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2018 High Adventure Reminder


West Virginia Kayaking & Whitewater Rafting

When: Sunday, June 17 through Friday, June 22, 2018.

Where: On the New River in West Virginia, near the town of Lansing.

What: On the first day, we’ll drive to our destination, the Adventures on the Gorge outfitters where we will stay in their rustic cabins for two nights. On day two we’ll spend the day in a kayaking clinic on the river, learning (or re-learning) the techniques of safe whitewater kayaking. The next day we’ll be driven upriver with boats and gear and will begin our paddle back down the river for two days paddling and two nights camping on the riverbank, followed by a one-day whitewater raft trip down the lower New River.  Excellent food to be provided and prepared by the guides along the way! Then back to the cabins at Adventures on the Gorge for one night and then drive home on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Eligibility:  To be eligible for this trip a Scout:

  • must in the Scoutmaster’s judgment have actively participated in the Troop’s program throughout the preceding year, at all times demonstrating Scout spirit
  • must achieve the rank of at least First Class by April 30, 2018
  • must earn Swimming Merit Badge and certain of the requirements for Whitewater Merit Badge (to be determined) by May 31, 2018 (opportunities to do so will be made available)
  • must be at least 13 years of age by June 30, 2018 and have the necessary physical stamina for the trip (in the trip leaders’ judgment)

All parents of eligible Scouts (per above) who have themselves actively supported the Troop’s activities are also eligible to participate.

Cost: At this time we are estimating a total cost of approximately $850 per person, but this amount is subject to numerous variables such as the cost of gas and food. For planning purposes, we need to know who is going, as shown by our receipt of a nonrefundable $100 deposit not later than February 6, 2018 to reserve a spot on the crew.

Climb Time – January 20, 2018

Troop 850’s is planning an afternoon of indoor rock climbing at Climb Time in Blue Ash on Saturday January 20th. At Climb Time, 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 if you need it. We need enough adults to belay, typically one per 4 or so Scouts.

We will meet Saturday January 20th 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 16th along with the permission slip and the Climb Time waiver which can be found online at this link. For more information about Climb Time, check out

Climb Time Permission Slip
Climb Time Permission Slip
25.0 KiB

2018 Summer Camp at Camp Davy Crockett

Tis the season….for Summer Camp!
Troop 850 will be attending Summer Camp July 8-14 at Camp Davy Crockett located northeast of Knoxville, TN. The cost including transportation costs is $300 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 13th with the balance due by May 8th.

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.

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 2018 Leaders Guide for Camp Davy Crockett which contains lots of detail about Summer Camp. Information about merit badges begins on page 11 and the schedule for Merit Badge classes can be found on the last page on the “Scout Registration Worksheet”. Pages 22-23 have some details on programs for older Scouts. Please note any age restrictions and extra fees 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 .

We will register for Camp and for merit badge classes as a Troop, so all you need to do when you submit your deposit is to complete the Worksheet and indicate your merit badge selections (including at least 3 alternates) and your choices will be reviewed by an Adult leader.

Contact me or any adult leader if you have any questions.
Fred Matthews
2018 Camp Davy Crockett Leaders Guide

Winter Bushwhack Hike Jan 6, 2018

Join Troop 850 for a day hike at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan Stated Park. This hike is about 10 miles long, it goes along the Little Miami River which is a National Scenic River. Bring a day pack with a water bottle, and dress in layers so you can stay warm. There are historic things to see along the trail, the scenery along the river is fantastic, and you can enjoy spending time with your friends from Troop 850!

Winter Bushwhack Permission Slip
Winter Bushwhack Permission Slip
29.0 KiB

Winter Bushwhack Map and Info
Winter Bushwhack Map and Info
495.1 KiB

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

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