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Weekly Blast: May 7

posted May 7, 2019, 12:49 AM by Tad Hofmeister

T33 Weekly Blast: May 7, 2019

May 11: William Stanley’s Eagle Project

May 11: Scout-O-Rama

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 21: Board of Review

May 24-27: Camp Oljato Work Party Weekend

June 8: Kayak @ Elkhorn Slough

July 12-14: Home repairs camp @ Cutter

June 15-June 22: Camp Emerald Bay

July 7- July 13: Camp Oljato

July 6 -July 17: Northern Tier High Adventure

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!

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

William Stanley’s Eagle Project: May 11

Thanks to all who came on the 4th. If you couldn’t make it or want more hours there is going to be another work day this Saturday, May 11th.

  • Who: Any scouts

  • When: 9am - 2pm Saturday May 11th

  • 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 laying pipes.

  • 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:

No need to RSVP this time, come anytime between 9 and 3.

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.

Treasurer Update:

It's been my pleasure to serve as the T33 treasurer for the past 5 years, and I am handing the responsibility over to Doris Hsu. During May, we will be working together, so all requests can go to either or both of us. We will work together to make sure everything is covered. Our emails are and Many thanks to Doris for stepping up to take on this role.

While reviewing the job responsibilities, we've come up with a couple of procedural changes to make the job more manageable.


Up until now, I've been forwarding PayPal transaction receipts to the activity coordinators to inform them of payments. Going forward it is the responsibility of the person making the payment to forward the receipt to the AC.

Mileage Reimbursement:

The activity Scoutmaster or the AC have been sending me a list of drivers for each event, but I have no way of knowing if the driver will submit a reimbursement form with additional expenses. A fair amount of time is spent following up with less than an optimal response rate. Going forward:

Drivers with no other expenses: Send an email to the treasurer requesting reimbursement for driving. If you don't request, your mileage reimbursement will be considered a donation to the troop.

Drivers with other expenses (food, parking, entrance fees, etc): Fill out the troop expense form and email/mail/give to the treasurer. Include all receipts. The expense form can be found in the documents section of the troop website.

Thank you for being a great treasurer the last 5 years Judy!

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 /

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:

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.


May 11

Scout-O-Rama is a fun event for the whole community to showcase Scouting. Over 120 interactive, hands-on Scouting activities will be on display hosted by local Scout groups. Over 5,000 participants are expected to attend over the course of the day. Some of the cool activities include building and shooting water rockets, walking on a monkey bridge, shooting a bb gun, throwing a tomahawk, racing a pinewood derby car and seeing outdoor cooking demonstrations.  Enjoy food for sale from a variety of unique food trucks. Everyone is invited be a Scout for a day at Scout O Rama!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 ~ 10 AM to 4 PM

History Park, San Jose (Click for History Park Website)

1650 Senter Road, San José, CA 95112 (Click for Map)

Information and Tickets (Click for Website)

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

Home Repairs Camp

July 12-14, 2019

Learn valuable handyman skills to use around the house!

In this intensive three-day program, you will learn:

Electrical: Replace a duplex outlet · Replace a switch · Replace a cord plug · Replace a light socket

Plumbing: Replace a faucet washer · Cut and thread a pipe · Sweat a copper pipe · Unclog a drain three different ways

Painting: Repair drywall · Prepare and paint a wall · Paint/varnish/stripping · Paint/stain/varnish

Miscellaneous: Hang a picture · Install wall anchors · Stretch window screens · Caulk a shower

When: July 12-14

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

Cost: $145

Due to the hands-on nature of the training, the Home Repairs Specialty Camp is limited to the first 64 Scouts and 12 adults who sign up. A wait-list will be maintained in case of cancellations.

Adults attending will be asked to help provide supervision in the campsites as well as volunteer for shifts in the kitchen, but will be permitted to participate in classes and will receive all of the same materials as the participating Scouts.

Sign up on PAC SKY website

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.

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!