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T33 Weekly Blast: Sept 11

posted Sep 12, 2017, 1:17 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Sept 15: PACSKY shooting sports

Sept 19: MB counselor training class

Spet 23: Wilderness survival overnight

Scoutmaster Corner

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

A quiet weekend for Scouting, but there are lots of activities coming up, to include the PACSKY Shooting Sports this weekend, Wilderness Survival, Court of Honor on September 26, Gold Rush Adventure!, Zip Lining and Go-Karting.  Be sure to look at the Calendar and Activities pages for events and to sign up.

Uniforms – Scouts are becoming sloppy in their uniform habits again.  Please ensure they wear their Field (Class A) uniform completely and properly at meetings.  I know some Scouts are coming from other activities or sports, so make sure they have their complete uniform with them to change into once they get to the meeting.  There is time.  This is no different than any other activity they participate in that requires them to wear some type of uniform or special attire.  Would a coach be happy or allow a player to play if they were not in full uniform?  The shirts need to be tucked in, and a slide on the neckerchief.  Also, shoes are required.  NO flip-flops or open-toed sandals.  This is not only part of the uniform, but it is for safety reasons as we often are conducting activities at meetings that could possible injure toes.  Thanks.

This Tuesday

Mandatory Annual Parents Meeting immediately following announcements.

Main Troop will conduct the new leadership Swearing-In Ceremony, followed by a Space Trivia Game, and teamwork games with the new patrols, and then patrol time.

First Year Scouts will continue to work on rank requirements.

Calling all Merit Badge Counselors – Training Class on Tuesday, September 19th!

Craig Pampeyan

For all new and returning parents who are looking for a great way to help out the troop, we will be having a training class for Merit Badge Counselors at next week’s Troop meeting starting at 7:45pm.  If you have any interests or skills at all, there is likely a merit badge or set of merit badges which you would be able to counsel scouts from our troop on.  You can see the entire list of merit badges and their requirements at and we have a special need for certain Eagle-required merit badges, including Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Lifesaving, and Sustainability.

Please sign up and plan to attend the course on the 19th!  Sign up here:

Recruiting Update

Julie Crane

We are beginning our recruiting season. Here are some important dates to remember:

  • October 3, 2017 - District Webelo Open House (tentative)

  • October 6-8, 2017 - Gold Rush Adventure

  • October 10, 2017 - Our Webelo Open House

  • December 5, 2017 - Planet Granite Activity

  • February 11, 2018 - First Year Onboarding Event

  • February 27, 2018 - First Year Parents Meeting

  • March 6, 2018 - New First Year Scouts Start

If you have a sibling or know of anyone who might be interested in joining, please contact Julie Crane.

A Call for Den-Chiefs

Mr. Chin



If you've thought of being a Den-Chief, now is the best chance to make it happen!  Our local cub scout leaders are starting to make their requests.  Last year, Troop 33 assigned over a dozen scouts to various local Packs.

If you are 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 guidelines 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 online, classroom, or both) is required.  There is upcoming in person training in Redwood City on September 16 from 8am - 12pm.  Info is on calendar as well as on

The Den Chief assignment is intended to span the entire school year,  Please note that we generally restrict Den Chief Services to Two terms, maximum.  That gives other scouts an opportunity, and it encourages past Den Chiefs to pursue other PoR positions within the Troop.

If you are interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Chin (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 receive ScoutMaster's approval, and will need to coordinate the assignment through Mr. Chin.

Reminder: Announcing the first-ever Pacific Skyline Council Shooting Sports Weekend Sept 15-17!


Only 2 spots were left!

If you are a second-year Scout or older and love shooting sports this weekend is for you.  Sign ups are already open and limited to first 10 scouts (2nd year or older).

For more information and to register:


Cost is $85 per Scout and $55 per Adult which covers all meals and materials.

NOTE: Scouts MUST attend the entire event and MUST be present for the MANDATORY safety briefing on Friday night.

This event is not open to first-year Scouts.  They can look forward to archery, tomahawks, and muzzleloaders at Gold Rush!

Brent Browning

Troop 33 ASM & Shooting Sports Advisor

Pac Sky Shooting Sports Committee

408-368-7758 Cell

Reminder: Wilderness Survival Overnight - Sept 23-24, 2017

Jian Li


What would you do if you set out for a day hike and lost your directions? What if night was falling and you had no idea which way it was to camp? ! What if it started snowing and you lost sight of the trail? Of course this NEVER happens to a Boy Scout, right? But it can happen to anyone. On this trip, we’re going to plan to get LOST. But it’s a drill – and you are all lucky enough to know it’s about to happen.  The following are two structures among those that we will make:

If you are interested in the adventure, find out more here and join the fun trip!  All Troop 33 Scouts First Class and above are welcome. Second class scouts need permission of SMIC

Reminder: Board of Review dates

Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send Mrs. Stanley at a note before the deadline.  Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.

Parent volunteers are also needed!

August 29 with deadline to request August 22

September 12 with deadline to request August 30

Court of Honor is September 26

October 24 with deadline to request October 11

November (None)

December 12 with deadline to request November 29

January 16 with deadline to request January 3

Court of Honor is January 30

February 27 with deadline to request February 14

March 13 with deadline to request February 28

Court of Honor is March 27

April 17 with deadline to request April 4

May 22 with deadline to request May 9

Court of Honor is June 5

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.