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Youth Protection Training
All adult leaders are required to take the online Youth Protection
Training each calendar year. If you have not completed the
training in 2017 please do so now. We want all adults to have completed
the training by 1 November prior to the troop registration process. It
only takes about 20 minutes at
Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training
The Baltimore Area Council is offering Assistant Scoutmaster Specific
Training on18 November and 9 December. This 4 hour training course should
be completed by all Assistant Scoutmaster who have direct contact with
youth. You can find out more information at the Council's
Any Scouts interested in earning religious awards this year should email
Mrs. McKinney. Her husband, Charles, email is listed on our roster.
Camping at Assateague Island State Park: 22-24 September
WE WILL LEAVE THE PARKING LOT AT 6:00 PM FRIDAY. The gear trailer
will be packed on Thursday so we only have to load personal gear on
Friday. Please don't be late.
Our first camping trip of the new Scout year will be on the 22-24 of
September to Assateague Island State Park.
This is a fun trip to go on. We will be camping on the sand just
inside of the dunes and only a short walk to the water.
We'll set up a swim area on the beach so bring your beach toys like
balls, wake boards, etc. with you.
On past trips we've had sand castle building contests and football
games on the beach.
We traditionally go the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday for a few
We plan on having a crab feast on Saturday depending on the price
and availability of crabs (check back).
You will need spending money for Ocean City and for lunch on the way
home on Sunday.
We hope to leave the Church around 6 PM since it is a long drive to
We will return to the shed at 2 PM Sunday.
The cost of the trip is $30. More details when we get closer.
We need drivers to sign up now for the trip to ensure we have enough
rides for everyone. Here are the directions
- we will be in sites 2 & 3.
This is a great trip for dads to join us on a camping trip and have
a wonderful weekend with your sons and the troop.
Annual Parents Meeting: Thursday, 28 September 7:30 PM
The Annual Parents Meeting to kick off our new scouting season will
take place on Thursday, 28 September at 7:30 pm in Joe's Cafe, bottom
level of the St. Joseph's Parish Center. At least one parent of every
scout is expected to participate. During this meeting the troop
leadership will present the 2017-2018 program and objectives, discuss
summer camp, parents' commitment, high adventure programs, leadership
and more. It is also an opportunity for you to volunteer to support our
scout programs and fund raising, learn how to stay informed, and have
your questions answered. Don't miss it!
First Thursday to First Class: 5 October, 6 - 7:30 PM
Welcome to the first 2017-2018 version of First Thursday to First
Class. The meeting is Thursday, 5 October 2017. We will meet in the
lower hall of the Parish Center across the road from where we have Troop
Meetings. The program starts promptly at 6:00 PM. Pizza will be supplied
The successful transition of Scouts and parents from Cub Scouts (or
non-Scouting) to Boy Scouts,
To increase or maintain the interest of the Scouts while
facilitating advancement in rank,
To build excitement for the programs; both internal and external,
To engage and inform parents to allow a deeper commitment to the
Troop through volunteerism in Troop activities.
We will be conduction a parent's 101 session concurrently. This is an
opportunity for parents to learn
more about how our troop works,
how new parents can become involved - it sometimes doesn't look it
but - OUR TROOP NEEDS MORE NEW PARENTS INVOLVED, and
answer any questions.
Life-to-Eagle Orientation: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
The fall Life-to-Eagle Orientation will be held on Wednesday, October 11,
2017, at 7 PM at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 East Ridgely Road,
Timonium, MD 21093. This is open to all Life Scouts and their parents. It
is also part 1 of the two-part Eagle Mentor training. No pre-registration,
just show up. It is highly recommended that all prospective Eagle
candidates attend as they will receive valuable handouts and practical
information for the process of becoming and Eagle Scout.
Sea Gull Century Bike Ride – Friday, October 13th to Sunday October
Want to be a part of the longest one day bike ride in Troop 497 history?
Mr. Schaller is organizing a group to ride the Sea Gull Century. We will
be camping at Pocomoke River State Park and riding 100 miles Saturday from
Salisbury University to Assateague Island and back with 7,500 other
riders. If interested contact Mr. Schaller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Court of Honor: 26 October 7:30 Multipurpose
Our Fall Court of Honor will take place in the Multipurpose Room in lieu
of our regular troop meeting. Parents and siblings are encourage to come.
Scouts will receive awards earned since our last Court of Honor including
all awards and merit badges earned at summer camp. Scouts and adult
leaders should be in full Scout uniform. Refreshments will be served
following the COH.