Our next campout will take place the weekend of April 15-17, when we’ll do a backpacking trip to Zaleski State Forest in southeastern Ohio. This is a required trip for all High Adventure participants this year but is also open to all other Scouts and parents who have been on at least one Troop 850 campout. This will be the perfect opportunity for Scouts who have not yet been backpacking to give it a try. We will take both a shorter trail for first-timers and a longer trail for the more experienced backpackers, with both groups meeting to camp together both nights at a pre-arranged meeting point.
Anyone planning to go who has not previously backpacked will be required to bring their fully-packed gear to the troop meeting on April 12 so that we can make sure they are properly prepared for the weekend. A gear list is available on the website, and the troop (as well as some of our adults) has some loaner backpacks available if you wish to go but don’t have a backpack yet–available first come-first served. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Ogilvie, Mr. Rottmueller or Mr. Hertlein.
Troop 850 will hold our annual Service Campout at Friedlander the weekend of March 11-13. We will perform a service project helping to remove debris from trees that have been cut down. There will be time for Scouts to work on advancements on Saturday afternoon.
Please return the Permission Slip by March 8th. As in previous years, there is no charge for our Service Campout.
All Troop 850 Scouts and families are strongly encouraged to attend the visitation for Patty Buczkowski on Thursday evening. Wear your full Class A uniform and meet at 6:30 in front of Hilvert Center. LaRosa’s will be providing pizza and if you could bring a dozen cookies or a snack to share it would be appreciated.
Let us gather together to remember our dear friend Patty and support her loving family.
As in 2015, Troop 850 will join Troop 654 of the Izaak Walton League for our annual Dutch Oven Campout on February 5-6 near Hamilton, Ohio. Troop 654 will be hosting our Troop on their property north of Hamilton (450 Bessinger Road, about a 40 minute drive).
The Scouts will compete with the patrols of both Troops by preparing a 3-course meal in Dutch Ovens for themselves and the judges. The winning patrol will have their names engraved on the plaque in our display case. The Scouts will complete an orienteering course early Saturday and will return to St Ignatius Saturday evening because of Scout Sunday the following day.
Families of Troop 850 Scouts are invited to visit on Saturday and join us for dinner. Please list family members on the permission slip and turn in by February 2nd. The fee is $25 for each Scout and Adult for the weekend. There is no charge for family members coming on Saturday.
For Summer Camp 2016, Troop 850 will attend Camp McKee located east of Lexington, KY. The dates are June 19-25 and the cost including transportation is $290 per Scout and $50 per Adult, if the fees are paid in full by May 3rd. Payments should be made to Troop 850 and the first payment of $130 ($50 for adults) is due on March 1st with the balance ($160) due by May 3rd.
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 May 10th.
Also provided is a link to the 2016 Leaders Guide for Camp McKee which contains many of the details about Summer Camp. Information about merit badges offered and the schedule for classes can be found on pages 26-36. Page 46 has a list of what to bring to camp.
The merit badge classes are scheduled between 8:30 – 11:45 and 1:45 – 4:30. 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 www.meritbadge.org . We will register for merit badge classes as a Troop, so when you hand in your deposit include your merit badge selections.
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.
Click below for information on Scout Ski Day at Perfect North Slopes. It will be held Sunday February 21st and is organized by Dan Beard Council. Thank you to Rob Gehrum for organizing Troop 850’s involvement.
With Christmas behind us and as the temperature begins to drop, we all share one thought in common ….. Let’s Go Camping!
Troop 850 will join the William Henry Harrison District at their biennial Klondike Derby the weekend of January 22-24 at Camp Friedlander. Scouts and Adults must register at or before our Troop meeting on Tuesday January 19th in order to get the early registration fee of $25 ($10 District fee + $15 for Troop expenses) per person.
Remember, adults are needed to attend this campout and all our campouts throughout the year. If we do not have enough adults participating, we cannot continue Troop 850’s long tradition of monthly campouts.
Please submit the Permission slip below along the fees.
The deadline for signing up for our 2016 high adventure trip to the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota–January 19–is fast approaching! Click here:
for a fact sheet with all of the details. The logistics of planning this trip are considerable, and we do need to know who will be participating by the deadline, as we will then get to work choosing a route, obtaining the necessary permits (available by lottery only!), and otherwise planning the trip. Chas Hertlein and Dan Rottmueller will be happy to answer any questions.
It’s time to renew the Troop’s “charter” with the BSA and therefore time to renew our individual memberships for 2016. The usual paperwork for this purpose is now in the mail. This is also the time to catch up on required adult training, and in some cases you will find inserts in your mailing with details on your training status.
And speaking of training, the University of Scouting is coming up on November 7 at Princeton High School–click here for details. This is a great opportunity to catch required trainings and for our parents and other volunteers to learn how to be great scout leaders.
It’s time to begin planning for our high adventure trip next summer. We will be returning to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota for a week of paddling, camping, and fishing. A preliminary fact sheet is attached; hard copies will be available at the Court of Honor this Tuesday. We will show a short video about the Boundary Waters, including some pictures from past trips, and we will be available to answer any and all questions.