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Horseback Riding Campout–May 11-13 2018

Troop 850 will return to Salt Creek Ranch near Metamora, Indiana for a day of Horseback Riding. The Troop has visited the ranch every other year since 2010, and we keep going back because participants consistently say they have a great time. We will camp nearby at the Whitewater State Park and will likely attend Saturday evening Mass nearby in Indiana. Come enjoy camping and a beautiful 2-hour horseback ride!

The permission slip below and $45 fee per person are due on or before May 8. All Scouts who go on the campout should plan to attend the Troop meeting May 8th where details of the campout including menu planning will be discussed in more detail.

2018 Horseback Riding Campout Permission Slip
2018 Horseback Riding Campout Permission Slip
24.5 KiB

April Backpacking Trip — April 27-29, 2018

This spring’s backpacking trip will be held at the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, part of the Hoosier National Forest. This campout is open to all Scouts who have been with the Troop for a least one year. If you have never been backpacking with the troop before, we encourage you to speak with an adult leader to help decide if this is something you feel ready for. Mr Hertlein and Mr Rottmueller are planning the route we will be hiking, so feel free to ask them if you would like more details about the planned hike.

All scouts planning on participating must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on April 24th.  Refer to the gear list for Spring Backpacking trip on the Troop website (under “Info”).  The Troop has a limited number of backpacks to be loaned out for those who need a backpack, please contact Mr Ogilvie ASAP if you would like to borrow gear.  Scouts who are not attending the campout can still attend that meeting to learn more about backpacking and how to pack a backpack. Please return permission slips on or before Tuesday, April 24.

Backpacking Permission Slip 4-2018
Backpacking Permission Slip 4-2018
24.5 KiB

Service Campout at Clifty Falls — March 9-11, 2018

Troop 850 is holding their annual Service Campout this year at Clifty Falls State park in Southern Indiana the weekend of March 9-11. We will perform service on campground trails this year, as well as working with the camp naturalist to help prepare the park for the upcoming season. There will be time available on Saturday afternoon for Scouts to relax or work on advancement activities.

Please return permission slip by this coming Tuesday, March 6. Per custom, there is not charge for our Service Campout.

Service Campout Permission Slip
Service Campout Permission Slip
24.0 KiB

Scout Sunday February 4, 2018

This year’s Scout Sunday Mass at St Ignatius will be the noon Mass on Sunday, February 4. Scouts should meet at 11:30 AM by the Fr Gratsch Room, they will process into Mass as a group. Please wear your FULL CLASS A UNIFORM. Mr Walro will assign readings and other responsibilities at our troop meeting this Tuesday. Any Scout unable to attend or attending a service at their own Parish/Church should notify Mr. Walro.

Dutch Oven Campout — February 9-11, 2018

Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout is scheduled for the weekend of February 9-11 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio. This is consistently one of the Scouts’ favorite campouts, and parents who attend are invariably impressed with the boy’s culinary prowess. We will be staying in the Blockhouse cabin (indoors!) which has a fireplace for heat, as well as a shelter in front that can be used for the cooking competition.

Scouts will spend Saturday blending, stirring, spicing, pureeing, and decorating a 3 course meal; each patrol will be tasked with conceiving and creating a main dish, a bread, and a dessert to share with the judges and the rest of the campers. Parents are encouraged to come and join in the fun and help create their own Dutch Oven feast. After sampling all of the culinary masterpieces, the judges will have the unenviable task of designating which patrol is the best of the best.

In addition to meal planning and cooking, time will be set aside to allow for Scouts to pursue advancement requirements, to play cards, and for a Saturday evening mass or a prayer service at the outdoor Camp Oyo Chapel. In years past, we have even had a Saturday evening movie, complete with popcorn. So wash your serving spoon, polish your dutch oven, and start your menu planning, Dutch Oven Campout time is here!

Dutch Oven Permission Slip 2018
Dutch Oven Permission Slip 2018
24.5 KiB

2018 High Adventure Reminder


West Virginia Kayaking & Whitewater Rafting

When: Sunday, June 17 through Friday, June 22, 2018.

Where: On the New River in West Virginia, near the town of Lansing.

What: On the first day, we’ll drive to our destination, the Adventures on the Gorge outfitters where we will stay in their rustic cabins for two nights. On day two we’ll spend the day in a kayaking clinic on the river, learning (or re-learning) the techniques of safe whitewater kayaking. The next day we’ll be driven upriver with boats and gear and will begin our paddle back down the river for two days paddling and two nights camping on the riverbank, followed by a one-day whitewater raft trip down the lower New River.  Excellent food to be provided and prepared by the guides along the way! Then back to the cabins at Adventures on the Gorge for one night and then drive home on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Eligibility:  To be eligible for this trip a Scout:

  • must in the Scoutmaster’s judgment have actively participated in the Troop’s program throughout the preceding year, at all times demonstrating Scout spirit
  • must achieve the rank of at least First Class by April 30, 2018
  • must earn Swimming Merit Badge and certain of the requirements for Whitewater Merit Badge (to be determined) by May 31, 2018 (opportunities to do so will be made available)
  • must be at least 13 years of age by June 30, 2018 and have the necessary physical stamina for the trip (in the trip leaders’ judgment)

All parents of eligible Scouts (per above) who have themselves actively supported the Troop’s activities are also eligible to participate.

