Meeting

Sep 28: Deadline to request BoR on Oct 11

Sep 30: Lake Tahoe trip

Oct 8: Coyote Creek Classic

Oct 14: Gold Rush

Oct 30: STEM Merit Badge

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

On Sunday, 10 Scouts and 3 adults drove over the hill for an amazing day of muzzeloading rifle shooting at a private range up in the hills above Aptos.  We met up with Venture Crew 568 and Troop 504 at the Corralitos Market and Sausage Company where our Scouts picked up some “snacks” (most ate their sausages right then).  We then drove back into the hills onto a 180-acre property and were hosted by Kirk, Kathy, and Kasey Matthews.  They have a 15-station muzzleloading “course” that meanders up a road with a variety of targets along the way ranging from metal gongs, swinging chains, spoons, metal squirrels, playing cards, and a grand finale.  At the end of the course there is an axe head with a clay target on either side.  Hit the axe, split the bullet, and break both clays! 

After a safety course (complete with a test!) we split the Scouts into three groups of 8 each with three adults helping with loading.  Scouts learned a lot about the nostalgia of manually loading a rifle.  Everyone was very safe and had a lot of chances to shoot at all the targets.  Yes, several of our Scouts split a bullet in half to break both clays! 

After a quick trip to the sausage market for more sausages and pies (from Gizdich Ranch) we drove home.  What a blast!

A huge thanks to Brent Browning for organizing, running and reporting on this excellent event!

This Tuesday

Main Troop will be meet in Creekside, and after announcements, go to the park to construct their catapults and have their launch competition.  Uniform for the Main Troop is Class B (purple Troop 33 t-shirt).  First Year Scouts will resume their requirements skills training.  Their uniform is Class A (shirt with neckerchief, etc.)

Gold Rush Adventure - October 14-16. Sign ups Open.

What: Gold Rush Adventure

When: October 14-16, 2016

Where: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $55


SMIC: Brent Browning

Activity Coordinator: June Zhu

How: Click here to sign up

We are limited to 60 people total for this event. half will be assigned to Webelos and their parents.

STEM Merit Badge Midway. Reg opens Oct 17.

Registration opens Monday, October 17 at 9:00am for the STEM Merit Badge Midway, a 1-day event for Scouts to earn STEM*-related Merit Badges and to finish incomplete ones. (*STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Our Midways sell out very quickly, please click the "Learn More" button for registration day tips. Learn more here.

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.  

Join us for the Coyote Creek Cycling Classic on Saturday, Oct 8.

Three options for distances - 10, 25 & 50 miles

More info here. Click here to sign up

Activity Coordinators Needed!

Rick Valestra

Thanks again to those who already signed up!

There are three more activities left until December that need Activity Coordinators.

Please sign up online or email me.  Thanks!


Start Date

End Date

Lake Tahoe Trip



SF Firehouse Trip



K1 Speed Go Karting



Congratulations to the following scouts on their rank advancement at last week's Board of Review:

And thanks to David Louie, Jeff DeAngelis, Lakshmi Iyenger, Michelle Le, Nancy Webb, Lin Jing, Judy Glazer, Deborah Schueren and Jin Wang for their help with the reviews.

Next Board of Review is Tuesday, October 11 and deadline to request is Wednesday, September 28.  Please send Mrs. Stanley a note at if you need to schedule a review or would like to help.

Reminder: 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.

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