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

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 ( 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
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 and (2010 and 2012 caving photos).

Caving Permission Slip
Caving Permission Slip
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Caving Waiver
Caving Waiver
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Summer Camp Update

Below is the permission slip for Summer Camp.  Please complete and return no later than the Troop meeting on July 1st.   That meeting is mandatory for all Summer Camp attendees and for all 1st year Scouts, a parent should also be present.  If you cannot attend, please notify Mr. Matthews or Mr. Rottmueller.

Also below is the handout we will review on July 1st which includes an updated gear list.  Please review before the meeting and bring a copy with you.

Other Reminders

-          Adults and Scouts must have a completed medical form signed by a doctor to attend Camp.  Also include a copy of your medical insurance card, front and back.  Medical form is attached below.

-          Make sure all Scouts and Adults have the 7 Class B shirt colors listed in the handout.  If you do not, let me know and we can get them out of storage.  They cost $8 each which can be deducted from the Scout’s account.

Permission Slip
Permission Slip
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Summer Camp Handout
Summer Camp Handout
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Attention Summer Campers

Our week at Camp Davey Crockett is coming up. For those of you new to Scout summer camp, every Boy Scout summer camp in the country begins the week the same way. Immediately upon arrival on Sunday afternoon every Scout and adult attending camp will be required to jump in the water to take the swimming test. In order to do any water sports throughout the week (swimming, canoeing, life saving, rowing, etc.), you have to first pass the swimming test! The test consists of swimming 75 yards on your stomach using any of the standard forward strokes (crawl, breast stroke, etc.), 25 more yards in the elementary backstroke, and then floating on your back for one minute.

As in past years, Mr. Hertlein will make his pool and himself available for swimming instruction and to practice for the swim test, this year on either Thursday June 19 or 26 at 7:00 PM. If you wish to do so, please call Mr. Hertlein at 661-0752 or email him at to make arrangements.

And by the way, passing the swim test is also part of the Second Class and First Class swimming requirements which Scouts may also work on with Mr. Hertlein.

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GeoFair This Weekend and Geology Merit Badge Course

This is a reminder that the annual GeoFair is this weekend (May 3/4). It’s the area’s largest rock, mineral and fossil show. See attached flyer for information, directions, hours and $2 off coupon for adults. Kids will enjoy some freebies and uniformed Scouts get in FREE!

If you are interested in starting the Geology merit badge work, attending this show can help you complete requirement #4 of the merit badge. I’m also in contact with a Geologist at the show, who should be happy to answer your questions for this requirement. Please email Mark Landin ( if you are interested in attending.

The merit badge worksheet for Geology can be found at You may want to bring it with you if you plan on attending. It’s a fun and interesting show even if you don’t plan on starting the merit badge work.


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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, or Kathy Smith at 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 ( 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 (, 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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