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    Welcome to our website! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    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

    Check recent scout stories below and read "Chris's Corner" comments on this story.

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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

    Troop News
    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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    Andrew's Eagle Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, August 18 2019 @ 07:21 PM UTC

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    Andrew's Eagle Scout Project
    August 17, 2019

    Under Andrew's direction, scouts helped build three wooden carnival games as requested by the parish council of St. John's of Imperial. The three carnival games are TIC-TAC-TOE Bean Bag Toss, a Frog Stomper Game, and a Bottle Toss Game. The parish currently rents games for every picnic and church event which has become costly. These wooden carnival games will be utilized during parish fund raising events and gatherings to provide entertainment and raise money as the church deems necessary. The games are reusable, thus eliminating need for game rentals the church relied on previously. Photos submitted by Andrew.

    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of Andrew's Eagle Project.

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    Crew Potluck Dinner Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, August 18 2019 @ 02:59 AM UTC

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    Crew Potluck Dinner
    Mr. & Mrs. Sandroni's home
    Sunday, August 4, 2019

    Venture Crew members and their families met for a potluck dinner and to recount Philmont stories of old and new.
    Thanks to Mr. Andy and Mrs. Mona Sandroni for inviting us into their new home.

    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos from the Venture Crew Pot Luck Dinner.

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    Summer Camp 2019 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Saturday, July 20 2019 @ 02:12 PM UTC

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    Summer Camp
    S-F Scout Ranch
    Camp Famous Eagle
    July 14-20, 2019

    Summer camp photos from S-F Scout Ranch, Stark Campsite, Camp Famous Eagle.
    Photos submitted by Dave Stubblefield.

    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of Summer Camp 2019.

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    More Photos from Philmont Scout Ranch Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, June 11 2019 @ 12:39 AM UTC

    Crew News

    Philmont Scout Ranch
    Crew 2161
    June 10 - 24, 2019

    Photos from Philmont Scout Ranch provided by Christine Schnurbusch.
    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos from Philmont Scout Ranch 2019.

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    Philmont Scout Ranch 2019 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, June 10 2019 @ 02:02 AM UTC

    Crew News
    Philmont Scout Ranch
    Crew 2161
    June 10 - 24, 2019


    Photos from Philmont Scout Ranch provided by Tom & Megan Venturella.
    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of Philmont Scout Ranch 2019.

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    Operation Cleanstream 2019 (Part 1) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, June 02 2019 @ 05:30 PM UTC

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    Operation Cleanstream 2019 (Part 1)
    Meramec River
    Steelville, MO
    June 2, 2019

    Operation Cleanstream on the upper Meramec Watershed was held in early June this year rather than late August. This was to have access to upper reaches that can not normally be floated in late summer because of typically low water levels. It was a beautiful day and the water was practically perfect for floating. Thanks to all that participated! Thanks to Open Space Council, Missouri Streams Teams, and Bear & Tera Bass and their staff at Ozark Outdoors.

    Items collected on the float included a 50 gallon drum, a tractor trailer tire, and an antique glass milk bottle. The glass bottle is from St. Louis Dairy Company (1897 - 1952). In 1953 the St. Louis Dairy changed its name to Sealtest.

    To see more photos of Operation Cleanstream Part 1, click on "Read More" below.

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    Parish Picnic Cleanup Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, June 02 2019 @ 01:07 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Parish Picnic Cleanup
    St. Simon the Apostle
    June 2, 2019

    Thanks to all the scouts and parents that helped with the cleanup after the parish picnic Sunday morning!

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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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