Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter – 8/2/2020

Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter

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

CALENDAR

Here are some important upcoming dates:

AUGUST 

13 Troop Meeting/Court of Honor from 6:30 – 8 pm (outdoors at Catonsville Presbyterian Church)

27 Outdoor Activity from 6:30 – 8 pm(location TBD) (tentative)

We hope all of you continue to be safe and well.  We recently learned that most activities and meetings inside the Catonsville Presbyterian Church building will remain suspended through the month of September.  Troop 306 is cautiously moving forward with plans to hold some outdoor events at Catonsville Presbyterian Church.  Please see the schedule above.  Any outdoor activity will be limited in size, or the Scouts will be separated by patrols.  Social distancing and face masks will be required.  Hand sanitizer also will be available.

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

SUMMER CAMP REFUNDS AND ALTERNATIVE PLANS 

The events listed above are Troop 306’s plans for the remainder of the summer.  For the events planned this month, please note that we will be using Sign Up Genius to get a head count.  Because the Scouts will be separated by patrols/smaller groups, we will need some parent participation to monitor social distancing.  We ask that you please volunteer to assist, if you’re able to do so, when the email for the first event is sent out later this week. 

Also, we recently contacted Laurel Highlands Council about the status of the summer camp refund.  The check was issued in mid-June, but unfortunately it was never received, so the check is being reissued.  We likely will begin the refund process for summer camp payments around mid-August.  However, 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 is still working with other churches in the area to gather non-perishable food items.  However, the large green trashcans have been removed.  Instead, there is a direct food collection program every FRIDAY evening (4:30 -6:30 pm) in the small parking lot on Frederick Road.  Food collected there is then delivered to the Knights of Columbus on Saturday morning.  If you are able/willing to participate in this worthy cause, please consider doing so to help those in need.  All non-perishable items are welcomed, and also may be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus on Saturdays from 8 – 10 am

ARROWHEADS UP NEWSLETTER

I recently signed up to receive Arrowhead District newsletter, which is titled “Arrowheads Up”.  It’s a really nice online newsletter that contains information pertaining to the District and Council.  The most recent edition came out on July 13.  

Please see the link below:

https://conta.cc/3eoyhDw

One of the events mentioned in the newsletter is the 2021 National Jamboree.  Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, BSA announced that this event has been postponed.  Any payments that have been made towards attending this event will be refunded by BSA.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS CANCELED and POPCORN COORDINATOR NEEDED!

We also recently learned that the Catonsville Arts Festival and the Maryland Renaissance Festival have both been canceled due to Covid-19.  Troop 306 normally participates in both events as a way to provide a service while also raising some funds.  We appreciate those parents who stepped up to coordinate volunteers for these events.  

The Troop is receiving information regarding this year’s popcorn sale.  The sale has already started, but we usually doesn’t focus too much on it until 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 !!!!