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The Troop 497 Covid-19 Activity Questionnaire will now be done
Please use the link below before all in-person Troop 497 Scout
Activities. The information is the same as you have been providing in
paper form, but now you can enter it from any computer or smart phone.
All links to the paper forms will be replaced with the electronic
version. Starting 4/23/2021, if you come to an activity with a paper
form, we will ask that you go online and fill out the electronic version
as well so that all of the information will be in one central
repository. Please go to the online Troop 497 Covid-19
Activity Questionnaire prior to all in-person activities and
follow the directions. Thanks for your cooperation.
Information About Thursday Path to First Class (formerly
First Thursday to First Class)
A quick explanation of Troop 497 Thursday Path to First Class
(Temporarily changed from First Thursday to First Class).
These classes are available to scouts that are working on the ranks of
Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class and will be offered multiple
Thursdays during the month via Zoom Conferencing. You must sign up
for these sessions as space is limited. The requirements covered
will be listed each week on SignUpGenius at this address https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084da4a72ba0ff2-first.
This address will be the same each week but will be updated the weekend
before the classes are to be given. The SignUpGenius will
normally be locked on the day of the session to allow for Zoom
What you need to do to participate:
Check the SignUpGenius for the Ranks and requirements that will be
taught this week.
Signup for the session (1 session only) that best fits the
requirements you need. (You may sign up for a session that is
above the rank you are currently working on)
Make sure you have a Zoom account, and use the associated email
address to register for sessions in SignUpGenius, and join all Troop
497 Zoom Meetings. (See instructions on the Troop website to create a
Zoom Account and to send your information to the Webmaster).
Gather materials you will need for the session you signed up
for. They will vary depending on the requirements taught that
week and will be listed on the SignUpGenius.
The Zoom meeting room will be linked on the Troop Website sometime
before the training session. Important: Always
link to the session from the Troop Website and refresh your browser as
that link may change.
Enter the Zoom Conference Session on time as your slot may be
forfeited if not in the session when breakout sessions begin.
Everyone joining the Zoom meeting will first enter the main session.
There may be a few announcements and then those Scouts who are in the
meeting, and have pre-registered for a particular session, will be moved
into their breakout room with their instructors for advancement.
What if the session you want is closed or you want help on another
requirement?? You can still show up at the Zoom conference and
Adults / Seniors will try to accommodate your need with unfilled slots
and individual help. Adults, Varsity Scouts, and Seniors that are
familiar with Rank requirements are encouraged to attend as well to
assist Scouts that did not find a session that met their needs.
For more information about the Thursday Path to First Class program,
call Mr. Jerry McClellan (410-236-4258); for questions or issues with
the Sign-Up for Thursday Path to First Class, email Jess Grim at email@example.com.
We will continue to offer Merit Badges. The Scouts and counselors
will meet online with a third person present. These could be conducted
using any video phone or computer app that works for the counselor and
Scout. We may also hold group merit badges sessions in on line
You may not be able to complete a merit badge online but you should
be able to complete many of the requirements. Complete as much as you
can online and complete the rest when we can meet in person again.
This is a link to the national BSA
Annual Health and Medical Record site. You can read additional
FAQs and other related information on the BSA site. We recommend you
download the Troop 497 version of the Annual Health and Medical Record
using the link in the previous bullet. Use the material in the section
under "Are You Going to Camp?" if you decide to download the Annual
Health and Medical Record from this BSA web site .
Troop 497 Handbook
Must reading for every Scout and Adult. This handbook
explains the workings of Troop 497. You will learn about Troop meetings,
camping trips, advancement and many more activities relating to our
Sign up to drive Scouts to camping trips
Each Scout Family is required to drive Scouts on one long camping trip
or two short trips each year. Sign up to drive Scouts using the link in
the events page or the announcement for each trip.
This is the presentationfrom the Parents Meeting of 11 October 2020.Please
contact any adult leader if you have questions about anything in the
presentation or would like to volunteer to help out Troop 497. The
presentation includes the 2020-2021 program and objectives, summer
camps, parents' commitment, high adventure programs, leadership,
Covid-19 considerations, and more.
