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Last Update: 23 September 2023. Click your browser's refresh button to ensure you are looking at the most recent update to this page. It is updated several times most weeks. Click underlined text to follow the link to additional information.

Camping at Assateague Moved to Rodney Because of Bad Weather, 22-24 September

We have moved this weekend's camping trip to Rodney Scout Reservations because of expected high winds, dangerous surf, and lots of rain at the beach. Tropical storm warnings were posted for Ocean City early Thursday afternoon just before this announcement was posted. These conditions would not only be unpleasant camping in the dunes but potentially dangerous and could result in the State closing the camping area.

General Information 




2023-2024 Parents Meeting Presentation

If you were not ale to attend the recent Parents' Meeting please review the presentation from the meeting (click). Talk with the Scoutmaster or other adult leaders if you have any questions about anything you read in the presentation. Adult help is needed in multiple areas - get more involved in Scouting by becoming a volunteer.

Troop Meeting, Thursday, 28 September, 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, 8 October, 5:00 PM

PLCs will generally be scheduled for the second Sunday of each month. 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 5 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 6:00 PM to pick up their sons.

Bull Roast, Friday, 3 November, 7-11:00 PM (Check back for updates)

Location: Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave, Nottingham, MD 21236.

Committee: The committee will be announcing more information before the end of September. Check back here for updates.

The Bull Roast Committee is in need of items for the Silent Auction. Items can be anything of value, products and services, that would interest participants. Some popular items in the past have included several nights of vacation rentals; tickets to sporting events, concerts, and lecture series. Also popular are items associated with golfing, shooting/hunting, and other sporting activities where you are involved or are a spectator. Art and items for the home or yard are also popular. Please contact Bruce Clasing with questions or donations.

Tickets are being distributed to scouting families at the meetings. Tickets will be available for sale starting at the meeting on 28 September.

If you have questions or would like to help plan the event, please contact Rich Koors at This event is sponsored by the Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 497.


Effective September 1st, 2023 the BSA is now requiring all adults staying overnight in connection with a Scouting activity to be currently registered as an adult volunteer.

In order to camp with Troop 497 at any upcoming trips (including Assateague) adults not currently registered with BSA must complete the following steps: (Please note full registration approval may take up to three weeks once submitted)

Additional information can be found at the following link

Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting and Ordeal Weekends

OA Chapter meeting
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.