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Michael Branscum – Eagle Service Project – Saturday 1/19

Volunteers are welcome to help with Michael’s Eagle Service Project this coming Saturday January 19th.  Work entails trail clearing/clean-up and trail marking at two Green Township parks.

10 AM – Bicentennial Park – Volunteers meet at 10 AM at the first shelter on the left.  Dress accordingly with comfortable trail clothes.  Approximately 11:30 the group will move to West Fork park (rides will be provided) for lunch and then start to work on West Fork Park trails.

12-Noon – West Fork Park – Volunteers meet in parking lot.

Please join Michael at 10AM or Noon or work at both locations.

If you can assist please contact Michael at or 513-213-4225.


Climb Time – Saturday, January 12th

Troop 850’s first outing of 2013 will be a day of indoor rock climbing at Climb Time in Blue Ash where they have a variety of climbing walls for all levels of expertise and the latest in safety equipment. 

Adults will be needed as drivers and also to serve as belayers – no experience required, training provided.  The more adults we have to belay, the more climbing the Scouts will be able to do.

We will meet Saturday January 12th at St Ignatius at 1:00 pm.  We will climb from around 1:45 to 4:00, followed by pizza at LaRosa’s in White Oak, returning to St Ignatius around 6:00.

Total cost will be $20, which should be turned in at our Troop meeting January 8th along with the permission slip below.  We will distribute Climb Time waivers at the meeting.  For more info and photos check out

Climb Time Permission Slip
Climb Time Permission Slip
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Fall Backpacking Trip – November 9-11

This year’s Fall Backpacking Trip will be in the Deam Wilderness Area, part of Hoosier National Forest the weekend of November 9-11.  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 by November 6th .

Fall Backpacking Permission Slip
Fall Backpacking Permission Slip
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Pancake Volunteer Schedule

Please find attached the work schedule for Sunday.  If the time slot doesn’t work please contact another scout family to swap shifts.

Saturday 5:30 everyone to set up after Mass.

Sunday – Class A uniform – no neckerchief.

Thanks in advance for making this fundraiser so successful!!

2012 Pancake schedule

Pancake Ticket Money due Tuesday 10/23

Advanced sales for the Pancake Breakfast are due at this Tuesday’s Troop Meeting. Please place all money and any unsold tickets in an envelope with your scout’s name clearly written on the envelope. Mrs. Eichhold will be at the Troop Meeting to collect your envelopes and will have additional advance tickets for those who have sold more than they had on hand. You can email Mrs. Eichhold at with any questions.

Merit Badge Challenge 2013

Please turn in requests for Merit Badge Challenge by Tuesday November 6th  

Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) is an annual event organized by Dan Beard Council as a great opportunity for Scouts to earn up to 3 merit badges by attending classes taught by certified counselors.  Most of the merit badges offered are of the ‘indoor’ type and many are not offered at summer camp. 

The event will be held at Fairfield High School on 3 Saturday mornings – January 26th, February 16th and March 16th.  Scouts should plan on attending all 3 dates.  Session times each Saturday are 8:30-9:45 (A), 10:00-11:15 (B), and 11:30-12:45 (C).  With enough parent volunteers, we will be able to carpool to Fairfield.  The cost is only $15 per Scout.  Make checks out to Troop 850 or let me know if you want the $15 deducted from the Scout’s account. 

For Scouts to attend, please refer to the 3 documents below and follow these steps —

  • In the MBC-Schedule document on pages 8-11, find the merit badges offered at Fairfield and in what session (A, B, or C).  For many merit badges there are strict age or rank restrictions and these are listed on page 6.  A few merit badges last for 2 sessions (A-B or B-C) and 2 of them last for all 3 sessions (A-C).
  • Eagle-Required merit badges are indicated with an ‘*’.  All Troop 850 Scouts should take 1 Eagle-Required merit badge.  If a Scout is 1st class or above, he may take 2 Eagle-Required merit badges.
  • Select at least one alternate class for each time.  A Scout must have a full schedule, no free periods. 
  • In the MBC-PreWork document, you will find pre-work for some of the merit badges which must be completed before the first class.   Also, any additional fees (paid to the merit badge counselor) are listed.   
  • In the MBC-FAQ document are Frequently Asked Questions with more helpful information.
  • Do not complete registration online.  Turn in your merit badge requests to me along with alternate choices and $15 fee. 

Please turn in your selections to me by Tuesday November 6th.   Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.    Fred Matthews

MB Challenge Schedule
MB Challenge Schedule
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MB Challenge PreWork
MB Challenge PreWork
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MB Challenge - FAQs
MB Challenge - FAQs
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Child Protection Training

Attention all Scout Leaders.  The Archdiocese has adopted a new training program for all adults working with our youth.  Every leader and adult volunteer must attend a mandatory training session.  The Boy Scouts have organized a training session for Tuesday December 11, 2012.  There is no troop activity for this particular Tuesday so what better opportunity than to join your fellow scout leaders for this important training!

To register for this session please go to  Click on “registration” on the left side of the screen and using the pull-down menu select “Cincinnati, OH (Archdiocese).  You will be asked to create your own personal ID and password.  Once you complete that you will be asked to select the primary location for work/volunteer/worship and you can select St. Ignatius Loyola (Cincinnati).

You will have some other questions to go through and then you can select St. Ignatius, Tuesday Dec 11 as your training session.

If you have questions please contact Alex Mechley at 513-379-5826.

Please plan to join us on December 11th to complete this important training.

Pancake Breakfast Sunday Oct 28th

Call the neighbors, wake the kids and be sure to join us on Sunday Oct 28th for our annual All You Can Eat Pancake breakfast from 7-Noon in the cafeteria at St. Ignatius.

Scouts and parents – we have mandatory setup on Saturday evening approximately 5:30 (immediately following the 4:30 Mass)  Everyone must attend to help transform the cafeteria for our breakfast feast!  With everyone’s help we’ll wrap up very quickly.

We’re still looking for gift certificates and donations for the basket raffle – always a highlight of our fundraisers please ask your friends and employers if they would be willing to make a donation for this important fundraiser.

Please contact Chip Branscum at 513-623-4941 if there are any questions.  See you next Saturday!

2012 Pancake Flyer

High Adventure 2013

We announced the Troop’s 2013 high adventure plans at the Court of Honor this past Tuesday. If you missed the meeting, click

2013 High Adventure Fact Sheet
2013 High Adventure Fact Sheet
2013 High Adventure Fact Sheet.docx
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for the 2013 High Adventure Fact Sheet and
High Adventure Eligibility
High Adventure Eligibility
High Adventure Eligibility.DOCX
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for the High Adventure Eligibility standards. We will be returning to the Wind River mountains in Wyoming for a high elevation backpacking adventure!

Pancake Breakfast Tickets

Troop 850’s All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday October 28th, from 7 am to 12 noon in the St. Ignatius School Cafeteria.  Everyone’s help is needed to to make this a successful event.  Each boy received 6 Adult and 6 Child/Senior tickets at the Court of Honor.  For each ticket the boys sell they will receive $3 credited to their personal account.   This can be used to pay for campouts, summer camp and other Troop activities.  The tickets are your responsibility and you will be expected to turn in either the unsold tickets or the money you collected no later than the Troop Meeting held on Tuesday, October 23rd.  All the advance tickets you have must be accounted for at that time.  If you need additional tickets or you were not at the Court of Honor and would like your initial presale tickets, please contact Mrs. Eichhold at or at any of the Troop Meetings.

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