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).

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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.

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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 chas@hertlein.cc 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 (landin.mark@gmail.com) if you are interested in attending.

The merit badge worksheet for Geology can be found at www.meritbadge.org. 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 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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Summer Camp at Camp Davy Crockett

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.

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Klondike Winter Camporee January 10-12

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.

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