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.
It is time to place our annual order for new t-shirts. Every Scout or adult planning to attend either summer camp or the high adventure trip will need seven t-shirts, one each of the following colors: lime green, red, tan, grey, orange, yellow, and light blue–a clean t-shirt for every day of the week-long trip. Please take an inventory of your shirts and let me know as soon as possible how many shirts of each color and each size you will need this year. The price is $8 per shirt. Shirts available in adult sizes S M L XL XXL XXXL. I need to submit the order not later than April 22 to ensure we get the shirts in time for summer camp in June, so please respond promptly! Thanks.
The Spring Backpacking trip April 17-19 will be held in the Twin Lakes region of Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. All Scouts (and adults) are welcome to attend including 1st time backpackers who will follow a separate trail appropriate for 1st timers. If you are a new Scout who just crossed over and you would like to attend, contact Mr. Ogilvie to discuss.
All 1st time backpackers must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on April 14th. Refer to the gear list for Spring Backpacking trip on the Troop website (under “Info”). The Troop has a limited number of backpacks to be loaned out for those who need a backpack.
Please complete the permission slip below and submit with payment of $30 at the Troop meeting on April 14th.
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.