The Fall Backpacking trip, November 13-15th, will be to Delaney Creek Park, Knobstone Trailhead near Scottsburg, Indiana. The troop will camp in the Park on Friday evening and hit the trail early Saturday with options to take different loops of the Knobstone Trail depending on the experience of those attending. The Knobstone is the longest hiking trail in Indiana. At 58 miles long it passes through Jackson-Washington State Forest, Elk Creek and extends to Deam Lake. Those planning to attend please refer to the gear list for Spring Backpacking on the Troop website (under “info”). First time backpackers please see Mr. Ogilvie or Mr. Hertlein for additional info, requirements and if you need any equipment loaned out from the Troop. First time backpackers will also need to bring their fully packed equipment to the meeting prior to the trip for a shakedown. Permission slips and payment of $25 are due at the meeting on November 10th.
Delaney Creek Backpacking Permission Slip
Troop 850 will be returning to the outdoors in October for an Advancement Campout! This campout will be used for scouts to work on many advancement requirements that they have been unable to complete due to the lack of campouts and meetings. The campout will be held at Whitewater Memorial State Park from October 9-11. Permission slips and $25 deposits are due by the October 6th meeting.
10 Advancement Campout Permission Slip
Troop 850 will be going on a day trip to Little Miami Canoe Rental on Saturday, September
26th. We will be doing the 8-mile trip at a cost of $20/person.
Due to COVID restrictions, we will need to break into groups of 10 or less to be allowed on the river. Scouting regulations require all scouts to be swimming certified and each group to have at least one adult leader who has their “Safety Afloat” (22m online course) and “Safe Swim Defense” training (26m online course). Because the smaller group sizes will require us to have more adult leaders, it would be very helpful if parents could attend and drive their own scouts, but, if you are unable to attend with your scout, the attached permission slip has been updated to allow you to give permission for your scout to carpool with others to Little Miami. It is preferred that households drive separately and meet directly at Little Miami, but, for those who cannot do so, we can organize an earlier time to meet at St. I in the morning (assuming there are adult leaders willing to drive scouts outside of their own household).
We will not have an exact time to meet at Little Miami until we know how many groups we will be forming and call the make the reservations, but plan for the morning, likely around 9 or 10 AM. The attached waiver and permission slip, as well as the $20/person deposit, are due by the meeting on September 15th. If you are planning to attend, please let me know by email so that we know how many groups and adult leaders we will need, and so that we can put in our reservations ASAP to try to get on the river as close in time to each other as possible on the 26th.
Info about Little Miami Canoe Rental and their COVID procedures can be found at their website: littlemiamicanoe.com
Troop 850 will be going to Fort Ancient for our annual service campout on March 13-15. Our project this year will be clearing the earthen walls of vegetal overgrowth. Scouts will be using bow saws and lopping shears. Adults will be using weed eaters and chain saws (if they have the proper knowledge). Clothing requirements are long legged pants, long sleeve shirts, work gloves, and work shoes. Scouts will be able to visit the museum on Saturday after our project is completed. The cost is $15. Two waivers are due by the March 10th meeting: the usual one for the troop, and an additional one for Fort Ancient.
Fort Ancient Waiver
Troop 850 has been selected to run the Dessert Table at the St Ignatius Fish Fry on February 28th. This is our first Troop Fundraiser in nearly a year, so all families are expected to provide desserts to feed at least 24 people. Desserts can be brought to the Troop meeting Tuesday, or, preferably, to the Boeckermann house later in the week or to the Loyola Center after 4:00 on Friday.
Scouts will be needed to work on Friday. Shifts are 4:30-6:30 and 6:30-8:30 and there will be a sign-up sheet at the Tuesday meeting. Contact Susi Boeckermann (203-6238) if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help.
Troop 850 will be attending Summer Camp at Camp Crooked Creek south of Louisville the week of July 12-18. We are hoping for a repeat of last year when every active Scout in our Troop attended Summer Camp.
Below are links to 3 documents – 1) Leaders Guide 2) Merit Badge Schedule 3) Medical Form
Here are some important dates and facts for Summer Camp 2020 —
- Total fees (including transportation costs) for Scouts are $330 and adults $100. All of these rates are “Early Bird” rates contingent on paying them by the deadline.
- First payment of $75 for Scouts and $50 for Adults is due Feb 25th with the balance due by April 7th. Make checks payable to Troop 850.
- The sign-up for merit badges begins March 5th, so when you make your 1st payment, include your merit badge choices. The merit badge classes are scheduled between 8:30 – 11:20 and 1:30 – 4:20. Scouts should have a schedule with no more than 1 free period during those times and include at least 1 Eagle-Required merit badge.
- All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form (attached) signed by a medical professional. We would like to have all Medical forms for Scouts and Adults turned in by June 9th. Include Parts A, B, and C with all required signatures and include a copy of your health insurance card, front and back.
Perfect North Slopes is holding a ski day for member of Dan Beard Council on February 23rd, 2020. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation. We will meet in the east lodge at 9:30.
The discounted prices are:
$50 – Ski/Snowboard Rental w/ 8 Hour Lift Ticket.
$30 – 8 Hour Lift Ticket (If you own your own gear.
$25 – 3 Hour Tubing Ticket
$20 – 2 Hour Tubing Ticket
*ALL SCOUTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A HELMET
Helmets are included w/ rentals. If you own your own gear, you will need to bring your own helment or rent one for $5.
If you would like to attend Scout Ski Day on February 23rd, please write a check out to “Boy Scout Troop 850” for the full amount of rentals/tickets for your group PLUS $1 per person (reservation fee for Dan Beard).
Eg. Two people both buying a lift ticket w/ rental should make the check out for $102.
Checks are due by the February 4th meeting, along with a note with your email and how many of each ticket are being purchased with the check.
In the event that perfect is closed on the 23rd or you would no longer like to attend, your payment minus the $1/person can by credited to your scout account or we can write a check back to you.
You can reach me with any questions at rob boeckermann at gmail dot com.
Full info from Dan Beard here: Dan-Beard-Scout-Ski-Day-2020-2.
Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Campout is scheduled for the weekend of February 7-9 at Camp Oyo near Portsmouth, Ohio. This campout is consistently a favorite of the Scouts, and parents who attend are consistently impressed with the boy’s culinary acumen. This year we will be staying in the Lang Lodge at Oyo, which has heat, a restroom, and bunks to sleep in.
Scouts will spend Saturday creating a 3 course culinary masterpiece; each patrol will make a main dish, a bread, and a dessert to share with the judges and the rest of the campers. Parents are encouraged to come camping as well, and 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!
The trip cost is $40/person. Please return the permission slip by the February 4th meeting.
Troop 850 will be attending the annual Klondike Derby Camporee at Camp Freidlander from Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:30pm to Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 9:00am.
Many years ago, men raced across the Alaskan wilderness by means of dogs and sleds. Scouting has taken this idea and created the Klondike Derby. Each patrol builds a sled, collects materials and equipment and prepares to embark on the Klondike adventure and participate as a team in the derby.
The cost $25.00 and permission slips
are due by the January 14th meeting.
Troop 850 and the Webelos will be going to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park for a day hike on Saturday, January 4th, 2020. 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. The first twelve scouts to RSVP will get the annual Bushwhack patch. The cost for the trip is $10. Please fill out the attached permission slip and contact Dan Ogilvie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP.
01 Bushwhack hike Permission Slip