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Tuesday, March 03 2009 @ 06:44 AM UTC

Troop News

Welcome to Unit 161 scouts' website. If you wish to become a member of our Boy Scout Troop 161 contact Nancy Blittshau via email: nblittz@gmain.com, or if you are between 14 and 21 years old and wish to become a member of our Venture Crew 2161, contact Amy Cain via email: amljcain@att.net.

To view the BSA Health Form for S-F, right click on the following link to open in a new window. View S-F Health Form

To view the BSA Health Form for Philmont, right click on the following link to open in a new window. View Philmont Health Form

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Crew/Pack/Troop Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, March 08 2020 @ 09:08 PM UTC

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LaBarque Creek Conservation Area
Jefferson County, MO
March 07, 2020

All 161 scouts from St. Simon the Apostle were invited to attend the Crew's "Intro to Backpacking" hike. The plan was to hike at Don Robinson State Park, but a problem with the park's entrance gate prevented any vehicle access. After waiting about an hour and a half, the group left and went to LaBarque Creek Conservation Area, only a few miles away. The LaBarque Creek trail is 3 miles long and moderately difficult. The day's hike turned out to be beautiful once we got started. All had a great time.

For more photos of the Crew/Pack/Troop Hike at LaBarque Creek Conservation Area click on "Read More" belowl

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2020 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Thursday, February 13 2020 @ 12:41 AM UTC

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Pinewood Derby
St. Simon the Apostle
February 9, 2020

Troop 161 Scouts helped with the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby again this year. New to this year's pinewood derby was the Dragmaster Christmas Tree and the Green Screen Racetrack photo booth. Thanks to all who helped with the pinewood derby. Thanks especially to Cubmaster Ed Koeller for making this such a great event for the scouts.

To see more photos of the 2020 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby click on "Read More" below.

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Adult Pinewood Derby Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, February 08 2020 @ 11:29 PM UTC

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Adult Pinewood Derby
St. Simon the Apostle
February 8, 2020

Adults took a drive down memory lane Saturday Night at the 2020 Adult Pinewood Derby. Proceeds benefit the Pack 161 Cub Scout program. Thanks to Ed Koeller for setting it up. Thanks to all the adults who participated.

For more photos of the Adult Pinewood Derby click on "Read More" below.

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Cabin Campout and Klondike Derby Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Friday, January 24 2020 @ 03:39 AM UTC

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Cabin Campout and Gravois Trail Klondike Derby
Beaumont Reservation
January 24 - 26, 2020

Scouts combined a Cabin Campout at Beaumont Reservation with the Gravois Trail Klondike Derby. Thanks to Chuck Roessler for providing photos of the weekend.
To see more photos of the Cabin Campout and Klondike Derby click on "Read More" below.

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Troop Lock-In Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, January 18 2020 @ 10:42 PM UTC

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Troop Lock-In
St. Simon the Apostle
January 18, 2020

During the Lock-In Scouts practiced rope whipping, knot tying, and lashings for the upcoming Winter Klondike Derby. One of the upcoming events will require the scouts to build a tripod structure that will support the combined weight of the scout patrol.

For more photos of the Lock-In click on "Read More" below.

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Crew 2161 Alumni Reunion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Monday, January 06 2020 @ 11:06 PM UTC

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Crew 2161 Alumni Reunion
January 5, 2020

Venture Crew members of past and present and their families met for a potluck dinner, fellowship and fireside stories of past adventures.
Thanks to Mr. Andy and Mrs. Mona Sandroni for hosting the reunion. Thanks to all that attended as well.
Click on "Read More" below to see more photos from the Crew 2161 Alumni Reunion.

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New Year's Day Family Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Wednesday, January 01 2020 @ 03:58 PM UTC

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Rockwoods Reservation
Wildwood, MO
January 1, 2020

Scout Families enjoyed hiking the Rock Quarry Trail at Rockwoods Reservation, a 1,843 acre state forest and wildlife conservation area. The Rock Quarry Trail is 2.2 miles, moderately rugged and has a overall elevation difference of about 250 feet.

