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

    Troop News
    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

    Troop News
    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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    Fall Campout Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 12:36 AM UTC

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    Camp May
    Beaumont Scout Reservation
    High Ridge, MO
    October 11-13, 2013

    Scouts were joined this weekend by Pack 161's Webelo II patrol. The weekend weather was mostly clear but included a Saturday morning thunderstorm and light rain from about 6:30 to 7:00am. Low temperatures Saturday night dipped into the 40s, typical for October weather. After setting up tents the Webelos participated in rope making, fire building, soccer, wiffle ball and also spent time playing in the creek.

    Thanks to all the dads that attended. Thanks to Mr. Strebler and Alex for towing the trailer. Thanks to Mrs. Cain for helping with the food shopping. Huge thanks to Mr. Moleski for providing the 12 racks of smoked ribs!! Dinner Saturday night had to be the best ever, which included ribs, corn on the cob, bbq beans, applesauce and bread. In the evening scouts also enjoyed s'mores around the campfire. Click on "Read More" below to view more photos from the fall campout.

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    Venture Crew Fall Fun Rally Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, September 29 2013 @ 09:07 PM UTC

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    Fall Fun Rally
    Beaumont Scout Reservation
    Sept 27-29, 2013

    Story submitted by Christine S.

    Our Venturing Crew 2161, attended the 2013 Fall Fun Rally at Beaumont and had a fun weekend. 11 crew members attended including 2 adults. This event was attended by more than 1400 campers from 13 different states. This was our first campout as VC2161.
    We set up camp in Shippey field on Friday evening then attended the opening ceremony and participated in the election of new officers. Activities Friday night included Casino Night and Hunger Games. Curfew was 12:30 AM Saturday and we all stayed up late.
    Saturday morning Rory and Alex prepared wonderful breakfast of ham and eggs. There were over 100 different activities to choose from. We tried as many of them as we could. We had campers participate in the Zombie run, Volleyball tournament, Barrel Rolling, Cracker contest, Save the Ship, Titanic Challenge, Monkey Bridge, Zen Ball, Climbing Tower and more. We learned about Sea Scouting and Scuba diving.
    Our crew came in third place in the Volley ball tournament for all of Area 3 Venturers. We accomplished all of this and more before lunch.
    Following a great lunch of chili dogs we split up. Many of the older boys went to shoot shotguns while Rory and I slithered into mud cave. We came out covered in mud!
    We had amazing homemade root beer and spent a lot of time admiring the mountain men and bought coyote tails and raccoon skin caps. Alex even bought a skunk pelt!
    We had a great BBQ dinner on Saturday. A light rain began at dusk but that did not cause any problems. The curfew was 1:00 AM Sunday morning although most were sleeping by then.
    As always we had a campfire that burned all weekend.
    Unfortunately, no one had a camera until Mr. Cain arrived on Sunday morning but we do have a video of some campers practicing the 2-step around the campfire.
    All in all, the Fall Fun Rally was really fun. We plan on going back again next year!

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    Klondike Park Campout / Bike Ride Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, September 24 2013 @ 01:29 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Klondike Park
    Augusta, Mo
    September 21-22, 2013

    It was a gorgeous fall weekend for a campout. The Klondike park campout and Katy Trail bike ride were both excellent. This weekend fulfilled a camping merit badge requirement to attend a campout that includes a 15 mile bike ride. Thanks to Mr. Strebler for hauling the scout trailer. Thanks to all our adults who attended and to parents who provided transportation. Thanks to Mrs. Cain for helping with the food shopping.
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    Fall Court of Honor Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, September 23 2013 @ 06:46 PM UTC

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    Fall Court of Honor
    St. Simon the Apostle
    September 15, 2013

    Scouts received over 125 merit badges, rack advancements, and summer camp awards at the fall Court of Honor. Congratulations to the scouts for their hard work! Thanks to Mrs. Gibbs for submitting all the advancement paperwork to council and procuring all the awards.
    Thanks to Mr. Hoffmann and Mr. Schnurbusch for providing the special Board of Review night.
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    OA Fall Reunion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, September 11 2013 @ 01:54 AM UTC

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    Order of the Arrow
    Shawnee Lodge Fall Reunion
    S-F Camporee Field
    September 6-8, 2012

    Troop 161 arrived at the OA Fall Reunion at S bar F Friday evening about 6:00pm. We began the evening by setting up camp and preparing for the next day. Sean L. Eric O. Max K. Ben B. and Allen S. attended the event.

    Saturday: Our OA candidates (Sean L. Eric O. Ben B.) began the day at around 6:30 am preparing to meet around 1000 OA candidates to perform their cheerful service project in order to receive their rank of Ordeal. Max K. and Allen S. were elangomats and led a group of OA candidates to complete one of their requirements for Brotherhood.

    Their job was to clear brush, rake leaves, trim trees, and remove trash from several areas at S-F. It was a very hot day. The temperature was around 98 degrees. The scouts worked very hard and achieved their goal of cleaning and removing a large amount of debris from their assigned area.

    Max K., and Allen, S. who were in charge of another team were responsible to clean and remove trash and debris from a fence line that collapsed and needed to be cleared and fixed. The boys worked hard during the day and completed about a mile of the fence line.

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    Operation Clean Stream Campout & Float Trip Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, August 27 2013 @ 09:05 PM UTC

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    Operation Clean Stream Campout & Float Trip
    Campout at Onondaga State Park
    Float Trip on Upper Meramec River
    August 24 & 25, 2013

    29 scouts and adults participated in Operation Clean Stream on the Upper Meramec River on the Weekend of August 24 & 25. The weekend included Mass at St. Francois in Bourbon, Mo, a night of camping at Onondaga State Park and a 5 mile canoe float/ litter pickup on the Upper Meramec River near Steelville, Mo. This is the 5th year our troop has participated in this annual anti-littering program. (Click on “Read More” below to view more photos and text.)

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    Our Lady's Inn Service Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, August 11 2013 @ 02:40 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Thomas's Eagle Service Project
    Our Lady's Inn
    Defiance MO
    August 10, 2013

    Thomas's Eagle project was held on August 10, 2013. The scope of Thomas's project was to improve and elevate an existing stone walkway from the parking area to the facility's main entrance. Scouts removed existing stepping stones from the walkway, then elevated the area with 6 tons of crushed limestone. The old stepping stones were reset on the elevated foundation and new stones were added as well to increase the width of the walkway. An additional 3 tons of crushed limestone was applied to the driveway at the caretaker's residence. (Click on "Read More" below to view more photos.)

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