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Welcome to Troop 497 in Cockeysville, Maryland - Joining Information

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 so we can add you to the approved list before the meeting (preferably a day or two ahead).

Special Troop Meeting, Thursday, 13 August, 7:30 - 8:30 PM 

PATROL LEADER ELECTIONS Please join us and elect your Patrol Leaders for next 6 months

Join the Zoom Meeting by SIGNING IN TO ZOOM FIRST then entering the Meeting ID: 266 100 760

Summer Outdoor Merit Badges

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.

  1. The maximum number of scouts in a class will be eight.
  2. Each class must have two adults. The class will be a day event only, no overnight.
  3. If the class goes through lunch, each scout must bring their own food and drink.
  4. We are asking that each scout only sign up for two merit badges to start so that we can give as many scouts as possible an opportunity to participate.
  5. Boys and adults must social distance and wear masks as needed.

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 Word Document or PDF Document, 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  

Upcoming Merit Badges by week (check the SignUpGenius for current dates, availability, changes and to signup)

August 3 - 9:
  • First Aid
  • Leatherwork
  • Environmental Science
August 10 - 16:
  • Personal Fitness
  • Wood Carving
August 17 - 23:
  • Weather
  • Rowing
  • Public Health
  • Pioneering
  • First Year Program
August 24 - 30
  • Shotgun

Adult Help Needed for Leather Work Merit Badge, Saturday, 8 August, 8 AM - 4:00 PM

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.

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Sunday, 30 August, 7:00 PM

Join the Zoom Meeting by SIGNING IN TO ZOOM FIRST then entering the Meeting ID: 814 5966 1007

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.

Committee Meeting, TUESDAY, 1 September, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Join the Zoom Meeting by SIGNING IN TO ZOOM FIRST then entering the Meeting ID: 398 703 538

Merit Badge Counselors

See the Resources page under the Information menu for list of merit badge counselors and additional information about working on merit badges.

Summer Camp 2020 Refunds

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 ( 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.