Information on Major Events

Summer Camp 2020 Refunds

Leaders of Troop 497 are deeply disappointed that COVID-19 has prevented the Troop from making our planned 2020 Summer Camp trip to Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. All 2020 Summer Camp deposits received will be refunded to Scout Family Accounts available for use on future Scout trips, activities and scouting costs.

Any individual preferring to receive a check refunding deposit payments received by the Troop for Summer Camp 2020 is kindly requested to email Troop Treasurer, Kevin Shaffer (kevineshaffer@comcast.net) requesting a refund check. Please include the following information in a Check Refund Request email: (1) Scout/Leader refund name(s), (2) amount of deposit refund request, and (3) address for mailing refund check. Check refund requests will be processed promptly upon receipt.

2021 High Adventure Trips

2021 Florida Sea Base

Plans are underway for a June 2021 high adventure trip to Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys.

Specific details of the trip are still being planned but presently Scouts and Leaders will fly into Miami, Florida and tour through the Florida Keys on the way to arriving at Key West. Specific times and activities are being determined but past trips have included glass bottom boat excursions and tours in the Keys. At Sea Base the Scouts will experience the Key West Sailing adventure which includes living for a week aboard a 40-foot sailing vessel. The crew will sail the Lower Keys for six days and the trip will include docking in historic Key West midweek. Activities will include snorkeling the Florida Reef Tract, fishing, crewing the vessel, navigation, astronomy and much more. After spending a week in the Keys the Scouts will return to BWI Airport.

Interested Scouts over the age of 14 at the start of the trip, comfortable in the water and physically fit for the experience should contact trip Leader Peter Fitton to get further details.

Estimated cost for Sea Base 2021 is $1,400 per Scout/Leader including airfare (subject to change based upon transportation costs and final activity itinerary).

Spots are limited for this amazing trip so please sign-up and make your $100 deposit now. When spots are filled a wait list of interested Scouts will be maintained in order of deposit receipt.

Trip payments to the Troop Treasurer are anticipated according to the following schedule (depending upon final trip costs): Payment Paid Amount Initial Deposit (Now) $100 $100 January 2021 $300 $400 February 2021 $300 $700 March 2021 $300 $1,000 April 2021 $200 $1,200 May 2021 $200 $1,400 (Tentative Final Amount)


Payment     Paid Amount
Initial Deposit Now   $100 $100
January 2021 $300 $400
February 2021 $300 $700
March 2021 $300 $1,000
April 2021 $200 $1,200
May 2021 $200 $1,400 (tentative final amount)

2021 Northern Tier

Plans are underway for a June 2021 high adventure trip to Northern Tier Bissett, Manitoba in the Great North Woods of Canada.

Specific details of the trip are still being planned but presently the Scouts and Leaders will fly and travel to Bissett, Manitoba where they will board a float plane to begin their Northern Tier adventure. The Northern Tier trek will include canoeing Canadian waterways, portaging the canoes and camping in the most remote areas of the Canadian wilderness. After spending a week at Northern Tier the Scouts will return to BWI Airport.

Interested Scouts over the age of 16, comfortable in the water and physically fit for the experience should contact trip Leader Frank Strueber to get further details.

Estimated cost for Northern Tier 2021 is $2,100 per Scout/Leader including airfare (subject to change based upon transportation costs and final activity itinerary).

Spots are limited for this amazing trip so please sign-up and make your $deposit now.

Please make trip payments to the Troop Treasurer according to the following schedule:


Payment     Paid Amount
Initial Deposit Now   $100 $100
January 2021 $400 $500
February 2021 $400 $900
March 2021 $400 $1,300
April 2021 $400 $1,700
May 2021 $400 $2,100 (tentative final amount)

Interested Scouts/Leaders please send deposit payment (noting Northern Tier 2021) to:

Kevin Shaffer
119 Ridgefield Road
Lutherville, MD 21093