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Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 25 January, 6-7:30 pm

The next PLC will take place in the Parish Center, room 2B before the Troop meeting. Seniors should arrive at 6:00 pm; Patrol Leaders at 6:30. All patrols should be represented by their Patrol Leader or a designated substitute.

Troop Elections, Thursday, 25 January

Scouts will be electing the Senior Patrol Leader for 2018 and Patrol Leaders for the first term of 2018 during the Troop meeting. Scout planning to run for Patrol Leader need to speak with Mr. Palmer or Mr. Gibson before Thursday the 25th.

Venture Ski Trip, 26-28 January 2018, 6:15 pm

Summer Camp Planning Meeting: Monday, 29 January 7:30 PM

All adults going to summer camp this year, including Scouts who will be adults at summer camp, must attend this summer camp meeting at the Joe's Cafe (basement of Parish Center across from church). We will be reviewing plans and assigning responsibilities for summer camp at Haliburton. Because we are traveling out of the country, put on the entire Scout program, prepare all meals, and basically do all the things a normal camp would do for us it takes way more planning than a normal USA BSA camp. All adults going on this trip need to share the planning and execution of this trip so it is important that you attend this meeting. You should come to the meeting even if you are still uncertain that you will join us this summer.

Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, 4 February, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

This is an annual Troop Fundraiser & Parish Event! To increase our success, each Scout family is asked to
If you are interested in helping, please contact Mary Susan Donhauser  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Susan Donhauser at 410-925-5036 or

Committee Meeting: Tuesday, 6 February 7:30 PM

All adult leaders and parents are welcome to participate in the Committee Meeting. Committee meetings are generally scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month in the Parish Center, Room #2. Check the announcements each month for updates.

Open House, 8 February 7:30 PM

We would like to invite you all to Troop 497's Annual Open House for prospective members. All boys of scouting age, Webelos II's and I's, their parents and siblings are welcome. We will gather in St. Joseph's Church Multi-Purpose room from 730 to 830pm, Thursday, February 8th, 2018. Please extend this invitation for us to all your Cub Scout contacts, friends and families with boys of scouting age. All are welcome!

You can expect to participate in interactive exhibits showcasing activities our troop enjoys together every month. The exhibits are run by our scouts with some help from our adult leaders. Be ready to have fun, be challenged, learn new things, have some camp snacks and receive some great giveaways. This is a great opportunity for Webelos to earn Arrow of Light requirements.

Troop 497 is a large,(around 70 boys) very active, boy-run troop but we have enough resources to provide more individual attention so boys don't feel 'lost' in the group. We are blessed with a large number of adult volunteers, but we can always use more leaders and the new ideas they bring.

Our troop camps every month and travels out-of-state to different Summer Camps each year. This year we are in Haliburton Scout Reservation in Ontario, Canada. Take a look at our website, or Facebook page for a preview. Your boys are also invited to join us for camping each month.  We were at Camp Running Bear this month and will be at Camp Rodney in February.

Boys of age 10 or have completed the 5th grade are eligible to join Boy Scouting now. Girls are being welcomed to Cub Scouting this year. Girls are expected to be welcomed into Boy Scouting beginning next year. More information on this as it becomes available. See this flyer for additional information about the Open House and Troop 497.

Come meet our boys, parents and adult leaders on February 8th, see for yourself and join the fun!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Mr. Bob Downs if you would like additional information.

Camping at Rodney Scout Reservation, 9-11 February

Our February camping trip is to Rodney Scout Reservation in Northeast, MD near Elk Neck State Park. This is an cabin camping trip with cabins heated by wood stoves. The cabins can still be cold so bring a warm sleeping bag, a good insulating sleeping pad, and some extra blankets for underneath or over your bag if your bag and pad are not warm enough for the expected temperatures. Adults will also sleep in heated cabins or tents if they prefer. This is a troop cooking trip with a heated cabin for eating. Bring several changes of warm clothes and a set just for sleeping in for the weekend. The cost of the trip is TBD for Scouts and includes all meals.

Here are directions. The "store" mentioned in the directions may be shutdown. Sign up to drive Scouts on this trip or future trips using Troop 497's online signup site. ALL adults driving Scouts are asked to sign up.

Sea Base, Coral Reef Sailing Adventure: 24-30 June 2018

Troop 497 also has planned a Sea Base High Adventure trip for the summer of 2018 for more experienced Scouts. Tentative dates are 24-30 June - these may change slightly to accommodate travel arrangements.

Our crews will be doing the Coral Reef Sailing Adventure. Your home for a week will be on a large sailing vessel over 40 feet long. During the adventure, you will be sailing the Florida Keys and have the chance to snorkel some of the most beautiful reefs in the Keys and part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. You will also have the opportunity to study astronomy, navigation, fish identification, and coral reef ecology.

Both Sea Base and Summer Camp require significant planning and preparation. One aspect of that planning process is a payment schedule which provides families with an opportunity to make payments for their Scout trips over a period of months. The following payment schedule has been designed for Sea Base. Please remain current with payments to the Troop Treasurer for the 2018 trips.

Initial Deposit $100 $100
October 2017 $300 $400
January 2018 $300 $700
February 2018 $300 $1,000
March 2018 $300 $1,300
April 2018 $300 $1,600
May 2018 $100 $1,700 (Tentative Final Amount)

2018 Summer Camp – Haliburton Scout Reserve (CANADA): 19 - 29 July 2018

Troop 497 will be traveling to the Haliburton Scout Reserve in Ontario, Canada for Summer Camp 2018. Haliburton Scout Reserve is the largest Scout Camp in Canada with 5,000 acres of lakes and forest.  Campsites are accessible only by boat making this a truly unique Summer Camp experience. Due to the remote nature of the Camp, all Merit Badge instruction and cooking for Troop 497 will be performed by the Troop so Leader participation is greatly appreciated.

Troop 497 will leave for Haliburton Scout Reserve late in the evening of Thursday July 19th and the Troop will return on the afternoon of Sunday July 29th. More trip specifics, an itinerary of additional sightseeing stops (including Niagara Falls) and a detailed packing demonstration will be provided closer to departure date. Please note that all Scouts and Leaders will need to have current Passports for border crossing and/or Passport Cards (land crossings only). Please mark your calendars now to attend this unique Summer Camp experience. All Troop 497 Scouts are expected to attend Summer Camp.

The estimated cost for Summer Camp 2018 is $700 per Scout and $625 per Leader (subject to change based upon transportation costs and final activity itinerary). In order to reserve spaces and ensure proper trip planning please confirm your attendance now and make deposits to the Troop Treasurer at Troop Meetings according to the following schedule:

January 2018 $150 $150
February 2018 $150 $300
March 2018 $100 $400
April 2018 $100 $500
May 2018 $100 $600
June 2018 $100/$25 $700/$625 (Tentative Final Amount)