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Troop Merit Badge Schedule

September 8, 15 & 22

  • Cit. in World
  • Cooking
  • Family Life
  • Pers. Fitness
  • Personal Mgmt.

October 13, 20 & 27

  • Camping
  • Cit. in Comm.
  • Communication
  • Emergency Prep.
  • First Aid

November 10, 17 & 24

  • Cit. in Nation
  • Enviro. Science
  • Family Life
  • Pers. Fitness
  • Personal Mgmt.

December 8, 15 & 22

  • Camping
  • Cit. in Comm.
  • Cit. in World
  • Cooking
  • Emergency Prep.

January 12, 19 & 26

  • Cit. in Nation
  • Communication
  • Enviro. Science
  • First Aid

Scouting at Home

Troop 773 will continue Scouting at Home this fall.  The troop will offer Scouts the opportunity to earn five Eagle-required merit badges from home.  Merit badge classes will run weekly during our troop meetings.  The First Year Patrol will meet weekly during troop meetings to work on rank advancement.  The PLC will continue to meet remotely on a monthly basis.

Spaghetti Dinner Postponed

Troop leadership has decided to postpone the Spaghetti Dinner because of the COVID-19 situation in order to help our community better address this important and quickly evolving public health issue.

We are developing our plan for rescheduling the event, but we are not setting a date for the rescheduled dinner at this time. We are waiting to see how the COVID-19 situation develops before determining the new date for the Spaghetti Dinner.

Your tickets will be honored at our rescheduled date or we will refund your tickets at your request.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its impact on other troop activities and will inform both troops of any other changes to our scheduled activities as soon as decisions are made. We will continue to follow guidance from the local and state health departments, Montgomery County Public Schools, Potomac United Methodist Church, and National Capital Area Council.

Day Hike Campout

The troop will be winter car camping in the GW Forest from Saturday, February 22nd to Sunday, February 23rd. We will be day hiking a nearby mountain. See the troop email for packing details.

For more details contact ASM JC Penny.

Scout Sunday

Please join the troop for Scout Sunday on Sunday, February 8th, at 10:00 am at Potomac United Methodist Church. Scouts and parents are encouraged to attend the service. Troop 773 will be hosting the coffee hour immediately after the service. Additionally, we will be aiding Potomac United Methodist Church in creating thousands of meals with the Rise Against Hunger organization.

62nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Scouts BSA Troop 773 will host their 62nd annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Potomac United Methodist Parish Center, 9908 South Glen Road.

The all you can eat dinner selections are prepared and served by Scouts and Scout parents in casual, family-style seating. No reservations are required.

Tickets may be purchased in advance HERE or at the door for $10.

Anyone interested in supporting Troop 773 but unable to attend the dinner we welcome to purchase tickets that will be donated to the local first responders.

Klondike Derby 2020

Potomac District’s Winter Camping Event 

The Klondike Derby is a two-night winter camping event and competition where patrols solve problems using their scout skills, scouting spirit, and teamwork, all while having fun in the cold. See troop wide email for details.

 

 

Ski Trip

This year’s ski trip will be held at a Pennsylvania ski resort. The ski trip will consist of two days of skiing and two nights lodging. Our lodging will be at a retreat. Snow Sports merit badge will be offered. See the troop wide email for details.

Packages include:

Lift Ticket, Lesson and Rental Package – Includes a lift ticket valid on all lifts open that day, a complimentary class lesson at any ability level, helmet, and use of rental ski or snowboard equipment.

Lift Ticket Only – Includes a lift ticket valid on all lifts open that day. Lessons and rentals are not included.

Caving Campout

Our December campout will be a caving trip on December 7th and 8th. We will meet at the PUMC shed on Saturday and return late on Sunday afternoon.

We will be visiting two caves. A wild cave on Saturday and a commercial cave on Sunday.

The wild cave requires long pants, long sleeves, boots, and an extra flashlight. Jeans are good for caving. The wild cave will be somewhat wet. Scouts should bring a change of boots/shoes and clothes. The wild cave will provide helmet, lantern, coveralls, gloves and knee pads. The wild cave tour will be four hours so Scouts should bring water into the cave.

Scouts should bring three sets of clothes on this trip.

The commercial cave will be a 1+ hour guided walking tour of the caverns.

Scouting for Food

This annual food drive is one of the largest in our area and is depended upon by the Capital Area Food Bank and other local food banks to help meet the demands of our hungry neighbors. We hope that you will actively promote this project and communicate to your scouts the importance and impact of their participation.

THIS Saturday, November 2: Post-it Notes should be distributed to homes, possibly on paper bags and with a note from your scout.
Saturday, November 9: Your scout should collect the food from neighbors’ front steps by 8:30, and bring it to one of the collection sites below.

A note about bags or the neighbors: we recommend that your scout starts collecting PAPER grocery bags from stores now, and as he distributes Post-it notes on November 2nd to neighborhood houses, he can leave these BIODEGRADABLE bags with Post-it notes attached. It’s not necessary, but it might also help our collection efforts. Also, as you know, it is always more helpful to make personal contact with prospective donors than just to drop a note or bag and leave. An earnest scout’s ask is a terrific motivator!

November 9 Collection Sites:
• Holy Redeemer Church, 9705 Summit Ave, Kensington, MD 20895, Steve Fries, site coordinator
• Loehmann’s Plaza, 5200-5296 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD. George Gadbois, site coordinator
• Bolger Center (US Postal Training Facility), 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, MD, Carla Morris, site coordinator (enter off of Democracy Boulevard, just up from the Falls Road intersection. You will see the big Manna Truck in the unloading parking lot we will be using).

Collection hours will be from 10:00 am – 1:00 p.m.

Please feel free to ask for dedicated collection boxes for high-foot traffic sites like apartment building entrances, school lobbies and places of worship, to encourage food collections. As you can see from the chart below, the Cloverly Safeway did an amazing job collecting for SFF last year! I have three boxes left in case anyone would like to pick some up from my house. Please let me know in advance, though, so I can have them ready for you.

Most Needed Foods: Our recipient of the collected food, Manna, has asked for a focus on healthful foods to provide to their clients. Most needed items include: Grains – Instant Oatmeal Packets, brown rice, whole grain pasta; Proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken (in water), dry/canned beans, natural nut butters; Fruits and Veggies – canned vegetables, canned fruit, fruit cups; Other Healthy Items – Shelf-stable individual milk boxes, cooking oils, spices, infant formula, and baby food. No glass please, and no expired items.

We can also use scouts and parents to help us greet donors, unload cars, and organize the food bins for delivery back to Manna. SSL hours are available! I also promise to provide donuts and hot chocolate that morning.

Thank you very much for promoting Scouting for Food with your scout!

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