Fall Backpacking Trip – November 7-9

This year’s Fall Backpacking Trip will be in the Deam Wilderness, part of Hoosier National Forest the weekend of November 7-9.  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 at the Troop Meeting on November 4th.

Fall Backpacking Permission Slip
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2015 Merit Badge Challenge

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.  Registration opens on November 1st, 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 on the first document, and do not mail in your registration.

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MBC-Prework
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Peterloon – October 10-12

Since 1927 every 2 years, a special Boy Scout jamboree has been held in Cincinnati called Peterloon.  In 2012, over 5,000 Scouts from 4 states participated including 16 Scouts from Saint Ignatius.

For Troop 850 Scouts and Adults to participate, complete the permission slip and turn in along with $32 fee per person by October 7th.   Currently, we are still in need of more Troop 850 Adult leaders to attend to make the campout a success.

Webelos from Pack 850 will be joining us, so we would like a large group of Boy Scouts to join them.  For Scouts age 14 and up, also complete the waiver below if you plan on doing the zip line or climbing tower.

This year’s Peterloon theme is “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout”.  For details on how Peterloon entertains 5,000 Scouts for a weekend, go to    http://www.danbeard.org/peterloon/

Peterloon Permission Slip
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Peterloon Waiver
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Pancake Breakfast — Donations Requested

The Boy Scouts of St. Ignatius Troop 850 will be hosting their 12th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning October 26th.  Please plan on joining us for a wonderful breakfast and fellowship in the school cafeteria on the 26th.

We’ll have a basket raffle as part of this fundraiser. If you or your employer would like to make a charitable donation of cash or other items for our raffle (gift certificates, merchandise, sports tickets, trips, etc.) please contact Kathy Smith (226-4992 or kathyjsmith777@gmail.com).

Advance purchase tickets will be available from any Boy Scout and tickets will be available at the door on Sunday morning.  Thank you for your continued support of our active Boy Scout Troop – we really appreciate it!  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on October 26th!

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Horseback Riding Campout – September 12-14

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 and 2012 and over 40 Scouts and 9 Adults enjoyed a beautiful 2-hour ride.    We will camp nearby at the Bear Creek Boy Scout Camp and attend Saturday evening Mass (after showers) in Liberty, IN.

The permission slip below and $45 fee per person are due September 9th.

Horseback Riding Permission Slip
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Caving Campout August 8-10

Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 8 – 10 at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) near Mount Vernon, KY, about a 2 ½ 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 22nd, when a member of Greater Cincinnati Grotto which manages the GSP will speak to the Troop about our upcoming trip.  We would like to get an approximate headcount at the meeting so they can schedule guides for our Troop.   Parents – please consider sharing this special experience with your son.

The permission slip, waiver, and $45 fee per person are due on August 5th.   The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees ($14 per person), tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.

For more information and photos check out caves.org/conservancy/gsp/ and Troop850.org (2010 and 2012 caving photos).

Caving Permission Slip
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Advancement Campout May 16-18

Troop 850 will hold an Advancement Campout the weekend of May 16-18 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio (site of our cancelled February campout).  We will stay in the Wagner Lodge and the focus of the campout will be on completing requirements for rank advancements.

Because of this, it is imperative that we have enough adult leaders and older Scouts in attendance in order to teach and supervise the younger Scouts.  Again, we ask parents to participate in our monthly campouts to truly experience the Scouting program with your son.  This is the number one need of our Troop and no prior experience is required!

Please complete the permission slip below and submit with payment of $30 by May 13th.

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Congratulations to Mr. Chas Hertlein

Troop 850 would like to congratulate our own Mr. Chas Hertlein, the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Mr. Scout Award, presented April 10th at the 26th annual West Side Sports Breakfast benefitting the Boy Scouts.  Mr. Hertlein has served the Boy Scouts at the Council and District levels for many years and has served as the Committee Chairman for Troop 850 since 1991.  He and his wife Kathy are proud parents of 2 Troop 850 Eagle Scouts, Chip (1998) and Jeff (2004).

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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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