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OA Banquet Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Wednesday, February 19 2014 @ 02:57 AM UTC

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OA Banquet
Genesis Banquet Center
February 12, 2014

Gravois Trail OA banquet at Genesis Banquet center was attended by John DiMercurio, Sean L, Max K, and Ben B. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and a prayer. Dinner was provided with salad, roast beef, ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, pasta con broccoli, and cookies.

The meeting started at 7:00pm and the following was discussed: this year’s OA service project will be Willmore Park on Saturday March 29th 2014, all scouts are welcomed, we will be constructing a playground for all to use and enjoy. On August 3-8 2015 the OA will be celebrating its 100 year at Michigan State University. A onetime only red sash with a white arrow will be given to all who attend.

The highlight of the evening was Jay the Magician and our very own Shawn L. was part of the show. Story and photos by Mr. DiMercurio

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Middle School Trivia Night Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Thursday, February 13 2014 @ 01:48 AM UTC

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Trivia Night
St. Simon the Apostle
February 8, 2014

Troop 161's 3rd Annual Middle School Trivia Night was a huge success! 135 kids from 5th - 8th grade filled 18 tables and enjoyed a fun-filled night of trivia. Highlights include the "Jelly belly tasting" and the "Name that song" round. Thanks to all the Boy Scouts and their parents who made donations, helped unload cars, set up, pop popcorn, sell pizza, work security, scorekeep and clean up. A special thanks to Mrs. Goldbeck, Mrs. Blittschau, Mrs. Ferretti, Mrs. Boning, Mrs. Shively and Mrs. Strebler for their coordination of the night. Mr. DiMercurio did a fantastic job of being the voice behind the mic. The second place winners were a table of 8th grade boys and our first place winners were 6th grade boys. We are looking forward to another great trivia night next year!

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Crossover at St. Matthias Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, February 08 2014 @ 10:09 PM UTC

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St. Matthias Church
February 3, 2014

Congratulations to Eric W. our newest scout in Troop 161. Eric crossed over from Webelos 2 to Boy Scouts at St. Matthias Church on Monday, February 3rd. Thanks to Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. Menteer, Luke G. and Nate B. for helping with this special crossover ceremony. Thanks to Mrs. Goldbeck for providing the photographs. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of the crossover ceremony.

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Cabin Camp Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Friday, February 07 2014 @ 02:30 AM UTC

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Cabin Camp
Lonedell, MO
January 31 - February 2, 2014

22 scouts, including 3 Webelos, and 10 adults attended this year's cabin campout. The weekend weather was cold and wet. The temperature hovered just above the freezing point at daytime and below freezing overnight. Persistent rain Saturday turned into sleet Saturday night. Scouts spent some time outside orienteering, gathering wood, and fire building. All had a great time. If you ask the scouts, cabin camp is one of their favorite annual outings. Thanks to all the parents that attended. Thanks to Mr. Strebler for providing the firewood and towing the trailer. Thanks to Mr. Moleski for providing the Philly steak, roast beef and turkey. Thanks to Mr. DiMercurio and Mr. & Mrs. Cain for food shopping. Click on "Read More" below to view more photographs of the weekend.

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Scout Lock-In Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Tuesday, January 21 2014 @ 12:35 AM UTC

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Troop Lock-In
St. Simon's Gym
January 18-19, 2014

21 boy scouts, 5 webelos and 4 adult leaders attended the Lock-In. We enjoyed movies, games, pizza, snacks and soft drinks. Scouts also shot hoops and played dodgeball in the gym from 10:00pm until 2:00am.

Thanks to Mr. Boning, Mr. Cain, Mr. Strebler and Mr. Shively for their overnight participation.
Thanks to the Holy Name Society for providing the soft drinks.
Thanks to Amy for coordinating the pizza order.
Thanks to Mr. Menteer and Mr. Hoffmann for their assistance.

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New Year's Day Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, January 12 2014 @ 09:16 PM UTC

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Rockwoods Reservation
Wildwood, MO
January 1, 2014

Scouts and family members enjoyed hiking the Rock Quarry Trail at Rockwoods Reservation, a 1,843 acres state forest and wildlife conservation area.

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.

The Rock Quarry Trail passes old rock quarries as well as Cobb’s Cavern. ‘Cobb’s Cavern’ is a former underground limestone mine, larger than a football field, that is viewable from the trail.

