Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 5–7 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 July 26th, 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 August 2nd. The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees, tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.
For more information and photos, check out caves.org/conservancy/gsp/
Troop 850 will return to Salt Creek Ranch (saltcreekhorseranch.com) near Metamora, Indiana for a day of Horseback Riding. The Troop has visited the ranch in 2010, 2012, and 2014. We will camp nearby at the Whitewater State Park and will likely attend Saturday evening Mass (after showers) nearby in Indiana. Come enjoy camping and a beautiful 2-hour horseback ride!
The permission slip below and $45 fee per person are due on or before May 10. All Scouts who go on the campout must attend the entire weekend and attend the Troop meeting May 10th.
Attention all aspiring Geologists, Rockhounds or Collectors! Once again, the annual GeoFair comes to our area on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. This has always been very popular with Scouts, especially since uniformed Scouts get in free. All kids receive a free rock collection on the way out. It’s always a lot of fun. This year it is at the Sharonville Convention Center. If there is an interest in a Geology or Collections merit badge, this is the place to go. Mark Landin, merit badge counselor for Geology and Collections will be there from Noon until about 3 PM on SUNDAY to help in any way.
Attached is the flyer providing more details, and includes a $2 off coupon for an adult admission.
You can also visit their website, www.geofair.com
Our next campout will take place the weekend of April 15-17, when we’ll do a backpacking trip to Zaleski State Forest in southeastern Ohio. This is a required trip for all High Adventure participants this year but is also open to all other Scouts and parents who have been on at least one Troop 850 campout. This will be the perfect opportunity for Scouts who have not yet been backpacking to give it a try. We will take both a shorter trail for first-timers and a longer trail for the more experienced backpackers, with both groups meeting to camp together both nights at a pre-arranged meeting point.
Anyone planning to go who has not previously backpacked will be required to bring their fully-packed gear to the troop meeting on April 12 so that we can make sure they are properly prepared for the weekend. A gear list is available on the website, and the troop (as well as some of our adults) has some loaner backpacks available if you wish to go but don’t have a backpack yet–available first come-first served. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Ogilvie, Mr. Rottmueller or Mr. Hertlein.
Troop 850 will hold our annual Service Campout at Friedlander the weekend of March 11-13. We will perform a service project helping to remove debris from trees that have been cut down. There will be time for Scouts to work on advancements on Saturday afternoon.
Please return the Permission Slip by March 8th. As in previous years, there is no charge for our Service Campout.
All Troop 850 Scouts and families are strongly encouraged to attend the visitation for Patty Buczkowski on Thursday evening. Wear your full Class A uniform and meet at 6:30 in front of Hilvert Center. LaRosa’s will be providing pizza and if you could bring a dozen cookies or a snack to share it would be appreciated.
Let us gather together to remember our dear friend Patty and support her loving family.
As in 2015, Troop 850 will join Troop 654 of the Izaak Walton League for our annual Dutch Oven Campout on February 5-6 near Hamilton, Ohio. Troop 654 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 will return to St Ignatius Saturday evening because of Scout Sunday the following day.
Families of Troop 850 Scouts are invited to visit on Saturday and join us for dinner. Please list family members on the permission slip and turn in by February 2nd. The fee is $25 for each Scout and Adult for the weekend. There is no charge for family members coming on Saturday.
For Summer Camp 2016, Troop 850 will attend Camp McKee located east of Lexington, KY. The dates are June 19-25 and the cost including transportation is $290 per Scout and $50 per Adult, if the fees are paid in full by May 3rd. Payments should be made to Troop 850 and the first payment of $130 ($50 for adults) is due on March 1st with the balance ($160) due by May 3rd.
All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional. A link to this form is provided below. All completed medical forms with required signatures and a copy of your health insurance card (front and back) should be turned in by May 10th.
Also provided is a link to the 2016 Leaders Guide for Camp McKee which contains many of the details about Summer Camp. Information about merit badges offered and the schedule for classes can be found on pages 26-36. Page 46 has a list of what to bring to camp.
The merit badge classes are scheduled between 8:30 – 11:45 and 1:45 – 4:30. 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.
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.
Click below for information on Scout Ski Day at Perfect North Slopes. It will be held Sunday February 21st and is organized by Dan Beard Council. Thank you to Rob Gehrum for organizing Troop 850’s involvement.
With Christmas behind us and as the temperature begins to drop, we all share one thought in common ….. Let’s Go Camping!
Troop 850 will join the William Henry Harrison District at their biennial Klondike Derby the weekend of January 22-24 at Camp Friedlander. Scouts and Adults must register at or before our Troop meeting on Tuesday January 19th in order to get the early registration fee of $25 ($10 District fee + $15 for Troop expenses) per person.
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 below along the fees.