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Weekly Blast: Sep. 10th

posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:15 PM by Tad Hofmeister

Troop 33 Weekly Blast: September 10, 2019

Sep. 17: Board of Review

The Hackathon Sep. 3rd was an awesome success!!

Thank you to all of the parents who helped us with our Activity Coordination Hackathon. We were able to get almost all of the activity sign ups live for the entire year in one night! 


If you participated in the web page creation, but are not intending to help coordinate the actual activity, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator (Amy Mendenhall, ASAP so that we can find someone who is able to fulfill the rest of the obligations for that activity.


T33 Needs a new Medical Forms Coordinator

We are looking for a parent who would like to be the new medical forms coordinator. This volunteer helps store and pull the medical forms for all of our scouts and parents for each activity. Please contact Amy Mendenhall at to inquire about the details.

Eagle Project Support Opportunity

My name is Harrison Schachter and I am working on my Boy Scout Eagle Project. I have built a shed at the American Legion Hall in Los Altos to hold emergency supplies for the cats and dogs in our local community. In order to fill the shed, I am running a donation drive and would love your help! For the Month of September, I will be collecting new and gently used pet supplies, including items such as:


- Leashes

- Food and Water Bowls

- Canned dog and cat food (pull-tab tops)

- Toys

- Collars and harnesses

- Small bedding mats/blankets

- Litter trays and litter

- Poop waste bags


While the focus is on dogs and cats, I would be happy to accept small items for other types of pets too. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! I have placed donation bins in these locations:

 - 356 Covington Road, Los Altos (my home, donation bin is on the porch)

 - Country Pet Wash at 1764 Miramonte Ave, Mt. View (in the Safeway shopping center)

 - The American Legion Hall in downtown Los Altos (347 1st St.)


Or you can email me at to discuss picking it up from your home, or at a troop meeting! Thanks for helping me in my quest for Eagle, and for helping the pets of our community!


- Harrison Schachter, Troop 33

Want to join Troop 33 next year?

Do you have siblings or friends who are interested in joining our wonderful Troop 33 next year? They can join us at any of these upcoming events:


  • October 1, 2019 - District Open House (Tentative)

  • October 8, 2019 - Planet Granite Activity

  • October 11-13, 2019 - Gold Rush Adventure

  • October 15, 2019 - Troop 33 Open House


Please contact Alice Tong ( or Julie Crane ( for more information.


A Call for Den-Chiefs

Alfred Chin




If you've thought of being a Den-Chief, now is the best chance to make it happen!  Our local cub scout leaders are starting to make their requests. Last year, Troop 33 assigned over a dozen scouts to various local Packs.


If you are not familiar with this Position of Responsibility (PoR), the Den Chief is a significant Leadership position. As Den Chief, you'll be working closely with the local Cub Scout Dens and Packs, supporting and helping to organize and lead their activities, setting a good example for the younger scouts, and you will be an important factor in recruiting new scouts to our Troops.


In general, anyone who meets the following guidelines is a candidate for Den Chief:


  • A Scout who has been approved by their ScoutMaster to serve as a Den Chief

  • Is 12 years or older, and ideally 1st class rank or higher.

  • Online Den Chief Training via is required


The Den Chief assignment is intended to span the entire school year. Please note that we generally restrict Den Chief Services to two terms, maximum. This gives other scouts an opportunity and it encourages past Den Chiefs to pursue other PoR positions within the Troop.


Here is the link to Troop 33’s page on Den Chiefs with more info on the process for obtaining PoR credit:


If you are interested in being a Den Chief this year, please contact Mr. Chin (either at the Troop meetings or by email:, to get the ball rolling. If you were a Den Chief last year, you will need to receive ScoutMaster's approval, and will need to coordinate the assignment through Mr. Chin.


Other Pacific Skyline District Events of Interest

Shooting Sports Weekend - Sept 13 - 15

The Pacific Skyline District is holding its annual Shooting Sports Weekend Sep. 13-15.

There is a waitlist for boys but a few openings for girls. 

If you would like to sign up:

Troop33 / Boys: email Mr. Poppitz <>

Troop4033 / Girls: email Ms. Tong <>

General Info: 

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)


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 (


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!