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Weekly Blast: March 18

posted Mar 18, 2019, 11:59 PM by Tad Hofmeister   [ updated Mar 19, 2019, 12:01 AM ]

T33 Weekly Blast: March 18, 2019

March 23-24: First Year Campout

March 26: Board of Review

March 29-31: “Marvelous Adventurers" Camporee

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

April 13: iFLY indoor skydiving

April 17: Next Committee Meeting

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 7- July 13: Camp Oljato

July 6 -July 17: Northern Tier High Adventure

Scoutmaster Corner

It was a busy weekend for Troop 33 scouts, with 4 different activities happening.  Many thanks to the many parent volunteers (uniformed leaders and otherwise) for your time to make these successful!

We simply cannot run the Troop without the “deep bench” of support from all of you!  Thank you!

The First Year Hike

On Sunday dozens of First Year Scouts completed their inaugural outing, a 6 mile hike at La Honda Creek Open space. Every single one made it on a reasonably strenuous hike to an outstanding view of the Pacific Ocean. The weather was great, and for St. Patrick’s Day, there was plenty of green!  “I am sure this is just the beginning of a lot of great events” – Ron Gross

Conservation Service Project

Saturday, 12 Scouts and 3 adults participated in a conservation project at the McClellan Ranch Reserve in Cupertino.  Volunteer leader, Kamille Lang, gave a tour of the ranch and its history (now a preserve and environmental education center).  The Scouts removed non-native invasive ivy from a wooded area of the ranch. This work was a bit difficult but they persevered and removed quite a pile of ivy!  Their creed for the day: We hate ivy!  -- Chris Webb

Ano Nuevo State Park

Saturday, 5 scouts (Alexane, Kiren, Evan, Jason and Derek) witnessed lots of baby elephant seals, a few smaller males (only 1000 lbs) and returning molting females. The scouts asked great questions. BTW: Ask one why no smell even with thousands of animals in a small area. They enjoyed lots of fun on the beach in warm T-shirt weather and beautiful scenery with everything green due to recent rains.  – Dieter Vook

Flags at Los Altos Little League Open House

Sunday, 5 T33 scouts proudly represented our Troop at the Los Altos Little League Opening Ceremonies – Sam, Paulo, Zack, Jake, and Matthew.  They launched the event with a Flag Ceremony and led hundreds of players and parents in the Pledge of Allegiance. –Tom Poppitz

This Tuesday:

First Year scouts will focus on preparing for the First Year Campout this coming weekend.


Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

The scouts will be conducting an emergency drill at this Tuesday’s troop meeting on 3/19. This will be the last drill we will do for the eprep merit badge until November. Please remember to bring your blue cards. For those interested in taking eprep, an Eagle merit badge, Camp Oljato is offering an eprep merit badge class this summer. They will conduct an emergency drill there. Please check requirements (e.g. first aid, etc.)

Please Return Troop Equipment

If you have any troop equipment at home (tents, stove, or other gear) please return it at the Troop meeting Tues. 3/19. We need all gear to support the First Year Campout this weekend, March 23rd-24th  -- Caelen Gross, Quartermaster.

Library- Missing Books

To those who have troop library books and have not yet returned them, please do so. We have a lot of missing books and it would be great to get the old books back as opposed to getting new ones. If you have books to return, please let Joey Braun, troop librarian, know at, so he can look out for you at the meeting. Thank you

No Committee Meeting Wed. March 20th


The Committee Meeting scheduled for this Wednesday March 20th is cancelled. Enjoy the free evening. We will pick back up on April 17th.

First Year Campout ( March 23-24, 2019)

More parent drivers are needed to transport the scouts to and from the campsite. Please email Alice Tong if you can drive.

First year campout from Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (BCSR).  BCSR is one of the easiest to get to campsites and a great site to learn camping skills.  First Year Scouts will work on Trail to First Class skills, including cooking, campfire building, and safe knife and axe handling.  Scouts typically start forming important friendships at this outing, and learn what Boy Scout Life is all about.

What: First Year Campout

When: March 23-24, 2019

Where:   Boulder Creek Scout Reservation  (map)

Who: First Year Scouts and Troop Guides

Campsite: Cubland 1, 2 & 3

Cost: $35

SIC: Troop Guides

SMIC: Ron Gross

Activity Coordinator: Alice Tong

Dress code: Class A uniform for the drive up and return (Boy Scout protocol for most outings). Wear Class B uniform (T33 t-shirt) under their Class A or pack it.

Look for Alice Tong at troop meetings holding "First Year Campout" sign and hand her your check and form, or use Paypal via the web page.

  1. Activity Consent form

  2. Check for $35 made out to "BSA Troop 33" with "First Year Camp Out" and scout name on the memo line

NOTE:    Forms and checks must be turned in by Tuesday, Mar 19.

Activity site page.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving - April 13, 2019

Adventure Awaits!  Come fly with us on April 13th for an exhilaration sensation of indoor skydiving at iFLY, one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the world. A vertical tunnel with high speed wind will keep you floating and soaring through the air. Flight package includes 2 turns with an instructor lasting 60 seconds each. Sign ups are available at:

Activity Coordinator: Doris Hsu /

"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

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 (

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