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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 scoutmasters@troop773.com 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 mgcolacicco@gmail.com.

Beach Campout

The beach campout will be Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd at Assateague Island National Seashore.

We will meet at the PUMC shed at 5 pm on Friday and return on Sunday afternoon.

The campsites will be a short walk from the cars so you may pack in duffle bags.  Cooks may bring coolers.

Cars will stop individually on Friday night at a fast food location of their choice for dinner and on Sunday for lunch.  Cooks shall prepare two breakfast and one lunch.

In addition to the typical car camping equipment Scouts should bring a swimsuit, beach chair, beach towel, flip flops or such for the beach and shower gear.

See email for details.

Spring Backpacking

On Saturday, May 4th to Sunday, May 5th we will be backpacking in the George Washington National Forest. Meet at the PUMC shed at 8 am on Saturday and return on Sunday afternoon. Bring a bag lunch with a beverage for Saturday. This will be a dry camp out; all Scouts should carry 3 liters of water. Prepare for a low of 45 degrees. Sturdy hiking boots are required as well as Rain Gear. We will stop for a fast food lunch on our way back. Bring small bills to pay cooks ($15) and buy lunch ($10) on Sunday. Cooks should contact us directly before buying food.
The younger Scouts will hike 4 miles to the campsite and 4 miles out. Older scouts we will hike 6 miles in and 4 miles out. Please RSVP using SignUpGenius by Tuesday, April 30th at 10 pm if you wish to attend.

Golf Lesson Meeting

On Tuesday, April 16th our troop meeeting will be moved to Falls Road Golf course for a group golf lesson. PGA instructors will lead the class. We will hit range balls after the class. Drop-off is 6:45 pm and pick-up is 8:30 pm. See troop emails for more details.

Bike Hike

On April 13th and 14th will be our annual Bike Hike Campout.

The Bike Hike will take place on the C&O Canal.

We are going to offer two trips this year. The first trip will cover 37.8 total miles. The second trip will cover 22.6 miles. We will camp at the same campground.

  • The first trip will involve 2 to 3 hours of biking per day. This is will be a challenging two days of biking. Bikers on this trip will need to keep pace in order to make the objective. There will be 2 breaks.
  • The second trip will involve a maximum of 2 hours biking each day. This trip can be completed at a leisurely pace, and bikers can take as many breaks as necessary and still complete within 2 hours.

For coordination purposes, we need to know exactly how many participants to expect on each trip. Please use the sign up genius to indicate which trip you would like to go on.

We need both Scout and Adult Volunteers. Please register on SignUpGenius.

See troop wide emails for more details.

Horsemanship Merit Badge

On Saturday, March 23rd, the troop will offer Horsemanship Merit Badge followed by a campout. We will meet at the PUMC shed at 7 am on Saturday and return on Sunday afternoon. Bring a bag lunch with a beverage for Saturday. We will car camping. See troop email for details.

Backpacking George Washington National Forest

Our winter backpacking trip will be on Saturday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 3rd. We will be hiking in the George Washington National Forest. We will meet at the PUMC shed at 8 am on Saturday and return on Sunday afternoon. Bring a bag lunch with a beverage for Saturday. This will be a dry campout; all Scouts should carry 3 liters of water. Prepare for a low of 20 degrees. Bring the same clothes and gear that you brought to Klondike. Sturdy hiking boots are required. This hike does have a stream crossing, bring two pairs of extra socks. We will stop for a fast food lunch on our way back.

The younger Scouts will hike 3 miles to the campsite and 3 miles out. Older scouts we will hike 8 miles in and 3 miles out.

See troop email for details.

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