Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter- 1/24/2021

Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter

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


Here are some important upcoming dates:


28 - Troop Meeting via Zoom at 7:30 pm

29 - 31 (Winter Camping at Poplar Grove Youth Camp Ground in Catoctin Mountains; 1 or 2 night options)


4 - PLC and Troop Committee Meeting via Zoom

11 - Troop Meeting via Zoom at 7:30 pm

14 - Virtual Scout Sunday Service at 10:30 am

18 - Outdoor Troop Meeting at CPC at 6 pm

25 - Virtual Court of Honor & Friends of Scouting Presentation

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 March 2021.  Troop 306 will continue to hold some outdoor events and activities during the winter months, weather permitting.  

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


In February, Troop 306 traditionally has an annual family dinner, which includes a Court of Honor, slideshow, information about upcoming Troop activities, and a Friends of Scouting presentation.  Although we will not be able to have a meal together due to the pandemic, we currently are exploring options for a virtual event.  More information to come, but in the meantime, we're looking for pictures from any of the Troop's activities since February 2020.  Pictures are needed for the slideshow as well as the Troop's website, which will be coming soon.  Please send any pictures to Cynthia by next Sunday, January 31, preferably by email.


Scout Sunday is a day set aside by BSA to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting.  At Catonsville Presbyterian Church, this observance will take place virtually on Sunday, February 14.  We encourage all Scout families to view the service online via YouTube.  A link will be included in the newsletter on the morning of the service.


There is still a great need for food in the Catonsville area.  If you're interested in contributing, donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

State Fare Restaurant -- collection bin is located outside behind the white tent.

Chef Paolino's Cafe -- collection bin is located just inside the main entrance to the restaurant.

WESTSIDE MEN'S SHELTER CLOTHING COLLECTIONThere is a collection bin on the front porch of the church house at CPC for Westside Men’s Shelter items, including men’s hats, socks, long underwear—new items only.  Men’s coats (new and used, clean and in good condition) will also be received—sizes L and XL especially needed.  All items will be collected through January 31, 2021.


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.  At the Troop Committee on January 7th, some open roles/duties were discussed.  We've very grateful for two families who volunteered to serve in the following roles: Membership Chair (Angela Ortado) and Outdoor/Activities Coordinator (Phil & Hope Unkel).  There are still other specific areas where assistance is needed and additional information will be shared soon.  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 and see how the Troop is managed.  The meetings are currently being held via Zoom.

Also, we will be holding more Troop meetings via Zoom during the winter months, and we are looking for ways to help the meetings be more fun and engaging in the virtual environment.  We had previously asked for parents who would be willing to give a 20 - 30 minute presentation on their careers during one of the meetings.  We have a volunteer for the month of February -- thank you, Amy Sinnott!  If other parents are interested in presenting in future months, please contact Jeff or Cynthia.

Lastly, general adult participation is always needed for camping trips.  We understand that winter camping may or may not be your ideal trip.  If you're interested in attending the trip this coming weekend, please respond to the email sent on 1/22 from Hope Riley.