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    Spring Campout Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, April 18 2012 @ 05:21 PM UTC

    Troop NewsSt. Francois State Park
    Bonne Terre, MO
    April 13-15, 2012


    14 scouts and 4 adults attended our spring camping trip at St. Francois State Park. The weekend weather began with light rain Friday night, but gradually began clearing by late Saturday morning. Highlights of the trip were camping in the parks scenic and secluded scout area and hiking the Mooner’s Hollow Trail. Scouts identified different plants and trees along the hike. Scouts also cut wood for the campfire which they kept burning for about 36 hours. Scouts said they had a great time and most want to return again next year. (Click on “Read More” below to see more photos and text.)

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    OA Service Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, April 02 2012 @ 05:03 PM UTC

    Troop NewsBabler State Park
    Wildwood, MO
    March 31, 2012



    The following Troop 161 scouts attended the OA Service Project: Mr. Matt Grozovic, Connor G, Ryan D, Mr. John DiMercurio, Raphael Q, and Rob S. Working with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, our project was improving and updating the Scout’s campsites area at Babler State Park. The work project included staining the pavilion and latrine, digging three drainage ditches, building a main council ring which was enhanced with old Cedar tree’s that closed in the ring, made three benches, a camp ring, and distributed several thousands of pounds of gravel within the campsite to disperse rain water and limit erosion. We also improved the six campsites, cleared brush and trees, chipped the old Cedar trees into mulch to be used throughout the park, dug and constructed 6 new bbq pits, cleared off, raked and improved the 6 Scouting campsites. This project began at 9:00 am and concluded at 4:00 pm. Story and photos submitted by John DiMercurio. (Click on "Read More" below to view more photographs.)

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    Troop Discovery Camp Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 09:03 PM UTC

    Troop NewsDiscovery Camp
    Beaumont Scout Reservation
    March 23-25, 2012

    19 scouts and 9 adults attended Discovery Camp, our first tent campout of the year. The weekend went very well and the weather was just gorgeous with night temperatures in the 50s and day temperatures in the 70s. Light rain fell overnight Friday into early Saturday and most slept right through it. The scouts enjoyed the weekend and said that their favorite parts included playing in the creek, falling in the creek (for some), whittling, the hike to cub world, the campfire, being with friends, being at camp, the food, the cobbler, the Beaumont Betty story, and teaching the new scouts different skills.

    Most said that they look forward to the next campout.

    Here are some comments from parents:

    “I want to say thank you to the Scout leaders and the older Boy Scouts who helped at the campout this past weekend. My son Tyler had a great time and he learned a lot. Thanks!”
    Diane M.

    “Wanted to say we had a great weekend at our Discovery Camp: with Friday [evening’s Lenten] feast of 12 pounds of fish, 16 pounds of French Fries, 5 pounds of frog legs, and hush puppies; besides our troop meals I believe we ate very well. Thanks to all our leaders and older Scouts who helped our new Boy Scouts learn a vast amount of information on knife, ax, and saw safety,.. the presenting and retiring our nation’s flag, and also retiring an old and tattered flag. And how can we forget Saturday night’s camp fire; after dinner we snacked on Jiffy popcorn, and a delicious blueberry and apple cobbler. But last and not least we were captivated by the story of Beaumont Betty told to us by our renowned story teller Andy Sandroni…..I am sure she [Betty] was present on that weekend; some very strange and unanswered events happened that made the hair on the back of our necks stand up.”
    Mr. John DiMercurio

    Thanks again to all the adults who attended: R. Butler, L. Cain, J. DiMercurio, J. Hoffmann, M. Menteer, P. Moleski, K. Ohlendorf, A. Sandroni, D. Strebler

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    Woodcutting at Discovery Camp Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 05:19 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Discovery Camp
    Beaumont Scout Reservation
    March 24, 2012

    Our 1st year scouts practice their wood cutting skills using the hand ax, long ax and bow saw. Thanks to Alex S. for supervising the ax yard and also Alex D. and Robert for assisting. (Click on “Read More” below to view more photographs.)

