Troop 850 will again be participating in the Greater Cincinnati Scout Orienteering Camporee at Camp Friedlander. We went on this campout last year, it was very well organized and fun, and the Scouts have chosen to go again this year. At the campout, Scouts will have the opportunity to learn a lot about orienteering, and Scouts who attended last year will be able to build on last year’s experience. Scouts will compete in timed orienteering courses with recognition for the fastest. There will also be a night orienteering activity. This event is open to other Boy Scout troops as well as to Girl Scout troops and Venture crews, and adults attending with the youth are also encouraged to participate in the competitions.
Scouts will be expected to bring a compass, a whistle, a headlamp or flashlight, shoes suitable for hiking/running, and usual weekend campout gear.
If you plan on attending, please return the Permission Slip on or before October 1; if you register after October 1 but before the 10th, you can still register but the cost increases by $10.
For those attending, additional information is available on the primary Dan Beard web site for the activity here, at the bottom of the page are links to the leader’s guide and to some orienteering learning links.
For September, Troop 850 will be going on a new adventure. Our Scouts have talking for years about going on a zip-lining or ropes campout, so September’s campout activity will be at Treetop Adventure located near London Kentucky. Our Scoutmaster has been and says it is a fun and well run activity. The above website has more details. Every participant in the Treetop Adventure will need to complete a waiver. Adults can sign online through the above link. Scouts must print the and complete the waiver below with their parents.
We will camp at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) where we camped for our August caving trip. A waiver is required to camp at Great Saltpetre. If you went caving in August you are set. If you did not go in August, then you need to print out and complete the GSP Waiver Form for the camp area.
The permission slip, waiver for Treetop, possibly a waiver for GSP, and $50 fee per person are due on or before September 4th. The $50 fee includes the Treetop adventure, food, transportation, and camping fees. The link to the Troop permission slip is below.
Dear Scout Parents:
Earlier this year the National BSA announced a couple of changes we will all need to bear in mind. First, they have totally revamped the online Youth Protection Training that all registered adults are required to take every two years. Formerly a single half-hour module, it has been expanded to three 25-minute modules plus a short test. Anyone who has not yet taken the new course is required to do so by October 31 this year! Detailed instructions on how to take the new course can be found here:
With our annual rechartering process coming up in November, we wanted to remind all registered adults to take the new training if you haven’t already done so.
Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 17–19 at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) near Mount Vernon, KY, about a 2 ½ hours 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 August 7th, when a member of Greater Cincinnati Grotto which manages the GSP will speak to the Troop about our upcoming trip. Parents, please try to stay for this meeting, please also consider coming on this campout with your son. We would like to get an approximate headcount at the end of meeting to schedule guides for our Troop.
The permission slip, waiver, and $45 fee per person are due on or before August 14th. The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees, tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.
For more information and photos, check out the Great Saltpetre website
Remember to print off and complete the GSP Waiver Form, bring it to the August 14th meeting along with the Troop permision slip. The link to the Troop permission slip is below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
TROOP 850 2018 HIGH ADVENTURE FACT SHEET
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.