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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.


Dutch-Oven 2023-permission-slip

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.

Mosaic 2023-permission-slip



39th Annual Bushwhack Hike, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

Troop 850 and the Webelos will be going to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park for the 38th Annual Bushwhack on Saturday, January 7th, 2023. 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, mask if needed, hand sanitizer, and dress appropriately for the weather. We will leave St. I’s at 7:30 am and return approximately 4 pm. The first 10 scouts to register will get the annual Bushwhack patch. All adults attending must be current with AOC Safe Parish certification. The cost for the trip is $10 per scout due at the January 4th meeting along with the attached permission slip

2023 Bushwack Permission slip

2023 High Adventure: Kayaking & Rafting the New River

When:            Monday, June 19 through Saturday, June 24, 2023

Where:          On the New River in West Virginia, near the town of Lansing.

What:             On the first day, we’ll drive to our destination, the Adventures on the Gorge outfitters where we will stay in their rustic cabins for two nights. On day two we’ll spend the day in a kayaking clinic on the river, learning (or re-learning) the techniques of safe whitewater kayaking. The next day we’ll be driven upriver with boats and gear and will begin our paddle back down the river for two days paddling and two nights camping on the riverbank, followed by a one-day whitewater raft trip down the lower New River.  Excellent food to be provided and prepared by the guides along the way! Then back to the cabins at Adventures on the Gorge for one night and then drive home on Saturday, June 23, 2023.

Eligibility:      To be eligible for this trip a Scout:

  • must in the Scoutmaster’s judgment have actively participated in the Troop’s program throughout the preceding year, at all times demonstrating Scout spirit
  • must achieve the rank of at least First Class by April 30, 2023
  • must earn Swimming Merit Badge and certain of the requirements for Whitewater Merit Badge (to be determined) by May 31, 2023 (opportunities to do so will be made available)
  • must be at least 13 years of age by June 18, 2023 and have the necessary physical stamina for the trip (in the trip leaders’ judgment)

All parents of eligible Scouts (per above) who have themselves actively supported the Troop’s activities are also eligible to participate.

Cost:              At this time we are estimating a total cost of approximately $850 per person, but this amount is subject to numerous variables such as the cost of gas and food. For planning purposes, we need to know who is going, as shown by our receipt of a nonrefundable $100 deposit not later than February 7, 2023 to reserve a spot on the crew. Suggested payment dates for the remaining $750:

                                                March 7–$250            April 18–$250            May 30–$250

Fall Backpacking @ Deam Wilderness, Hoosier National Forest, Nov 4-6th, 2022

Fall backpacking will be held at the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, part of the Hoosier National Forest November 4-6th. This campout is open to all Scouts who have been on at least one other backpacking trip with the Troop. The exact route will be planned upon determination of the groups ability once all are registered. Cost is $15. All scouts planning on participating must bring their backpacks loaded with the appropriate gear to the Troop meeting on November 1st.  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 Ogilvie 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

Fall BP 2022-Permission-Slip

Equipment Lists


Fairfield Sportsmen’s Club Shooting Campout October 14th-16th, 2022

The weekend of October 14th-16th, Troop 850 will hold our Gun Club Campout at the Fairfield Sportsmen’s Association. 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. All courses and shooting are instructed by NRA  scout certified instructors. 

This is a great opportunity to experience a Scout weekend campout with your son, so we hope to have a great turnout. Additional adult participation is especially needed for this campout for increases safety and to keep our younger Scouts focused. All attendees are required to attend the whole weekend due to the nature of the activity and safety precautions.

Sportsmen Permission Slip Oct 2022

Eagle Project Fundraiser – Stations of the Cross

Hello, my name is James Covarrubias, and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project. I am working with the St. Ignatius Loyola Parish to assemble and install 14 Stations of the Cross Posts near the athletic track/field at the school.  The Stations of the Cross is an important prayer, especially during Lent, where one can grow closer with Jesus, following Him through His last day on Earth. My project will create a space where both students and parish members can pray, and provide markers to visualize each station.
I plan to create the 14 Stations of the Cross posts, each containing a brass marker visualizing each station. I will then install these posts into concrete spaces. This in total will cost approximately $2,000 to accomplish. Any additional funds left over will be donated to the Parish.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support. Donations can be made through:
Venmo-jason-covarrubias-6 (Please put Eagle Scout Project under what it is for, last 4 digits of phone # 8462).
Check-(contact Jason –

Horseback Riding Campout September 9th-11th, 2022

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 $50 fee per person are due on September 6th. All Scouts who go on the campout should plan to attend the Troop meeting September 6th where details of the campout including menu planning will be discussed in more detail. All scouts are required to attend the entire weekend.

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Salt Creek Waiver

Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser

Hello. This is Trevor Ogilvie; I am currently working on my Eagle project. I am working with Three Valley Conservation Trust to extend a boardwalk through Helen S. Ruder Preserve. This nature preserve boarders Miami University’s campus in Oxford, Oh. It is frequented by faculty, staff, students, and community members. This boardwalk will make the Preserve handicap accessible and make it easier for people to walk through the preserve since it is in a flood plain.

The goal for my project is to continue a section of the boardwalk an additional fifty feet. This section will cost around $2,000 to complete Any extra funds will be donated to Three Valley Conservation Trust 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!

Trevor Ogilvie

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