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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.

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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)


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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.

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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


Eagle Project Fundraiser

Hello. This is Landon Ogilvie; I am currently working on my Eagle project. I am working with New London Hills in Hamilton, Ohio on building a Gaga Pit. The Gaga Pit will give patrons, youth in the neighborhood and guests another form of activity and exercise. Gaga is a popular active game for youth.

The fundraising goal for my project is around $1,000 which will cover the cost of materials for completion. Any extra funds will be donated to New London Hills for future projects and maintenance.

Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Donations can be made via:

Venmo– @cathy-ogilvie (Please put Eagle Scout project as what it is for, last 4 digits of phone # 1228),

 Go Fund Me

Check mailed to me (PM for address).

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Thank you!

Landon Ogilvie

Spring Back Packing, Vesuvius, Wayne National Forest

The Spring Backpacking trip, April 14-16th will be on the Vesuvius Backpacking Trail which is part of the Wayne National Forest near Irontown OH.   This is open to any second year scout or older.  We will hike ~9-10 miles over 2 days. Those planning to attend should 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. Menner if you would like to borrow one. During the April 4th meeting we will pull out the backpacks that we have for anyone that would like to borrow one.  We will also review what should be included in the pack.  All scouts attending must bring a fully packed backpack to the meeting prior, on April 11th for a shakedown. Please return the permission slip and payment by the Troop meeting on April 11th.  We will need more adults to attend to make this trip possible.

The scouts should eat before showing up on Friday evening.  The troop will provide Saturday Breakfast and Dinner.  Scouts should bring a lunch for Saturday, cold breakfast for Sunday and trail snacks they might want.  Also bring a bag with clean cloths and shoes that we will leave in the vehicles and change into for the ride home.

Backpacking permission slip April 23

Clifty Falls Service Campout March 17-19th, 2023

Troop 850 will be camping at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison Indiana from Friday March 17th to Sunday March 19th. On Saturday we will be painting one of the park buildings as our service project.  Please send some cloths for this activity that can get paint on them.

The cost of the trip is $25 per scout and adult due at the March 14th meeting along with the attached permission slip.


Annual Dutch Oven Campout, Camp Birch

Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout is scheduled for the weekend of February 10-12th 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 7th 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 7th meeting.


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Mosaic Climbing and Bouldering

Troop 850 is planning a morning of indoor rock climbing and bouldering at Mosaic in Loveland on Saturday, January 28th. At Mosaic, they have a variety of climbing walls for all levels of expertise. Adults will be needed as drivers and also to serve as belayers –  no experience required; training is provided. We need enough adults to belay, typically one per 4 or so Scouts. The boys will be able to work on climbing merit badge while there if they choose to do so. Any boy 14 and over will have the option of belaying also. We will meet Saturday, January 28th, at St. Ignatius and leave by 9:00 am. We will climb from 10:00-12:00pm and return thereafter or you can meet us there. Cost per climber will be $20, which should be turned in at the Troop meeting on January 24th along with the permission slip. The attached waiver must also be completed.

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