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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 .
(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.
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.
Reminder – this Saturday – pancake setup at 5:30 PM immediately after 4:30 PM Mass. Wear your RED T-SHIRT (Class B). We will move tables and chairs and set up the cafeteria for our Sunday Morning breakfast.
A separate post and email will be sent with shift assignments. Please arrive a few minutes early before your shift and check in with Chip Branscum. If you have a conflict with the time slot please see if you can trade with another scout family.
Thanks to everyone’s help and our sponsors for making this such a fun and successful event! Not too late to invite your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family for Bob Evans pancakes!! (Thanks to Bob Evans for their tasty pancake batter!)
We’re calling on friends, family, and neighbors willing to sponsor our upcoming Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser (see attached)
The generosity of our sponsors through cash donations as well as gift cards and new items for our basket raffle are a large part of our successful fundraiser.
Please check with your boss, neighbors, co-workers, friends and families to see if their companies would be willing to support our fundraiser through a cash donation or possibly a gift card or other gift. Their company receives recognition among our 400+ patrons and they’re helping make a difference in the lives of young scouts in our community.
Please let me know if you have any any questions.