It’s time to begin planning for our high adventure trip next summer. We will be returning to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota for a week of paddling, camping, and fishing. A preliminary fact sheet is attached; hard copies will be available at the Court of Honor this Tuesday. We will show a short video about the Boundary Waters, including some pictures from past trips, and we will be available to answer any and all questions.
Below are 2 documents with details on Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) held in January and February. Read the Troop 850 Letter first. I would like to receive all registration requests for review by November 3rd. Registration opens on October 15th, 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.
Troop 850 will be attending the Perryville Civil War Battle Reenactment over the weekend of October 2-4. Perryville is located southwest of Lexington, KY about a 2½ hour drive from Cincinnati. We will camp on the battlefield, tour the museum, meet with the soldiers in their authentic encampments, and attend the battle reenactment which includes a Calvary unit. Scouts can even ‘Sign Up’ and practice their close-order drilling with the re-enactors. For more information, go to Perryvillebattlefield.org.
Permission Slips, waivers, and Payments ($30) are due September 29th. However the organizers require a preliminary list of attendees by Sept 20th, so if you are fairly certain you will be attending, fill out a waiver and send me an email or let Mr. Ogilvie know at a Troop meeting.
We will invite the second-year Webelos from Pack 850 to join us on this campout, so let’s have a good turnout of Scouts and Adults!
Our Troop 850 event for September will be a Ga Ga Ball tournament on Saturday Sept. 12th sponsored by Dan Beard Council. It will be held at Camp Friedlander from 9 – 3:00.
Meet at 7:30 am in the back parking lot behind the cafeteria and bring a packed lunch. Submit a completed permission slip and $5 fee per Scout by September 8th.
If you don’t know Ga Ga Ball, check it out on You Tube. As always, we will need parents to drive.
Troop 850s next campout is the weekend of August 7-9 and we will be canoeing on the Whitewater River near Brookville, Indiana. All Scouts are required to have earned the Swimming merit badge to attend this campout. This is a great opportunity for parents to join their sons for a fun weekend and adults are especially needed to pair up with younger Scouts.
Adults and Scouts must complete a Waiver below. Please complete the permission slip, waiver and turn in by August 4th along with $33 fee per person.
An historic event happens in a few weeks, as the New Horizon spacecraft nears Pluto, the 9th planet in our Solar System, and the only one not yet visited by our spacecrafts. This is all about to change on July 14th. As your Astronomy merit badge counselor, I’ve prepared a presentation on the mission and the mysterious world of Pluto that I believe you will find very interesting. Please join me at our next Troop meeting on Tuesday, June 30th.
Sign up to sell First Aid kits! With First Aid being one of the foundations of scouting, this fundraiser is a great fit.
What is it? Hospital-grade First Aid kits for $12 – $120. 50% of sales go directly to your Scout account. http://rightresponse.com/Cool_Product.aspx
When is the sale? Sale starts when you sign up (now!) and will have 4 weeks until turn in at the May 26th Troop meeting. At the end of the sale, products will be ordered and will need to be delivered to your customers.
How do I sign up? You can use the attached order form to start selling immediately. Just print out the order form and start selling.
Contact Mr. Heckerman with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org 513-375-9500
Announcing that the yearly GEOFAIR is May 2nd and May 3rd. This is a great show for Scouts interested in pursuing their Geology merit badge, or for anyone who likes rocks, minerals and fossils. Many wonderful collections from Universities, groups and private collections will be on display.
UNIFORMED SCOUTS GET IN FREE! Scouts and children will also receive a FREE rock collection. There’s also a geode cracking station, and a fluorescent mineral display, just to name a few of the many things to check out.
Go to www.geofair.com for directions, hours, and more information, including a 2 dollar off coupon for adult admission. Parking is free. This year, it is located at the Sharonville convention center.
Geology merit badge counselor Mark Landin will be there until about 2 PM on Saturday, to answer any questions, or to help you in starting your Geology merit badge.
Troop 850 will be rock climbing in May at Torrent Falls, located near Natural Bridge, KY about 2 ½ hours from Cincinnati. Check out the photos and other information at www.torrentfalls.com. We will be camping nearby at Natural Bridge State Park campgrounds. The cost for this campout will be $45 per person. The climbing fee is $30. The Troop will absorb much of remaining costs – food, camping fees, and transportation.
Everyone who plans on rock climbing must submit a Torrent Falls waiver and all Scouts must complete the Troop permissions slip. Please turn in all required forms with payment by Tuesday, May 12th.
All Troop 850 Scouts and their parents are invited to Austin Pfenninger’s Eagle Court of Honor Saturday April 25th at 12:00 noon in the St Ignatius cafeteria. Read the invitation below for more details and please RSVP by April 20th. Scouts should wear their full Class A uniform.