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Recent BSA Announcement

Dear Troop 850 Families & Friends:

I’m sure you all heard something about the recent announcement about the BSA to admit girls. Their official announcement appears below, in case you haven’t seen it. I wanted to clarify a few things for you. First and foremost, this change will not have any direct impact on Troop 850. They are not proposing to have girls join Boy Scout troops. What they are going to do is to roll out a parallel program for girls of Boy Scout age, and it will be up to each sponsoring organization (St. I in our case) to decide whether or not they wish to sponsor a separate girls’ troop (or whatever they choose to call the new units—that hasn’t been determined). It’s probably too early to say what St. Ignatius will choose to do in this regard, but in any case it really won’t affect Troop 850.

At the Cub Scout level, each Pack will have the option of organizing girls-only Dens which will operate separately from the existing boys-only Dens within the Pack. Alternatively, the sponsoring organization may elect to organize a separate girls-only Pack, or to do nothing at all. At this point we don’t know how St. Ignatius or Pack 850 will choose to proceed.

This was all a bit of a surprise to all of us, and was determined at the national level without any local input. Many details remain to be announced. Regardless, we will continue to operate a high-quality Boy Scouting program in Troop 850.

Chas Hertlein

Committee Chairman

Boy Scouts of America Welcomes Girls
It is with excitement and hope that I share with you that the BSA’s National Executive Board has unanimously approved welcoming girls into Cub Scouting and delivering a Scouting program for older girls (ages 11 to 18) that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests for such action from across the country, especially from families already in the BSA program with their sons. In coming to this decision, the BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — including all BSA Councils across the country, as well as from parents not involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

As a chartered organization, you will continue to have the option of selecting those programs that best meet your goals for your youth. For instance, you may decide to have all-boy packs, all-girl packs, or packs with both girl dens and boy dens. As always, your organization will continue to have the ability to select and approve leaders.

We are excited about the opportunity to expand Scouting to deliver the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law to both boys and girls. You are critical in making that a reality and in meeting the needs of today’s youth and families.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting and our communities.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page, or contact Lee Shaw Jr., Director of National Alliances at with any questions.

Combo Campout Nov 3-5, 2017

Troop 850’s November campout is our semi-annual Combo Campout at Cub World with the Cub Scouts of Pack 850. Boy Scouts will be leading learning stations for the Cubs, including lashings, first aid, fire starting, and cooking. We strongly encourage all active Boy Scouts and available parents to attend to optimize our ability to provide an excellent experience to the young Cub Scouts. There is no charge for this campout, since it is considered a service to our fellow St Ignatius Scouts. Please return below permission slip by the October 24th meeting.

Combo Campout Permission Slip
Combo Campout Permission Slip
24.5 KiB

2018 Merit Badge Challenge

Below are 2 documents with details on Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) held in January, February, and March. Read the Troop 850 Letter first. I would like to receive all registration requests for review by November 7th. Registration opens on October 21st, 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.
Troop850 Letter
MBC Handbook

Orienteering Campout at Camp Friedlander, Oct 13-15 2017

Troop 850 will be participating in the Greater Cincinnati Scout Orienteering Camporee at Camp Friedlander on Oct 13-15. This is the first time we will be going to this event, but it appears very well organized and should be a lot of fun. The Scouts will be learning more about orienteering and will be able to complete some work towards the orienteering merit badge. Scouts will compete in timed orienteering courses with recognition for the fastest; Scouts interested in attending will be given additional information by the Scoutmaster about how to prepare for the competition. There will be a campfire with skits and songs, as well as 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 open 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 10th.

Orienteering Campout Permission Slip
Orienteering Campout Permission Slip
24.5 KiB

Service Project Campout at Fort Ancient, Sept 8-10 2017

Troop 850 will hold a Service Campout at Fort Ancient the weekend of September 8-10. We will perform a service project in the park, most probably consisting of clearing the earth walls of invasive plants. We will have an opportunity to tour the Fort Ancient Museum. Saturday evening is typically free on Service Campout weekends, and can be used to work on advancement or just to enjoy each other’s company.

Fort Ancient staff will supply all the tools needed for the project, with the exception of appropriate personal attire. Scouts should wear long legged pants, long sleeve shirts, work gloves and work boots if they have them.

