Troop 850s next campout is the weekend of August 11-13, where we will be camping near and canoeing on the Whitewater River near Brookville, Indiana. This is a great opportunity for parents to join their sons for a fun weekend. Adults are especially needed to pair up with younger Scouts. We need a head count by the August 1 Troop meeting. Please inform scout leaders on August 1 if you and your scout can make it. In addition to the usual permission slip, each scout and adult participating in the canoe campout will need to complete the outfitters waiver available thru this link, or in the pdf below.
Troop 850 will be rock climbing in May at Torrent Falls, located near Natural Bridge, KY about 2 ½ hours from Cincinnati. This is consistently among the campouts Scouts mention as one of their favorites. Check out the photos and other information at TorrentFalls.com. We will be camping nearby at Natural Bridge State Park campground. The cost for this campout is higher then typical at $45 per person; this is because the climbing fee is $36. The Troop will absorb much of remaining costs – food, camping fees, and transportation.
Everyone who plans on rock climbing must submit a Torrent Falls waiver and all Scouts must complete the Troop permission slip. Please turn in all required forms with payment by Tuesday, May 16th.
The Spring Backpacking trip April 21-23 will be held in the Two Lakes region of Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. All Scouts (and adults) are welcome to attend, including younger or less experienced backpackers who will follow a separate trail appropriate for 1st time backpackers. If you are a new Scout who just crossed over and you would like to attend, contact Mr. Ogilvie to discuss.
All scouts planning on participating must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on April 18th. 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 18th.
Please remember to invite your friends and neighbors to join the Saint Ignatius community and friends at the annual Troop 850 Spaghetti Dinner and fundraiser. Join us for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, and some of the best meatballs in Cincinnati. Dessert and soft drinks are included. Advance tickets can be purchased from any Troop 850 scout ($7 adult, $5 children or seniors, Cub Scouts in uniform are free.) In addition to the food, there will be a basket raffle. Sponsorships and tax deductable donations are welcome, proceeds will directly benefit the scouts of Troop 850. Scouts and scout families have been emailed with the shift assignments, all scouts and scout families are required to work assigned shifts, they are looking forward to serving you dinner!
All scouts and their families are invited to join Troop 850 and the Bellman’s to celebrate Michael’s Eagle Court of Honor. It will be at 1PM on February 26 in the Father Hilvert Center. Reception will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP to Ron Bellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout will be held the weekend of February 10-12 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio. Under the guidance of Assistant Scoutmaster and Master Chef Andrew Ciolino, the Scouts will spend Saturday blending, stirring, spicing,and pureeing their ingredients, then cooking a 3-course meal from scratch in dutch ovens. Parents are encouraged to come and join in the fun and help create their own dutch oven feast. We will stay in the cozy Lang Lodge — indoors! Guest judges will determine the winning patrol, who will have their names engraved on the plaque in our display case. There will also be time set aside for card playing, an orienteering course for the scouts, and other fun activities. Permission slip with fee ($35 per person) is due by February 7.
Sunday, February 5 is the Scout Mass at noon at St Ignatius. Scouts should meet at 11:30 AM in the Fr Gratsch Room. Please wear your FULL CLASS A UNIFORM. Mr Walro will assign readings and other responsibilities at our troop meeting Tuesday. Any scout unable to attend or attending a service at their own Parish/Church should notify Mr. Ogilvie.
Winter Bushwhack Hike will be in Saturday,January 7th. We will plan on meeting at St I’s at 7:30 am and traveling to John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, where we will hike 10 miles of the Winter Bushwhack at the Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve. We will return later in the afternoon. A trail lunch will be provided. Each scout will need to dress for hiking in cool weather and bring a water bottle. Cost is $10 which gets you a patch, lunch and covers fuel to get there and back.
For Summer Camp 2017, Troop 850 will return to one of our most popular camps — Ransburg Scout Reservation located near Bloomington, Indiana. The dates are July 16-22 and the cost including transportation is $330 per Scout and only $50 per Adult, if the fees are paid in full by April 25th. Payments should be made to Troop 850 and the first payment of $50 per person is due on January 10th with the balance due by April 25th.
All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional. A link to this form is provided below. All completed medical forms with required signatures and a copy of your health insurance card (front and back) should be turned in by June 6th.
You can view some of the details about the program at Ransburg at ransburgbsa.org and more details will be forthcoming.
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 much of the costs in order to encourage adults to attend. Please consider sharing the adventure of Summer Camp with your son in July 2017!