For early June, the Scouts have planned a bike-riding themed campout at Hueston Woods. The park has 20 miles of mountain bike trails, with four loop trails ranging from beginner to intermediate/advanced in difficulty and from 1.6 to 10.2 miles in length. Additionally, there are paved roads in the campground suitable for biking on. We’re planning to transport bikes from St I’s to the camp area in one of the trailers. For scouts or adults who do not have a bike to use, parents can make arrangements on their own to rent a bike from the Oxford bike shop. Trail information can be viewed on the MTB website , and trail conditions are posted here. (The mountain bike trails are closed if conditions are too wet, but there are still plenty fun things to do at Hueston Woods.)
Everyone who plans on riding a bike at this camp out will definitely need to remember to bring a bike helmet.
Permission slip and $25 payment to cover cost are due at the meeting June 4.
Troop 850 will be rock climbing in May at Red River Gorge Via Ferrata, located about 2 ½ hours from Cincinnati near Natural Bridge, KY. This is consistently among the campouts Scouts mention as one of their favorites. Check out the photos and other information at SouthEast Mountain Guides website. We will be camping nearby at Natural Bridge State Park campground. The cost for this campout is higher than typical at $60 per person; this is because the climbing fee is $43. The actual cost to the Troop including food, camping fees, and transportation is anticipated to be slightly more than what you pay, the troop will cover the additional expense.
Everyone who plans on rock climbing must submit a climbing waiver, and all Scouts must complete the usual Troop permission slip. Please turn in all required forms with payment by Tuesday, May 7th.
The Spring Backpacking trip April 12-14 will be to the Two Lakes region of Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. A nice feature of this trail is, if we have enough participants, it is easy to divide into two groups on Saturday–a longer trail for more experienced hikers, and a shorter trek for first time hikers or those who prefer a less strenuous day. Those planning to attend should 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. Please return the permission slip and payment by the Troop meeting on April 9th.
Troop 850 will hold a Service Campout at Fort Ancient the weekend of March 8-10. We will perform a service project in the park; we have not yet heard what project we will do this year, but last time we went we spent 4 hours clearing brush and trees from the side of a pathway. We will have an opportunity to tour the Fort Ancient Museum after we complete our service. Saturday evening is typically free on Service Campout weekends, and can be used to work on advancement or just to enjoy each other’s company.
Fort Ancient staff will supply all the tools needed for the project, with the exception of appropriate personal attire. Scouts should wear long legged pants, long sleeve shirts, work gloves and work boots if they have them.
Please return the Permission Slip and Waiver form by March 5th.
Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout is scheduled for the weekend of February 8-10 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio. This campout is consistently a favorite of the Scouts, and parents who attend are consistently impressed with the boy’s culinary acumen. This year we will be staying in the Lang Lodge at Oyo, which has heat, a restroom, and bunks to sleep in.
Scouts will spend Saturday creating a 3 course culinary masterpiece; each patrol will make a main dish, a bread, and a dessert to share with the judges and the rest of the campers. Parents are encouraged to come camping as well, and to help create their own Dutch Oven feast. After sampling all of the gourmet cuisine, the judges will have the unenviable task of designating which patrol is the best of the best, while all other participants feast on the Dutch Oven fair.
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 other group activities which are being planned. So wash your serving spoon, polish your dutch oven, and start your menu planning–Dutch Oven Campout time is here!
This year we will return to our own Council’s Summer Camp – Camp Friedlander. The dates are July 7 – 13. We currently have 17 Scouts and 7 Adult Leaders signed up to attend.
Total cost will be $310 for Scouts and $75 for Adults. Everyone should have paid a $30 deposit for each Scout, so the next payments are
— $150 ($40 for Adults), paid by February 19th
— $130 ($35 for Adults), paid by April 9th
All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional. A link to this form is provided below.
The signup for Merit Badges will begin on March 3rd. The schedule of available merit badge classes, as well as other camp details, will be sent out when it is available.
Join Troop 850 for a day hike at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park. This hike is about 10 miles long, going mostly 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 if there are ice formations the scenery can be absolutely breathtaking, and you can enjoy spending time with your friends from Troop 850!
Below are 3 documents with details on Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) to be held in January, February in 2019. Read the Troop 850 Letter first. I would like to receive all registration requests for review by November 7th. Registration opens on November 5th, so the sooner you choose your classes, the better chance of getting your first choices.
We will register together as a Troop, so please follow the instructions in the Troop 850 Letter, and do not mail in your registration.
MBC Troop 850 Letter (54.5 KiB)
Our next monthly campout will be the weekend of November 2-4, a backpacking weekend in the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area of the Wayne National Forest (near Ironton, Ohio). This trip is open to all Scouts and adults with all levels of backpacking experience. We’ll have a challenging route for experienced backpackers and an easier route for novice backpackers. This will be a great opportunity to see what backpacking is all about if you’ve never done it before. For those lacking equipment, don’t let that stop you! The Troop has a collection of loaner equipment, and we know where else to borrow things if need be.
Permission slips are due October 30. Chas Hertlein can answer any questions, and we’ll be covering backpacking at the next couple of meetings.
The following are some upcoming or particularly notable 2019 dates for Troop 850 activities. Please note, based on the Scouts’ decisions at PLC in October a complete planned 2019 calendar has been added to the website, remember to check periodically for updates (which would also be announced at meetings.)
Some notes for upcoming deadlines, as well as for the 2019 calendar:
— Merit Badge Challenge choices will be available October 22 and registration begins on November 5…so look for an email with details after October 22.
— Camp Friedlander is asking for a deposit for each camper by January 1st, so we would like to begin estimating summer camp attendance as soon as possible.
January 5 Troop Bushwhack day hike
January 19 Merit Badge Challenge
February 2 Merit Badge Challenge
February 3 Scout Sunday
February 8-10 Dutch Oven Campout at Camp Oyo
February 16 Merit Badge Challenge
March 8-10 Service Campout
March 23 Merit Badge Challenge (snow date)
July 7-13 Summer Camp at Camp Friedlander
July 27-Aug 3 High Adventure in the Bahamas