Troop 850 will hold our annual Service Campout at Clifty Falls State Park in southern Indiana the weekend of March 20-22. We will perform a service project in the park to assist their staff in preparing the park for the season. There will be time for Scouts to work on advancements on Saturday afternoon.
Please return the Permission Slip by March 17th. As in previous years, there is no charge for our Service Campout.
For Summer Camp 2015, Troop 850 will return to Camp Davy Crockett located northeast of Knoxville, TN. The dates are June 14-20 and the cost including transportation is $275 per Scout and $50 per Adult (same fees as 2014). Payments should be made to Troop 850 and the first payment of $100 ($50 for adults) is due on February 24 with the balance due by May 5.
All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional. A link to this form is provided below.
Also provided is a link to the 2015 Leaders Guide for Camp Davy Crockett which contains many of the details about Summer Camp. Information about merit badges offered and the schedule for classes can be found on pages 9 – 11. Page 15 has details on programs for older Scouts. Please note, some extra fees are charged for certain merit badges and programs.
The merit badge classes are scheduled between 9:00 – 12:00 and 2:00 – 5:00. Scouts should have a schedule with no more than 1 free period during those times and include at least 1 Eagle required merit badge. More information on Merit Badges can be found at www.meritbadge.org .
We will register for merit badge classes as a Troop, so when you hand in your deposit include your merit badge selections by completing the “Merit Badge Sign-up worksheet” on page 27 of the Leader’s Guide.
Adult participation is critical for us to have a successful summer camp experience for the Scouts. By only charging $50 for adults, the Troop will pick up much of the costs in order to encourage adults to attend.
We have scheduled Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout for the weekend of February 6-8 near Hamilton, Ohio. This will be a joint campout with Troop 654 of the Izaak Walton League and they will be hosting our Troop on their property north of Hamilton (450 Bessinger Road, about a 40 minute drive).
The Scouts will compete with the patrols of both Troops by preparing a 3-course meal in Dutch Ovens for themselves and the judges. The winning patrol will have their names engraved on the plaque in our display case. The Scouts will complete an orienteering course early Saturday and that night they’ll enjoy a movie and popcorn. Plus, we will be sleeping indoors!
Families of Troop 850 Scouts are encouraged to visit on Saturday and join us for dinner. Please list family members on the permission slip and turn in by January 27th. The fee is $30 for each Scout and adult for the weekend. There is no charge for family members coming on Saturday.
Troop 850’s first outing of 2015 will be a day of indoor rock climbing at Climb Time in Blue Ash where they have a variety of climbing walls for all levels of expertise. Adults will be needed as drivers and also to serve as belayers – no experience required, training provided. The more adults we have to belay, the more climbing the Scouts will be able to do.
We will meet Saturday January 10th at St Ignatius at 1:00 pm. We will climb from around 2:00 to 4:00, followed by pizza at LaRosa’s in White Oak, returning to St Ignatius around 6:00.
Cost per climber will be $20, which should be turned in at our Troop meeting January 6th along with the permission slip and the Climb Time waiver (separate waiver for everyone attending) found below. For more information check out www.ctoba.com
This year’s Fall Backpacking Trip will be in the Deam Wilderness, part of Hoosier National Forest the weekend of November 7-9. The cost is $ 35 per person. Scouts must be 1st Class rank or above and have backpacking experience. Please complete the permission slip below and return with payment at the Troop Meeting on November 4th.
Below are 3 documents with details on Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) held in January and February. Read the Troop 850 Letter first to find out what MBC is all about. I would like to receive all registration requests for review by November 12th. Registration opens on November 1st, so the sooner you choose your classes, the better chance of getting your first choices.
We will register together as a Troop, so please follow the instructions on the first document, and do not mail in your registration.
Since 1927 every 2 years, a special Boy Scout jamboree has been held in Cincinnati called Peterloon. In 2012, over 5,000 Scouts from 4 states participated including 16 Scouts from Saint Ignatius.
For Troop 850 Scouts and Adults to participate, complete the permission slip and turn in along with $32 fee per person by October 7th. Currently, we are still in need of more Troop 850 Adult leaders to attend to make the campout a success.
Webelos from Pack 850 will be joining us, so we would like a large group of Boy Scouts to join them. For Scouts age 14 and up, also complete the waiver below if you plan on doing the zip line or climbing tower.
This year’s Peterloon theme is “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout”. For details on how Peterloon entertains 5,000 Scouts for a weekend, go to http://www.danbeard.org/peterloon/
The Boy Scouts of St. Ignatius Troop 850 will be hosting their 12th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning October 26th. Please plan on joining us for a wonderful breakfast and fellowship in the school cafeteria on the 26th.
We’ll have a basket raffle as part of this fundraiser. If you or your employer would like to make a charitable donation of cash or other items for our raffle (gift certificates, merchandise, sports tickets, trips, etc.) please contact Kathy Smith (226-4992 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Advance purchase tickets will be available from any Boy Scout and tickets will be available at the door on Sunday morning. Thank you for your continued support of our active Boy Scout Troop – we really appreciate it! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on October 26th!
Troop 850 will return to Salt Creek Ranch (saltcreekhorseranch.com) near Metamora, Indiana for a day of Horseback Riding. The Troop has visited the ranch in 2010 and 2012 and over 40 Scouts and 9 Adults enjoyed a beautiful 2-hour ride. We will camp nearby at the Bear Creek Boy Scout Camp and attend Saturday evening Mass (after showers) in Liberty, IN.
The permission slip below and $45 fee per person are due September 9th.
Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 8 – 10 at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) near Mount Vernon, KY, about a 2 ½ drive down I-75. We will be exploring different caves based on age and experience, so this is a great opportunity for adults and Scouts of all ages.
Don’t miss our Troop meeting on July 22nd, when a member of Greater Cincinnati Grotto which manages the GSP will speak to the Troop about our upcoming trip. We would like to get an approximate headcount at the meeting so they can schedule guides for our Troop. Parents – please consider sharing this special experience with your son.
The permission slip, waiver, and $45 fee per person are due on August 5th. The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees ($14 per person), tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.
For more information and photos check out caves.org/conservancy/gsp/ and Troop850.org (2010 and 2012 caving photos).