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Weekly Blast: Sep. 24th

posted Sep 23, 2019, 10:22 PM by Tad Hofmeister

Troop 33 Weekly Blast: September 24, 2019

Oct. 1: Troop Meeting early start: 7pm

Oct. 5-6: Sweetwood Beach Camping

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

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

A week from tomorrow 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.

Here are 2 events we’d like to get scouts involved in:

1.  To earn conservation service hours, there is a beach clean up event on Saturday 9/28 Pacific Beach Coalition Pillar Point 10am-12pm

Sign up directly at and email chaplain’s aid Joshua Kim at


2.  For service at LAUMC, there is Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing at LAUMC Sunday 10/6 at 9am-11am or 11am-1pm.

Sign up directly at and email chaplains aid Joshua Kim at

Here is a complete list of activities:

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.

Sweetwood Beach Camping - October 5-6, 2019


What: Sweetwood Beach Camping

When: October 5 - 6, 2019

Where: Sweetwood Group Camping - Halfmoon Bay

Who: All Troop 33 Scouts

Cost: $45

SMIC: Cameron Oates 

Activity Coordinator: Lin Jing

How: Click here to sign up (Please sign up by Monday Sep 23rd)



Want to camp by the beach and listen to the ocean waves at night?

Join us for beach camping at Sweetwood Group Campsite, part of the State Parks at Half Moon Bay!

There will be a three-hour conservation service project. All the tools and gloves will be provided. 

Please wear closed-toe shoes, layers that could potentially get dirty, sunscreen, and bring a refillable water bottle.

Other trip notes:

  • You must always be with a buddy scout

  • If you intend to play in the water, please bring water shoes

  • We are asking that people bring frisbees for playing on the beach

  • Half Moon Bay gets cool and foggy at night so plan your evening clothing appropriately.

We need parent drivers!

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.

Climbing at Planet Granite - October 8, 2019

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. Then on the night, you just have a quick belay test to ensure you can safely belay the scouts. 


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.


Eagle Project Support Opportunity

Just a reminder that my Eagle Project donation drive is now in its last week! I am still 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

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

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.

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