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T33 Weekly Blast: Sept 15

posted Sep 15, 2014, 10:16 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Sep 16 - BoR

Sep 27 - Mountain biking Cutter-to-the-Sea

Sept 30 - Merit Badge Counselor training during troop meeting

Oct 4 - Elkhorn Slough kayaking

Oct 10 - Zomb-o-Ree  and Coyote creek cycling classic

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast.

Yosemite was an absolutely wonderful weekend!  The fire was contained sufficiently that Half Dome was re-opened for the weekend, and it did not rain!  Although Cloud’s Rest was not available, Mr. Pauly came up with an alternate route on the south rim of the valley to Dewey Point, which gained over 3000 feet in 5.1 miles.  With the smoke almost completely cleared in the valley, it was an awesome hike with fabulous views.  Mr. Monaco's Half Dome crews were able to climb all the way to the top - congratulations to those Scouts and adults that made that arduous trek!  And a really big thank you to Matt Raschke for all the hard work as the AC, Chris Le for the reservations, and all the adults that went on line so early in the morning six months ago to get the permits for Half Dome.  A special thanks to Peter Monaco for leading the group and managing everything so well.  Great job, everyone!

A few reminders:  Scouts can still sign up for this weekend’s Los Altos Museum”s Train Days to earn service hours; Mountain Biking - Cutter to the Sea, Zomb-o-Ree, and the Kayaking Trip are open to registration on the web site (see more information below); and we are still developing the Philmont sign-up site to get an idea how many Scouts want to backpack Philmont in the summer of 2016.

THIS Tuesday

Main Troop will be completing and presenting their products for the Shark Tank panel; First Years will be continuing with achievement practice and completion for tasks needed for First Class.

The Board of Review is also being conducted, and Scouts needing to be present at the board will be pulled from the meeting when it is their turn at a board.  A list of which Scouts need to be present and in FULL uniform will be sent in a separate message

Monthly Committee Meeting Wednesday September 17th 7:30PM 460 Pine Lane Los Altos

Alan Cyron

Agenda will include a Scoutmaster Update, Recruiting, Venture Patrol discussion, Financial Review, 2014/15 Budget, Volunteer needs and other topics.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Chas Wilken, Troop 33 Eagle Scout inducted into the Boy Scouts of America National Youth Leadership Society (NYLS)

Alan Cyron

Chas Wilken was inducted into the Boy Scouts of America National Youth Leadership Society at the Pacific Skyline Council Eagle Scout Gathering on Thursday, September 11th. The purpose of NYLS is "to recognize youth members of the BSA who have learned and practiced outstanding leadership skills--the elite of our program." Chas has served in many positions of responsibility in Troop 33, the Order of the Arrow Ohlone Lodge, and the 2010 National Scout Jamboree Troop 620.  He completed leadership training courses that included the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), and the Kodiak Challenge.  Chas joins Troop 33 alumni Austin Browning and John Wilken as National Youth Leadership Society members.  Please join me in congratulating Chas.

Activity Coordinator Signups are open

Kathleen McGall

We still need many Activity Coordinators (ACs). There will be a training held during the troop meeting on Sep 30th, so please sign up even if you have never been an AC.   Link to signups is below or at the top of the activities page.

This is a critical role for our troop be able to offer as many activities as we do. Plus each family is expected to volunteering two types of roles every year and this role will fulfill one of your volunteer roles for the troop. An AC is required to sign up for one event per year. Also as an AC you or your scout do not need to attend the event. If we do not get an AC for an activity we will need to cancel it.

We have some exciting opportunities for AC coming up that still need assignment:

1. Troop Merit badge rally AC--we hope to assign this to an AC who will cover this as a role every year. The merit badge rally spans three troop meetings. The current AC, Tacy Witter, will train you this year. The AC will work closely with the Merit Badge Coordinator, Craig Pampeyan, to plan this.

2. Scouting for food drop off and pickup--two separate ACs-one for each weekend; another wonderful annual event.

3. Wreath Sales--looking for someone to cover this as a role every year. Alan Cyron has been coordinating this event for the troop for many years. He combines this with the salesmanship merit badge, so it is possible to work with (or be) a merit badge coordinator for this badge as well, but not required.

4. Many assignments starting in January need an AC, including our summer trips that need ACs now to start signups and collect money, etc.

Please sign up to help!  Thank you!  Please contact me with any questions

Sign ups for Mountain Biking Cutter-to-Sea, Sep 27 are open

All Scouts with mountain biking experience are invited to join. This ride is downhill mountain bike ride from Cutter Scout Reservation all the way down to the sea at Waddell Beach. It is limited to 20 Scouts and 5 Adults. Cost is $25.  For details, please check here . Contact  Jian Li if any questions.

Training requirements for all adult volunteers

Donna Marcopulos

This is a reminder that the Troop requires all adults who are involved in any activities with the Scouts (ie. Merit Badge Counselors, Boards of Review, drivers and/or participate in events) to complete the online Youth Protection Training course (YPT).

YPT must be taken every two years to be considered current.  To take the course:

  • Log-on to and go to the E-Learning page.  

  • Click on the link to take or retake course which is found next to Youth Protection Training.  

  • At the end of the training you will receive an on-line certificate, keep a copy for your records and send a copy to the Troop Training Coordinator, Donna Marcopulos, by email (  If you have a BSA identification #, don’t forget to link it to your account.

It is also requested all members of the Troop Committee, including all parents who participate in the Boards of Review, take the online Troop Committee Challenge, which is also on the E-Learning page.  This course is required to be considered fully trained as a member of the Troop Committee and only needs to be taken once.

Any questions about training, including other training opportunities, please contact Donna Marcopulos

Merit badge counselor training is Sept 30th during Troop meeting

Craig Pampeyan

Take advantage of this training arranged during our troop meeting and sign up to become a qualified merit badge counselor.

Have a skill and a desire to share it?  Troop 33 always has a need for qualified merit badge counselors.  With over 120 different merit badges and several new ones for 2014, we continue to need new counselors.  Specific needs at the moment are for Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Lifesaving, and the new Sustainability Eagle-required merit badges.  To see the complete list of merit badges and their requirements to find ones you can help with, check out the website.  

Merit badge counselor training is held the second Tuesday of each month in Palo Alto and the fourth Thursday in Redwood City — both are listed on the Troop Calendar.  

We have scheduled a convenient training session on Sept 30th during the Troop meeting.

Please contact Craig Pampeyan if you are interested or would like more information on how you can support our scouts.


Reminder: Zomb-o-Ree  October 10-12, Cutter Scout Reservation Sign ups are open

Sign ups for Zomb-o-Ree are open. Limited to 20 Scouts and 5 Adults. Cost is $65 and includes tshirt and patch. Click here for details and link to sign up.


Unsure of how you’ll fare in a battle with the Undead?  Learn and practice your fire building, first aid, and a host of other wilderness survival skills at our Invasion Training Stations. Then team up with your fellow Scouts and compete in contests to hone your skills even further. But beware - you may become infected with the Zombie Contagion during the day - when it counts, will you be FRIEND or FOE?!

Contact Julie Showalter (

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