Spaghetti Dinner Sponsors

Part of the success of our upcoming fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner is the support from our family and community sponsors with their generous donations of time, talents, cash, and even pies!

We are seeking sponsors to make a cash or gift donation that can be used in our basket raffle at the spaghetti dinner.  All donations are tax deductible and all sponsors will be thanked on our “sponsors board” posters prominently displaced at our spaghetti dinner.

Please consider checking with your employer, neighbors and friends if they would be willing to make a contribution to help fund our active troop and our many adventures.  Family sponsorships are most appreciated as well.

Please contact Chip Branscum at cbranscum@fuse.net, or Kathy Smith at kathyjsmith777@gmail.com if you would like to make a donation or if you have any questions.

Thanks for your continued support!!

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In-House Merit Badge Courses Offered

We are initially offering two merit badge courses in-house. This means that Scouts can work on merit badges during our scheduled Troop meetings, as time permits and with the approval of your SPL. These courses are structured for Scouts to work at their own pace, combined with completing requirements on their own time. During the Troop meetings, there will be instructional time and review of completed assignments. This is also an excellent way for newer Scouts to be exposed to the merit badge process.

Scouts will need to purchase a merit badge book for each topic. They are $5.35 each. The Counselor will have a limited number of merit badge books for purchase available at the Troop meeting.

Please attend the next Troop meeting for more information, or email Mark Landin (landin.mark@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Coin Collecting – Anyone interested in coin collecting should take this course. You’ll learn about the history of coinage, how coins are made, and many other interesting topics. You’ll also be able to grade coins that are over 100 years old, and get to see many other old coins. The Counselor will supply the worksheets, course material, and also the Whitman Coin Collecting coin folder.

Collections – Do you have a collection of cards, marbles, cars, shells, action figures or anything else that interests you?  If so, you are the perfect candidate for taking this course. Coins and Stamps are excluded from this course. The Counselor will supply the worksheets.

Geology – Being offered later this Spring. Sign up for the Geology merit badge if you are interested in fossils, rocks and minerals. Scouts considering this merit badge should definitely attend the Geo Fair (www.geofair.com), the city’s largest rock and fossil show. It’s on Saturday, May 3rd at the Cincinnati Gardens. Uniformed Scouts get in FREE, and the website has discount coupons available. Parking is FREE. Attending this show is a great way to complete a number of requirements, plus all kids will get FREE rocks and minerals.

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Spring Backpacking Trip April 11-13

The Spring Backpacking trip April 11-13 will be held at Zaleski State Forest in eastern Ohio.  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. Rottmueller to discuss.

All 1st time backpackers must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on April 8th.  Refer to the gear list for Spring Backpacking trip on the troop website (under Handy Information).  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 $32 at the Troop meeting on April 8th . 

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Dutch Oven Campout at Bear Creek, Indiana March 14-16

We have rescheduled Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout for the weekend of March 14-16 at Bear Creek Scout Camp north of Brookville, Indiana.  Once again, the Scouts will compete within their patrols 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.

Safety for our Scouts is always a primary concern on campouts and having enough adult supervision is a major factor.  Please consider being a part of this campout and other campouts throughout the year, both to ensure the safety of our program and to share the Scouting experience with your son.

This is a fun, laid-back campout with time set aside on Saturday for card playing, an orienteering course, and a Saturday night movie with popcorn.

Please return the permission slip below by March 11th.   The fee is $35 per person and any CampOyo payment will be applied to this campout.  If you paid for Camp Oyo and are not attending the March campout, your Scout’s account will be credited the full amount.

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Get Ready for Merit Badge Challenge

During the February 4th Troop meeting, I’d like to meet with all Scouts who will be attending the Merit Badge Challenge (MBC). We’ll be handing out blue cards. We’ll also cover the Totin’ Chip requirement for those Scouts taking Woodworking merit badge.

I’ll be happy to go over any pre-work requirements for your merit badge if you need help. Be prepared! Did you know that many Scouts don’t complete all of their merit badges during the MBC? Merit badges take some effort to earn.  Also, make sure you have your self-addressed stamped envelopes ready.

I have some additional merit badge books available. Please email me at landin.mark@gmail.com if you are in need.

For those Scouts (and parents) new to MBC, I can go over orientation and class set-up. The MBC counsel should have sent you your schedule by now. Session #1 is February 8th, session #2 is February 22nd, and 3rd session is March 22nd.

Even if you’re not attending the MBC, I can help with any merit badge questions you may have.

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Summer Camp at Camp Davy Crockett

Troop 850 will be attending Summer Camp July 6-12 at Camp Davy Crockett located northeast of Knoxville, TN.  The cost including transportation costs is $275 per Scout and $50 per Adult.    Payments should be made to Troop 850 and the first payment of $100 ($50 for adults) is due February 25th with the balance due by May 13th.

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 2014 Leaders Guide for Camp Davy Crockett which contains a whole lot of detail about Summer Camp.   Information about merit badges offered and the schedule for classes can be found on pages 9 – 11.  Page 16 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 (including at least 3 alternates) and your choices will be reviewed by an Adult leader.

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 the majority of the costs in order to encourage adults to attend.

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Klondike Winter Camporee January 10-12

When the snow starts blowing and another year of Scouting comes to a close, we all share one thought in common ….. Let’s Go Camping!

Troop 850 will join the William Henry Harrison District at their annual Klondike Winter Camporee the weekend of January 10-12.  The campout will be held at Mt Airy Forest and the theme will be a “Christmas Gala”.  Our District requires registration be completed by January 6th and our next Troop meeting is January 7th.

So, send me an email by January 4th if you are attending.  Remember, adults are needed to attend this campout and all our campouts throughout the year.  If we do not have enough adults participating, we cannot continue Troop 850’s long tradition of monthly campouts.

Please submit the Permission slip and fees ($25 per person) at the Troop meeting January 7th.  For the official Event flyer, click below.

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Fall Backpacking Trip – November 15-17

This year’s Fall Backpacking Trip will be in the Deam Wilderness, part of Hoosier National Forest the weekend of November 15-17.  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 by November 12th  .

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2014 Merit Badge Challenge

(sending this again because some did not receive it the first time)

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.   We will register together as a Troop, so please follow the instructions on the first document, and do not mail in your registration.

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Combo Campout November 1-3

Troop 850’s next campout is our annual Combo Campout at Cub World with the Cub Scouts of Pack 850.  There is no charge for this campout, since it is considered a service to our fellow St. Ignatius Scouts.  Permission slips were passed out at the last Troop meeting and will be available at next week’s meeting.  So far, we have 20 Boy Scouts planning to attend and we encourage other Troop 850 Scouts and parents to join them.

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