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Scouting for Food Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, November 16 2014 @ 04:10 PM UTC

Troop News
November 15, 2014
Mehlville Firehouse #5
Green Park, Mo

21 scouts and 13 adults from Troop 161/ Crew 2161 assisted in packing 1,343 boxes of donated food this year at the Mehlville Firehouse #5. More than 30,000 Scouts from throughout eastern Missouri and southern Illinois collected approximately 1.8 million food items at the 30th annual Scouting for Food Good Turn. Scouting for Food first began as an Eagle Scout project in our Gravois Trail District in 1985. It has since grown to become a national campaign. Thanks to all who donated food this year for those less fortunate. Thanks to all our scouts who participated and thanks to our adults Ken Boning, Anna Goldbeck, Marc Menteer, Miriam Butler, Tom Dlugos, Loretta Schnurbusch, Jen Williams, Darran and Karen Strebler, Ed and Nancy Blittschau, Larry and Amy Cain. (Click on "Read More" below for more photos)

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Camp Promotion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, November 15 2014 @ 01:07 AM UTC

Troop News
Camp Promotion Presentation
Pack 161 Meeting
St. Simon the Apostle
November 9, 2014

OA Arrowmen presented a Camp Promotion program at the Pack 161 November meeting. Thanks to the new Ordeal members for doing a great job. Also assisting were Joe H, Ben B, Chris C, Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. Boning, Mr. Hoffmann, & Mr. & Mrs. Cain. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of Camp Promotion.

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Fall Pumpkin Sale Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 12:47 AM UTC

Troop News

Annual Pumpkin Sale
St. Simon the Apostle Parking Lot
October 18 & 19, 2014

Troop 161 had its fifth annual Pumpkin Fundraiser this year coordinated by the Kriegshauser Family. The weather was absolutely beautiful for the two day event. Troop 161 would like to thank the following: On Friday night Mr. Lamb stayed most of the night to make sure that our supplies of pumpkins stayed safe from any goblins and ghost.

On Saturday morning Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. and Mrs. Cain, Mr. and Mrs. Kriegshauser, Mr. and Mrs. Dlugos, Mrs. Ferretti, Mr. and Mrs. Strebler and the following scouts: Max (+ Gus & Adele), Brandon, Jonathan, Joe, and Alex S. set up our flies and pumpkins for selling. Several of our Scouts and parents helped out during both days. Thanks also to our St. Simon parishioners, and all those who stopped buy and helped support us by purchasing pumpkins.

On Saturday night special thanks to Nick and Larry Berron, Michael Neuhoff and Chris Cain for spending the night in our very own pumpkin patch, the boys used a fire pit, shared stories and protected our pumpkins from mischief and hi jinks……………… Preliminary numbers are in but we have made over $500.00 with a portion going to each scout's account that worked.

Thanks,
John D.

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Eagle Scout Kyle Gibbs Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Friday, October 17 2014 @ 05:56 PM UTC

Troop News Kyle Gibbs Eagle Court of Honor
St. Simon the Apostle
October 12, 2014

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Kyle Gibbs! Kyle completed his Eagle Board of Review on August 4, 2014. His Eagle Court of Honor was held on October 12, 2014 at St. Simon the Apostle. At his Court of Honor Nick B was the MC, Fr. Purcell gave the invocation, Mrs. Gibbs read a poem, Mr. DiMercurio spoke of scout spirit, Chris C read the Eagle Trail and Mr. Cain gave Kyle’s scouting history.

Next, Mr. Lou Miller from Greater St. Louis Area Council conducted the Eagle Scout Pledge, Eagle Charge and Eagle Presentation. Kyle presented the Eagle Mom and Dad pins to his parents and also presented a rose to his mother. Kyle presented his Eagle Mentor pin to Mr. Cain. Kyle’s father presented Kyle with an American Flag that had flown over the state capital.

Closing remarks were made by Mr. DiMercurio, and then Mr. Miller closed the court of honor.

The Gibbs family did a first class job coordinating the court of honor and assembling all Kyle’s awards photos and memorabilia from his years of scouting. (Click on “Read More” below for more photos and text from Kyle’s Eagle Court of Honor!)

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Venture Crew Backpacking Trip Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Tuesday, October 07 2014 @ 08:43 PM UTC

Crew News
Blackberry Hollow Campout
Beaumont Reservation
High Ridge, MO
October 3-5, 2014

On Friday 2 scouts and 2 adults camped overnight on Shippey Field. On Saturday 7 venture scouts and 6 adults backpacked on the 5 mile Red Trail to Blackberry Hollow. The fall weekend weather was near perfect with temperatures staying in the 40s and 50s. The sky was mostly clear with winds a little on the breazy side. The trail became overgrown once we descended from the ridge hiking towards Blackberry Hollow. Passage was difficult in a few places due to down trees. The campsite looked to have had little use over the last year. There was a huge supply of firewood though and after a little while a comfortable fire was blazing. The crew ate pasta for dinner that really hit the spot. The evening was calm and mostly quiet except for some snoring and the occasional snort of a deer and cry of a bobcat.

Everyone had a great time and are looking ahead to the next trip. The next backpack / camping trip is scheduled for November 28 & 29 at Hawn State Park on the 10 mile Whispering Pines Trail.

