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Adult Summer Camp Meeting, 1 June 7:35 in MPR Lobby

ALL ADULTS GOING TO SUMMER SHOULD ATTEND THIS MEETING. This is an information and organizational meeting in preparation for Summer Camp. The air travel and the week of touring add a tremendous amount of planning and execution to this trip compared to a regular bus trip to camp. All adults going to camp need to help out with this trip to make it a success. Please come to the meeting to be informed and to sign up to help out!

Annual Troop 497 Car Wash – 3rd June 2022 -

The annual car wash is quickly approaching. Please turn in all corporate sponsor donations this week so that they can be included on our sponsor banners. Remember to bring the corporate sponsor materials to be distributed to the beginning of the Troop Meeting on 1 June.

Adult Help Needed During Troop Meeting on 1 June to Stuff the Sponsor Bags
Adult help is needed during the Troop Meeting on Thursday, 1 June to stuff the sponsor bags with the material and gifts provided by our Corporate Sponsors. The more help we have the easier this task becomes so please join us.

Adult Help Needed for Day of Car Wash - Sign Up on line NOW!
We ask that all parents volunteer at least one shift, but we welcome you to stay all day like most of our dedicated leaders and parents. We still need to fill many positions, so if you always wanted to handle a fire hose, this is your chance. Please sign up by adding your name to this Google Sheet. The sheet has places for the minimum number of people to sign up. There is an opportunity for everyone to help out during the day by relieving people and helping out wherever we need more help during the day. So, Come on out and lend a hand to this family fund raiser. You can also reach out directly to Dean Christopherson if they have difficulty with signup file:
Call or text: 443-462-8848     email:

Car Wash Attire
Scouts and adults washing cars should wear swim trunks, car wash T-Shirt (provided), shoes that can get wet and a good sun shade hat. Sunscreen will be available, but bring your own if you prefer a specific type/brand.

Car Wash Schedule – ALL SCOUTS are expected to participate for the entire day (8:30am – 3:30pm)!
Remember to sign in and get your 2023 Troop 497 Car Wash T-Shirt.

7:00am – Adults helping with setup and Senior Patrol arrive.
8:30am – Scouts and first shift adults arrive. Donuts provided.
8:45am – Safety talk and announcements.
9:00am – Start washing cars.
10:45am – Second adult shift arrives.
11:00am – First adult shift ends.
12-1pm – Lunch provided (Mission BBQ and other items).
12:45pm – Third adult shift arrives.
1:00pm – Second adult shift ends.
3:00pm – Last car is washed.
3:30pm – Cleanup complete; everyone can leave.

Remember to invite your family and friends to come by and get their cars washed. Thanks for helping to motivate the boys on achieving their sponsor goals, and making this car wash a success!

Please respond to Jeff Mann ( or 443-377-6699) if you have any questions about the car wash. Check the web site and watch for twitter messages for any updates.

2023 Summer Camp Trip, 15th to 28th of July 2023

Detailed information about Summer Camp is now available on the Information/Major Events page of this web site. That page is the repository for Summer Camp information and it will be updated as new information is available. If still relevant, the information will remain on that page until we return from Summer Camp. If there is any major new information to share with the Troop it will be posted here as an announcement and remain on this page for about two


Get the following items completed now. They require time to complete. Details about each item are available on the Information/Major Events page of this web site.

Volunteers Needed for Service on Saturday, 27 May, 9:00 AM at Shed

Opportunity for service hours through supporting our U.S. Veterans.   We have partnered with the American Legion to place flags at grave sites for our U.S. Veterans.   Our Troop has been asked to support this effort across 8 cemeteries in central and northern Baltimore County.   We need many scouts and adults to support this cause.   If you are interested, please contact Dean Christopherson at or text/call 443-462-8848.    We will finalize a 5/27 meeting time, distribute the flags and assign locations at the May 25th Troop Meeting. 

First Thursday Path to First Class, 1 June, 6-7 PM, St Joseph School Art Room

The First Thursday meeting will be held from 6-7 PM in St Joseph School Art Room. Meet in the School Lobby near the MPR. The First Thursday meeting will be followed by a pizza dinner at 7 PM for active meeting participants.

These classes are available to scouts that are working on the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class and will be offered on the first Thursdays of the month.  Scouts do not need to sign up in advance. For more information about the First Thursday Path to First Class program, call Mr. Raj Mahanti (443-528-1437).

We will need lots of help from the seniors, patrol leaders, older scouts and adults

Troop Meeting, Thursday, 1 June, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, Multipurpose Room

Join us on every Thursday evening for our Troop Meetings. Check these announcements for any updates.

We will meet in person in the Multipurpose Room this week and follow the current Archdiocese Covid-19 protocols which is that masks are optional.

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Sunday, 4 June, 7:00-8:00 PM

PLCs will generally be scheduled for the first Sunday of each month and start at 7:00 pm. Check the announcements for any changes. 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.

The PLC will once again be in person. Please arrive at Mr. Boutilier's home shortly before 7 PM so the meeting can start on time. Check a troop roster, which have been emailed periodically to all parents, for the address. Parents should return at 8:00 PM to pick up their sons.

Committee Meeting, Monday, 5 June, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Please update your Zoom App to the latest version before joining the meeting.
Zoom Meeting ID:
883 1455 5884

Water Weekend, 16-18 June, Register and Pay by 8 June

Our next camping trip is our annual Water Weekend on the Susquehanna River. We strongly encourage new Scouts and their dads to join us on this Father's Day weekend trip.

Actions required by participants before the trip:

General Information (Check back for updates)




Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting and Ordeal Weekends

OA Chapter meeting, 27 June 2023
OA Ordeal Weekends More information can be found at  and you can also pay your 2023 Lodge dues here.

High Adventure Trips 2024 – Payment Schedule

Those Scouts and adults who have expressed interest in Sea Base or Northern Tier in 2024 must make a deposit and remain current with the payment schedule to remain on the attendee list.

We anticipate that the demand will exceed the capacity. Note that all participants who make a deposit must also obtain approval to participate from the High Adventure Committee, which includes the Scoutmaster and Mr. Strueber.

2024 High Adventure Payment Schedules- Deposits Due NOW

Sea Base 2024
Philmont 2024
April 2023 $400 $400
September 2023 $300 $400
January 2024 $300 $400
February 2024 $300 $400
March 2024 $300 $400
April 2024 $300 $400
May 2024 $300 $300
Total (Estimated)

Additional Resources for Scouts, Parents, and Adults

Please visit the Resources page under the Information menu above for additional information about Troop 497 programs and activities.