Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter- May 23, 2021

Troop 306 Weekly Newsletter 

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

CALENDAR

Here are some important upcoming dates:

MAY

27 – Outdoor Troop Meeting at CPC at 6:30 pm

JUNE

1 – Mandatory Meeting for Parents of Summer Camp Attendees (Zoom at 7:30 pm)

3 – PLC at 6:30 pm and Troop Committee Meeting at 7:30 pm

10 – Outdoor Troop Meeting at CPC

17 – Outdoor Troop Meeting at CPC

27 – July 3 (Summer Camp at Rodney Scout Reservation)

We hope that everyone is safe and well.  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 5 weeks from today!  The adult leaders are in the midst of final preparation for camp, and there are number of things still pending.

(1) The final payment deadline was Friday, April 23.  It appears that there are still a few families with outstanding payments.  If your son is attending summer camp, and you have not paid in full, please do so today or contact Cynthia to let her know your intentions.  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 speak with Cynthia.  Also, financial assistance for summer camp is available, if needed.

(2) Additionally, a survey was sent out on 5/12 regarding tent accommodations and Class B shirt sizes.  Responses were due on 5/15.  If you have not yet responded, we must hear from you today.  We are including a copy of the survey link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecJNWy3KE7Buc09aSr2dQGXlFRhZypgmbPn9qUXhIyeCZKJg/viewform?usp=sf_link

(3) As of today, very few summer camp forms have been returned.  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.

Additionally, if any adult or youth is vaccinated prior to attending summer camp, Camp Rodney is requesting that a copy of the vaccination certificate be attached to the medical form.

(4) Some of the Scouts have prerequisites for the merit badges that they will taking during summer camp.  If your Scout falls into this category, a list of the prerequisites was given to him this past Thursday at the meeting.  If your son was not in attendance, the list will be emailed to you.  NOTE:  Prerequisites must be completed and verified by an adult leader no later than Thursday, June 24.

CATONSVILLE FOOD/OTHER ESSENTIALS COLLECTION

Catonsville Presbyterian Church and the Knights of Columbus are again working with various organizations to collect non-perishable food and other essentials (such as cleaning supplies and laundry detergent) for needy families in the Catonsville area.  There will be a drive-through collection at CPC from 4 – 6 pmon the first Friday of June through August.  Items can also be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus from 10 am – 12 pm on the first Saturday of June through August.

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. We have approximately 50 cards remaining. 

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 and other Troop-related expenses throughout the year.

To ask questions or request cards, Kristal may be reached at braysmum@gmail.com or 410.963.1501(text is better than calling).  

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.

We currently have a role on the Troop Committee for which we need a volunteer.  William Weiss, our current secretary, would like to transition out of that role.  Bill has faithfully continued to serve on the Troop Committee as Secretary, although his son aged out of the Troop four years ago.  The duties are basic, and just involve attending the monthly committee meetings and taking the minutes.  If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Cynthia.

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