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T33 Weekly Blast: Sept 8

posted Sep 8, 2014, 10:17 AM by Sundeep Gupta

Sep 12 - Yosemite Camping. Sign up now (see below)

Sep 16 - BoR. Sign up by Sept 9

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

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast.

This past weekend two major events were accomplished.  First, on Saturday, Mr. Pauly led eight Scouts on a 20-hike throughout the Big Basin state park, which completed the last of the six required hikes (5 10-miles, 1 20-mile), and most of the Scouts attending have now done all six hikes and are close to having their Hiking Merit Badge done.  Congratulations to you Scouts, and for demonstrating how well you can do the strenuous hikes and work together!  Sunday, 17 of the 20 newly elected and appointed leadership positions attended the required Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST).  The Scouts were very attentive, and participated in the three exercises, demonstrating their teamwork, leadership and analytical skills.  Excellent work, Scouts!  Also a big thank you to Mr. Marcopulos and Mr. Mellea for teaching their modules and running the exercises.

As you may well know by now, a Mountain Lion in the Cupertino hills (Zinfandel trail behind the Picchetti Winery) attacked a young boy.  He evidently wasn't seriously hurt, but it does serve to remind us all that you can never take for granted wildlife behaviour when on the trails, and to also use extreme caution during this time of the year (especially with the drought conditions) because the wildlife will come down into the cities near the hills or on the lower trails looking for water and food.  Please prepare yourself with knowledge of the potential wildlife dangers when hiking in the hills around us.  Here is one link for a report, although it may not be up-to-date:

The other big issue is the wildfire in or near the Little Yosemite Valley that forced evacuations by helicopter to a number of hiker yesterday.  Depending on how well the fire can be contained between now and Friday, we may have to alter our plans for our Yosemite trip, although it does not look like we will have to cancel the event.  The smoke may detract from the views at Half Dome and Cloud’s Rest, but if those routes are not closed to us, we should be able to still complete them.  More updates to follow as we get closer to the event.  Mr. Monaco will conducting the last Yosemite preparation meeting this Tuesday.  Here are some links to monitor the fire in Yosemite:

Good site to watch web cams

Social media shots from top of Half Dome. Make sure you scroll down to the 'group photo'

Here's where there will be official updates. Obviously OOD right now.

Finally, this Tuesday, September 9th, is the last day Scouts can send an e-mail to Mrs. Stanley requesting a Board of Review for next Tuesday, September 16.  If you have not completed all your requirements, to include turning in completed MB blue cards to Mrs. Townsend, conducted your Scout Spirit and Scoutmaster Conference and your Patrol Advisor has not sent to her confirmation they have been completed, then you will not be able to go to next week’s board.  Scouts, you will not be able to turn in MB blue cards, or complete your conference next week before the board and still be able to go to the board.  If you are not ready for next week, then plan on the October board.

THIS Tuesday

We will swear in the new SPL and ASPL’s, (really this time!).  Then the Main Troop will continue on their Entrepreneur product construction for their Patrol.  First Year’s will continue working on lashings and other activities to catch up from the summer break.

Mountain Biking Cutter-to-Sea, Sep 27 is open for registration

Click here to register. Contact  Jian Li if any questions.

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 (

Fleur de lis 32 px1-Day Aviation or Weather Merit Badge Programs at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos - various dates

Boy Scouts can complete their requirements for the Aviation or Weather Merit Badge through special 1-day programs at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. This is not a council event, it is run by the Hiller Museum.Click here for more info or contact  Craig Pampeyan


Reminder: Looking for Service Hours?  Do you like model trains?

Train Days at the Los Altos History Museum, Saturday and Sunday, September 20th  and 21st.  Scouts can support the event by volunteering for the roll of "conductors" at each of the model train exhibits. This roll consists of greeting visitors as they approach an exhibit, punching their ticket to signify that they had viewed that exhibit, and help direct visitors that may have general event questions.  The Museum needs to fill 6 conductor spots for each of 4 - three hour sessions over 2 days : Saturday, 10am to 1pm, 1pm to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 1pm, 1pm to 4pm.  

Contact Doug Dull at, or call 650-888-1834.  Be sure to copy your Patrol Advisor so they know you are participating and you can report how many hours you worked to get credit.

Reminder: Two Annual AC positions open

Kathleen McGall

I am also looking for volunteers for two very important ongoing annual AC positions.

1. T33 merit badge rally--Our new Merit badge coordinator, Craig Pampeyan, and current AC, Tacy Witter, will work with the new AC to train for this this year.

2. Christmas wreath sales; this volunteer with work with Alan Cyron to transition this.

AC training is scheduled for September 30th.

Reminder: Merit Badge Midway Opportunity

Troop 2 is hosting its annual Merit Badge Midway on Saturday, October 11 at Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos.  This is an opportunity to earn a merit badge by meeting with qualified instructors and demonstrating the skills acquired in completing the prerequisites.  To sign up, check out their website at  Please ensure that you complete the prerequisites and get the name and contact information for your counselor.

Reminder: Merit Badge Counselors Needed

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 will also have a training session at one of the Troop 33 meetings in the near future, so stay tuned.  Please contact me (Craig Pampeyan) if you are interested or would like more information on how you can support our scouts.

Reminder: A call for Den-Chiefs!

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.

Who can be a 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.

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.

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