OK – for inquiring minds…Bahamas are located approximately 76 degrees W latitude and 24 degrees, 15′ North longitude. Current conditions are 2-4′ seas with a nice high pressure system keeping weather most pleasant. Our first night upon arrival we have a new moon so it should be pretty dark out. Highs in the mid to upper 80’s and lows in the upper 70’s.
OK – I have 400+ photos from summer camp on a DVD – I can’t upload them to the website as there are too many. I will have a few discs at the next scout meeting for scouts to take home, copy, download, and share. If you would for-sure like your own disc please email Chip Branscum and I’ll trade you a disc for a dollar.
Troop 850’s July campout will be a Canoe Trip on the Whitewater River the weekend of July 15-17. We will rent canoes for the day on Saturday at Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures in Brookville, Indiana. We will return to St Ignatius for 10:15 Mass on Sunday, so full Class A uniform and clean shoes are a must.
Below are 2 required forms for the trip – the Troop 850 Permission Slip and the Morgan’s Waiver which all Scouts and Adults must complete. Turn in forms and payment ($ 35 per person) at the next Troop meeting July 5th.
Adults are encouraged to attend so our less experienced Scouts can be paired up with an adult or older Scout.
Click for the Troop 850 Permission Slip.
Click for the Morgan’s Waiver.
Swimming merit badge is one of the required badges for Eagle. It is also a necessary building block for taking other merit badges such as Lifesaving, and it is a prerequisite for anyone who wishes to participate in one of the water-related high adventure trips–kayaking the New River, canoing in Minnesota, or scuba diving. We recomend that all new Scouts make every effort to earn this badge their first summer in the Troop, usually at summer camp. This year, however, new Scouts are unable to take both their Tenderfoot to First Class advancement classes and Swimming merit badge. So, Chas Hertlein will be offering the merit badge to interested Scouts over the course of this summer, mostly on Tuesday nights during regular meeting times. In order to schedule the classes, I need to know as soon as possible exactly which Scouts will want to earn this merit badge. So please drop me an email or give me a call to let me know!
Click below for the Summer Camp Merit Badge schedule for each Scout. You must complete any pre-work for merit badges before the start of camp. To find the pre-work, go to brmcreservation.org and click on Blue Ridge Scout Reservation – Summer Camp – Powhatan. At the bottom is “Merit Badge Prerequisites”
Click for Merit Badge Schedule
Everyone going to summer camp should click on the document below. At the end of the document are listed all Scouts and Adults who have NOT turned in Medical Forms. Please check these lists.
The remainder of the file lists the Merit Badges that I was able to sign the Scouts up for today. Many of the most popular merit badges filled up quickly, so there are many gaps in some Scout’s schedules. If you did not list Alternates, you are likely to have more gaps. Email to me several alternates for each time slot you wish to fill.
Click for Merit Badge Schedule
Final payments for summer camp were due Tuesday 5/24. If you have not made your final payment for Summer Camp, please do so by next Tuesday’s Troop meeting. Also, merit badge selections were due Tuesday. Please email your selections or turn them in at next Tuesday’s meeting.
Less than half of the medical forms have been turned in. All Scouts and Adults must complete the official BSA medical form (see below) which includes a physical exam and your provider’s signature. Medical forms and the permission slips (see below) must be turned in no later than Tuesday June 14th at the mandatory Troop meeting for summer camp.
Click for BSA Medical Form
Click for Permission Slip
I’m trying an experiment – this is a link to a picasa webalbum of photos from last weekend. I know they look all sunny and nice but these were taken in rare moments of no rain.
The Troop’s recent service project weekend at Wright Patterson Air Force Base was the subject of a nice article in the base newspaper, Skywrighter. Click below to see the article.
To coordinate with the new uniform requirements which began January 1st , Troop 850 is starting a uniform exchange. If you have used uniforms (pants, shirts, belts, neckerchiefs, slides, etc.) or equipment that your scout no longer uses, please give them to Deidre Brickner. Bring all Troop 850 t-shirts to the meeting Tuesday night. Any shirts that no longer fit your scout will be put in the uniform exchange for other scouts. Lists will be provided periodically of items on hand, and scouts may take available items as needed.
Troop Contact: Deidre Brickner 741-4155, firstname.lastname@example.org