Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter- 04/11/2021

Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter 

Celebrating our 108th Anniversary serving youth in Catonsville and beyond . . .

CALENDAR

Here are some important upcoming dates:

APRIL

15 – Troop Outdoor Meeting at 6:30 pm

16 – 18 (National Youth Leadership Training at Broadcreek)

22 – Troop Outdoor Meeting at 6:30 pm

23 – 25 (Weekend Camping Trip at Willet Family Farm in Westminster, MD)

29 – Troop Outdoor Meeting at 6:30 pm

MAY

6 – PLC and Troop Committee Meeting

21 – 23 (Weekend Camping Trip)

We hope that everyone is safe and well.  We recently learned that most activities and meetings inside the Catonsville Presbyterian Church building will remain suspended through June 2021.  Troop 306 will hold the majority of its events and activities outdoors during the upcoming months, weather permitting. 

If there are any changes to the above schedule, we will let you know as soon as possible.

HIKING MERIT BADGE EARNED!!!

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

Please join me in congratulating 13 Scouts and 6 parents/adult leaders who completed a 20-mile hike (actually 21 miles) yesterday!!!  For most of the Scouts, this was the final requirement, and you should be very proud!  Many thanks to Hope Riley, our fearless leader for this merit badge — the participants would have not achieved this awesome accomplishment without you!!!

SUMMER CAMP PLANS

We’re so excited about our summer camp plans at Rodney Scout Reservation!  Due to the success of the tree sales and other fundraisers over the past few years, the Troop is covering $200 for each Scout attending summer camp this year, which results in the total family cost being reduced to $260.  Unless you’ve already paid in full, the remaining $210 is due no later than Friday, April 23.  As a reminder, scout accounts may be used for summer camp fees.  If you need to know how much funds are in your son’s scout account, please contact Cynthia.  

All required forms for summer camp (Scout Medical, Supplemental Medical, and Permission Slip) were sent via email on 3/25 and are due no later than June 3, 2021.  Please note that we will need two copies of both the Scout Medical Form and your Scout’s health insurance card (front/back).  Please also remember that Part C of the Scout Medical From requires a physical exam and must be completed/signed by a medical examiner.

SCOUT SAVER COUPON CARD SALE REMINDERS

Kristal McCormick, this year’s sale coordinator, will have Scout Saver Coupon Cards ready for distribution at Troop in-person meetings.  If cards are needed before the scheduled in-person dates, Kristal can make arrangements with you.  

As a reminder, all profits from this fundraiser go directly to the scout account of the seller.  This year, the Troop pre-purchased the cards to increase the profit that the Scout earns.  Because the cards cannot be returned, we ask that each family please consider purchasing a minimum of 5 cards.  This is a great opportunity to raise funds to help with the cost of summer camp. 

To ask questions, request cards, or express your interest in an in-person sale, Kristal may be reached at braysmum@gmail.com or 410.963.1501(text is better than calling).

EARTH DAY 2021

Please see the link below for information about Troop and/or individual Scout activities being sponsored by the Baltimore Area Council in recognition of Earth Day 2021.  The flyer includes details about a service project and a conservation awards information session.

https://files.constantcontact.com/832ad9e9001/f1601a24-774a-46e0-84b5-7b39954b18ad.pdf

FRIENDS OF SCOUTING

The Baltimore Area Council is in the midst of the Friends of Scouting 2021 Annual Campaign which directly supports Scouting opportunities in our local community.  So far, the Arrowhead District has reached 68.4% of its goal, and Troop’s goal was to achieve a 100% participation rate.  If all families contribute, our Troop demonstrates that we understand the importance of Scouting, and ensures that Scouting remains strong in our community in the midst of these challenging times.  Please consider making your Friends of Scouting donation today, if you have not already done so.

All donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and also are tax deductible.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

The link is provided below for your convenience.  Please also check out the YouTube link that discusses the impact of Scouting upon our local community in 2020.  It features our very own Jack Callahan!

https://donations.scouting.org/#/council/220/appeal/4327


https://youtu.be/wydPBw_akks

WE NEED YOU!

Troop 306 will soon be entering into its 109th year, which is pretty awesome!  This accomplishment is greatly due to the support from CPC, the community, and in particular parental involvement, and this support is necessary for the Troop to continue to thrive.  We encourage each family to attend the Troop Committee meeting held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm— this is a great way to learn about upcoming plans, see how the Troop is managed, and obtain more information about areas of need.  The meetings are currently being held via Zoom.

Lastly, there’s a camping trip scheduled for the end of the month, and general parent participation is always needed at these events.  If you’re interested in attending the trip, please let Jeff know. 

SCOUTING IS IN HIGH GEAR !!!!! LET’S HAVE A GREAT SCOUT YEAR !!!!