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No Troop Meeting on 25 May

There will not be a Troop meeting on 25 May because the parish needs the multipurpose room for another activity.

Two Bike Rides on 27 May, Heritage Trail (NCR PA side) 

On Saturday May 27th we will be riding on the NCR trail down to York. We will be stopping at the York Central Market for lunch. It’s a great place to see that you don’t want to miss it.
There will be two ride options, a short 20 mile ride and a long 40 mile ride. The 20 mile ride is flat and good ride for all beginners. All Scouts & family invited.
Email Mr. Schaller at if you are interested in riding.
Option 1 (Short Ride) Hanover Junction to York PA and back (20 miles)

Meet at Hanover Junction 9:15AM. The rides starts at 9:30 and ends around 12:30. Hanover Junction Train Station Address:  2433 Seven Valleys Rd, Seven Valleys PA 17360
Lunch at the York Central Market House

Hanover Junction Station: I-83 to exit #10. (Loganville) North St. west to Susquehanna Trail. Right on Susquehanna Trail - to left on Valley Rd. - to Rt .214 west. Right on Main St. to left on Rt 616 (south). Parking lot on left.

Option 2 (Long Ride) New Freedom to York PA and back (40 miles)
Meet at New Freedom 7:45AM. The rides starts at 8:00 and ends around 2:00. New Freedom Train Station Address:  117 North Main Street, New Freedom PA  17349
Second Lunch at the Rail Trail Café Ice Cream at Bonkey’s 

New Freedom Station: 1-83 to exit #4. (Shrewsbury) West on Rt. 851 to New Freedom. Left on Franklin St. Right on Front St. to parking lot. 2nd Parking Lot --Continue along Franklin St. cross the RR tracks, borough parking lot is on left.

First Thursday to First Class: 1 June, 6 - 7:30 PM - Special Parent's Summer Camp Orientation

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. During this session we will also be working on the Cyber Chip and rank requirements. The program starts promptly at 6:00 PM in the bottom room of the Parish Center. Dinner will be supplied from 7-7:30.

Parents of Scouts going to summer camp for the first time.  Please read this important message:

If your son is going to summer camp, or you are trying to decide if your son will go to summer camp, there will be an informational session for parents during the First Thursday to First Class meeting on June 1st. starting at 6 PM

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 1 June, 6-7:30 pm

The next PLC will take place in the Parish Center, room 2B before the Troop meeting. Seniors should arrive at 6:00 pm; Patrol Leaders at 6:30. All patrols should be represented by their Patrol Leader or a designated substitute.

Troop 497 Annual Car Wash: 3 June (rain date 10 June) - adult help needed at 1 June Troop meeting

The annual car wash is quickly approaching so please take time this week to get sponsors from your neighbors and local businesses.  You must have all corporate sponsorships in by the June 1st Troop meeting to get them on the sponsor banners.  Also, please bring any materials that your sponsors wish to have distributed to the June 1st Troop meeting so that they can be included in the sponsor bags that are distributed at the car wash.  See the current events form page for all the car wash forms. All scouts are expected to participate at the car wash for the entire day (8:30am – 3:30pm) on June 3rd.
We need at least 10 adults to help at the June 1st meeting to stuff the sponsor bags that will be distributed at the car wash.  We will also have the sign-up sheets for adult volunteers that are needed to run the car wash.  Some of the jobs are as follows:  Hand Out Flyers, Directing Cars, Pre-Wash Rinse, Wash Bucket Filler, Wash Quality Inspector, Final Rinse, and Tag Collector/Bucket Donations.  Please sign-up at the June 1st meeting for at least one 3-hour adult volunteer position.
Please respond to Jeff Mann ( or 443-377-6699) to let him know if you have any questions
Thanks for helping motivate the boys on achieving their goal, and for helping to make this car wash a success

Committee Meeting: Tuesday, 6 June 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 Parish Center, Room #2. Check the announcements each month for updates.

