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Weekly Blast: April 30th

posted Apr 30, 2019, 1:26 AM by Tad Hofmeister

T33 Weekly Blast: April 30, 2019

May 4: Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series: Mount Wittenberg

May 4: William Stanley’s Eagle Project

May 5: Mountain Bike training ride: Arastradero

May 11-12: Fremont Peak Camping & Astronomy

May 14: Mountain Bike ride: Monte Bello

May 18-19: Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series: Mount St. Helena and Mount Tamalpais

May 19: Swimming Merit Badge Workshop

May 24-27: Camp Oljato Work Party Weekend

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 7- July 13: Camp Oljato

July 6 -July 17: Northern Tier High Adventure

Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride – Tu. May 14th In Lieu of Troop Meeting AND Prep Arastradero Mountain Biking on Sun. May 5th

  • What: Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride. Details here.

  • When: May 14, 2019, 5:00-7:30pm. NO troop meeting for that day, so please join the bike ride!

  • Where: Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

  • Who: All Troop 33 Scouts & Parents

  • Cost: Free AND pizza will be provided at the end of the ride!

  • Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang

  • How: Click here to sign up

NOTEPlease bring your bike for checks at 7:30pm on 4/30!

NOTEIf you have not ridden Monte Bello before or have missed the bike check on 4/30, you will need to attend the training ride on 5/5 at Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304).

William Stanley’s Eagle Project: May 4

  • Who: Any scouts

  • When: 9am - 2pm Saturday May 4th

  • Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church 1715 Grant Rd, Los Altos, CA 94024 (located between Foothill and Fremont ave)

  • What: Help me (William) with my eagle project, this weekend we will be digging trenches and removing grass.

  • To Bring: A water bottle, gloves, and clothes you don’t mind getting some dirt in. If you have a pickax or a shove feel free to bring it.

  • Why: Service hours, pizza, donuts.

William’s email:

Please let William know if you plan on attending so he can make sure there is enough pizza and donuts.

Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series: May 4

May 4: Mt. Wittenberg

Hike Distance: 5-6 miles

Location: Point Reyes Station, CA

Directions: North on Highway 101. Take Sir Francis Drake Exit. Follow Drake until it dead-ends into Highway 1 at Olema. Turn right onto Highway 1, then take first left onto Bear Valley Road. Park entrance is 1/2 mile on left. Follow signs for "Seashore Information."

Type of Hike: Moderate, out and back.

Elevation Gain/Loss:1,407 ft.

Where and When to Meet: LAUMC at 6:30am

Approximate End Time: 4 pm back to LAUMC

What to Bring:  Activity consent form, water backpack, snacks, lunch, hiking boots, sunscreen, and camera.

May 18 and 19th we will be hiking Mount St. Helena and Mount Tamalpais

Questions -see Ms.Oates /

Activity site.

Swimming Merit Badge Workshop - May 19 at 8am

This merit badge class will be offered to second year scouts and above who can complete the BSA Swim Test. Please review the merit badge requirements before signing up and make sure you are comfortable with the skills. We will only be evaluating the skills and are not providing swim instruction. For questions, contact the Merit Badge Coordinator, Kirstin Kim (

Sign ups and more details are at the link:

Northern Tier High Adventure: One Spot still available!

All participants must be age 14


have graduated from the 8th grade and be age 13 by the time of the trip.

Would you like to canoe the boundary waters of northern Minnesota this summer on a BSA high adventure? Learn more at the activity site or sign up now, and let Matthew Sturm, Nancy Bremeau, and/or the Scoutmasters know.

NOTE: It is no longer likely that Northern Tier will happen next summer in 2020 because of Philmont; therefore, NOW is the time to commit to a Northern Tier wilderness canoeing adventure.

NOTE #2: if you are currently signed up for Oljato 2019 but would like to do this Northern Tier trip, you will NOT be penalized for switching!

Planned trip for Summer 2019:

Trip Length: 9 days on water
Minimum time away from home: July 6th – 17th
Rough schedule: Travel on the 6th, Arrive to base 1pm on the 7th, on-water on the 8th, off-water on the 16th, travel home on the 17th.
Canoeing Adventure:
2 “sister” crews from Troop 33
Minimum of 2 adults per crew
3-6 scouts per crew
One crew will start at the Atikokan base in Ontario, Canada, and the other crew will start at the Ely, MN base. Crews will SWAP PLACES by travelling a minimum of ~130-140 miles over the water & land in the North Woods. The exact route and on-water adventure is for each crew’s scouts to decide – this is YOUR adventure. Northern Tier’s guide and the adults will offer thoughts and advice, but the plan is yours.
Cost: on par with a Philmont trip, so think ~$1,500 total!

For more details visit the activity page: Northern Tier High Adventure

SMIC: Matthew Sturm (

Activity Coordinator: Nancy Bremeau (


Come help open Camp Oljato before all the scouts arrive!

On Memorial Day weekend intrepid volunteers will begin getting Camp Oljato ready for scouts, after its slumber through the winter.  This year should be exceptional given the amount of snow in the mountains. Sign up here -

Scouts can earn service hours.  Contact Pete/Sidney Dunten ( for more info if needed.

Fremont Peak Camping & Astronomy, May 11-12

Join us on a campout adventure of hiking, stargazing and conservation service at the Fremont Peak State Park in San Juan Bautista on May 11 - 12.  Scouts will hike to the Peak to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Monterey Bay, and attend an astronomy program about the current night sky and view its starry wonders from the observatory’s 30-inch-diameter telescope.  First Year and Second Year Scouts should consider attending, this will be a great opportunity to work on basic camping skills and earn service hours. We will return on early Sunday morning to still be able to enjoy Mother's Day with families.

Activity Site.

SMIC: Tom Poppitz /

AC: Doris Hsu /

Camp Oljato July 7-13

Where: Huntington Lake in Lakeshore, CA (Fresno County)

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $525 payable upon sign up

Activity Coordinator: Kim Carahasen

How: Click here to sign up

Spots are still available!  Have fun with your friends on Lake Huntington while working on rank advancement and a few merit badges.  For more information please view our 2019 Camp Oljato activity page.

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!