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150th Year Anniversary of Battle of Pilot Knob Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Tuesday, September 30 2014 @ 08:47 PM UTC

Troop News
Pilot Knob Battle Reenactment &
Taum Sauk Mountain Campout
September 26-28, 2014

Troop 161 had a great weekend in Pilot Knob, MO attending the Reenactment at Fort Davidson for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob. Friday night the Troop arrived around 7:30 pm and Mr. Menteer had most of our campsite already assembled. The evening was very nice low 60’s as we sat around the campfire and looked Northward at the many stars that lit the evening.

We woke up around 7:00 am and began cooking breakfast. A HUGE shout out goes to Mrs. Butler and her hens who provided us 4 dozen fresh eggs from her chicken coop………………they were delicious as we used them to prepare one of Troops 161 favorite breakfast dishes; Shipwreck. Right before we began to devour our breakfast Mr. Cain drove down for the weekend and joined us………………….as you may recall his brother Paul Cain was involved as one of the Union Soldiers who was part of the Missouri 8th infantry.

Once we finished breakfast we began our trip to Pilot Knob: those who were in attendance: Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. Cain, Mr. Menteer, Mr. Kriegshauser, Max. K., Daniel B., Jon F., Alan S., Andrew S., and Brandon D.

As we made our way around the State Historic Site we were pleasantly greeted by General Sterling Price of the Confederate Army; General Price described to us why and what happened during the battle of Pilot Knob; many of the confederate soldiers had nothing but the clothes on their back, many without shoes and waiting till their comrades or a Union soldier was killed or injured to take the supplies off their bodies and begin to fight.

At 1:00pm the Battle of Pilot Knob began, and for about two hours the reenactment showed the bloody battle and how close the Confederates were to seizing Fort Davidson; thousands died during that battle and a mass grave was formed and still is there honoring those who lost their lives during this battle.

After the battle the boys and leaders went to the vendor tents where they saw many of the uniforms and equipment that the solders used; they even sampled and drank homemade Root beer, which seemed to be a hit.

We learned about many of the struggles that both the Union and Confederate armies had to face such as battle wounds, hunger, and uncertainty of whether they would live or die. We got to see firsthand how these soldiers lived in canvas tents, sleeping on straw to stay warm, but all proud and brave to fight for their common causes.
The Troop attended 5:30 pm mass at St. Marie Du Lac in Ironton, MO; it was nice to be recognized by the attending priest and congregation. We then returned to camp and prepared dinner that consisted of BBQ chicken breast, BBQ beans, salad, and mac’ n cheese. After dinner, the troop sat around the fire and recalled many of the cool things we saw that day.

On Sunday the Troop arose around 7:00am and began to break down camp, after breakfast a patrol line was formed to make sure the area was left as we found it; following the Leave No Trace policy.

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Troop 161 Court of Honor Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, September 21 2014 @ 09:46 PM UTC

Troop News
September 21, 2014

Troop 161 held a Court of Honor at its meeting on September 21.

Mr. Cain's brother came to talk about the Civil War Reenactment that took place the following weekend.

Beforehand, the Den Chiefs assisted the Webelos II with their advancement requirements.

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Operation Clean Stream Canoe Float and Campout Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Thursday, August 28 2014 @ 12:17 AM UTC

Troop News
Onondaga Cave State Park
Leasburg, MO
August 23 & 24, 2014


7 scouts and 3 adults attended the campout Saturday at Onondaga State Park. On Sunday 15 scouts and 10 adults attended the 5 mile Operation Cleanstream canoe float. The weekend weather was warm and humid with high temperatures hovering at 99 degrees and low temperatures falling to only 80 degrees. The float trip and stream cleanup went well. Here are the highlights:

Number of tires recovered: 6

Team to find first tire: Mr. Berron & Mr. Strebler

Team to find most tires: A two way tie between [Mr. Berron & Mr. Strebler] and [Nick B and Alex S]. Each team recovered 2 tires each. However it should be mentioned that Nick and Alex also recovered an assortment of scrap metal items.

Team to recover most unusual trash item: Michael N and Andrew S found a strange looking …. garden statue?

Number of Mallad ducks joining the float: 2

One more for the books: Mr. John D. managed to finish the float without capsizing!!!

Thanks to all the scouts, adults and leaders who attended. Special thanks to all who survived the overnight campout / sauna. Thanks to Onondaga State park, Open Space Council, Missouri Stream Team and Ozark Outdoors for their help and services to make this such a great outing.

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Venture Crew Philmont Conditioning Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, August 17 2014 @ 09:02 PM UTC

Crew News

Venture Crew
Philmont Conditioning
Grant's Trail
August 10 & 17, 2014

The Venture Crew has kicked off a series of conditioning hikes in preparation for attending Philmont in 2015. All those registered for Philmont 2015 are strongly encouraged to participate in these hikes. Weighted backpacks to simulate those carried at Philmont should be used on these conditioning hikes. Conditioning hikes are tentatively planned to begin Sunday mornings at 7:00am at the Grant's Trail parking lot at Norrenburns Lumber on Tesshire Rd, unless superseded by another Venture outing. The August 10th hike was 4 miles with a duration of about 2 hours. The August 17th hike was 5 1/2 miles with a duration of about 2 1/2 hours.

For more information contact crew presidents Michael H or Rachael M.
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Sean's Eagle Scout Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 11:56 PM UTC

Troop News

Sean designed and directed the building of a gagaball pit at the request of Providence Christian Academy. The frames were built and painted on Saturday July 19 and the pit was delivered and assembled at Providence on Tuesday July 29. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of Sean's Eagle Project.

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