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Scout Sunday 2017

A Scout is Reverent!!  Troop 403 celebrated the birthday of scouting last Sunday by attending service at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.  The troop, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts presented A US flag, A Maryland Flag, and an Episcopal flag to the church.  These flags will be displayed from the front porch of the newly renovated rectory.


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Summer Camp 2016

Summer Camp 2016 is now in the history books the results were amazing. The boys conducted themselves well and approached the week great sense of purpose and brotherhood. They got to know each other a little better, and looked out for each other.  I was especially impressed with how they supported the newer scouts Tre, Austin and Ayinde.

Here is a summary of the results achieved this week:

  • Tre and Ayinde obtained Tot’n chips and survived the bear sighting while attending outpost
  • One adult swam 5 miles over the week
  • One adult rowed 5 miles
  • The troop averaged 19,000 steps per day over the week
  • Mr. Bergsten took Merit Badge councilor training
  • 2 boys attended COPE and became flying squirrels for the morning
  • 55 merit badges were completed

The boys learned a great deal about scouting, scout craft, life-skills and friendship during summer camp. One fun exercise at the end of the week was to ask all the boys and adults what was the they had learned, and here is what they had to say:

  • I learned a lot about nature for example there are 2 types of honey suckle bushes.  I can identify the tree of Heaven – Miles
  • Read prerequisite closely – Alexander
  • Poison ivy causes a common allergic reaction- Greg
  • I learned how to make a knife pouch and how to do lifesaving – Sam
  • Metallurgy- Nick
  • The ozone was formed by lightning- Christian
  • Hungry scouts will buy anything at any price – Christian
  • How to make a  bowstring- Austin
  • Learned how to  make art – Tre
  • How to make a smoke signal fire – Brian
  • Trey favorite day is Thursday Friday and Saturday.  His favorite food is  the quarter pounder – Jamal
  • Breakfast is at 7:45 and not at 7:30, it took me 4 days to learn that – Joey
  • Bring multiple towels – Daniel
  • Friendship is  magical – Stephen
  • How to hammer metal 4 days of the week – Bilal
  • Don’t rely on Joey to  wake me up – Thomas
  • How to tie various knots and identify native  plants  – Ayinde
  • Learned about the history of Joseph Johns – Jerome
  • Traveled to the Blue Mountain  and got wet in bone springs – Dave
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What was so special about the May campout? It was the mother son camping trip in Jug Bay. Except for a small amount of rain the weather was nice throughout the entire trip. The campsite had a trail to a model Indian village which I’m sure both the moms and scouts enjoyed.


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Reminder – Eagle Service Project

Robert will be conducting his eagle service project, he will be expanding the existing garden at the Bowie Food Pantry.  Please come out and support this service event.

  • When:  4/23/2016 at 9:00 AM
  • Where: 2614 Kenhill Drive Bowie (behind the old city hall)
  • What to bring: Shovels, wheel barrows, sledge hammers, wire cutters, post hole diggers, eye protection, gloves, rakes, hoes, hammers, tape measures, post drivers, levels and spades.  (remember to label your tools)
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Update medical forms

It is time to update medical forms.  All medical forms are valid for one year, so we need to start now to get new medical forms for summer camp and the new Scout Year that starts in August. Click here for medical BSA forms

We need parts A, B and C for all Scouts and adults going to summer camp and we will need new parts A and B for those who do not go to summer camp.  If we do not have updated medical forms your Scout will not be allowed to go camping with us.

Also, we will be sending home a hold harmless form for all who plan to do COPE at summer camp.  The forms must be returned by 9 June so that they can be sent to the camp before we depart.  I am going to encourage all parents to sign one of the hold harmless forms because the camp has a great indoor climbing wall that will be open to any Scout who has a release form and has the time period for open climb available.

The summer camp is requesting all medical forms and release forms and the swim test results be sent to the camp 2 weeks before we arrive.  They want our forms not later than the 19th of June.  The early receipt of forms will aid our check in process on 3 July.

Thanks for your support.

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Spring Campout

What happened to our Spring Campout? There was 20 degree weather, rain, wind and sleet!  Great Troop 403 camping weather

Despite the elements, It was a good camping trip This was Matthew’s last camping trip as a scout and I am sure it will be memorable for him.  Here are some of the highlights: 

  • We had total of 12 boys there was good cooperation and scout spirit,
  • The troop did a service project to help clear debris from a fallen 75 foot  tree from the campfire was a big job but the boys handled it well
    There was a knots program run by the camp master the scouts enjoyed that tremendously.
  • The boys played gaga ball and we had lot of  fun there also,  I was truly impressed by how our scouts cooperated, and shared the space with the other troops and packs there.
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Spring Mulch Sale

Troop 403’s spring MULCH & Gardening supplies sale! Free delivery in Bowie Maryland area! We are offering Mulch and other gardening supplies to Bowie residents. Orders must be received by March 24th, deliveries will be made on April 2nd from 8 AM – 5 PM. Your gardening supplies will be stacked in your driveway, backyard, garage, or wherever you desire convenient for spring gardening! There are two ways to order:

Thank you for supporting our troop as we continue to provide a healthy, educational, and fun outlet  for the youth in your community, Our profits and any tax deductible donations will be used for Troop events, equipment, provisions, and expenses.