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Photographs from Assateague Weekend Wanted for Web Site

If you took some good photographs during the the camping trip to Assateague we would like to post some to the web site. Please upload the photos you want to contribute to Google Drive, OneDrive, or a similar site that allows someone to download them all at once. Then send a link to the Webmaster. Thank you.

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 18 October, 6-7:30 pm - SCHOOL LIBRARY

The next PLC will take place in the school library before the Troop meeting. Seniors should arrive at 6:00 pm; Patrol Leaders at 6:15. All patrols should be represented by their Patrol Leader or a designated substitute.

Gettysburg National Military Park Camping: 26-28 October

Our next camping trip is to McMillan Woods Youth Campground in the Gettysburg National Military Park. This will be our first time camping at McMillan Woods. You can find more information on the campground at

Parents Meeting: 

Our annual parents meeting was held on 4 October. Here is the presentation that was given during the meeting with a few updates based on information provided during the meeting. Check out the monthly program and goals page for the 2018-2019 information on monthly themes for meetings and camping - please note the camping is tentative until we have reservations.

Bull Roast, Friday, 9 November, 7-11:00 PM - Volunteers Needed

Location: Valley Mansion on Cranbrook Road

Event & Raffle Tickets – to be handed out at the 4 October Parents Meeting

Donations are needed for the Silent Auction & Harvest of Prizes(raffle baskets):

Patrol Baskets: Each patrol is responsible for creating a basket. The basket is a group effort so scouts should check with their patrol leader to see what is needed for the basket.

Moms: We will be collecting bottles of wine for the Mother's basket, Wines of the World. Donations may be brought to Thursday Troop meetings and placed in the donation box in the lobby outside the gym.

Dads: We are collecting 6 packs of beer for the Dad's basket, Beers of the World. Donations may be brought to Thursday Troop meetings and placed in the donation box in the lobby outside the gym.

Volunteers: A successful Bull Roast requires lots of volunteers to plan and staff the event. Won't you volunteer some time to ensure the success of our most important fund raiser? Sign up to volunteer using our Bull Roast SignUpGenius site by clicking the link.

If you have questions or would like to help plan the event, please contact Rich Koors at or sign up using the above link. This event is sponsored by the Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 497.

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We hope you'll take advantage of a shopping tool that will keep you out of crowded malls while paying a dividend to Troop 497.  Best of all, it costs you nothing!

It's that simple -- here is additional information, including how to sign up, on our Resources page.

Philmont: 23 June - 5 July 2019 Openings still available

We have crew opportunities to Philmont for June 23rd-July 5th 2019, not including travel to and from.

Several prior announcements have been made about the Philmont trip for next year.

Your Scout must be at least 15 prior to the trip and must be able to attend the prep-hikes and shakedowns in advance of the trip. Those already slated to attend have been training but it is certainly not too late for jumping in on the experience. 

Please contact Roger Munn as soon as possible if you or your Scout are interested.