Rockwoods Reservation was established in 1938, one year after the Missouri Department of Conservation was created, making it one of Missouri's oldest conservation properties. Rockwoods has a history of extensive rock quarrying and most of the forest was previously clear cut to provide firewood for the quarry's eleven kilns.

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Operation Cleanstream 2019 (Part 2) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Thursday, August 29 2019 @ 10:14 PM UTC

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Operation Cleanstream 2019 (Part 2)
Ozark Outdoors River Resort
August 25, 2019

We had just completed Operation Cleansteam (Part 1), June 2 on our regular section starting at Walker's Ford. As we were departing for home, Tera Bass at Ozark Outdoors asked if we could return on August 25. This was to participate in a smaller scale river cleanup and target an area where the outfitter hosts one of their larger commercial float events each year.

Of course we said yes! The venture crew agreed to assist, since most were too busy on June 2 preparing for the Philmont Trek. Our Crew Commissioner was also able to attend with his son and 2 grandsons.

We drove through some heavy rain on the way there. Once at Ozark Outdoors we got everyone registered, distributed gloves, T-shirts and trash bags as usual.
But this day was a little different in that we were recognizing our 10 year anniversary of our scouts participation in Operation Cleanstream at Ozark Outdoors. To celebrate we brought 2 large trays of cupcakes to share with our scouts and our friends at Ozark Outdoors.

Also a little different was the section of river that we floated. This 5 mile float starts at the Primitive Campground in the Huzzah Conservation Area, ends at Ozark Outdoors and includes segments of Courtois Creek, Huzzah Creek and the Meramec River. See attached map for additional info. It was still raining for the first 30 minutes or so of the float, but we fortunately enjoyed dry weather the rest of the day.

We collected a rather modest amount of trash, but nothing like we usually do. No tires, appliances, barrels, or furniture for example. We did pick up beverage cans, fireworks, jello shot cups and dozens of New Orleans style bead necklaces.

Thanks to all that attended this special cleanup. Thanks again to the Open Space Council & Caitlin Zera, the Missouri Stream Team Program, our friends Bear & Tera Bass and their great staff at Ozark Outdoors including our awesome bus driver Donald!

Let's do this again next year!

Click on "Read More" below to see more photos from Operation Cleanstream 2019 (Part 2).

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY! TEN YEARS AGO TODAY! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Friday, August 23 2019 @ 11:00 AM UTC

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY! 8/23/2009-2019! Ten Years Ago Today!

This day 10 years ago marked the first time Troop 161 scouts participated in Operation Cleanstream on the Upper Meramec River! Troop 161 and Venture Crew 2161 scouts have picked up trash on this section of river every year for the last 10 years!

Environmental stewardship has always been part of the Scouting program and participation can be used towards rank advancement.

Of the 20 scouts who participated in this river cleanup ten years ago, 12 scouts went on to be Eagle Scouts:
Nick Berron (2014), David Burke (2014), Chris Cain (2013), Chris Dlugos (2014), Kyle Gibbs (2014), Andrew Hoffman (2014), Nick Magana (2015), Nano Marin (2012), Thomas Menteer (2014), Michael Neuhoff (2014), Rob Sandroni (2014), Jacob Schnurbusch (2013).

Of those who participated in OCS the following years, 6 additional scouts went on to be Eagle Scouts:
Ben Blittschau (2017), Nathan Boning (2016), Max Kriegshauser (2018), Sean Lamb (2016), Allen Shorey (2017), Alex Strebler (2017).

Thanks to all the Scouts, Venture Scouts, families & friends (232 folks in all) who have helped on this project for the last 10 years!!
A BIG thanks as well to the Open Space Council, the Missouri Stream Team Program, and Bear & Tera Bass and their staff at Ozark Outdoors!!

For more Flashback photos of Operation Cleanstream over the past 10 years click on "Read More" below.

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About Boy Scout Units 161

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We are part of the Gravois Trail District of the Greater Saint Louis Area Council. Our Troop is chartered by the Holy Name Society of Saint Simon the Apostle in Saint Louis, Missouri.


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