Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter- 07/05/2020

Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter

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

CALENDAR

Here are some important upcoming dates:

JULY (tentative dates)

9 PLC via Zoom (rescheduled from 7/2)

8 or 9 Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge Meeting via Zoom

16 Troop Meeting via Zoom

18 Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge Meeting at CPC (rain date is 7/19)

23 Troop Meeting via Zoom

We hope all of you continue to be safe and well.  Most activities and meetings inside the Catonsville Presbyterian Church building are suspended through the month of July.  Therefore, Troop 306 meetings and activities in July will continue to be conducted via Zoom with few exceptions.  Please see the tentative schedule listed above – dates will finalized after the PLC meeting on Thursday.  An email invitation will be sent out in advance of the meetings and any activities. 

If there are any changes to the schedule, we will update you as soon as possible.  The Troop plans to meet throughout the summer, but will have fewer meetings in July and August.

JEFF SCHARF’S MOTHER

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Scoutmaster Jeff Scharf’s mother on Thursday.  The funeral will be in New Jersey on Monday.  Please remember Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE ON JACK CALLAHAN’S EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT

Today is a big day for Jack Callahan’s Eagle Scout Project!  The flag retirement ceremony which Jack has planned and  coordinated will take place this afternoon.  Tune in today at 3pm to watch the ceremony streamed live on his project’s “Fun with Flags” Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Fun-with-Flags-112886600430699.   This is an event that you do not want to miss! 

Jack truly appreciates all of the support that he has received with his project!

Please also click on the link below to read a lovely article about Jack’s project, Jeff, and Troop 306.  This is wonderful publicity for Jack and the Troop.  Congratulations to all!

CAMP CARDS UPDATE 

The regular Camp Card sale has officially closed, but there’s still time to support the Council’s Frontline Heroes Campaign,which will continue until July 31.

For more information or to place an order, please click on the following link:  www.baltimorebsa.org/campcardorder.

So that proper credit is received, don’t forget to include or remind your contacts of our unit (Troop 306) and your Scout’s last name when placing an order.

SUMMER CAMP REFUNDS AND ALTERNATIVE PLANS

A handful of Troop 306 families will be participating in virtual summer camp this week through the Resica Falls Scout Reservation. 

Other alternative plans for the summer are still being considered.  An email will be sent once decisions have been made.

Heritage Scout Reservation indicated that it would take approximately 4 to 5 weeks to receive refunds.  You will be notified when refunds are being distributed or returned to your son’s Scout Account.  We have only received a few emails regarding refund preference (check, electronic refund via PayPal or Zelle, or Scout Account).  if you have not already done so, please email Cynthia with your preference.

FOOD COLLECTION PROGRAM @ CPC

Catonsville Presbyterian Church currently has an ongoing collection program for non-perishable food items.  There are large green trashcans lined with plastic bags on the left side of the garage – facing the patio of the Church House – for donations.  All food donations are being delivered to the Knights of Columbus in Catonsville on Saturday mornings.  If you are able/willing to participate in the worthy cause, please consider doing so.  All non-perishable items are welcomed, and may be dropped off at CPC during the week, or taken to the Knights of Columbus on Saturdays from 8 – 10 am.  Please remember to put the lids on the cans securely after use.  You also may send monetary donations to the CPC. 

POPCORN COORDINATOR NEEDED!

The Troop has started receiving information regarding this year’s popcorn sale, which will occur in the fall.  A coordinator is needed for this activity.  The responsibility is not burdensome or overwhelming — in fact, the sale pretty much runs itself.  If you are interested in helping with this task, please let Cynthia know.

Many thanks to all of the parents have volunteered for a role or responsibility within the troop.  

  • Membership Coordinator/Liaison:  Kim Mason
  • Special Events Team:  Annie Guzman-Allen, Carolyn Jones, Kathy Hill, and Hope Riley
  • Cyber Chip Coordinator:  Marc Huete
  • Website Coordinator: Alexis Willis
  • Fundraising:  Camp Cards (Kristal McCormick); Popcorn Sales (volunteer still needed); Catonsville Arts Festival (Leighann Ruark); Renaissance Festival (Hope Riley); and Christmas Tree Shift Scheduling (Kristal McCormick)

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