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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 BiknDave@Comcast.net
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 http://www.centralmarketyork.com/#introduction
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 http://www.nfrailtrailcafe.com/.
Ice Cream at Bonkey’s http://www.bonkeys.com/Menu.html
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
This informational session will describe the steps the Troop will be
taking over the next several months to help prepare your son for a
wonderful summer camp experience.
We will also try and answer all of your questions such as: what
should I be doing now to get my son ready; what gear/clothing will he
need; how should he pack; how will he spend his day; how can I make
sure he is getting his medications; what will he eat; where will he
sleep; what happens if he gets sick; etc.
An Eagle Scout from the Troop will be present to share his
experiences as a first year camper. The First Thursday to First
Class meeting begins at 6:00 PM on June 1. Pizza will be served.
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
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
Please respond to Jeff Mann (Jeff@Mann-Home.com 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
Check back for an update
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
http://www.nfrailtrailcafe.com/ 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 BiknDave@Comcast.net with any questions.
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.
BSA Medical Form
Bring two printed copies of your completed and signed BSA
Medical Form to a Troop Meeting and give to Mr. Reidler or Mr
Miller. You can also email a pdf version to Mr Reidler.
Camp Form Requires Doctor Signature for Rescue Inhalers and
This camp has a special form for bringing Rescue Inhalers and
Epipens to camp. According to their leader's guide: "Emergency
Medication Plan The State of Maine requires that All Campers that
are going to carry a rescue inhaler or Epipens, provide the camp
with an Emergency
Medication Plan. Additionally, each camper must have their
parent’s and physician’s approval to carry the inhaler and indicate
that the camper is able to use the inhaler. At the time of check in,
the camp health staff must also evaluate the camper’s ability to use
the inhaler. Please be sure to complete the Emergency Medication
Plan with the physician and send it to camp with the health form. A
copy of their school asthma plan will be acceptable as well."
Medications Forms for Summer Camp
Check back for the medication form to be completed for all
medications going to summer camp. It will be posted when available
This is in addition to the form required for Rescue Inhalers and
Important Summer Camp announcement regarding food allergies and
special diet requirements.
The Troop must notify the Summer Camp in advance of our arrival
of all food allergies and any special diet requests (including
vegetarian requests). The Summer Camp will attempt to
accommodate special diet requests for religious or health
The Summer Camp indicates that the Dining Hall is a peanut free
zone, however, the Camp still needs to know of any and all food
allergies of any camper (scout or adult) prior to arrival.
Further, while the Dining Hall is peanut free, the Camp is
The Trading Post and many Troops (including ours) may have
Please e-mail all known food allergies,
special diet requests and any questions/concerns to Ken Krach at
email@example.com as soon as possible and in no event later than
June 24, 2017.
If Ken does not send you a response indicating “Received and
Acknowledged” (or words to that effect), please follow up with
2017 Summer Camp – Camp Hinds (updated 5 May)
5 May 2017:
See separate announcement or the Current Forms page for medical
forms required for summer camp.
Please contact Mr. Krach if Scouts or Adults have any special
dietary requirements including allergies, e.g., gluten, or require
special meals, e.g., vegetarian.
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):
$400 (Leader Paid in Full at $400 tentative)
$700 (Tentative Final Amount)
Sea Base 2017 – Estimated Trip Cost and Payment Schedule ($1,175 per
participant, estimate updated 4/2/2017):
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.
$2,075(Tentative Final Amount) Increased 27 April 2017 due to
higher airfares and inclusion of rating trip.