Boys can join Scouts BSA Troop 497 in Cockeysville, Maryland, if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18. Adults, 18 and older, may join as Adult Leaders. We have posted the information and all forms you need to join via the mail on our Registration page. If you would like to join our online meetings as a guest, please send your full name and why you would like to join our meetings to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to the approved list before the meeting (preferably a day or two ahead).
As part of a Troop wide initiative Troop 497 will be running 22 merit badges and a first year scouter program over the remainder of the summer. These sessions will be accomplished meeting the following guidelines to provide safety for our boys and leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The dates for the sessions are spread out over 6 weeks to accommodate work, vacation, and school schedules so everyone should be able to find sessions that work into their individual summer plans. As mentioned above, we ask that you limit the signup to 2 merit badges per scout until everyone has had their first picks and then we will open it up to others as space allows. The First Year Program will only be on Saturday, August 22 and will include time at the rifle range.
All participants, Scouts, Adults, and guests must complete the Covid-19 Activity Questionnaire or , have it signed by a parent or guardian and present it to the Merit Badge Counselor before they can participate in the in-person portion of the merit badge.
You can find the Troop 497 Summer Merit Badge SignUpGenius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084da4a72ba0ff2-troop
Upcoming Merit Badges by week (check the SignUpGenius for current dates, availability, changes and to signup)
|August 3 - 9:
||August 10 - 16:
|August 17 - 23:
24 - 30
Mr Garcia is in need of an assistant to help him with Leather Working Merit Badge. He is holding the badge at his home in Lutherville. Please contact Mr. Garcia if you can help him out.
PLCs will generally be scheduled for the first Sunday of each month and start at 7:00 pm. Check the announcements for any changes. They should last about 1 hour. 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 meetings.
See the Resources page under the Information menu for list of merit badge counselors and additional information about working on merit badges.
Leaders of Troop 497 are deeply disappointed that COVID-19 has prevented the Troop from making our planned 2020 Summer Camp trip to Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. All 2020 Summer Camp deposits received will be refunded to Scout Family Accounts available for use on future Scout trips, activities and scouting costs.
Any individual preferring to receive a check refunding deposit payments received by the Troop for Summer Camp 2020 is kindly requested to email Troop Treasurer, Kevin Shaffer (email@example.com) requesting a refund check. Please include the following information in a Check Refund Request email: (1) Scout/Leader refund name(s), (2) amount of deposit refund request, and (3) address for mailing refund check. Check refund requests will be processed promptly upon receipt.