NCR Trail Monkton Station to New Freedom and back (24 miles): NEW DATE Saturday, 10 June, 9am

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Scouts, parents, siblings, and friends are all invited to this bike ride.Meet at Monkton Station 9AM. The rides starts at 9:15 and ends around 1:00.  Lunch at the Rail Trail Café  Ice Cream at Bonkey’s
Directions to Monkton Station - From I-83 N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mt. Carmel Road. Turn right on York Road and make a quick left onto Monkton Road. Follow it until it crosses the Torrey C. Brown (formerly NCR) Rail Trail. Monkton Station will be on your left. Limited parking. The physical address is 1820 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111
Email Mr. Schaller at with any questions.

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Water Weekend Camping Trip, 23-25 June, 9am

Our next camping trip is our water weekend on the Susquehanna River. This is an annual favorite with the Scouts. Join us for a fun weekend of tubing, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and just plain relaxing by the water.

The adults will be doing the cooking on this trip and always plan an especially good menu. We would like to encourage all new dads to join us for water weekend and learn more about our troop and our camping methods.

Check back for directions and additional information.

Summer Camp Medical Forms Due No Later than 6 July and Food Allergies

ALL Medical Forms must be submitted to Mr. Reidler or Mr. Miller no later than 6 July for Summer Camp. The camp insists that all forms be received at least two weeks prior to arriving in camp.

2017 Summer Camp – Camp Hinds (updated 5 May)

5 May 2017:

Troop 497 will be traveling to Camp William Hinds on Panther Pond in Raymond, Maine for Summer Camp 2017. Camp Hinds was founded in 1927 less than an hour outside of Portland, Maine. The Camp is located on over 300 scenic acres in the Sebago Lakes region of Maine.  The Camp offers a fabulous location and a variety of merit badge programs. 

Troop 497 will leave for Camp Hinds late in the evening of Thursday July 20th and the Troop will return on the afternoon of Sunday July 30th. More trip specifics, an itinerary of additional sightseeing stops and a detailed packing demonstration will be provided closer to departure date. Please mark your calendars now to attend this wonderful Summer Camp experience. All Troop 497 Scouts are expected to attend Summer Camp.

The estimated cost for Summer Camp 2017 is $700 per Scout and $400 per Leader (subject to change based upon transportation costs and final activity itinerary). Please see the separate notice for the 2017 Summer Camp Payment Schedule.

2017 Summer Camp/High Adventure Payment Schedules

Troop 497 has three exciting camping adventures planned for Summer 2017.

All Troop 497 Scouts are expected to attend Summer Camp at Camp William Hinds in Maine. Summer Camp provides the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of merit badges programs in a setting with the entire Troop.

Troop 497 also has High Adventure trips planned to Sea Base and Philmont during 2017 for more experienced Scouts in Troop 497.

All three programs require advance planning and preparation. One part of that planning process is a payment schedule which provides families with an opportunity to make payments for their Scout trips over a period of months. The following payment schedules have been designed for each of the 2017 Troop 497 trips. In order to reserve spaces and ensure proper trip planning please confirm your attendance and make deposits to the Troop Treasurer according to the following schedules:

Summer Camp 2017 – Camp William Hinds Payment Schedule ($700 per Scout/ $400 per Leader):

Date Payment
January 2017 $150 $150
February 2017 $150 $300
March 2017 $100 $400 (Leader Paid in Full at $400 tentative)
April 2017 $100 $500
May 2017 $100 $600
June 2017 $100 $700 (Tentative Final Amount)

Sea Base 2017 – Estimated Trip Cost and Payment Schedule ($1,175 per participant, estimate updated 4/2/2017):

Date Payment
Initial Deposit $100 $100
October 2016 $450 $550
January 2017 $200 $750
February 2017 $200 $950
March 2017 $200 $1,150
April 2017 $25 $1,175
Please Note: Trip cost includes estimated $1,175 paid to Troop and each Scout/Leader pays for their Airfare directly with Airline.

Philmont 2017 – Estimated Trip Cost and  Payment Schedule ($2,075 per participant):
Estimate increased 27 April 2017 due to higher airfares and inclusion of rating trip.

Date Payment
Initial Deposit $100 $100
January 2017 $350 $450
February 2017 $350 $800
March 2017 $475 $1,625
April 2017 $450 $2,075(Tentative Final Amount) Increased 27 April 2017 due to higher airfares and inclusion of rating trip.