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Weekly Blast: Oct. 15th

posted Oct 15, 2019, 12:03 AM by Tad Hofmeister

Troop 33 Weekly Blast: October 15, 2019

Oct. 15: Troop 33 Open House

Oct. 22: Board of Review


Parent Volunteers Needed for October 22 Board of Review


The next Board of Review is on October 22nd, 2019. We have more than 20 scouts up for Board of Review this time and we need at least 15 parent volunteers. Please email Hongjun at if you can help.


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

Wednesday's Committee Meeting Cancelled


Unfortunately, I now have a conflict and we will not be able to hold our monthly Committee Meeting this Wednesday evening October 16th. Committee Members can email me if there is anything urgent we need to address before November's meeting.  


Alan Cyron, Committee Chair 

Gold Rush Adventure Recap

This year's Gold Rush Adventure was a great success! Scouts had a fun time blacksmithing, eating pudgy pies, shooting arrows, making rope and drinking tons of root beer. 

Our troop also participated in the Gold Rush Challenge competition against all the troops attending. Five of our six invited webelos won medals. Kudos to all of our participants and winners including: Wyatt Oates, 1st in Tomahawk; Cristina Baretta, 2nd in Muzzle Loading Rifles; Jason Vook, 3rd in Gold Panning; and Justin Turcotte and Anthony Tam, 3rd in the Dutch Oven Cookoff! 

A special thanks to all the scouts who helped each other with meal preparation and clean up as well as taking initiative to help the webelos set up their tents, welcoming them into their patrols, and showing them around town.

Sibling-guarantee Deadline

We're in our recruiting season and will soon open applications to outside applicants. The district Open House, Oct. 1st, and our Troop Open House, Oct. 15th, will quickly add to the already high interest in joining our Troop. We have a tradition of giving preference to siblings of our current troop scouts, but we are also committed to capping our enrollment in our First Year program. So we are establishing a "Sibling-guarantee deadline" of Oct 15th.  

Please contact Julie Crane ( promptly if you have an interested younger sibling because we cannot guarantee a slot after this deadline.



Other Pacific Skyline District Events of Interest

Merit Badge Midway 2019

Brought to you by Troop 2 of Los Gatos

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8:30am-4:00pm

Where: Fisher Middle School

19195 Fisher Avenue 

Los Gatos, CA 95032

Registration Fee: $40/scout

Fee includes two (AM and PM) classes, lunch, raffle, and a commemorative Midway patch

Link to information and registration

2019 JOTA (Jamboree-on-the-Air), Oct. 19th


Nico Bremeau is helping Los Altos organize "2019 JOTA" (Jamboree-on-the-Air) October 19, 2019. JOTA uses amateur (HAM) radio to link Scouts and hams from our area, the nation, and the world and enables them to talk with each other. It requires no experience and no travel. This event is for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. In 2017 more than 1.5 million scouts participated from more than 160 countries. We're always looking for scouts and parents with HAM experience who can help with the event. If you don't have any experience, please come to have fun and learn all about it. If you’re interested, please send Nico an email (


JOTA Event Details: Visit amateur radio station N6J and talk to other Scouts on the radio! We’ll talk to Scouts in the Bay Area, around the U.S., and maybe in other countries. You can also find

out how to become an amateur radio operator and how to use radio in your crew, troop, or pack.

When: Sat. Oct. 19, 10am - 3pm; drop in anytime

Where: Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA


Learn More:


PS. Nico is also starting a HAM radio/emergency preparedness club at LAHS this fall.


Powder Horn 2020


When: August 2-8, 2020

Where: Camp Royaneh and Wente Scout Reservation

Cost: $325 before Dec 31, 2019, $375 before April 30, 2020, $425 after


The Powder Horn course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting adult leaders and Venturing participants (14-20) and Scouts BSA high adventure youth (14-17) to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure unit-level program. It is based on the 8 core and 18 electives found in the Venturing Ranger program. It is intended to help adult leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources and in the way they lead their unit-level high adventure programs. The purpose of Powder Horn is introduce participants to requirements in a high adventure activity as well as to provide contacts with professionals that can assist in putting an event for your crew or troop. For completing the course, you will be awarded the Powder Horn pin which is worn on your uniform left pocket.



The course is designed to help unit-level adult leaders and high adventure youth leaders to: 1. Find the resources necessary for a high adventure program. 2. Understand the safety and practical requirements for different high adventure disciplines.


Learning Objectives

1. Learn what resources are available to support a high adventure program.

2. Learn where to find the resources.

3. Learn how to use the resources.

4. Learn how to safely do a high adventure program.

5. Learn what is involved with different high adventure disciplines.



1. Be a registered BSA adult; youth participant, must be registered in a Venturing or a Scouts BSA unit.;

2. Submit current BSA medical forms A, B & C

3. Take appropriate on-line training for activities including Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather, Climb On Safely, Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, valid for the course.

4. Have your council Scout Executive approval


Powder Horn Activities

The course will feature a variety of high adventure hands-on activities including climbing, wilderness survival, geocaching, orienteering, archery, pistol, high power rifle, fly fishing, Discovery Scuba, equestrian, stand up paddling, kayaking, High and Low Cope and much more.


Powder Horn Venues

The first half of the week will be at Royaneh, located about 30 miles west of Santa Rosa and 10 miles from the coast.. Royaneh features a COPE course, a swimming pool, rock climbing, and horses. The second half of the week will be at Wente Scout Reserve located about 6 miles east of Willits, CA. Wente also has horses and rock climbing along with great mountain biking trails, two pump courses, an 80-acre warm water lake with a variety of boating activities and fishing.


Have questions? Contact Bobby Toda at, subject: Powder Horn 2020. 

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