Cost: At this time we are estimating a total cost of approximately $850 per person, but this amount is subject to numerous variables such as the cost of gas and food. For planning purposes, we need to know who is going, as shown by our receipt of a nonrefundable $100 deposit not later than February 6, 2018 to reserve a spot on the crew.

Climb Time – January 20, 2018

Troop 850’s is planning an afternoon of indoor rock climbing at Climb Time in Blue Ash on Saturday January 20th. At Climb Time, they have a variety of climbing walls for all levels of expertise. Adults will be needed as drivers and also to serve as belayers – no experience required, training provided if you need it. We need enough adults to belay, typically one per 4 or so Scouts.

We will meet Saturday January 20th at St Ignatius at 1:00 pm. We will climb from around 2:00 to 4:00, followed by pizza at LaRosa’s in White Oak, returning to St Ignatius around 6:00.

Cost per climber will be $20, which should be turned in at our Troop meeting January 16th along with the permission slip and the Climb Time waiver which can be found online at this link. For more information about Climb Time, check out

Climb Time Permission Slip
Climb Time Permission Slip
25.0 KiB

2018 Summer Camp at Camp Davy Crockett

Tis the season….for Summer Camp!
Troop 850 will be attending Summer Camp July 8-14 at Camp Davy Crockett located northeast of Knoxville, TN. The cost including transportation costs is $300 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 13th with the balance due by May 8th.

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.

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 2018 Leaders Guide for Camp Davy Crockett which contains lots of detail about Summer Camp. Information about merit badges begins on page 11 and the schedule for Merit Badge classes can be found on the last page on the “Scout Registration Worksheet”. Pages 22-23 have some details on programs for older Scouts. Please note any age restrictions and extra fees 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 .

We will register for Camp and for merit badge classes as a Troop, so all you need to do when you submit your deposit is to complete the Worksheet and indicate your merit badge selections (including at least 3 alternates) and your choices will be reviewed by an Adult leader.

Contact me or any adult leader if you have any questions.
Fred Matthews
2018 Camp Davy Crockett Leaders Guide

Winter Bushwhack Hike Jan 6, 2018

Join Troop 850 for a day hike at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan Stated Park. This hike is about 10 miles long, it goes along the Little Miami River which is a National Scenic River. Bring a day pack with a water bottle, and dress in layers so you can stay warm. There are historic things to see along the trail, the scenery along the river is fantastic, and you can enjoy spending time with your friends from Troop 850!

Winter Bushwhack Permission Slip
Winter Bushwhack Permission Slip
29.0 KiB

Winter Bushwhack Map and Info
Winter Bushwhack Map and Info
495.1 KiB

Recent BSA Announcement

Dear Troop 850 Families & Friends:

I’m sure you all heard something about the recent announcement about the BSA to admit girls. Their official announcement appears below, in case you haven’t seen it. I wanted to clarify a few things for you. First and foremost, this change will not have any direct impact on Troop 850. They are not proposing to have girls join Boy Scout troops. What they are going to do is to roll out a parallel program for girls of Boy Scout age, and it will be up to each sponsoring organization (St. I in our case) to decide whether or not they wish to sponsor a separate girls’ troop (or whatever they choose to call the new units—that hasn’t been determined). It’s probably too early to say what St. Ignatius will choose to do in this regard, but in any case it really won’t affect Troop 850.

At the Cub Scout level, each Pack will have the option of organizing girls-only Dens which will operate separately from the existing boys-only Dens within the Pack. Alternatively, the sponsoring organization may elect to organize a separate girls-only Pack, or to do nothing at all. At this point we don’t know how St. Ignatius or Pack 850 will choose to proceed.

This was all a bit of a surprise to all of us, and was determined at the national level without any local input. Many details remain to be announced. Regardless, we will continue to operate a high-quality Boy Scouting program in Troop 850.

Chas Hertlein

Committee Chairman

Boy Scouts of America Welcomes Girls
It is with excitement and hope that I share with you that the BSA’s National Executive Board has unanimously approved welcoming girls into Cub Scouting and delivering a Scouting program for older girls (ages 11 to 18) that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests for such action from across the country, especially from families already in the BSA program with their sons. In coming to this decision, the BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — including all BSA Councils across the country, as well as from parents not involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

As a chartered organization, you will continue to have the option of selecting those programs that best meet your goals for your youth. For instance, you may decide to have all-boy packs, all-girl packs, or packs with both girl dens and boy dens. As always, your organization will continue to have the ability to select and approve leaders.

We are excited about the opportunity to expand Scouting to deliver the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law to both boys and girls. You are critical in making that a reality and in meeting the needs of today’s youth and families.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting and our communities.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page, or contact Lee Shaw Jr., Director of National Alliances at with any questions.

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