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Caving Campout August 8-10

Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be August 8 – 10 at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) near Mount Vernon, KY, about a 2 ½ 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 July 22nd, when a member of Greater Cincinnati Grotto which manages the GSP will speak to the Troop about our upcoming trip.  We would like to get an approximate headcount at the meeting so they can schedule guides for our Troop.   Parents – please consider sharing this special experience with your son.

The permission slip, waiver, and $45 fee per person are due on August 5th.   The $45 fee includes all food, transportation, camping fees ($14 per person), tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights.

For more information and photos check out caves.org/conservancy/gsp/ and Troop850.org (2010 and 2012 caving photos).

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Advancement Campout May 16-18

Troop 850 will hold an Advancement Campout the weekend of May 16-18 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio (site of our cancelled February campout).  We will stay in the Wagner Lodge and the focus of the campout will be on completing requirements for rank advancements.

Because of this, it is imperative that we have enough adult leaders and older Scouts in attendance in order to teach and supervise the younger Scouts.  Again, we ask parents to participate in our monthly campouts to truly experience the Scouting program with your son.  This is the number one need of our Troop and no prior experience is required!

Please complete the permission slip below and submit with payment of $30 by May 13th.

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Congratulations to Mr. Chas Hertlein

Troop 850 would like to congratulate our own Mr. Chas Hertlein, the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Mr. Scout Award, presented April 10th at the 26th annual West Side Sports Breakfast benefitting the Boy Scouts.  Mr. Hertlein has served the Boy Scouts at the Council and District levels for many years and has served as the Committee Chairman for Troop 850 since 1991.  He and his wife Kathy are proud parents of 2 Troop 850 Eagle Scouts, Chip (1998) and Jeff (2004).

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Spaghetti Dinner Sponsors

Part of the success of our upcoming fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner is the support from our family and community sponsors with their generous donations of time, talents, cash, and even pies!

We are seeking sponsors to make a cash or gift donation that can be used in our basket raffle at the spaghetti dinner.  All donations are tax deductible and all sponsors will be thanked on our “sponsors board” posters prominently displaced at our spaghetti dinner.

Please consider checking with your employer, neighbors and friends if they would be willing to make a contribution to help fund our active troop and our many adventures.  Family sponsorships are most appreciated as well.

Please contact Chip Branscum at cbranscum@fuse.net, or Kathy Smith at kathyjsmith777@gmail.com if you would like to make a donation or if you have any questions.

Thanks for your continued support!!

Summer Camp at Camp Davy Crockett

Troop 850 will be attending Summer Camp July 6-12 at Camp Davy Crockett located northeast of Knoxville, TN.  The cost including transportation costs is $275 per Scout and $50 per Adult.    Payments should be made to Troop 850 and the first payment of $100 ($50 for adults) is due February 25th with the balance due by May 13th.

All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional.  A link to this form is provided below.

Also provided is a link to the 2014 Leaders Guide for Camp Davy Crockett which contains a whole lot of detail about Summer Camp.   Information about merit badges offered and the schedule for classes can be found on pages 9 – 11.  Page 16 has details on programs for older Scouts.  Please note, some extra fees are charged for certain merit badges and programs.

The merit badge classes are scheduled between 9:00 – 12:00 and 2:00 – 5:00.  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 (including at least 3 alternates) and your choices will be reviewed by an Adult leader.

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 the majority of the costs in order to encourage adults to attend.

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Klondike Winter Camporee January 10-12

When the snow starts blowing and another year of Scouting comes to a close, we all share one thought in common ….. Let’s Go Camping!

Troop 850 will join the William Henry Harrison District at their annual Klondike Winter Camporee the weekend of January 10-12.  The campout will be held at Mt Airy Forest and the theme will be a “Christmas Gala”.  Our District requires registration be completed by January 6th and our next Troop meeting is January 7th.

So, send me an email by January 4th if you are attending.  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 and fees ($25 per person) at the Troop meeting January 7th.  For the official Event flyer, click below.

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Fall Backpacking Trip – November 15-17

This year’s Fall Backpacking Trip will be in the Deam Wilderness, part of Hoosier National Forest the weekend of November 15-17.  The cost is $ 35 per person.  Scouts must be 1st Class rank or above and have backpacking experience.  Please complete the permission slip below and return with payment by November 12th  .

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2014 Merit Badge Challenge

(sending this again because some did not receive it the first time)

Below are 3 documents with details on Merit Badge Challenge (MBC) held in January and February.  Read the Troop 850 Letter first to find out what MBC is all about.  I would like to receive all registration requests for review by November 12th.   We will register together as a Troop, so please follow the instructions on the first document, and do not mail in your registration.

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Combo Campout November 1-3

Troop 850’s next campout is our annual Combo Campout at Cub World with the Cub Scouts of Pack 850.  There is no charge for this campout, since it is considered a service to our fellow St. Ignatius Scouts.  Permission slips were passed out at the last Troop meeting and will be available at next week’s meeting.  So far, we have 20 Boy Scouts planning to attend and we encourage other Troop 850 Scouts and parents to join them.

Pancake Breakfast – This Weekend

Reminder – this Saturday – pancake setup at 5:30 PM immediately after 4:30 PM Mass.  Wear your RED T-SHIRT (Class B).  We will move tables and chairs and set up the cafeteria for our Sunday Morning breakfast.

A separate post and email will be sent with shift assignments.  Please arrive a few minutes early before your shift and check in with Chip Branscum.  If you have a conflict with the time slot please see if you can trade with another scout family.

Thanks to everyone’s help and our sponsors for making this such a fun and successful event!  Not too late to invite your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family for Bob Evans pancakes!!  (Thanks to Bob Evans for their tasty pancake batter!)

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