Information on Major Events


Summer Camp 2022

Last updated 20 July 2022. Please check back frequently for updates between now and when we leave for camp.

The Troop is traveling by bus to Massawepie Scout Camps in Tupper Lake, NY this year. We will depart on the 21st of July 2022 and return on the 31st. Information about summer camp will most often appear on the announcement page for a few weeks and then be removed. However, it will also appear on this page and remain as long as relevant or until we return from camp. Treat this page as your reference where you can find any information about camp that we have published.

Summer Camp Travel Itinerary Click to view or download - NEW
SUMMER CAMP CHECK-IN, THURSDAY, 21 July, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the multi-purpose room
You may arrive any time between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. It will take approximately one hour to get everything done.

Make sure all forms are complete when you arrive at summer camp check-in on Thursday evening, if they are not it will be too late to get a doctor to provide missing signatures.

ALL SCOUTS AND ADULTS GOING TO CAMP MUST CHECK-IN AT THIS TIME. Be prepared during check-in to complete the following items, as described on the Information / Major Events page, if outstanding:
After checking in, we ask all our Scouts, along with a parent, and Adult leaders going to camp to return to St. Joseph’s parking lot at 11:00 P.M. 
BRING YOUR DUFFEL AT THIS TIME. We will be departing for the camp at 12:00 a.m.
All Adults going in any boats, including the rafts, MUST COMPLETE SAFETY AFLOAT online at my.scouting.org. All adults participating in any swimming or boating activities should also complete SAFE SWIM DEFENSE. Each training course takes approximately 30 minutes. Bring you completed certificates to camp
GENERAL INFORMATION 
ANNUAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL RECORD AND INSURANCE FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN  DURING A TROOP MEETING (revised 10 July)
Medical Forms Are Not Being Filled Out Correctly or Completely

This information is from Mr. Reidler. For those who have turned in their forms I have reviewed them and contacted those with missing information and missing documents. For those who have not turned in your forms we need to make sure everything is complete since there will be very little time for corrections. If you wait until the night we leave there is no time to fix missing documents. Please use the attached check list and please review the information found on the troop web site under information/major events. We want everyone who is signed up to attend camp the opportunity to join us but completed paperwork is required.

An annual physical is required for Scouts and Adult Leaders participating in events lasting 72 continuous hours and resident campers. That includes everyone going to summer camp.

Please make TWO copies of each of the following medical forms and turn in as soon as you can, at least two weeks before we leave for camp. You can turn them into Andy Reidler or Kevin Shaffer at Troop meeting. For privacy reasons, DO NOT email your completed forms. Please call Andy Reidler at 410-916-4083 if you have any questions.

FOOD ACCOMMODATION REQUEST - DUE 7 JULY

If you have dietary restrictions for allergies, intolerance, religious, or other reasons, then complete the Food Accommodation Request and give a copy or email it to Mr Fanto by 7 July 2022. He will collect the forms from everyone and send them to the camp all at once.

MEDICATION RECORD AND MEDICATIONS

All medications and instructions for administering them must be turned in to our Meds leader, upon arrival  during check-in. Please place them in a resealable plastic bag with the scout's name printed in large letters on the bag. Place a completed Troop Medication Form in the plastic bag. The Troop Medication Form is available in Excel File or  PDF Document. Please complete this form neatly to provide clear instruction to us. The Meds Leader will keep track of and administer all medications as directed. The medicine must be in the original prescription container with the doctor’s name on the label.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS
SCOUTMASTER'S SUMMER CAMP LETTER - NEW
This Scoutmaster's Summer Camp Letter contains important information about our Summer Camp at Massawepie Scout Camps. He discusses the things you need to know as you get prepared to go to camp. It includes information on traveling, uniforms, medications, camp rules, spending money, and more. It is MUST READING for everyone.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR BEGINNERS AND EXPERIENCED CAMPERS ALIKE - NEW

Go to camp this year already knowing what those who have been before already know! This document contains tips and tricks based on our past experiences that may make your travel and summer camp more enjoyable.

RANDOM ITEMS
DVD MOVIES FOR THE BUSES

We are traveling on video equipped buses again this year. At times we will play PG and lower movies on the bus with younger Scouts and PG-13 and lower on the bus with older Scouts. Select your favorite DVD to be played on the bus, write you name on it, and give it to Ms. Shields or Mr. Heinbockel at a troop meeting or at check in on the 21st. They pick a selection of movies for each bus and make sure they are on the buses when we travel long distances. They will return them to you in the parking lot when we return from camp.

COST OF SUMMER CAMP AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

The cost of Summer Camp is estimated to be $775 for Scouts and $440 for adults. Payment is due in full in June. This is for the entire 10 days of the trip and will include almost everything (buses, sightseeing, activities, cost of Camp Massawepie, overnight stays). Personal expenses, spending money and the cost of one lunch (when visiting the water park or amusement park) is not included.

Mr Kevin Shaffer, the Troop Treasurer, will accept your payments at Troop meetings. He can transfer money from your family account when you provide him with a completed Family Account Withdrawal form available on this website under Forms/Administrative menu item or talk with him at a Troop Meeting. You can also mail  your payment to Mr. Kevin Shaffer, 119 Ridgefield Road, Lutherville, MD 21093.

ADULT SPECIFIC INFORMATION

ADULT REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND SUMMER CAMP

All adults attending summer camp are required to be registered with the Troop, BSA and the Archdiocese. The registration process includes completing application forms, completing online training, being fingerprinted and having a completed criminal background check. The Troop will reimburse the cost for these items, it just requires time to complete and submit the necessary forms. If any adult is not properly registered and all paperwork approved they will not be able to attend summer camp.

This process takes about 5 to 6 weeks to complete so please get started immediately. Visit the Registration page of this web site located under the Information Menu for detailed information on Registration for New Adult Leaders.

ADULT BSA TRAINING FOR SUMMER CAMP
Adult leaders (18 years of age or older) must be current in several of their BSA Training and bring certifications of completion to camp.

2022 High Adventure Trips

Sea Base

Trip payments to the Troop Treasurer are anticipated according to the following schedule (depending upon final trip costs):

Date
Payment
Paid Amount
Initial Deposit $600 $600
January 2022 $300 $900
February 2022 $300 $1,200
March 2018 $300 $1,500
April 2018 $300 $1,800 (Tentative Final Amount)

Payments should be made by check made out to "Boy Scout Troop 497" or through Family Account transfer. Please note the participant's name on the check. Check payments should be mailed to the Troop Treasurer: Kevin Shaffer, 119 Ridgefield Road, Lutherville, MD 21093 or paid at an in person Troop meeting. Family Account transfers can be made in-person or via email to kevineshaffer@comcast.net. If transfer is requested via email please include Participant Name, Activity and Dollar Amount to be transferred for payment.

Philmont

Trip payments to the Troop Treasurer are anticipated according to the following schedule (depending upon final trip costs):

Date
Payment
Paid Amount
Initial Deposit $600 $600
January 2022 $500 $1,100
February 2022 $500 $1,600
March 2022 $500 $2,100
April 2022 $300 $2,400
May 2022 $259 $2,650 (Tentative Final Amount)

Payments should be made by check made out to "Boy Scout Troop 497" or through Family Account transfer. Please note the participant's name on the check. Check payments should be mailed to the Troop Treasurer: Kevin Shaffer, 119 Ridgefield Road, Lutherville, MD 21093 or paid at an in person Troop meeting. Family Account transfers can be made in-person or via email to kevineshaffer@comcast.net. If transfer is requested via email please include Participant Name, Activity and Dollar Amount to be transferred for payment.