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Camping at Running Bear (ALKOR), 15-17 February 2019
Our next camping trip is to Camp Running Bear in Monkton, Maryland:
Meet at the
shed at 6:30
This is a cabin camping trip. Scouts will sleep in UNHEATED cabins.
Adults will sleep in a screened in pavilion or tents but need to make
arrangements for tents. The cabins can be cold and the bunks may not
have mattresses so bring an insulated pad to sleep on and extra
blankets if needed to supplement your sleeping bag.
The adults will cook on this trip and we will eat in a heated dining
The cost of the trip is $20 for scouts which includes food while in
This is a good trip to complete some of your PASS requirements.
The planned activities include a Murder Mystery competition and a
Scouts and adults should bring their essential medication, e.g.,
Epinephrine auto-injectors, inhalers, prescriptions on the camping
trip. Scouts should give all of their medications to the adult
responsible for medications during the camping trip before leaving on
Friday. All medications should be in a resealable bag with directions.
Dress for the expected weather and bring appropriate clothing and
footwear for temperatures around what is predicted.
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 21 February, 6-7:30 pm in
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
Annual Pancake Breakfast, Sunday 3 March 8:00-12:30
Troop 497 Fundraiser & Parish Event!
To increase our success, each Scout family is asked to:
Sell at least 10 tickets. (Tickets will be distributed at the
February Scout Meetings)
Please turn in ticket money & any unsold tickets by
March 1 Scout meeting
Volunteer at the Pancake Breakfast
Each Scout & 1 parent per family
Set-up March 2 from 6 – 7:30
Work a shift on March 3
Sign-up sheets will be available at the February Scout meetings
Donate bake table item: Whole cakes, pies, individually
wrapped cookies or brownies, etc.
Bring donations to the Multipurpose Room on Saturday between 6
& 7p.m. or on Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
OR donate $5 for Parents Club to purchase baked goods on your
We also need 2-3 people interested in being part of the committee
(coordinating Bake Table, etc.) If you are interested in helping,
please contact Mary Susan Donhauser
Committee Meeting: Tuesday, 5 March 7:30 PM
All adult leaders and parents are welcome to participate in the
Committee Meeting. Committee meetings are generally scheduled for the
first Tuesday of each month in the School Library - enter through
the lower level doors on the back parking lot. Check the
announcements each month for updates or changes.
First Thursday to First Class: 7 March, 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.
New Eagle Scout Application and Eagle Scout
Project Workbook - Effective 1 February 2019
Troop 497 will be traveling to Camp Blackhawk at the Owasippe Scout
Reservation on the shores of Big Blue Lake in Twin Lake, Michigan for
Summer Camp 2019. The Camp has roots and traditions dating back to 1911
while also providing a variety of water sports activities. Camp
Blackhawk offers a full spectrum of outdoor programs as well as a
generous selection of merit badge programs.
Troop 497 will leave for Camp Blackhawk late in the evening of Thursday
July 18th and the Troop will return on the afternoon of Sunday July
28th. More trip specifics, an itinerary of additional sightseeing stops
and a detailed packing demonstration will be provided as we get closer
to departure date. Please mark your calendars now to attend this
exceptional Summer Camp experience.
All Troop 497 Scouts are expected to attend Summer Camp.
The estimated cost for Summer Camp 2019 is $730 per Scout and $400 per
Leader (subject to change based upon final transportation costs and
Summer Camp 2019 Payment Schedule
To reserve spaces, enroll in selected merit badge programs and ensure
proper trip planning please confirm your attendance and make deposits to
the Troop Treasurer according to the following schedule:
$400 (Leader Paid in Full at
$730 (Tentative Final Amount)
PLEASE NOTE: The Camp assesses an additional late registration fee of
$25 per participant for roster additions after April 2019. Please
register for Summer Camp prior to April 15th and remain current with
this payment schedule to avoid this additional charge.