The rock was cut into 10’ cubes by steam-powered rock saws. The cubes were then cut into slabs, loaded on railroad cars, and transported on a spur to the Missouri Pacific Railroad at Glencoe. However, most of the limestone was deemed too soft to be useful as dimension stone. The quarries were then developed for lime production.

From the quarries the limestone was loaded on cars and hauled by mules to the end of the quarry. From there, the cars were lowered by cable down a steep inclined tramway. From the bottom of the incline, the cars moved by gravity (i.e., on gentler incline). At the plant the cars were hauled up an incline to the top of the kilns by cable. The empty cars were returned to the base of the hill by mules, to be hauled back up the incline.

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December Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Wednesday, December 11 2013 @ 02:06 AM UTC

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Beaumont Scout Reservation
High Ridge, MO
December 8, 2013

4 scouts and 4 adults hiked the 5.2 mile Blackberry Hollow Trail at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Scouts and Scouters began the hike at 11:30 after attending Scout Mass at St. Simon. We ate a late lunch at Blackberry Hollow and finished the hike at 3:30.

Hikers enjoyed a secluded trail covered with new fallen snow. Temperatures stayed in the 20s and was accompanied by a light freezing mist.

"This is perfect for a hike", stated Mr. Sandroni.

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Scouting for Food 2013 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, November 17 2013 @ 05:01 PM UTC

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November 16, 2013
Mehlville Firehouse #5
Green Park, Mo

22 scouts and 10 adults from Troop 161/ Crew 2161 assisted in packing 1,618 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 2.1 million cans of food at the 29th annual Scouting for Food Good Turn. The food will supply more than 500 pantries throughout our region with a three-month supply of non-perishable items. Thanks to all who donated food this year for those less fortunate. Thanks to all our scouts who participated and thanks to our adults Emily, Larry Berron, Ken Boning, Andy Sandroni, Marc Menteer, Matt Menteer, Karen Strebler, Theresa Dapron, Loretta Schnurbusch, 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  
Sunday, November 10 2013 @ 05:35 PM UTC

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Camp Promotion
St. Simon Lower Church Hall
November 10,2013

Our scouts made a camping presentation to our Cub Scout Pack. Highlights of the program were the camp set up, the animal furs and bones, the camp skits, the camp donuts, and the boy scouts discussions about why they like camping. Click on "Read More" below for more photos and text.

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Pumpkin Sale Fundraising Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, October 26 2013 @ 12:19 AM UTC

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Pumpkin Sale
October 19-20, 2013

Story submitted by Mrs. Amy Cain

We had a beautiful weekend for our Pumpkin Sale. After the rain on Friday night (and the Cardinal win!), Saturday brought sun and a lot of wind. We had a lot of help setting up all our equipment and setting out the pumpkins. We weighed the pumpkins and sorted them by their weight. We had small pumpkins (weight 6-10 pounds), medium pumpkins (weight 11-14 pounds) and large pumpkins (weight 15-20 pounds). In addition, we had some Spookys (pie pumpkins), decorative gourds and mini-mini pumpkins. And this year we had hand made dish rags, donated by Ben B's grandmother, in wonderful fall colors and even a few pink ones for Breast Cancer Awareness. Sales on Saturday were slow in part because there were no weekend soccer games so the traffic in and out of St. Simon was very light. We had a few visitors who took advantage of our "campfire" to sit and chat for a spell. Thanks to Mr. Lamb for protecting the pumpkins from any ghosts or ghouls on Friday night and Mr. Menteer, Mr. Shively and Mr. Cain for sleeping out with the stars and pumpkins on Saturday night. Our sales were a little more brisk on Sunday after the masses but we still ended up with a bin and a half of pumpkins at the end of our sale. A special Thank You to the Strebler family, especially Mrs. Strebler, for taking the pumpkins home and their tireless efforts to find homes for all our unadopted pumpkins. As of the following Friday, all but 12 of the pumpkins were snug as a bug in their new homes. Thank you to all the scouts and their parents for all their help with our sale. I would also like to give a shout out to our pumpkin supplier, Mr. Jim Schneider, who not only gave us the mini-mini pumpkins and gourds for free but called on Saturday to make sure the pumpkins were what we wanted and to see how our sales were going.
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