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Corona-virus Update

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 with the updated information.

Troop 497 Virtual Meeting, Thursday, 2 April, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

We are making changes to these previously scheduled events:

Troop Meetings

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.

1st Thursday

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 facilitate learning.

Merit Badges

Patrol Meetings


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 address:

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.

Please make trip payments to the Troop Treasurer for all Scouts and Leaders according to the following schedule:

Payment     Paid Amount
Initial Deposit February 2020      $250 $250
March 2020 $350 $600
April 2020 $300 $900
May 2020 $300 $1,200 (Adult fully paid)
June 2020 (Scout Only) $200 $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 information noted:

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.