Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter
Celebrating our 108th Anniversary serving youth in Catonsville and beyond . . .
Here are some important upcoming dates:
23 – 25 (Weekend Camping Trip at Willet Family Farm in Westminster, MD)
29 – Troop Outdoor Meeting at 6:30 pm
2 – Swim Test for Summer Camp
6 – PLC and Troop Committee Meeting
13 – Troop Meeting (Location/Time TBD)
20 – Troop Meeting (Location/Time TBD)
21 – 23 (Weekend Camping Trip)
27 – Troop Meeting (Location/Time TBD)
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.
SUMMER CAMP PLANS
We’re so looking forward to summer camp at Rodney Scout Reservation, which is approximately 8 weeks away! The final payment deadline was Friday, April 23. If your son is attending summer camp, and you have not paid in full, please do so today. 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.
BROWNSEA ESSENTIALS TRAINING
We recently learned about a new leadership training designed for Scouts ages 12 – 15 who have reached the rank of Second Class or higher. An email was sent out yesterday by Liz to parents with Scouts in those categories. Please be sure to respond no later than Thursday, April 29, to let us know if your son will be attending.
SWIM TEST ON 5/2 FOR SUMMER CAMP
All Scouts attending summer camp must be classified in a swimmer category: 1) Non-swimmer, 2) Beginner or 3) Swimmer. To be classified as a beginner or swimmer, Scout must take the swim test.
The Y of Catonsville is graciously allowing us to use their pool to conduct the swim test. Test is scheduled for Sunday, May 2nd at 5:00pm. Using the following link, all Scouts who will join us on Sunday must register. https://forms.gle/BTi1eHDPpZTyDgRF8
All Scouts participating in a water-related merit badge must take the swimmer test.
All other Scouts going to camp can try out for the beginner or swimmer classification. If your Scout doesn’t want to take the test, it’s OK! He will be tagged as a non-swimmer and if a Scout wants to be upgraded later on, he can take the swim test at Camp.
Scouts previously classified as Swimmers do not need to retake the test. If you have questions, please contact us.
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.
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.
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!
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.
SCOUTING IS IN HIGH GEAR !!!!! LET’S HAVE A GREAT SCOUT YEAR !!!!