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[Cancelled] Dutch Oven Cook-off, February 12-14, 2021

Troop 850’s annual Dutch Oven Cook-off will be held at Camp Oyo on February 12-14. We will be staying in the Blockhouse Cabin. Attendance will be limited due to Covid regulations, so please RSVP with me via email as soon as you have decided that you are attending.

The cost of the trip is $40, and the attached permission slip is due by the February 9th meeting.

02 Dutch Oven Cookoff Permission Slip

Scout Ski Day, January 31st, 2020

Scout Ski Day is Sunday, January 31st this year at Perfect North Slopes.
Discounted ticket prices are:
8-Hour Ticket – $36
8-Hour Ticket w/ Rental – $56
2-Hour Tubing – $21

Anyone outside of scouts is welcome to attend as well. We will be meeting in the East Lodge at Perfect North at 10am on Sunday, January 31st. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP with me via email and let me know the quantity of each type of ticket they would like to reserve. The attached permission slip, waiver, and payment for the tickets are due by the 1/26 meeting.

01 Scout Ski Day Permission Slip


If you are unable to make the 31st, your tickets are also usable on February 21st, 2021, but there are currently no plans to meet as a troop on that day.

Nati Ninja Obstacle Course, January 9, 2021

Troop 850 will be visiting Nati Ninja Obstacle Course & Training Center on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 from 10:00am-2:00pm. We will have the entire place to ourselves. The cost is $15/person to be paid on Tuesday’s Court of Honor or at the time of the event. The course is set up for teenagers, but adults are welcome to participate. Scouts are encouraged to invite their friends outside of scouting (we need 20 people to participate). Dress in comfortable gym clothes and blue class B shirt.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

4627 Carlynn Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Please fill out this waiver ahead of time to be allowed to participate.

Participants must also complete the attached permission slip for the troop:

Nati Ninja Permission Slip.docx

Clifton Gorge Bushwhack, January 2nd, 2021

Troop 850 and the Webelos will be going to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park for the 37th Annual Bushwhack on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021. 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, hand sanitizer, and dress appropriately for the weather. We will leave St. I’s at 7:30 am and return approximately 3 pm. The first 10 scouts to RSVP will get the annual Bushwhack patch. All adults attending must be Virtus trained. The cost for the trip is $10 payable on the day of the trip. Please fill out the attached permission slip and RSVP to Dan Ogilvie ( by December 30th.

Bushwhack Permission Slip

2021 Summer Camp at Camp Crooked Creek

Troop 850 will be attending Summer Camp at Camp Crooked Creek south of Louisville the week of July 11-17, 2021.  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 2021 —

  • Total fees (including transportation costs) for Scouts are $350 and adults $100. All of these rates are “Early Bird” rates contingent on paying by the deadline.
  • First payment of $75 for Scouts and $50 for Adults is due Feb 23rd with the balance due by April 20th. Make checks payable to Troop 850.
  • Merit Badge sign-up begins March 5th. Review the attached schedule to see what Merit Badges you would like to earn.
  • All Scouts and Adults are required to complete a Medical form signed by a medical professional. Complete Parts A, B, and C with all required signatures.
2021 Leaders Guide
2021 Leaders Guide
1.1 MiB
2021 Merit Badge Schedule
2021 Merit Badge Schedule
102.8 KiB
2021 Medical Form
2021 Medical Form
334.2 KiB

2021 High Adventure

As everyone knows, our 2020 high adventure trip to the Boundary Waters had to be postponed due to COVID19. We hope to do the trip in June of 2021, COVID permitting, and are now in the planning stages. The fact sheet we would have passed out at the December Court of Honor is attached. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dan Ogilvie, Dan Rottmueller or Chas Hertlein. We’d like to hear as soon as possible from those who wish to participate.

Boundary Waters Video:

2021 High Adventure Fact Sheet:

2021 Fact Sheet
2021 Fact Sheet
409.2 KiB
Northern Tier Risk Advisory
Northern Tier Risk Advisory
1.8 MiB


Delaney Creek Park Backpacking Trip, November 13-15, 2020

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

Whitewater Memorial Advancement Campout, October 9-11, 2020

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

Little Miami Canoe Day Trip, September 26th, 2020

Troop 850 will be going on a day trip to Little Miami Canoe Rental on Saturday, September
.  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:

Fort Ancient Service Campout, March 13-15, 2020

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.

Troop Waiver

Fort Ancient Waiver

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