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2017 Merit Badge Challenge

The 2017 Merit Badge Challenge will be held on three Saturday mornings: January 28th, Februrary 18th, and February 25th 2017. Troop 850 attends the MBC at the Fairfield H.S. location. If there is a cancellation of any of the dates due to weather, the makeup date will be March 18th.

This is an excellent opportunity for scouts to work on merit badges that are typically not offered at summer camp. In the past, I have sat in on some of the classes and they are taught by comitted counselors. As long as the pre-work and homework assignments are completed, the scouts will generally earn the merit badge.

Please look at the planning matrix with your scout and decide which three merit badges thay would like to work on. Each scout should pick at least one Eagle required merit badge and two other merit badges. Also include two alternate badges and at least one additional alternate eagle required merit badge.
We will do our best in registering for the first choice merit badges, but some merit badges fill up quickly.

Dan Beard Council has a general information page about Merit Badge Challenge.  Go to Dan Beard MBC Matrix to see what badges are available in which sessions (remember, we are going to the Fairfield site).  Go to 2017 Merit Badge Challenge Handbook to read the entire MBC information packet.

Registration begins November 14th.  We register as a troop, so all requests must be submitted by the November 8th troop meeting. The cost is $15 per scout and includes the MBC participation patch.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Courter.

October Campout–Date Change

For reasons beyond our control it will be necessary to change the dates of our next outing to October 14-16, a week later than originally planned. We will be travelling to the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky for a backpacking weekend. All Scouts who have been in the Troop for at least one year are eligible to participate–we will plan the route consistent with the experience and level of ability of the Scouts who sign up to go, and of course parents are welcome and encouraged to come along as well. And anyone who is considering going on our high adventure trip next summer–backpacking in Colorado–should definitely plan to go on this trip.The Troop has several backpacks available to borrow for those who don’t own backpacks but would like to give backpacking a try. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Ogilvie, Dan Rottmueller or Chas Hertlein. Permission slips due October 11.

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Craigs Creek Campout, Sept 9-11 2016

Troop 850’s next camput will be at Craigs Creek Campground, located in Kentucky at the mouth of the Laurel and Cumberland Rivers in the Daniel Boone National Forest. This will be a relaxing campout with opportunities to fish (anyone going age 16 or over who wishes to fish should get a Kentucky one day fishing license at, go on day hikes (there is a nice 5 mile hike nearby in the Cane Branch Wilderness Area that allows you to enjoy multiple rock formations, waterfalls and abundant wildlife), and to work on advancements or on completing partial merit badges.  Cumberland Falls is also nearby, and the Scouts may elect to venture there one evening as well.


Eagle Project Fundraising


My name is Alexander Richardson. I am currently working on my Eagle Scout Project and am in need of donations of money and materials to complete the project.

My project is refurbishing and landscaping a picnic area located at the school at  St. Joseph Orphanage in Cincinnati. As you may know, St. Joseph Orphanage provides a large number of services for youth in our area including education.  The school currently is in need of creating an outdoor picnic space for the students.  This will be a clean , safe space for students to eat, relax and meet with parents and case workers.

What I currently need is enough funds and materials to purchase the following:

Service Berry tree            Ground Cover plants

Bench                               Stepping Stones

Top Soil                             Mulch

The approximate cost of the project is $624.

You can help students at St. Joseph Orphanage have a clean, safe and beautiful area to hang out with friends, meet with parents and case workers and just have a moment of relaxation.  No donation is too small or too large.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and assistance.

Donations made in the form of a check should be made out to the beneficiary, St. Joseph Orphanage.  Checks can be mailed to:

Alex Richardson

5923 Brierly Ridge Dr.

Cincinnati, OH 45247

Caving Campout, August 5-7 2016

Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 5–7 at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) near Mount Vernon, KY, about a 2 ½ hours 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 26th, when a member of Greater Cincinnati Grotto which manages the GSP will speak to the Troop about our upcoming trip. Parents, please try to stay for this meeting, please also consider coming on this campout with your son.  We would like to get an approximate headcount at the end of meeting to schedule guides for our Troop.

The permission slip, waiver, and $45 fee per person are due on August 2nd. The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees, tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.

For more information and photos, check out

Horseback Riding Campout–May 13-15

Troop 850 will return to Salt Creek Ranch ( near Metamora, Indiana for a day of Horseback Riding. The Troop has visited the ranch in 2010, 2012, and 2014.  We will camp nearby at the Whitewater State Park and will likely attend Saturday evening Mass (after showers) nearby in Indiana.  Come enjoy camping and a beautiful 2-hour horseback ride!

The permission slip below and $45 fee per person are due on or before May 10.  All Scouts who go on the campout must attend the entire weekend and attend the Troop meeting May 10th.

May Horseback-permission Slip
May Horseback-permission Slip
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GEOFAIR 2016 – April 30 and May 1

Attention all aspiring Geologists, Rockhounds or Collectors! Once again, the annual GeoFair comes to our area on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. This has always been very popular with Scouts, especially since uniformed Scouts get in free. All kids receive a free rock collection on the way out. It’s always a lot of fun. This year it is at the Sharonville Convention Center. If there is an interest in a Geology or Collections merit badge, this is the place to go. Mark Landin, merit badge counselor for Geology and Collections will be there from Noon until about 3 PM on SUNDAY to help in any way.

Attached is the flyer providing more details, and includes a $2 off coupon for an adult admission.

You can also visit their website,



Backpacking Campout April 15-17 2016

Our next campout will take place the weekend of April 15-17, when we’ll do a backpacking trip to Zaleski State Forest in southeastern Ohio. This is a required trip for all High Adventure participants this year but is also open to all other Scouts and parents who have been on at least one Troop 850 campout. This will be the perfect opportunity for Scouts who have not yet been backpacking to give it a try. We will take both a shorter trail for first-timers and a longer trail for the more experienced backpackers, with both groups meeting to camp together both nights at a pre-arranged meeting point.

Anyone planning to go who has not previously backpacked will be required to bring their fully-packed gear to the troop meeting on April 12 so that we can make sure they are properly prepared for the weekend. A gear list is available on the website, and the troop (as well as some of our adults) has some loaner backpacks available if you wish to go but don’t have a backpack yet–available first come-first served. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Ogilvie, Mr. Rottmueller or Mr. Hertlein.

April Backpacking-permission Slip
April Backpacking-permission Slip
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Service Project Campout at Friedlander March 11-13

Troop 850 will hold our annual Service Campout at Friedlander the weekend of March 11-13. We will perform a service project helping to remove debris from trees that have been cut down. There will be time for Scouts to work on advancements on Saturday afternoon.

Please return the Permission Slip by March 8th. As in previous years, there is no charge for our Service Campout.

ServiceCampout PSlip
ServiceCampout PSlip
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Visitation for Patty Buczkowski

All Troop 850 Scouts and families are strongly encouraged to attend the visitation for Patty Buczkowski on Thursday evening.  Wear your full Class A uniform and meet at 6:30 in front of Hilvert Center.  LaRosa’s will be providing pizza and if you could bring a dozen cookies or a snack to share it would be appreciated.

Let us gather together to remember our dear friend Patty and support her loving family.

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