Amazon online purchases yield revenue for Troop 497
We hope you'll take advantage of a shopping tool that will keep you out
of crowded malls while paying a dividend to Troop 497. Best of
all, it costs you nothing!
The program is called "Amazon Smile," and it works like this:
Make a fast online visit to: https://smile.amazon.com.
When you're asked to select a charitable organization, type in:
Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 497, Inc.
You can also add an AmazonSmile button to your browser's toolbar
when you sign up or when you get a reply email from Amazon Smile.
Immediately your Amazon account is linked to our Parents Club.
Instead of going to amazon.com to shop go to smile.amazon.com. Once you sign
in you will see "Supporting: Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 497 Inc"
at the top of your window. Make purchases as you would normally on
Amazon – there's no markup or premium on the price you'll pay – and
once you buy an item, Troop 497 receives 0.5% of the selling price.
It's that simple -- plus this program is a year 'round feature. Now, if
you still have any question about the program, you'll likely find your
answer at http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Monthly boards of review for Star and Life are held during the first
Troop meeting of each month. A scout who would like to plan a review
must contact Dr. John Milto, our Troop Advancement Chairman, to schedule
the Board of Review at least one week ahead of time. You will need to be
in full uniform, have your Scout Handbook, dues paid in full, and merit
Religious Emblems Programs
Troop 497 supports programs for Scouts to earn religious emblems for
several different faiths. Click on this document
to read information on earning the religious emblems for your faith
and for the contact information for Troop 497's Religious Emblems
United Way Contributions
The Parents Club of Troop 497 directed donation number for the United
Way is #7537. Use this number is you want your donation to go the
Parents Club of Troop 497.
Interactive Maps for Maryland State Parks and Other Locations
The Maryland department of Natural Resources (DNR) publishes maps of the
state parks in Geo-Spatial-PDF format. You can download, print or
use these maps with other 3rd party mobile applications, e.g., the free
Avenza app, at no additional cost. The Avenza
Maps app is available free for both Android and IOS. Avenza allows
you to save maps to your phone that are geo referenced - they have
lat/lon information that can be read by the apps and show your location
on the map. You can also have it make a track of your progress which can
be saved and loaded to other applications like Google Earth for later
viewing and analysis. You can also access Maryland's
Trail Atlas to explore areas all over Maryland.
Troop 497 Adult Leaders Handbook
Must reading for every adult working with the Scouts or who
wants to work with Scouts. This handbook explains the dos
and don'ts for adults. It covers most of the items you will need to know
to join us on an outdoor activity from camping to a day trip.
Updated Youth Protection Training - MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL ADULT
LEADERS and recommended for any adult camping with the scouts
An updated Scouts BSA youth protection training is available for staff,
leaders and parents (Youth Protection Y01). The training includes a
three-module course and a Certification Test that all leaders are
required to complete this training annually. View the instructions
for taking the new course and login to your BSA account at my.scouting.org to take the
course. The course and test will take about 90 minutes to complete but
can be completed a module at a time. Email a copy of your completed
certificate to Adam Spence.
leaders are also required to have current Youth Protection Training
provided by the Archdiocese. Click Virtus Online for the
link to this training. Log in to the site with your account and
password or click the "First-Time Registrant" button to set up a new
account and take the training. Contact Adam Spence with any questions
and email him a copy of your completed certificate.
All Merit Badge Counselors Must Register/Re-register with National BSA
All adults who are, or want to be, Merit Badge Counselors must
register/re-register with National BSA and be entered into the BSA
database of Merit Badge Counselors. This is important because failing to
register could invalidate a Scout's Merit Badge and prevent a Scout from
having the badge accepted on an Eagle application. This is a new
requirement as of June 2019. Here is the information to guide you
through this process.
BSA Merit Badge Counselor Guide with general information for all
Merit Badge Counselors
Troop 497 specific instructions on registering as Merit Badge
Adult Application Form showing areas you must complete on your
Adult Application Form
Merit Badge Counselor Application Form
National BSA Criminal Background Checks - Responses Required by All
The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds
to support the continued safety of youth in our programs. Registered
adult leaders should have received an email with this information in
October 2019 but in case you have not received this information and plan
on registering this year you need to complete
this request. Once you have printed and signed the form please
give it to Adam Spence.