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Caving Campout, May 10-12th, 2024

Troop 850’s Caving Campout will be May 10th-12th at the Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) near Mount Vernon, KY.  We will be exploring a cave based on age and experience, so this is a great opportunity for adults and Scouts of all ages.

The permission slip, waiver, and $55 fee per person are due on Tuesday May 7th. We need to have an accurate headcount so we have the proper number of guides. The $55 fee includes all food (except for Saturday lunch which you will need to bring to eat in the cave), transportation, camping fees, tips for our guides, and 2 new flashlights. We will be going over necessary gear needed (helmet with chin strap, gloves, back up headlamp, knee pads and old clothes) and watching one of the attached videos at the next meetings.

Caving Waiver May 24 Caving Permission Slip.docx – Google Docs

Caving Waiver


Whitewater Trails Railroading Merit Badge Camp-O-Ree April 26-28

Join the troop for a unique experience at the Whitewater Trails Railroading Camp-O-Ree April 26-28.  The scouts will get to drive hand powered cars, explore locomotives, learn about railroad careers, learn switch and horn signals, work to lay track, take a train ride and much more.  While doing all of this they will be working toward the railroad merit badge which they will earn by the end of the weekend.

We will be staying at Robinson’s Whitewater River Campground in Connersville Indiana.  We will meet at the garage on Friday at 5pm with the hopes of leaving by 5:30. On Sunday we will be back a little later than normal since we will attend church in the morning, take a train ride down to Metamora to eat lunch and then back to the campground and depart around 2pm. So, we will be back at school around 3-4pm.

You will need to fill out the typical permission slip along with a release from the railroad company which are both attached along with a flyer with a bunch of information on the campout if you are interested.  The scout will need their Class A’s along with close toe shoes for when we are in the rail yard, notebook / pen to take notes.   The cost is $45.

Please turn in the permission slip form at the April 16th meeting which is 2 weeks ahead to allow us to update the registration with who is coming along see if we can return or get more spots based on the response of who is going.

Whitewater Trails Railroading Camp-O-Ree

Railroad Waiver

Railroad Camporee leader guide information

Spring Back Packing, Two Lakes Trail, Hoosier National Forest – CANCELLED

The Spring Backpacking trip will be March 8-10 at Two Lakes Trail of Hoosier National Forest, Indiana. This will be lower mileage to allow our first-time backpackers to join us.  If you have any interest in backpacking this is the perfect one to start.  For any scout that this is their first or second backpacking trip you must bring your backpack loaded with the appropriate gear to the troop meeting on March 5th so we can ensure you do not have to much or to little gear.  Refer to the spring/fall backpacking packing list under the info section of the website.

All backpackers need to bring their own trail lunch for Saturday, one cold breakfast and any snacks/energy bars for throughout the trip. The Troop will provide one hot dinner and one hot breakfast.  The cost is $15.

2024 Spring Backpacking Permission Slip

Annual Dutch Oven Campout, Camp Birch

Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout is scheduled for the weekend of February 9-11th at Camp Birch, Yellow Springs, OH (around the corner from John Bryan park where we do the Bushwhack hike). This campout is consistently a favorite of the Scouts, and adult leaders who attend are consistently impressed with the boy’s culinary acumen. This year we will be staying in the Adam’s building at Birch which is heated.

Scouts will spend Saturday creating a 3 course culinary masterpiece; each patrol will make a main dish, a bread, and a dessert from scratch to share with the judges and the rest of the campers. Parents are welcome to come out and sample the dishes on Saturday or to help create their own Dutch Oven feast. After sampling all of the gourmet cuisine, the judges will have the unenviable task of designating which patrol is the best of the best, while all other participants feast on the Dutch Oven fair.

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 other group activities which are being planned. So wash your serving spoon, polish your dutch oven, and start your menu planning–Dutch Oven Campout time is here!

Parents who plan to attend the meal on Saturday evening please RSPV by the February 6th meeting so we can plan accordingly.

