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!
Several months ago Katie Walro volunteered to lead interested Scouts in earning the Catholic Scouting award, Ad Altare Dei. In case you didn’t see Father Don’s heartfelt thank you in last week’s bulletin, here it is again. Thanks again Katie!
The weekend of November 11-13, Troop 850 will hold our Gun Club Campout at the Fairfield Sportsmens Association located at 6501 River Road, 4 miles off Blue Rock Road. Scouts will be able to earn the Rifle merit badge or, if they have already earned the Rifle merit badge, they can earn the Shotgun merit badge. Scouts who have partials in either merit badge should be able to complete their badge.
This is a great opportunity to experience a Scout weekend campout with your son, so we hope to have a great turnout of parents and Scouts. Additional adult participation is especially needed for this campout to increase safety and to keep our younger Scouts focused.
The 2017 Merit Badge Challenge will be held on three Saturday mornings: January 28th, Februrary 18th, and February 25th 2017. Troop 850 attends the MBC at the Fairfield H.S. location. If there is a cancellation of any of the dates due to weather, the makeup date will be March 18th.
This is an excellent opportunity for scouts to work on merit badges that are typically not offered at summer camp. In the past, I have sat in on some of the classes and they are taught by comitted counselors. As long as the pre-work and homework assignments are completed, the scouts will generally earn the merit badge.
Please look at the planning matrix with your scout and decide which three merit badges thay would like to work on. Each scout should pick at least one Eagle required merit badge and two other merit badges. Also include two alternate badges and at least one additional alternate eagle required merit badge.
We will do our best in registering for the first choice merit badges, but some merit badges fill up quickly.
Dan Beard Council has a general information page about Merit Badge Challenge. Go to 2017 Merit Badge Challenge Handbook to see what badges are available in which sessions (remember, we are going to the Fairfield site) and if you’d like to you can read the entire MBC information packet.
Registration begins November 14th. We register as a troop, so all requests must be submitted by the November 8th troop meeting. The cost is $15 per scout and includes the MBC participation patch.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Courter.
For reasons beyond our control it will be necessary to change the dates of our next outing to October 14-16, a week later than originally planned. We will be travelling to the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky for a backpacking weekend. All Scouts who have been in the Troop for at least one year are eligible to participate–we will plan the route consistent with the experience and level of ability of the Scouts who sign up to go, and of course parents are welcome and encouraged to come along as well. And anyone who is considering going on our high adventure trip next summer–backpacking in Colorado–should definitely plan to go on this trip.The Troop has several backpacks available to borrow for those who don’t own backpacks but would like to give backpacking a try. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Ogilvie, Dan Rottmueller or Chas Hertlein. Permission slips due October 11.
Troop 850’s next camput will be at Craigs Creek Campground, located in Kentucky at the mouth of the Laurel and Cumberland Rivers in the Daniel Boone National Forest. This will be a relaxing campout with opportunities to fish (anyone going age 16 or over who wishes to fish should get a Kentucky one day fishing license at http://fw.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx), go on day hikes (there is a nice 5 mile hike nearby in the Cane Branch Wilderness Area that allows you to enjoy multiple rock formations, waterfalls and abundant wildlife), and to work on advancements or on completing partial merit badges. Cumberland Falls is also nearby, and the Scouts may elect to venture there one evening as well.