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T33 Weekly Blast: Sept 29

posted Sep 29, 2014, 10:15 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Oct 4 - Elkhorn Slough kayaking

Oct 7 - Merit Badge Counselor training during troop meeting

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

Oct 14 - BoR. Sign up by Sept 30th with Mrs Stanley.

Oct 28 - Merit Badge rally (and also Nov 4, 11).

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast.

This past weekend 10 Scouts conducted the Cutter-to-the-Sea Mountain Bike ride.  Mr. Narog said the weather was perfect for the ride and the Scouts had both great descents and an arduous climb, for a total of 20 miles.  A big thank you to Blair Narog and Jian Li for leading and organizing this event!  Saturday, seven Scouts assisted the Quartermaster in cleaning up the equipment cage and conducting extensive inventories on Troop Boxes and tents.  This will aid in stocking, replacing and/or repairing important equipment to support all Troop activities.  Thank you very much, Scouts!

Reminder: If you signed up for Philmont 2016, deposits ($100.00) are due to Ms. McGall on Tuesday.  There is still time to sign up!

Sign-ups for the Merit Badge Rally starting on October 28th will begin this Tuesday at the Troop meeting.

THIS Tuesday

First Year Scouts will be concluding their Second Class First Aid achievements.  Main Troop will set time aside for Patrol meetings.

Uniforms and badges of Positions of Responsibility.  

Parents and scouts, if you are not sure about badges and uniforms please check our web site. Here are two useful links.

Troop Merit Badge Rally

Deborah Schueren

Our annual Troop 33 Merit Badge Rally is coming soon!  The dates are Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov 11 during our normal troop meeting time.  This year we are offering 6 Eagle-required and 4 elective merit badges, with possibly still another one or two to be added.  Sign-ups will open this week.  You can look at the offerings here:

Please make sure you read the pre-requisites and notes before signing up.  When you sign up, you specify first, second, and third choices.  The sign-ups will be reviewed by the SMIC, coordinators and counselors, and priority will be given based on: need, rank, age, and date/time.

In order to earn a merit badge by the end of the rally, Scouts MUST:

  • Attend ALL class sessions (no make-ups are planned)

  • Complete ALL pre-requisites and bring to first class session

  • Complete ALL required homework

  • Get a signed blue card before class starts

  • Get a copy of the merit badge booklet (from Scout store or Troop Librarian)

  • Print out and bring the merit badge workbook from

  • Be an active participant in the class

NOTE: Some badges require work that extends beyond the three week rally.   If you miss a class, you will need to make arrangements with the counselor to complete the requirements.

Coyote Creek Classic Biking , Oct 11  Sign ups are Open

Katie Jones

All scouts that love to bike, will love to do this event!  The event is a 12 mile, 25 mile, or 50 mile bike ride along the paths of Morgan Hill.  It is a scout event, but family or friends are welcome to join in. Registration priority for discounted tickets will be scouts, scoutmasters, then family and friends. If this event fills up, family and friends can register themselves on the Coyote Creek Classic webpage or on the day of the event.

For more details, click here. To sign up click here

Board of Review results

Marilyn Stanley

Congratulations to the following scouts on their achievements at the last Board of Review:

Tenderfoot: Jack Crane, Michael Marras, Alec Song

First Class: Daniel Hu, Kevin Kafayi, Darius Kafayi

Star: Jared Biesty, Nik Gibson, Joshua Kwok, Nathan Macleod, Kevin Schultz, Bryan Webb

Life: Jacob Frank

Silver Palm: Zachary Ottoes, Nathaniel Wipfler

Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time doing the reviews.  

Next BoR will be October 14 and deadline to sign up is this Tuesday, September 30 for anyone interested.


Reminder: Activity Coordinator Signups are open

Kathleen McGall

AC Training held during this week's troop meeting (Sep 30th) in Room 9 starting after the flag ceremony. Thank you to those who have signed up!

We still need many Activity Coordinators (ACs).

Please sign up even if you have never been an AC and come to the training. 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. 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.

2. Our large summer trips (e.g. Camp Oljato) need ACs now to start signups and collect money, etc.

3. Plus many assignments starting in January through the end of the year need an AC, so please review the list and sign up!

Keep looking since activities may also get updated, For example, we will be adding the end of year picnic to signups as well.

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

Reminder: Den Chiefs needed

Our Den Chief program is off to a great start this year!  13 scouts are currently working towards securing their Den assignments!  However, we continue to get requests for Den Chiefs from several local Packs.  We currently have at least another 3 opportunities, and probably more.   So if you're interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Blasing to get the ball rolling (

Reminder: Merit badge counselor training is now Oct 7th during Troop meeting

Craig Pampeyan

We have scheduled a convenient training session on Oct 7th  (and not Sept 30th as previously announced) at LAUMC Creekside room during the regular Troop meeting time.

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

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

Reminder: 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

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.