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Weekly Blast: March 11

posted Mar 11, 2019, 11:55 PM by Tad Hofmeister

T33 Weekly Blast: March 11, 2019

March 16: Conservation Service Project: McClellan Ranch

March 16: Año Nuevo Guided Elephant Seal Walks

March 26: Board of Review

March 29-31: “Marvelous Adventurers" Camporee

April 6-7: Mt. Tamaulipas & Mount Wittenberg (Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series)

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 7- July 13: Camp Oljato

July 6 -July 17: Northern Tier High Adventure

New Troop33 Webmaster, Sunil Gangaram!

Thank you Sunil for volunteering to be the Troop Webmaster! If you need help with the website or with Troop email, please contact him at:

Many thanks to Curtis McAllister for being a terrific Webmaster and training Sunil for a smooth transition.

Congratulations “Scout of the Year” recipients!

Friday March 8, Three Troop 33 scouts received the Scout of the year award at the annual Stanford District Annual Dinner.


Please join me in congratulating:

  • Jack Crane

  • Jamieson DeAngelis

  • Robert Stanley

These are Scouts who excelled in support of the Troop and other Scouts, not just what they did for themselves (although important).

How they conducted themselves using the Scout Oath and Law as their guide.

Their willingness to help younger Scouts who need encouragement and guidance.

Leadership by example in helping with camp discipline, meeting schedules,

working toward advancement or whatever your primary objectives were,

and providing leadership assistance to the scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster.

Congratulations to Adult recipients of the Flame of Leadership:

  • Cameron Oates

  • Craig Pampeyan

Conservation Service Project  - March 16, 2019

Service hours is a requirement for most scout rank advancement and to reach Life Scout, at least 3 hours of this service must be conservation-related.

What: Conservation Project - MCCLELLAN RANCH PRESERVE in Cupertino
When: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am - noon
Where: McClellan Ranch Reserve. The address is 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
What to Wear/Bring: Please bring plenty of water, a snack, sunscreen, and of course a good attitude. You will be required to wear long pants and close-toe shoes. Layers/long sleeves and a hat are also recommended. All other equipment will be provided.

We are hoping to finalize the time shortly. To sign up, please go to the activity page:

Activity coordinator: Jessica Chang (

Reminder: Board of Review 3/26/2019

The next Board of Review is on March 26th, 2019. Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send an email request to Mrs. Hongjun Zhu ( by Thursday March 14th. Scouts are encouraged to request their own review.


Parent volunteers are needed! Please email if you can help.

This is a great way to volunteer with the troop, as well is a lot of fun. No prior experience needed. Thanks a lot!

"Marvelous Adventurers" Camporee, March 29-31


Cutter Scout Reservation

March 29-31

Join us for the "Marvelous Adventurers" Camporee, featuring the greatest team of super heroes of all time: Captain BSA, Iron Scout, Bulky, and the Hammer.

Also starring, Captain Marvelous, Tarantula Man, Eagle Eye, Camp Medic Strange, along with the members of the Custodians of the Camp, Astronomy Lord, Lady Gamblin, Booster and Root, all led by the incomparable Nicholas Furious.

Theme: Marvelous Adventurers!

Patrols (5-8 Scouts each) will compete against one another for top scores and bragging rights! Learn and practice your fire building, first aid, and a host of other wilderness survival skills.

Activity site.

Activity Coordinator: Leslie Becker

Año Nuevo Guided Elephant Seal Walks

On Saturday, March 16, T33 scouts and chaperones are invited to go on a guided elephant seal walk at Año Nuevo State Park. The hikes are 3-4 miles over varied terrain and last about 2.5 hours. We will leave LAUMC at 8:00 am. Sign ups are available now at:

Activity coordinator: Amy Mendenhall /

Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series - Mount St. Helena and Mount Tamalpais

April 6th-7th  -- This will be a overnight camping/hiking trip and we will need a few parents who would like to join in the fun and camp too. We will leave early Saturday and return Sunday evening.


Name:  Mount St. Helena and Mount Tamalpais

------Mt. St. Helena

Hike Distance:  Mt. St. Helena-11 miles

Location: Mt. St. Helena (Robert Louis State Park parking lot).

Type of Hike: Moderate-Difficult

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,100 ft.

------Mount Tamalpais

Hike Distance:   8.5 miles

Trial Head: Start at Pan Toll

Type of Hike: Moderate to Difficult

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,571

What: Rim Rover Mt St Helena and Mt Tamalpais

When: April 6 - 7, 2019

Where: Mt St Helena and Mt Tamalpais

Who:Troop 33 Scouts (Second years and above)

Cost: $30


SMIC: Cameron Oates

Activity Coordinator: Nicole Lilly

How: Click here to sign up

Activity site.

Activity coordinator: Nicole Lilly (

Northern Tier High Adventure

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 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

Or contact Matthew Sturm, the SMIC (

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!