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Photographs and a Track from the November Backpacking Trip Available
on this Site
Photographs from the backpacking trip are available in our 2019 album from
the "Photographs" menu. There is also a gpx track file of the long hike.
You can explore our hike in Google Earth Pro, OpenTopoMap, or other
program that can read and display GPX files.
You will see the track of the long hike on a satellite view in Earth or on
a topo map in Open Topo Map. You can move your mouse around and see where
we were at various times and even an elevation profile linked to the
track. Explore and enjoy.
Venture Ski Trip, 24-26 January 2020, Deposit
Due 21 November 2019
Full cost of the Ski Trip ($310) must be
paid by the completion of the Troop meeting on Thursday January
16th. Please make checks out to Troop 497.
Seniors, patrol leaders or those who have been patrol leaders and
venture scouts are eligible for this trip to Seven Springs Mountain
Cost is $310. Fee includes 2 nights lodging, 2 buffet breakfasts,
dinner Saturday evening, 2 day and 1 night lift ticket. Equipment
rental and lessons are extra. Seven Springs has 31 slopes and trails.
Information on the Resort is available at https://www.7springs.com/
There is a first $50 deposit due by 14 November. The first deposit
holds your spot and reservations are on a first come first serve
basis. Make all checks payable to Troop 497.
Check out the photos from previous year's ski trip and read the flyer
giving more information about the trip including payment
Helmets will be required as per BSA guide to safe Scouting. You can
rent a helmet or purchase one prior to the trip.
Check back closer to January for a permission form and equipment
request form which must be returned it to Mr. Reidler.
No Troop Meeting on Thanksgiving, 28 November
There will not be a troop meeting on Thanksgiving, 28 November. Enjoy
your holiday with family and friends.
Committee Meeting: Monday, 2 December 7:30 PM
The Troop Committee will meet MONDAYS at 7:30 at the parish center
this year. All adult leaders and parents are welcome to participate.
Committee meetings are generally scheduled for the first Monday of
each month. Check the announcements each month for updates.
First Thursday to First Class: 5 December, 6-7:30 PM
This is a great opportunity for Scouts to work on rank advancement
through First Class and for Scouts and parents to get their questions
answered. Scouts can also work on the Cyber Chip rank requirements. The
program starts promptly at 6:00 PM in Joe's Cafe - the bottom room of
the Parish Center. Pizza will be supplied from 7-7:30.
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 12 December, 6-7:30 pm in
The next PLC will take place in the Parish Center 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
Senior Surprise Camping Trip, 6-8 December
Our next camping trip is to Camp Dan Beard at Broad Creek. This will be
our annual Senior Surprise competition and also include some shooting
This is the last opportunity until April for you to cook a PASS meal
so sign up with Mr. Kakel and send him your PASS meal menu and cooking
This is a patrol cooking trip so get your menus in to Mr. Michels for
approval. This is also a cold weather tent camping trip so bring
appropriate clothing and gear for the expected temperatures and weather