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Last Update: 22 October 2021. Click your browser's refresh button to ensure you are looking at the most recent update to this page. It is update several times most weeks. Click underlined text to follow the link to additional information.

Annual Parents Meeting Presentation

This is the presentation from the Parents Meeting of 17 October 2021.  Please contact any adult leader if you have questions about anything in the presentation or would like to volunteer to help out Troop 497. The presentation includes the 2021-2022 program and objectives, summer camps, parents' commitment, high adventure programs, leadership, Covid-19 considerations, and more.

Youth Protection Training for Registered Adults - complete by mid-November

It is that time of year again to renew our YPT Training. Unless you have already completed it in 2021, you must retake it by mid-November in order to be a registered adult with the Troop 497 for the 2022 Scouting year.

Community Clean Up Day, Saturday, 23 October 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Volunteers are needed to help with replanting fall flowers in the flower boxes around Towson. Meet at the Towson Chamber of Commerce office at 8:45. 44 W Chesapeake Ave in Towson. Your volunteer hours will count towards your service hours for ranks.

Call Mr. Murphy at 410-925-1283 if interested. Please leave a message with your name and phone number if he does not answer.

Fall Court of Honor: 28 October 7:30 Multipurpose Room

Our Fall Court of Honor will take place in the Multipurpose Room in lieu of our regular troop meeting. Parents and siblings are encourage to come. Scouts will receive awards earned since our last Court of Honor including all awards and merit badges earned at summer camp. Scouts and adult leaders should be in full Scout uniform. Refreshments will be served following the Court of Honor.

Since we will meet in person in the Multipurpose Room we will follow the current Archdiocese Covid-19 protocols which require that everyone wear a mask.

Anyone staying for the meeting must complete the online Troop 497 Covid-19 Activity Questionnaire prior to the meeting. We will verify that it has been entered online upon arrival as we check your temperature. If it has not been filled out we will ask you to do so before you can participate in the meeting. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to take your temperature and verify your Covid-19 Questionnaire.

Backpacking Trip: 30-31 October, one night only

Our next camping trip is a backpacking trip. We will meet on Saturday morning at Cromwell Valley Park and hike trails within the park and the adjacent Loch Raven Watershed. We will camp Saturday night within the park.

This is a great opportunity for Scouts to experience backpacking like we do at Philmont and is done by many people in the mountains and parks. This is very different than car camping, which is how we typically camp. Scouts and adults carry everything they need for the weekend in their backpacks. On this trip, if you need something, you have to bring it - no one else is going to bring it for you! It is also an opportunity to complete the backpacking requirement for PASS and for ranks.

Actions required by participants before the trip:
General Information

Transportation - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND DRIVERS

Committee Meeting, Monday, 1 November, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Please update your Zoom App to the latest version before joining the meeting.
Zoom Meeting ID: 398 703 538

First Thursday Path to First Class, 4 November, 6-7 PM, Multi-Purpose Room

The First Thursday meeting will be held on Thursday, 1 July from 6-7 PM in the multi-purpose room. It 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. Jerry McClellan (410-236-4258).

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

Anyone staying for the meeting must complete the online Troop 497 Covid-19 Activity Questionnaire prior to the meeting. We will verify that it has been entered online upon arrival as we check your temperature. If it has not been filled out we will ask you to do so before you can participate in the meeting. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to take your temperature and verify your Covid-19 Questionnaire. You only have to complete one Covid-19 Questionnaire for both the First Thursday Path to First Class and the Troop meeting the same evening.

Bull Roast: Friday, 5 November, 2021 starting at 7 PM

PATROL BASKETS DUE 28 OCTOBER AT TROOP MEETING

The Annual Bull Roast will be held again this year to support Troop activities and provide an evening of food, drink and fellowship for all adults. This event is organized as a fund raising event for the Troop and is a activity of the Parents Club of Troop 497 which is registered 501C3 organization. A portion of your ticket cost is deductible tax item.

TV Raffle: we will have the TV raffle again and each scout will be given TV raffle tickets to sell as in past years.

The committee is looking for anyone interested and/or willing to help. Please contact Rich Koors rkoors@caphealthgroup.com as soon as possible. Your support of this major fund raising event for the Troop will be greatly appreciated.

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

Please update your Zoom App to the latest version before joining the meeting.
Zoom 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.

November Camping Trip, 12-14 November

We will be camping on the Herling's farm for our November camping trip. Reserve the date and check back for more information.

Cyber Chip Sessions

For those scouts that need the Cyber Chip for either the Scout or Star ranks now is the time to complete them before going to summer camp. For those scouts working on Star be aware that you will need to earn the Cyber Chip again as the one you earned for Scout does not qualify for the rank of Star.

Please contact Mr. Chris McClelland at mcclelland.scouts@gmail.com to begin working on the Cyber Chip. He will be setting up working sessions for those working on it for the rank of Scout at the First Thursday to First Class meetings. For those working on it for the rank of Star he will set up time to meet with you at the troop meeting

Please be aware that there are several requirements that require parental participation. Those requirements will be reviewed during the first session. Please contact Mr. McClelland with any questions.

Sign Up for Advancement

There are now 3 ways to move forward with merit badges.

1. First Thursday to First Class 2. Group Merit Badge Session Signup 3. Schedule a Counselor for a Personal Session


If you have questions email Mr. Grim at jessgrim@verizon.net

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.