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Dutch Oven Campout — February 8-10, 2019

Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout is scheduled for the weekend of February 8-10 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio. This campout is consistently a favorite of the Scouts, and parents who attend are consistently impressed with the boy’s culinary acumen. This year we will be staying in the Lang Lodge at Oyo, which has heat, a restroom, and bunks to sleep in.

Scouts will spend Saturday creating a 3 course culinary masterpiece; each patrol will make a main dish, a bread, and a dessert to share with the judges and the rest of the campers. Parents are encouraged to come camping as well, and to help create their own Dutch Oven feast. After sampling all of the gourmet cuisine, the judges will have the unenviable task of designating which patrol is the best of the best, while all other participants feast on the Dutch Oven fair.

In addition to meal planning and cooking, time will be set aside to allow for Scouts to pursue advancement requirements, to play cards, and for other group activities which are being planned. So wash your serving spoon, polish your dutch oven, and start your menu planning–Dutch Oven Campout time is here!

Dutch Oven Permission Slip
Dutch Oven Permission Slip
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2019 Summer Camp

This year we will return to our own Council’s Summer Camp – Camp Friedlander.  The dates are July 7 – 13.  We currently have 17 Scouts and 7 Adult Leaders signed up to attend.

Total cost will be $310 for Scouts and $75 for Adults.  Everyone should have paid a $30 deposit for each Scout, so the next payments are

— $150 ($40 for Adults), paid by February 19th

— $130 ($35 for Adults), paid by April 9th

All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional.  A link to this form is provided below.

The signup for Merit Badges will begin on March 3rd.  The schedule of available merit badge classes, as well as other camp details, will be sent out when it is available.

Medical Form
Medical Form
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Winter Bushwhack Hike Jan 5, 2019

Join Troop 850 for a day hike at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park. This hike is about 10 miles long, going mostly along the Little Miami River which is a National Scenic River. Bring a day pack with a water bottle, and dress in layers so you can stay warm. There are historic things to see along the trail, the scenery along the river is fantastic and if there are ice formations the scenery can be absolutely breathtaking, and you can enjoy spending time with your friends from Troop 850!

2019 Bushwhack Permission Slip
2019 Bushwhack Permission Slip
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2019 Bushwhack Info
2019 Bushwhack Info
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2019 Merit Badge Challenge

Below are 3 documents with details on Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) to be held in January, February in 2019. Read the Troop 850 Letter first. I would like to receive all registration requests for review by November 7th. Registration opens on November 5th, 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 in the Troop 850 Letter, and do not mail in your registration.

Icon of MBC Troop 850 Letter MBC Troop 850 Letter (54.5 KiB)
2019 MBC Handbook
2019 MBC Handbook
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2019 Merit Badge List
2019 Merit Badge List
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November Campout

Our next monthly campout will be the weekend of November 2-4, a backpacking weekend in the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area of the Wayne National Forest (near Ironton, Ohio). This trip is open to all Scouts and adults with all levels of backpacking experience. We’ll have a challenging route for experienced backpackers and an easier route for novice backpackers. This will be a great opportunity to see what backpacking is all about if you’ve never done it before. For those lacking equipment, don’t let that stop you! The Troop has a collection of loaner equipment, and we know where else to borrow things if need be. 

Permission slips are due October 30. Chas Hertlein can answer any questions, and we’ll be covering backpacking at the next couple of meetings.

2018 Lake Vesuvius Permission Slip
2018 Lake Vesuvius Permission Slip
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Troop 850 Dates for 2019

The following are some upcoming or particularly notable 2019 dates for Troop 850 activities. Please note, based on the Scouts’ decisions at PLC in October a complete planned 2019 calendar has been added to the website, remember to check periodically for updates (which would also be announced at meetings.)
Some notes for upcoming deadlines, as well as for the 2019 calendar:
— Merit Badge Challenge choices will be available October 22 and registration begins on November 5…so look for an email with details after October 22.
— Camp Friedlander is asking for a deposit for each camper by January 1st, so we would like to begin estimating summer camp attendance as soon as possible.

January 5 Troop Bushwhack day hike
January 19 Merit Badge Challenge
February 2 Merit Badge Challenge
February 3 Scout Sunday
February 8-10 Dutch Oven Campout at Camp Oyo
February 16 Merit Badge Challenge
March 8-10 Service Campout
March 23 Merit Badge Challenge (snow date)
July 7-13 Summer Camp at Camp Friedlander
July 27-Aug 3 High Adventure in the Bahamas

Orienteering Campout at Camp Friedlander, Oct 12-14 2018

Troop 850 will again be participating in the Greater Cincinnati Scout Orienteering Camporee at Camp Friedlander. We went on this campout last year, it was very well organized and fun, and the Scouts have chosen to go again this year. At the campout, Scouts will have the opportunity to learn a lot about orienteering, and Scouts who attended last year will be able to build on last year’s experience. Scouts will compete in timed orienteering courses with recognition for the fastest. There will also be a night orienteering activity. This event is open to other Boy Scout troops as well as to Girl Scout troops and Venture crews, and adults attending with the youth are also encouraged to participate in the competitions.

Scouts will be expected to bring a compass, a whistle, a headlamp or flashlight, shoes suitable for hiking/running, and usual weekend campout gear.

If you plan on attending, please return the Permission Slip on or before October 1; if you register after October 1 but before the 10th, you can still register but the cost increases by $10.

For those attending, additional information is available on the primary Dan Beard web site for the activity here, at the bottom of the page are links to the leader’s guide and to some orienteering learning links.

Orienteering Campout Permission Slip
Orienteering Campout Permission Slip
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Treetop Adventure Campout, Sept 7-9 2018

For September, Troop 850 will be going on a new adventure. Our Scouts have talking for years about going on a zip-lining or ropes campout, so September’s campout activity will be at Treetop Adventure located near London Kentucky. Our Scoutmaster has been and says it is a fun and well run activity. The above website has more details. Every participant in the Treetop Adventure will need to complete a waiver. Adults can sign online through the above link. Scouts must print the and complete the waiver below with their parents.

Treetop Adventure Waiver
Treetop Adventure Waiver
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We will camp at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) where we camped for our August caving trip. A waiver is required to camp at Great Saltpetre. If you went caving in August you are set. If you did not go in August, then you need to print out and complete the GSP Waiver Form for the camp area.

The permission slip, waiver for Treetop, possibly a waiver for GSP, and $50 fee per person are due on or before September 4th. The $50 fee includes the Treetop adventure, food, transportation, and camping fees. The link to the Troop permission slip is below.

Treetop Adventure Permission Slip
Treetop Adventure Permission Slip
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New Youth Protection Requirements

Dear Scout Parents:

Earlier this year the National BSA  announced a couple of changes we will all need to bear in mind. First, they have totally revamped the online Youth Protection Training that all registered adults are required to take every two years. Formerly a single half-hour module, it has been expanded to three 25-minute modules plus a short test. Anyone who has not yet taken the new course is required to do so by October 31 this year! Detailed instructions on how to take the new course can be found here:

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With our annual rechartering process coming up in November, we wanted to remind all registered adults to take the new training if you haven’t already done so. 

Caving Campout, August 17-19 2018

Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 17–19 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 August 7th, 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 or before August 14th. The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees, tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.

For more information and photos, check out the Great Saltpetre website

Remember to print off and complete the GSP Waiver Form, bring it to the August 14th meeting along with the Troop permision slip. The link to the Troop permission slip is below.

2018 Caving Campout permission slip
2018 Caving Campout permission slip
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