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The number one priority of Troop 497, the Baltimore Area Council and
the Boy Scouts of America is the health and safety of our youth,
leaders, staff, and families. The Troop leadership is implementing plans
to continue scouting activities this spring while following the state
and national directives on gatherings and social distances. Please
understand this is a very fluid situation that may change significantly
and quickly. The Troop leadership is committed to returning
to normal Scouting activities as soon as it is deemed safe to do
so. This website will be updated as soon
as information is available. We will also send out communications via
email and twitter. Check the resource page under Information above for
instructions on receiving emails and tweets. If you change your e-mail
address, phone numbers, or information on the roster – NOTIFY us of the
change – just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the updated information.
Before Thursday night, follow these more detailed instructions if
you are new to GoToMeeting or on a computer you have not used with
GoToMeeting before (you may see slightly different instructions) to
set up the GoToMeeting app on your computer so you won't have
trouble during the meeting:
Click on the link above.
Click on "Join my Meeting" when button appears.
Select "Go to Opener" and click "Open Link" button if you have
the app installed, otherwise, download and install the app and
then get back to this point.
You should see a screen that states: "Here's how you'll appear
in the meeting" with icons to mute/unmute microphone and camera.
Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of you video
Click preference at the bottom of the right column to select,
adjust and test your microphone, speakers, and web cam.
Click the "Advanced" button next to the camera selection to make
adjustments include brightness and zooming if your camera supports
You can also dial in using your phone without using a computer.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code:
We are making changes to these previously scheduled events:
April camping trip cancelled
April Court of Honor cancelled. We will investigate the possibility
of having the Court of Honor in early August.
May camping trip cancelled
June Car Wash fund raising is cancelled. We may still hold a car
wash for the community this summer if possible.
June camping trip be assessed in May and may be cancelled
Summer Camp will remain on the schedule for now, however, there is a
chance it will be cancelled either by the BSA or our own choice. We
will make a decision by 1 May in order to have our airline tickets
fully refunded. If Summer Camp is cancelled your deposits will be
refunded in full.
We believe it is important for our Scouts and Adult Leaders to stay
engaged with Scouting during the challenging months ahead. One of the
most important and consistent ways to stay engaged is to continue having
Troop meetings. Since we can not meet in person we will having on line
meetings. We conducted an adult planning online meeting on Monday, 23rd
March and it was very successful. We will use the same technology for
our Troop meetings.
On line meetings will take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30
pm. We will use GoToMeeting to start. It requires a computer
and a browser, However, the experience is better if you install their
app on your computer. When we post the links we will post additional
information. A microphone and a camera will you to be heard and seen
during the meeting. We may also have a phone line available for people
to use for audio instead of the computer. More details to follow.
Meetings will be planned and executed by Adults and Seniors working
Our first meeting will be on Thursday, March 26th and will be for
all SCOUTS, PARENTS, and ADULTS LEADERS. This will be an informative
meeting where we will discuss upcoming plans and solicit ideas from
everyone involved. See the details above.
Our first actual Troop meeting will be on 2 April.
We will continue our 1st Thursday program for new Scouts with on line
meetings. We are expecting a large number of new Scouts joining us this
spring and we want to continue this vital program to help jump start
their Scouting experience. We don't have the details worked out yet but
we we will probably allocate specific time slots for each rank and may
add a second session to accommodate the change in format. You will need
a microphone and camera in order to more actively participate and
We will continue to offer Merit Badges. The Scouts and counselors
will meet online with a third person present. These could be conducted
using any video phone or computer app that works for the counselor and
Scout.We may also hold group merit badges sessions in on line
We will post a list of merit badge counselors on this web site. We
are putting the list together now and hope to offer additional badges
that can be done more easily from home.
We will send out an updated roster with a future troop mailing so
you will have the counselors' contact information.
We will have an adult act as a point of contact for merit badges to
answer any questions and get you started.
We can make the same GoToMeeting software availalble for Patrols to
use to hold Patrol Meetings or select another online meeting app.
And adult will be part of the meeting to help setup and provide
We are still investigating this and will provide updates.
We will continue to test Scouts for PASS. The Scouts and PASS
masters will meet online with a third person present. These could be
conducted using any video phone or computer app that works for the
counselor and Scout. We have not worked out the details yet but we
expect the Scouts will need to furnish their own equipment for some
activities including rope and poles for lashings and knots. Some PASS
testing may still be done in person with appropriate social
April Camping Trip, cancelled
Eagle Court of Honor, 26 April, cancelled
Summer Camp 2020 Deposits
As stated above, a final decision on Summer Camp will be made by the
Troop by May 1st. We are suspending Summer
Camp payments until a decision is made. Because we must
continue planning for Summer Camp at this time, the following is
offered for informational purposes.
To accommodate Scouts and Leaders who are making 2020 Summer Camp
payments during the period while Troop meetings are suspended for the
corona-virus, checks can be mailed to the Treasurer at the following
Mr. Kevin Shaffer
119 Ridgefield Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
Planning is being finalized for the Troop 497 July 2020 Summer Camp
trip to Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Colorado.
Scouts and Leaders will fly to Camp departing on Saturday July 18,
2020 and returning Friday July 31, 2020. The troop will be met by
buses that will provide to transportation Ben Delatour Scout Ranch for
the first week of the trip. After the week at Camp the Troop will
enjoy a fun filled week of touring in the beautiful South Westernern
US. Touring attractions will include the Pioneer Museum, Ouray Hot
Springs, Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon as well as white-water
rafting in Taylor Canyon.
The cost for Summer Camp 2020 is $1,400 per Scout/ $1,200 per Leader
including airfare (subject to change based upon transportation costs
and final activity itinerary).
It is important that you confirm your trip participation
commitment by making the initial $250 deposit. Deposits need to be
received to register Scouts for their preferred merit badge
Please make trip payments to the Troop Treasurer for all Scouts and
Leaders according to the following schedule:
Initial Deposit February 2020
$1,200 (Adult fully paid)
June 2020 (Scout Only)
$1,400 (Scout fully paid)
Summer Camp 2020 Information for Adults
Summer camp sign up for everyone will begin in February. An early deposit
will be required to reserve your space. Check back for more information.
Meanwhile, any adults planning to attend summer camp are required to be
registered with the BSA. Please begin the process now. Allow several
weeks to complete the entire process - the background check takes the
longest. See the following adult leaders at a troop meeting for
Mr. Anderson for the BSA adult leader application forms,
Mr. Michels for the required Troop 497 background check information,
Mr. Spence for information related to the required BSA youth
protection training and Archdiocese youth leader training information
(both are on line). There is a link to the BSA YPT on the Resources page of this site under the
In the future, new Summer Camp information will appear on this
announcement page for a few weeks. Relevant information will also appear
on the Major
Events page of this site under the Information menu
and will remain there until after camp or when no longer relevant.
Please check both regularly between now and summer camp. Be sure to
refresh your browser pages to see the latest version of the page.
2021 High Adventure Trip to Florida Sea Base
Plans are underway for a June 2021 high adventure trip to Florida Sea
Base in the Florida Keys.See the Major
Events page for more information.
Spots are limited for this amazing trip so please sign-up and make your
$100 deposit now. When spots are filled a wait list of interested Scouts
will be maintained in order of deposit receipt.