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Gear Preparation, 16 November, 6:45 PM
All patrol quartermasters must meet at the shed Thursday before the
meeting to get their patrol gear ready for the backpacking trip on Friday.
There is an updated patrol gear list available on the forms page of this
Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, 17-19 November
Our next camping trip is backpacking along the Appalachian Trail in
Maryland. This is the only opportunity this year for you to complete the
PASS backpacking requirement.The cost of the trip is $5 plus patrol food.
Get your menus in to Mr. Michels. NO UNIFORMS FOR THIS TRIP - JUST
BRING WHAT YOU NEED! We have to hike in about 1/4 mile in the dark to
our campsite on Friday night. BE PREPARED!
We will all camp together on Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday we
will have two routes for backpacking. The longer route will be over ten
miles. This route is for older Scouts and Scouts who need it for PASS.
We will also have a shorter backpack, around 6 miles, for new and
younger Scouts. We will all hike out together on Sunday morning.
This is a great opportunity for Scouts to experience backpacking like
we do at Philmont and is done by many people in the mountains and parks.
Scouts and adults carry everything they need for the weekend in their
backpacks. We will camp along the trail. We will boil water for drinking
and cooking. This is very different than car camping, which is what we
typically do. On this trip, if you need something, you have to bring it
- no one else is going to bring it for you! This means it takes more
planning by adults and Scouts. Don't worry, the Seniors will provide
instruction during the meetings before trip.
Adults should arrange ahead of time to sleep at least two adults per
small tent. There is limited space for pitching tents along the trail.
Don't purchase a pack for this trip - arrange to rent one from the troop
or from another troop member. The troop has some backpacks available in
several sizes for rent. The rental cost is $10 with a $20 deposit.
Anyone willing to loan a backpack should contact Mr. Downs.
document has the INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THIS backpacking
trip. It covers logistics about THIS trip, e.g., you have
quarter mile hike into our camp on Friday night. It contains information
about the food you should bring and how it should be packed. There is a
list of patrol and adult group gear and a personal gear list including
what should be in your pack and what you should be wearing. It also
covers cleanliness in the woods.
are the driving directions to all the locations for the trip.
There are lots of directions because we need to shuttle people between
hikes and camping areas. Please familiarize yourself with directions
before the trip. There will be annotated topographical maps showing road
details, for use with the directions and for backpacking, available on
Friday before leave. Bring your National Park Pass if you have one in
the event we go to Harpers Ferry on Sunday morning.
DRIVERS: You might need room for the backpacks and gear for you
and your passengers in your vehicle if we don't take a trailer on this
trip; we will decide when we get closer to the date. Drivers and their
passengers should be doing the same long or short hike so they stay
together for the weekend. Don't mix long and short hikers in the same
vehicle if it can be avoided.
Meet at the shed at 6:30. We don't have much to pack so we plan
to be on the road by 7PM. Bring money for lunch on Sunday. Bring your
pack ready to hike into camp on Friday night. Patrol food and gear will
be divided Friday before leaving.
Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training, 18 November
The Baltimore Area Council is offering Assistant Scoutmaster Specific
Training on 18 November and 9 December. This 4 hour training course should
be completed by all Assistant Scoutmaster who have direct contact with
youth. You can find out more information at the Council's
Any adult who is considering joining us at Haliburton Scout Reserve in
Canada in 2018 should come to this planning meeting. There are a lot of
items to plan for this trip because we not only will be planning for the
touring but for conducting the camp week. The troop does the entire
program with adults conducting the merit badges and other rank
advancements, doing the cooking, waterfront programs, and other items. The
Seniors also plan and execute a week filled with activities for the scouts
in camp. All adults going to camp will be expected to help out with the
planning so join us at this meeting and contribute your ideas to making
this a great camping experience for boys and adults. Location is TBD; time
is 7:30 PM.
Thanksgiving Day, No Troop Meeting: 23 November
No troop meeting - enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), Thursday, 30 November, 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
Youth Protection Training
All adult leaders are required to take the online Youth Protection
Training each calendar year. If you have not completed the
training in 2017 please do so now. We want all adults to have completed
the training by 1 November prior to the troop registration process. It
only takes about 20 minutes at
Venture Ski Trip, 26-28 January, Deposit due 16 December
Seniors, patrol leaders or those who have been patrol leaders and
venture scouts are eligible for this trip to Seven Springs Mountain
Cost is $260. Fee includes 2 nights lodging, 2 buffet breakfasts,
dinner Saturday evening, 2 day and 1 night lift ticket. Seven Springs
has 31 slopes and trails. Information on the Resort is available at www.7springs.com
There is a $50 deposit due by 16 December. The first deposit holds
your spot and reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Make
all checks payable to Troop 497.
Check out the photos from previous year's ski trip and read the flyer
giving more information about the trip including payment