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Troop 33 Weekly Blast: Nov. 12th

posted Nov 11, 2019, 9:03 PM by Tad Hofmeister

Troop 33 Weekly Blast: November 12, 2019

Nov. 12: Merit Badge Rally (part 3 of 3)

Nov. 14: Philmont Kickoff Meeting 7:30-9:00pm Room 9

Nov. 14: Committee Meeting 7:30pm

Troop Meeting Tues. Nov. 12th, 7:30pm at Creekside

The troop meeting will return to the usual location at Creekside this week.

Committee Meeting this Thursday November 14th 7:30PM

  • Where: 460 Pine Lane, Los Altos

  • Who: All Committee Members are expected to attend. Parents are welcome.  

Volunteer Coordinator Needed for End of Year Picnic

Hi Everyone. We are looking for an activity coordinator for the end of year picnic on June 2, 2020 from 5:30-8:00 at Cuesta Park. It mostly involves reserving the space and coordinating the potluck, very easy! 

Please contact Vicky Lee at if you are available and are interested in helping. It can be a job shared with more than one parent. 

Thank you for considering!  

Attention Activity Coordinators   

Thank you for volunteering to coordinate an activity for Troop 33 during the 2019-2020 school year. Below is a link to an updated guide for planning a troop activity. Thanks to Doris Hsu for her very helpful input in updating this document.

If you have any questions about planning/coordinating activities during the year, please feel free to reach out to Vicky Lee, the volunteer coordinator, at  

Troop 33_How to Plan an Activity_2019.docx

Holiday Wreath Sales

We are open for business. Please check it out:

Salvation Army Holiday Service

Our annual Salvation Army Holiday Service is scheduled for Saturday morning December 7th.  A wonderful way to help others have a wonderful Holiday. Look for the sign-up on the activities page soon. 

ACTION REQUIRED (for adults) Background Check Disclosure and Authorization

If you have already submitted your background check authorization form, thank you!

If you have not gotten to it yet, please do so. If you personally (not your scout) are a registered adult with Troop 33, then we will not be able to re-register you for 2020 until you do the following. This is true for any uniformed leader, committee member, MB Counselor, volunteer, etc.  It's quick and simple - we need the one-page background check authorization form - "wet signature" version (no copies) - returned to us. 

Please either...

  • Hand it to either Tom Poppitz or Alan Cyron, or

  • Mail it to Tom Poppitz: 458 Distel Drive, Los Altos, CA 94022

Please do this promptly so we don't have to chase you down later (creating unnecessary work for others).

Troop 33 membership renewal for 2020

Troop 33 membership renewal season is now open. Both Scouts and adults need to fill in the online membership questionnaire. We are also collecting 2020 membership fees for Scouts and BSA Fair Share donations. Please find detailed instructions on the troop website: Renewing Your Troop 33 Membership for 2020.

Dropping out from Troop 33

So you've decided you are not renewing your membership in 2020. We're sad to see you go, but please, do let us know why by filling in this questionnaire. In exchange, we promise that we will not pester you with phone calls during Christmas break asking you why you haven't submitted your registration renewal form. Thank you for your help!

Troop 33 Registrar

Other Pacific Skyline District Events of Interest


Powder Horn 2020


When: August 2-8, 2020

Where: Camp Royaneh and Wente Scout Reservation

Cost: $325 before Dec 31, 2019, $375 before April 30, 2020, $425 after


The Powder Horn course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting adult leaders and Venturing participants (14-20) and Scouts BSA high adventure youth (14-17) to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure unit-level program. It is based on the 8 core and 18 electives found in the Venturing Ranger program. It is intended to help adult leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources and in the way they lead their unit-level high adventure programs. The purpose of Powder Horn is introduce participants to requirements in a high adventure activity as well as to provide contacts with professionals that can assist in putting an event for your crew or troop. For completing the course, you will be awarded the Powder Horn pin which is worn on your uniform left pocket.



The course is designed to help unit-level adult leaders and high adventure youth leaders to: 1. Find the resources necessary for a high adventure program. 2. Understand the safety and practical requirements for different high adventure disciplines.


Learning Objectives

1. Learn what resources are available to support a high adventure program.

2. Learn where to find the resources.

3. Learn how to use the resources.

4. Learn how to safely do a high adventure program.

5. Learn what is involved with different high adventure disciplines.



1. Be a registered BSA adult; youth participant, must be registered in a Venturing or a Scouts BSA unit.;

2. Submit current BSA medical forms A, B & C

3. Take appropriate on-line training for activities including Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather, Climb On Safely, Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, valid for the course.

4. Have your council Scout Executive approval


Powder Horn Activities

The course will feature a variety of high adventure hands-on activities including climbing, wilderness survival, geocaching, orienteering, archery, pistol, high power rifle, fly fishing, Discovery Scuba, equestrian, stand up paddling, kayaking, High and Low Cope and much more.


Powder Horn Venues

The first half of the week will be at Royaneh, located about 30 miles west of Santa Rosa and 10 miles from the coast.. Royaneh features a COPE course, a swimming pool, rock climbing, and horses. The second half of the week will be at Wente Scout Reserve located about 6 miles east of Willits, CA. Wente also has horses and rock climbing along with great mountain biking trails, two pump courses, an 80-acre warm water lake with a variety of boating activities and fishing.


Have questions? Contact Bobby Toda at, subject: Powder Horn 2020. 

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 Tad Hofmeister by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition. Please include “T33 BLAST” in the email subject line. Thank you!