Please return the Permission Slip and Waiver form by September 5th. As in previous years, there is no charge for our Service Campout.

Ft Ancient Service Campout Permission Slip 2017
Ft Ancient Service Campout Permission Slip 2017
24.5 KiB

Ft Ancient Waiver 2017
Ft Ancient Waiver 2017
25.0 KiB

Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser

Hello. This is Evan Ogilvie, and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout Project. I am working at St. Ignatius with the help of the principal, Mr. Tim Reilly, to create indoor, vertical gardens. Each garden will be on a metal rack with its own set of LED grow lights and irrigation system. At first, these gardens will only be growing baby lettuce, but the hope is that in the future, they will grow a lot more than just lettuce.

Everyday, students have the option to have a salad with their lunch as an entrée or a side. For over 1,000 students, that’s a lot of lettuce. My goal for this project is to show the students where their food comes from, how much it takes to grow something they eat everyday, and let them take part in growing their lunch.

The goal is to have four racks. That way a rack of lettuce is harvested and planted each week since baby lettuce takes about 4 weeks to fully grow. Each rack will cost approximately $650 each. Any extra funds or materials will be set aside so that more racks can be purchased in the future, or donated to Food Rescue, who will also be receiving the unused or unwanted food from lunches and the extra lettuce.

I have set up a Go Fund Me page seeking donations from the community. Clicking here will take you to the page. Alternatively, donations can be sent directly to Troop 850. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated and thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions or would like to know more about my project, please contact me at

Thank you so much for your help!

Evan Ogilvie

Canoeing Weekend Campout – August 11-13, 2017

Troop 850s next campout is the weekend of August 11-13, where we will be camping near and canoeing on the Whitewater River near Brookville, Indiana. This is a great opportunity for parents to join their sons for a fun weekend. Adults are especially needed to pair up with younger Scouts. We need a head count by the August 1 Troop meeting. Please inform scout leaders on August 1 if you and your scout can make it. In addition to the usual permission slip, each scout and adult participating in the canoe campout will need to complete the outfitters waiver available thru this link, or in the pdf below.

Canoeing Waiver
Canoeing Waiver
171.0 KiB
2017 Canoeing Permission Slip
2017 Canoeing Permission Slip
25.0 KiB

Rock Climbing Campout – May 19-21, 2017

Troop 850 will be rock climbing in May at Torrent Falls, located near Natural Bridge, KY about 2 ½ hours from Cincinnati. This is consistently among the campouts Scouts mention as one of their favorites. Check out the photos and other information at We will be camping nearby at Natural Bridge State Park campground. The cost for this campout is higher then typical at $45 per person; this is because the climbing fee is $36. 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 permission slip. Please turn in all required forms with payment by Tuesday, May 16th.

2017 Rock Climbing Troop Permission Slip
2017 Rock Climbing Troop Permission Slip
25.0 KiB

Spring Backpacking Trip, April 21-23 2017

The Spring Backpacking trip April 21-23 will be held in the Two Lakes region of Hoosier National Forest in Indiana.  All Scouts (and adults) are welcome to attend, including younger or less experienced backpackers who will follow a separate trail appropriate for 1st time backpackers.  If you are a new Scout who just crossed over and you would like to attend, contact Mr. Ogilvie to discuss.

All scouts planning on participating must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on April 18th.  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 contact Mr Ogilvie ASAP if you would like to borrow gear.  Please return the permission slip and payment by the Troop meeting on April 18th.

Spaghetti Dinner April 29th 3:30pm-7pm

Please remember to invite your friends and neighbors to join the Saint Ignatius community and friends at the annual Troop 850 Spaghetti Dinner and fundraiser. Join us for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, and some of the best meatballs in Cincinnati. Dessert and soft drinks are included. Advance tickets can be purchased from any Troop 850 scout ($7 adult, $5 children or seniors, Cub Scouts in uniform are free.) In addition to the food, there will be a basket raffle. Sponsorships and tax deductable donations are welcome, proceeds will directly benefit the scouts of Troop 850. Scouts and scout families have been emailed with the shift assignments, all scouts and scout families are required to work assigned shifts, they are looking forward to serving you dinner!

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