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Weekly Blast: May 14

posted May 13, 2019, 4:33 PM by Tad Hofmeister   [ updated May 13, 2019, 4:43 PM ]

T33 Weekly Blast: May 14, 2019

May 14: No Troop Meeting: Firsties check for email regarding your meeting info. (7pm - 9pm @ Loyola Elementary Multi-Purpose Room, 770 Berry Ave, Los Altos)

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 21: Board of Review

June 1: Raging Waters

June 4: Troop 33 Family Picnic & Court of Honor

June 8: Kayak @ Elkhorn Slough

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 7- July 13: Camp Oljato

July 6 -July 17: Northern Tier High Adventure

Scoutmaster Corner

Seventeen T33 Scouts and six adults spent last weekend at Fremont Peak. The camping was friendly and the weather was fabulous. Our scouts performed a few hours of conservation service hours removing excess "fuel" (fallen wood) from around the campground for fire management. Then we summited Fremont Peak for some amazing views. The capper was a tailored Astronomy program and lots of high power telescope viewing options in the evening. We saw the inside of moon craters, globular clusters, binary stars, nebulas, and the like.

-Tom Poppitz

Reminder: Board of Review

The next Board of Review is on May 21st, 2019. This will the last BOR before summer. Scouts wanting a Board of Review should send an email to Mrs. Hongjun Zhu at by May 8th. 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!

Troop 33 Annual Family Picnic & Court of Honor

This year our annual family picnic will be held at Cuesta Park on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 from 5:30-9pm. Scouts should be in their class A uniforms since we will hold our last Court of Honor there. The troop is providing the main course, but please bring a dish to share according to your last name:

  • A-H - please bring a side dish

  • I-P - please bring a salad

  • R-Z - please bring a dessert

Please sign up here:

See you all there!

SMIC: Jon Meyer ( / Tom Poppitz (

AC: Alice Tong (

Monte Bello Mountain Bike Ride – Tu. May 14th In Lieu of Troop Meeting

  • 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

Raging Waters

Sign up now to join T33 as we celebrate the end of the school year and spend the day splashing and riding the waves on Saturday, June 1 @ 10:30am!

Raging Waters San Jose offers over a million gallons of water rides, slides and attractions, and 23-acres of family-friendly fun! Top-rated family attractions include the 350,000-gallon Wave Pool, Endless River, and Family Raft Ride.

Open to all scouts, but we need a number of parents to help as chaperones and drivers.  Please let us know if you can help out. Sign up today!

Activity Site Link

AC: Nancy Bremeau <>

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 (

Class is full.  Please email to be added to the waitlist.

Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator Needed ASAP

We are looking for a new Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator ASAP. Our previous volunteer had to resign suddenly due to family illness. We especially need someone really soon so that we can honor the Scouts who recently completed their Eagle award this year. If you are interested, please contact Amy Mendenhall at or Alan Cyron at

Thank you!

Yosemite Camping Activity Coordinator Needed

We are looking for an AC for the Labor Day weekend Yosemite Camping trip. Please let Amy Mendenhall know if you are available to help. The coordinator needs to collect forms and payments, and to update the website page to show what the planned activities are. The campsites have already been reserved.

Thank you!

Call for merit badge books

Scouts, it’s almost summer camp time and lots of scouts will need merit badge books for their classes. If you are aging out of scouts or have some extras at home, please consider donating them to the troop.

Please bring them to the next few troop meeting.

Needed: Missing Troop 33 Camping Gear

Scouts and Parents,

Please search your garages, car trunks, etc., for Troop 33 gear that you may not have returned yet. No questions asked (but remember to flag any missing/damaged parts). We are missing 4 man tents especially, but other items as well:

  • Tents**

  • Jet Boils

  • Dragon fly

Turn in this Tuesday 5/14/19

-Loyola 7:00 to 7:30

Please bring all supplies in clean order and load into Ms. Oates’ vehicle to return to the church.

**if equipment is broken please put a tag or blue tape on it with what is wrong.

Thank you, this will allow Scouts to continue to go on campouts!

We are going on our last rim rover hike this coming weekend and are short —tents, jet boils, and dragon flys.

Thank you

Ms. Oates

Rim Rover Patch Hiking Series: May 18-19

------Mt. St. Helena 5/18

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 5/19

Hike Distance:   8.5 miles

Trial Head: Start at Pan Toll

Type of Hike: Moderate to Difficult

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,571

Questions -see Ms.Oates /

Activity site.

Kayaking, June 8th

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What: Canoeing up the Elkhorn Slough & Lunch at Moss Landing State Beach

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Where: Moss Landing Beach, 2370 Highway 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039

Cost: $40 for Scouts & $50 for Adults

Activity Coordinator: Radhika Sarin

Activity Site: Click here

How: Click here to sign up

Last day to sign-up: May 31st, 2019

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.

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

SMIC: Matthew Sturm (

Activity Coordinator: Nancy Bremeau (


Other Pacific Skyline District Events of Interest

Home Repairs Camp

July 12-14, 2019

Learn valuable handyman skills to use around the house!

Where: Cutter Scout Reservation, 2500 China Grade, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Cost: $145

Sign up on PAC SKY website

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.

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!