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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!

Railroading Merit Badge

The troop is offering Railroading merit badge. Railroading merit badge will require attending the troop meeting on October 29th and attending the campout on November 2nd and 3rd. The campout will consist of a train ride, camping, and a train museum.

Class A uniforms will be required. Registration will close on Friday, October 4th.

Fall Backpacking

The fall backpacking trip will be Saturday, October 5th to Sunday, October 6th. We will hike in the George Washington National Forest. Bring a bag lunch with a beverage for Saturday. This will be a dry campout; all Scouts should carry 3 liters of water.

The younger Scouts will hike 4-miles in each direction and the older Scouts will hike 6-miles in each direction.

RSVP by Tuesday, October 1st if you wish to attend.

See pack email for details.

Golf Merit Badge

The troop will offer Golf merit badge. Scouts wishing to participate must attend the Golf merit badge troop meeting and play 18 holes of golf. Prior participation in the golf lesson the troop took last year is not required. The cost of this event is $35 for Scouts and $35 for parents walking or $45 for parents wishing to ride in a cart. We need as many parents as possible on this outing, each foursome will have a parent. We will play “best ball”. Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, September 24th.  See email for details.

Open House

Troop 773 is holding an open house for new and prospective Scouts on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm. Scouts and parents are invited to attend.

Whitewater Rafting

Our September campout will be whitewater rafting on September 14th and 15th. We will be rafting on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers near Harper’s Ferry. We will encounter class I-III rapids. This trip is open to all scouts who have completed a BSA swim test within the last 12 months. Additionally, we will go ziplining on an 840-foot zip line, each participant gets 2 runs. All participants must weigh between 50 and 275 lbs. and wear closed-toed shoes. The cost for whitewater rafting, ziplining and camping will be $80 per person plus a transaction fee. Scouts need completed waiver forms prior to leaving PUMC on September 14th. The signup will close on September 5th. We will also be taking volunteers to chaperone, whitewater rafting, ziplining and campout (will need approximately 7 cars). Drivers will be needed to transport scouts to the rafting then to ziplining and finally to the campsite then home. We will provide driving directions for all volunteers. If you need to complete a swimtest please email as soon as possible so that it can be arranged.

We will be on the water for about 3-4 hours. After rafting, we will have sometime depending on how long the rafting trip takes to get changed and eat before we will need to drive to ziplining. After ziplining we will drive to the campsite and set up camp and cook dinner.

MEET AT THE SHED BY 7:00 AM— to gather gear on Saturday, September 14th.

DO NOT FORGET TO BRING A BAG LUNCH FOR SATURDAY OR YOU WILL NOT EAT! Also, remember to bring $15 in small bills to pay the cooks, along with $10 for a fast-food lunch on Sunday.

We will be doing our traditional stop at McDonald’s on the way home so anticipate your scout getting home around 1 pm. That is not a commitment so if you have needs to be home before or shortly after that time, you should plan on your own transportation home. Volunteer transportation needs to be able to abide by the schedule I outlined above.

See email for more details and registration information.

Scouts BSA Troop 773G – Girls Troop Coming Soon!

Scouts BSA Troop 773 – Girls Troop Coming Soon!

Troop 773G is now forming and will be linked to Troop 773, which was founded in 1958 and is sponsored by the Potomac United Methodist Church.

The program is open to girls aged 11-17, who will explore new adventures while developing life-long leadership and team building skills. Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year, including camping, biking, and hiking.

Regular meetings will begin in September and will be held at Potomac United Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings.

Open House:

4 June 2019 at 7:30 pm

Potomac United Methodist Church
9908 South Glen Road
Potomac, MD 20854

For more information, contact Michelle Colacicco-Mayhugh at

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