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Weekly Blast: Oct. 1st

posted Oct 1, 2019, 12:57 AM by Tad Hofmeister

Troop 33 Weekly Blast: October 1, 2019

Oct. 1: Troop Meeting early start: 7pm

Oct. 1 - 6: Compassion Week Service

Oct. 8: Climbing at Planet Granite; no troop meeting

Oct 1st Troop meeting will start early - 7:00pm

Tonight we will start our troop meeting early at 7:00pm.  And it will be a busy one:

  • 7:00pm:  Court of Honor

  • 8:00pm:  Compassion Week service

Note that main-troop parents are welcome to get involved with making blankets and writing letters as well. First Year scouts will also earn service time while making paracord bracelets for our Troops overseas. 

LAUMC Compassion Week Service Opportunities 9/28-10/6

LAUMC is taking the week off from traditional church services to give back to the community.  

Troop 33 has the opportunity to assist with and support LAUMC to conduct these activities of service and social justice on the church campus and along the Peninsula.

Please see the activity page for a full description of the troop meeting (7pm Oct. 1) and events.

Activity page link.

Activity coordinator: Kirstin Kim


Redwood Grove Compassion Week Opportunity 10/6

Opportunity to cleanup invasive plants at Redwood Grove with the Los Altos Rotary Club as a Compassion Week project.

When: Sunday, October 6, 1-4pm, meet at 12:45pm.

Where: Halsey House in Redwood Grove (main entrance)

Contact Nancy Bremeau ( for more information and to sign up.


Climbing at Planet Granite - October 8, 2019

ONLY 5 scouts have signed up. Sign up now if you want to join us, otherwise this event might be cancelled!

We are rock climbing on October 8th in lieu of a troop meeting. 

Planet Granite offers a variety of climbing for everyone from the brand new climber to the experienced ones looking to better their technique. 

Here's more about Planet Granite.


HELP NEEDED! Parent help needed to belay. If you have never belayed before, you can have a belay lesson at Planet Granite prior to 10/8. 


This link shows available belaying lesson times. Please don't book online. Email Renee Boustead the lesson time you would like to attend and she will arrange it for you so that it's free.


The more parents that can belay, the more climbing the kids can do!


What: Indoor rock climbing

When: October 8, 2019

Where: Planet Granite located at 
815 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale CA 94085 (408) 991-9090

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $16 for 13years and under; $28 for 14+ (add $7 for harness and shoe hire)



Activity Coordinator: Renee Boustead

How: Click here to sign up

Activity Page Link.



Please Return Troop Gear

The troop has a new quartermaster, Arjun Shivkumar. In order for him to be successful in his job, he needs troop gear returned as soon as possible after a trip.


The troop has several large camping trips over the next two months and if we don’t get gear back, especially tents, we may not have enough for our scouts to camp in. If you have any troop gear you have been planning to return, PLEASE do it at the next meeting!  Look for other messages from Arjun in future weeks about cage clean-out and tent check night.

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.

T33 Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator needed


T33 is in need of a new Eagle COH coordinator. This person would help to plan 3 ECOH each year and would work with the parents of the new Eagle Scouts to make the ceremonies special. 


Please contact Alan Cyron for more details.



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.

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!