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Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 25 January, 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 Elections, Thursday, 25 January
Scouts will be electing the Senior Patrol Leader for 2018 and Patrol
Leaders for the first term of 2018 during the Troop meeting. Scout
planning to run for Patrol Leader need to speak with Mr. Palmer or Mr.
Gibson before Thursday the 25th.
Venture Ski Trip, 26-28 January 2018, 6:15 pm
Meet at the shed at 6:15 and don't be late. We will depart at
Please pay the balance of the Ski Trip. Make all checks payable to
Check out the photos from previous year's ski trip and read the flyer
giving more information about the trip including payment
Summer Camp Planning Meeting: Monday, 29 January 7:30 PM
All adults going to
summer camp this year, including Scouts who will be adults at summer
camp, must attend this summer camp meeting at the Joe's Cafe (basement
of Parish Center across from church). We will be reviewing plans and
assigning responsibilities for summer camp at Haliburton. Because we are
traveling out of the country, put on the entire Scout program, prepare
all meals, and basically do all the things a normal camp would do for us
it takes way more planning than a normal USA BSA camp. All adults going
on this trip need to share the planning and execution of this trip so it
is important that you attend this meeting. You should come to the
meeting even if you are still uncertain that you will join us this
Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, 4 February, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
This is an annual Troop Fundraiser & Parish Event! To increase our
success, each Scout family is asked to
Sell at least 10 tickets. (Tickets will be distributed at the
January 11 & 18 Scout Meetings). Please turn in ticket money &
any unsold tickets by the February 1st Scout meeting
Volunteer at the Pancake Breakfast
Each Scout & 1 parent per family are expected to participate
Set-up February 3nd from 6 – 7:30 PM or
Work a shift on Sunday, February 4th
Sign up at Scout meeting.
Donate bake table item: Whole cakes, pies, individually wrapped
cookies or brownies, etc.
Bring donations to the Multipurpose Room on Saturday, February 3
between 6 p.m. & 7p.m. or on Sunday, February 4th at 7:30 a.m.
OR donate $5 by February 1 Scout meeting for Parents Club to
purchase baked goods on your behalf.
We also need 2 people interested in coordinating Bake Table.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Mary Susan Donhauser
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact
Mary Susan Donhauser at 410-925-5036 or email@example.com.
Committee Meeting: Tuesday, 6 February 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.
Open House, 8 February 7:30 PM
We would like to invite you all to Troop 497's Annual Open House for
prospective members. All boys of scouting age, Webelos II's and I's, their
parents and siblings are welcome. We will gather in St. Joseph's
Church Multi-Purpose room from 730 to 830pm, Thursday, February 8th,
2018. Please extend this invitation for us to all your Cub Scout
contacts, friends and families with boys of scouting age. All are
You can expect to participate in interactive exhibits showcasing
activities our troop enjoys together every month. The exhibits are run by
our scouts with some help from our adult leaders. Be ready to have fun, be
challenged, learn new things, have some camp snacks and receive some great
giveaways. This is a great opportunity for Webelos to earn Arrow of
Troop 497 is a large,(around 70 boys) very active, boy-run troop but we
have enough resources to provide more individual attention so boys don't
feel 'lost' in the group. We are blessed with a large number of adult
volunteers, but we can always use more leaders and the new ideas they
Our troop camps every month and travels out-of-state to different Summer
Camps each year. This year we are in Haliburton Scout Reservation in
Ontario, Canada. Take a look at our website, Troop497.org or
Facebook page for a preview. Your boys are also invited to join us for
camping each month. We were at Camp Running Bear this month
and will be at Camp Rodney in February.
Boys of age 10 or have completed the 5th grade are eligible to join Boy
Scouting now. Girls are being welcomed to Cub Scouting this year. Girls
are expected to be welcomed into Boy Scouting beginning next year. More
information on this as it becomes available. See this flyer
for additional information about the Open House and Troop 497.
Come meet our boys, parents and adult leaders on February 8th, see for
yourself and join the fun!
Camping at Rodney Scout Reservation, 9-11 February
Our February camping trip is to Rodney Scout Reservation in Northeast, MD
near Elk Neck State Park. This is an cabin camping trip with cabins heated
by wood stoves. The cabins can still be cold so bring a warm sleeping bag,
a good insulating sleeping pad, and some extra blankets for underneath or
over your bag if your bag and pad are not warm enough for the expected
temperatures. Adults will also sleep in heated cabins or tents if they
prefer. This is a troop cooking trip with a heated cabin for eating. Bring
several changes of warm clothes and a set just for sleeping in for the
weekend. The cost of the trip is TBD for Scouts and includes all meals. Here are directions.
The "store" mentioned in the directions may be shutdown. Sign up to drive
Scouts on this trip or future trips using Troop
497's online signup site. ALL adults driving Scouts are asked to
Sea Base, Coral Reef Sailing Adventure: 24-30 June 2018
Troop 497 also has planned a Sea Base High Adventure trip for the summer
of 2018 for more experienced Scouts. Tentative dates are 24-30 June -
these may change slightly to accommodate travel arrangements.
Our crews will be doing the Coral Reef Sailing Adventure. Your home for a
week will be on a large sailing vessel over 40 feet long. During the
adventure, you will be sailing the Florida Keys and have the chance to
snorkel some of the most beautiful reefs in the Keys and part of the
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. You will also have the opportunity
to study astronomy, navigation, fish identification, and coral reef
Both Sea Base and Summer Camp require significant planning and
preparation. One aspect 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 schedule has
been designed for Sea Base. Please remain current with payments to the
Troop Treasurer for the 2018 trips.
Troop 497 will be traveling to the Haliburton Scout Reserve in Ontario,
Canada for Summer Camp 2018. Haliburton Scout Reserve is the largest Scout
Camp in Canada with 5,000 acres of lakes and forest. Campsites are
accessible only by boat making this a truly unique Summer Camp experience.
Due to the remote nature of the Camp, all Merit Badge instruction and
cooking for Troop 497 will be performed by the Troop so Leader
participation is greatly appreciated.
Troop 497 will leave for Haliburton Scout Reserve late in the evening of
Thursday July 19th and the Troop will return on the afternoon of Sunday
July 29th. More trip specifics, an itinerary of additional sightseeing
stops (including Niagara Falls) and a detailed packing demonstration will
be provided closer to departure date. Please note that all Scouts and
Leaders will need to have current Passports for border crossing and/or
Passport Cards (land crossings only). Please mark your calendars now to
attend this unique Summer Camp experience. All Troop 497 Scouts are
expected to attend Summer Camp.
The estimated cost for Summer Camp 2018 is $700 per Scout and $625 per
Leader (subject to change based upon transportation costs and final
activity itinerary). In order to reserve spaces and ensure proper trip
planning please confirm your attendance now and make deposits to the Troop
Treasurer at Troop Meetings according to the following schedule: