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Camping at Assateague Moved to Rodney
Because of Bad Weather, 22-24 September
We have moved this weekend's camping trip to Rodney Scout
Reservations because of expected high winds, dangerous surf, and lots
of rain at the beach. Tropical storm warnings were posted for Ocean
City early Thursday afternoon just before this announcement was
posted. These conditions would not only be unpleasant camping in the
dunes but potentially dangerous and could result in the State closing
the camping area.
This is a tent camping trip with troop cooking. Cabins will be
available for the program activities and sleeping in the event of
Adults may camp in a troop tent or their own tent.
Scouts may sleep with one other scout within two years of age in
the same tent or alone in a tent near a buddy tent. It is the
Scout's responsibility to implement their parent's tenting
preference. Ask the quartermaster for a tent for yourself if you
want to tent alone.
cost for the trip is $30 for Scouts and $10 for Adults - pay the
troop treasurer at a Troop meeting.
Adults may camp in a troop tent or their own tent. Make arrangements
for a troop tent while at the shed on Friday.
Scouts and Adults should bring board games and other games that
can be played indoors.
Special dietary restrictions: IF YOU OR YOUR SON REQUIRE ANY
SPECIAL DIET ITEMS, PLEASE BRING THEM FROM HOME
BRING SPENDING MONEY FOR LUNCH STOP ON SUNDAY
Fri. Crackerbarrel: Misc. snacks, coolade, water.
Sat. Breakfast: Assorted cold cereal with milk, misc. pastries,
muffins, and sweet rolls, juice (Coffee &
tea for adults)
Sat. Lunch: All beef hot dogs, condiments, chips, applesauce,
Sat. supper: To be determined.
Sat. Crackerbarrel: Steamed crabs
still planned, misc.
sweet items, drinks.
Sun. breakfast: Assorted cold cereal with milk, misc. pastries,
muffins, and sweet rolls, juice (coffee &
tea for adults).
Everyone going on the camping trip should meet at the shed on
Friday evening in full uniform at 6:00 PM.
We will pack the trailers with Patrol and Troop equipment and food.
We will disperse to the cars driving to our camping trip.
We will return to the shed in full uniform on Sunday at 2 PM
and unload the trailers and take care of the gear used on the trip.
Parents should arrive at this time to pick up their sons who had
carpooled with another adult.
directions to Rodney Scout Reservation. It is 58 miles and about
65 minutes depending on traffic. Bring your EasyPass for the bridge
toll. We will be staying at Minsi and Shawnee - the same as last
winter. Park the same as last winter.
All parents are highly encouraged to volunteer to drive on at least
one of the trips this fall.
All adults attending the trip, and parents willing to drive scouts
but not camping, should confirm whether they will be driving scouts at
least one week before the trip when they register for the camping
trip. You should still complete the online registration process
if you are volunteering to drive but don't plan to camp.
The Troop's transportation coordinator may actively recruit parents
to drive to/from the camping location if we don't have sufficient
adult volunteers to drive. You may be asked to drive one or both ways.
Parents may choose to drive their own sons and not take other
Scouts. They should still meet at the shed on Friday and return to the
shed on Sunday with the Troop.
Drivers have the right to require their passengers to wear masks
while in their vehicles and whether they will fill the middle seats in
their vehicles. Parents who don't want their sons wearing a mask
should have their son assigned to a driver who does not require
2023-2024 Parents Meeting Presentation
If you were not ale to attend the recent Parents' Meeting please review
the presentation from the meeting (click). Talk
with the Scoutmaster or other adult leaders if you have any questions
about anything you read in the presentation. Adult help is needed in
multiple areas - get more involved in Scouting by becoming a volunteer.
Join us on every Thursday evening for our Troop Meetings. Check these
announcements for any updates.
We will meet in person in the Multipurpose Room this week and follow
the current Archdiocese Covid-19 protocols which is that masks are
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Sunday, 8 October, 5:00 PM
PLCs will generally be scheduled for the second Sunday of each month.
Check the announcements for any changes. All patrols should be
represented by their Patrol Leader or a designated substitute. All
Seniors are expected to participate. Adult Leaders are welcome to join
The PLC will once again be in person. Please arrive at Mr.
Boutilier's home shortly before 5 PM so the meeting can start on time.
Check a troop roster, which have been emailed periodically to all
parents, for the address. Parents should return at 6:00 PM to pick
up their sons.
Bull Roast, Friday, 3 November, 7-11:00 PM
(Check back for updates)
Committee: The committee will be announcing more information before the
end of September. Check back here for updates.
The Bull Roast Committee is in need of items for the Silent Auction.
Items can be anything of value, products and services, that would interest
participants. Some popular items in the past have included several nights
of vacation rentals; tickets to sporting events, concerts, and lecture
series. Also popular are items associated with golfing, shooting/hunting,
and other sporting activities where you are involved or are a spectator.
Art and items for the home or yard are also popular. Please contact Bruce
Clasing with questions or donations.
Tickets are being distributed to scouting families at the meetings. Tickets
will be available for sale starting at the meeting on 28 September. If you have questions or would like to help plan the event, please
contact Rich Koors at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the
Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 497.
SPECIAL NOTICE YOUTH PROTECTION UPDATE
Effective September 1st, 2023 the BSA is now requiring all
adults staying overnight in connection with a Scouting activity to
be currently registered as an adult volunteer.
In order to camp with Troop 497 at
any upcoming trips (including
Assateague) adults not
currently registered with BSA must complete the following steps: (Please
note full registration approval may take up to three weeks once
Complete a BSA Adult Application
Complete BSA Medical Forms part
A, B1, and B2 (doctor visit not required)
Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting and Ordeal Weekends
OA Chapter meeting
Location: American Legion Hall, 8666 Silver Lake Drive, Perry
Hall, MD 21128, beginning at 7:00pm
OA Ordeal Weekends
Upcoming Ordeal dates:
Ordeal 3 – Aug 25-27 – Camp Saffran
Ordeal 4/5 – Sept 29-Oct 1 – Camp Saffran
More information can be found at www.nentico.org and you can also
pay your 2023 Lodge dues here.
High Adventure Trips 2024 – Payment Schedule
Those Scouts and adults who have expressed interest in Sea Base or
Northern Tier in 2024 must make a deposit and remain current with the
payment schedule to remain on the attendee list.
We anticipate that the demand will exceed the capacity. Note that all
participants who make a deposit must also obtain approval to
participate from the High Adventure Committee, which includes the
Scoutmaster and Mr. Strueber.
2024 High Adventure Payment Schedules- Deposits
Sea Base 2024
Additional Resources for Scouts, Parents, and Adults
Please visit the Resources page under the Information menu
above for additional information about Troop 497 programs and