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Welcome to Troop 497 in Cockeysville, Maryland - Joining Information

Boys can join Scouts BSA Troop 497 in Cockeysville, Maryland, if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18. Adults, 18 and older, may join as Adult Leaders. We have posted the information and all forms you need to join via the mail on our Registration page. If you would like to join our online meetings as a guest, please send your full name and why you would like to join our meetings to webmaster497@gmail.com so we can add you to the approved list before the meeting (preferably a day or two ahead).

Troop Meeting, Thursday, 28 May, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/266100760  Meeting ID: 266 100 760. Alternate phone audio 1 929 205 6090.

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

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/398703538 Meeting ID: 398 703 538. Alternate phone audio 1 929 205 6090.

First Thursday Path to First Class, 4 June, 6 - 7:00 PM

Scouts must sign up for each session they want to participate in by Wednesday before the meeting using SignUpGenius.
Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83886221034  Meeting ID: 838 8622 1034.
Alternate phone audio 1 929 205 6090.

These classes are available to scouts that are working on the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class and will be offered multiple Thursdays during the month via Zoom Conferencing.  You must sign up for these sessions as space is limited.  The requirements covered will be listed each week on SignUpGenius at this address https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084da4a72ba0ff2-first.  This address will be the same each week but will be updated the weekend before the classes are to be given.   The SignUpGenius will normally be locked on the day of the session to allow for Zoom Conference configuration.

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Sunday, 7 June, 7:00 pm

Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81459661007  Meeting ID: 814 5966 1007. Alternate phone audio 1 929 205 6099.

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.

Attention Aspiring Musicians

Many of our guitar playing scouts will head off to college in the near future and we need help filling their ranks if we want to continue our campfire singing traditions.  If you play the guitar or have a real interest in learning, our older scouts have agreed to host a zoom session to offer pointers and practice tips to help you learn some of the Troop’s more popular songs.  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Krach at kf62krach@gmail.com.

Cooking Merit Badge Classes

Mr. Wynne is forming a remote class for Cooking Merit Badge. This class will be limited in size and open on a first come, first served basis although preference may be given to Scouts facing age deadlines (you know who you are).  If the classes fill and other Scouts express an interest, an additional class may be formed.  To join this class, please send and email to Mr. Wynne at ladermwynne@hotmail.com.  YOU MUST COPY YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN ON THIS EMAIL.  IF EMAILING FROM YOUR PARENTS’, EMAIL ACCOUNT, PLEASE COPY ANOTHER TROOP ADULT ON THE EMAIL.  These classes will meet as a group via Zoom several times, with the times determined once the class is formed. A PARENT MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ZOOM SESSIONS AND AGREE TO MONITOR THE SESSION.

Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Classes

Mr. Krach is forming a remote class on Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge and Mr. Spence is forming a remote class on Citizenship in the World Merit Badge.  These classes will be limited in size and open on a first come, first served basis although preference may be given to Scouts facing age deadlines (you know who you are).  If the classes fill and other Scouts express an interest, an additional class may be formed.  To join this class, please send Mr. Krach an email at kf62krach@gmail.com or Mr. Spence an email at adam@spencefirm.com.  YOU MUST COPY YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN ON THIS EMAIL.  IF EMAILING FROM YOUR PARENTS’, EMAIL ACCOUNT, PLEASE COPY ANOTHER TROOP ADULT ON THE EMAIL.  These classes will meet as a group via Zoom several times, with the times determined once the class is formed. Citizenship in the World will meet at 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings. Following the group classes, each Scout will have an individual Zoom session scheduled to present their work to Mr. Krach or Mr. Spence.  A PARENT MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ZOOM SESSIONS AND AGREE TO MONITOR THE SESSION.

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.

Summer Camp 2020

We have cancelled our plans for summer camp in Colorado this year. We have reservations for a week at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation, 26 July - 1 August.  You should receive an email and be able to read more details here soon.