The trip cost is $40/person.  All Boys Scouts must attend the entire weekend per Troop policy. Please return the permission slip and payment by the February 6th meeting.

Dutch-Oven-permission-slip 24 (2)

40th Annual Bushwhack Hike, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

Troop 850 and the Webelos 2 will be going to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park for the 40th Annual Bushwhack on Saturday, January 6th, 2024. We will conclude with the traditional stop at Youngs Dairy for ice cream. The hike is about 10 miles long, going mostly along the Little Miami River, which is a National Scenic River. Please bring a day pack, water bottle, sack lunch, and dress appropriately for the weather. We will leave St. I’s at 7:30 am and return approximately 4 pm. All adults attending must be current with AOC Safe Parish certification. The cost for the trip is $10 per scout due at the January 2nd meeting along with the attached permission slip.

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Fall Back Packing – Zaleski State Forest

Fall backpacking will be held at the Zaleski State Forest, November 10-12th. This campout is open to all 7th graders / 2nd year scouts or older. The exact route will be planned upon determination of the groups ability once all are registered. Cost is $20.

– All scouts planning on participating must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on November 7th.  Refer to the gear list for Cold Weather or Spring/Fall Backpacking on the Troop website (under “Info”).

– The Troop has a limited number of backpacks to be loaned out for those who need a backpack/gear, please contact Mr. Menner ASAP if you would like to borrow gear.

All backpackers need to bring their own trail lunch for Saturday, one cold breakfast and any snacks/energy bars for throughout the trip. The Troop will provide one hot dinner and one hot breakfast.

Additional adults are highly recommended/needed for the trip.

Backpacking-permission-slip-November 2023

Glen Helen Service Campout October 13-15th, 2023

The troop will be camping at Camp Birch in Yellow Springs and then heading over the Glen Helen’s Raptor center to do some landscaping Saturday afternoon.  Please bring work gloves.

The permission slip and $25 fee per person are due at our next meeting Tuesday October 10th. All Scouts who go on the campout should plan to attend the Troop meeting where details of the campout including menu planning will be discussed in more detail.

Online Payment Link

Glen Helen_Service-Permission-Slip-1

Horseback Riding Campout September 15-17th, 2023

Troop 850 will return to Salt Creek Ranch near Metamora, Indiana for a day of Horseback Riding.  We will camp nearby at Whitewater State Park Youth Site. Come enjoy camping and a beautiful 2-hour horseback ride!

The permission slip, waiver and $65 fee per person are due on September 12th (If you would like to pay via credit card / QR code below add $2 convenience fee). All Scouts who go on the campout should plan to attend the Troop meeting September 12th where details of the campout including menu planning will be discussed in more detail. They will need to wear boots and long pants for the ride.

Salt-Creek-Waiver (2)


Online Payment Link

New Website Feature–Online Payments

We’ve added a new feature to the website! You will notice a new menu tab at the top of the homepage entitled “Online Payments”. There you will find a clickable link where you can pay for Troop events such as campouts, summer camp, high adventure, etc. by credit card, debit card or direct bank transfer (ACH). Alternatively, you can scan the QR code with your phone to make payments.

Online Payment Link


Rock Climbing Campout, May 12-14, 2023

Troop 850 will be camping at Camp McKee May 12-14 and rock climbing with the Southeast Mountain Guides in Red River Gorge on Saturday, May 13th. The trip is appropriate for beginner climbers.

The cost of the trip is $80 if you plan to climb ($52 of that goes straight to the climbing company), any adults attending but not climbing the cost is $30.  Attached is the waiver and permission slip which are due by the 4/25 meeting. We are asking for commitments earlier than normal since we know this is a popular campout and we currently have a reservation for 20.  There is a good chance we will go over that number so we want to be able to call the company and see if we can update / confirm that reservation as early as possible (currently they show sold out).  We will need a few adults that are willing to climb as this is required for any scout under 15 years old.

Rock Climbing permission slip May 23


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