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    Pack 161 Blue and Gold Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, February 28 2012 @ 02:08 AM UTC

    Troop NewsBlue and Gold Banquet
    St. Simon LCH
    February 26, 2012


    Congratulations to our newest members of Troop 161.

    6 Webelos II scouts crossed over to Boy Scouts at the Blue and Gold Ceremony. Welcome to our new scouts Matt, Tyler, Drew, Eric, Sean and Ben. (Click on "Read More" below for more photos and text.)

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    Meramec Floodplain Cleanup Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Friday, February 24 2012 @ 11:32 PM UTC

    Troop NewsBaumgartner Road
    South St. Louis County
    February 18, 2012

    On Saturday, February 18, River Rats Chris and Alex and their families joined Arnold Stream Team, The Open Space Council and the Metropolitan Sewer District to improve the Meramec River floodplain in South St. Louis County near Baumgartner and Lemay Ferry Road. A total of 51 volunteers helped remove 40 cubic yards of trash, tons of scrap metal, and over 250 tires from the area. Much of the trash had accumulated over the years from old clubhouses and past floods. Great effort guys! (Click on “Read More” below for more photos and text.)

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    Trivia Night Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, February 19 2012 @ 09:41 PM UTC

    Troop NewsMiddle School Trivia Night
    St. Simon's Gym
    February 11, 2012


    Our Middle School Trivia Night was very successful this year. 157 middle schoolers attended with a total of 23 tables. Thanks to all who helped and also participated at our fund raising event.

    Thanks especially to the following:
    Sabrina Gibbs - Event Chairperson and questions
    John DiMercurio - Event Host
    Miriam Butler - Advertising
    Jen Williams - Advertising
    Mary Burke - Registration
    Loretta Schnurbusch - Raffle
    Bob Seitz - AV equipment
    Karen Strebler - Gift Bags
    Don Schnurbusch - Concessions
    Jim Hoffmann - Concessions
    Amy Cain - Treasurer
    Rich Kinkade & Holy Name - Soda & Popcorn
    John DiMercurio - Blues Tickets Donation
    Cain Family - Fishing equipment Donation
    St. Louis Rams - Autograph Football Donation
    McDonalds - Gift Card Donation

    (Click on "Read More" below for more photos.)

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    Cabin Camp Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Friday, February 10 2012 @ 12:43 AM UTC

    Troop NewsCamp MacClosson
    Lonedell, Mo
    February 3-5. 2012


    10 boy scouts, 4 webelos and 7 adults attended the weekend cabin camp at Camp MacClosson this winter. The weekend weather was cloudy and wet with temperatures in the 40s. While inside, scouts had fun playing games and making ropes. Outside scouts spent time hiking, orienteering and skipping rocks in the lake. Thanks to Alex and Mr. Darran Strebler for providing the huge pile of firewood for the cabin stoves and the bonfire. Thanks to Amy Cain for her help with the reservations and procurement of food for the campout. Thanks to all our adults for their help this weekend. (Click on "read more" below for more text and photos.)

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    Lock-In Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, January 16 2012 @ 04:17 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Troop Lock-In
    January 14 & 15, 2012
    St. Simon Cafeteria and Gym
    Green Park, MO

    17 scouts attended the troop overnight lock-in. Scouts were dropped off Saturday night after 7:00pm. Scouts played basketball and dodge ball in the gym. Scouts also played board games such as Risk and Chrononauts in the cafeteria. We enjoyed snacks and soft drinks throughout the evening and also ate pizza at 10:00pm. Lights were turned off at 2:00am and scouts were encouraged to sleep until 8:00am Sunday. Scouts were picked up at 9:00am.

    Thanks to the adults who participated. Thanks to Mr. Rich Kinkade and the Holy Name Society for donating soft drinks and hot chocolate for the lock-in. Thanks also to our scouts Chris, Michael, David, Jacob and Rafael who helped later Sunday afternoon with the Cub Scouts’ pinewood derby. (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos.)

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    New Year's Family Hike 2012 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, January 02 2012 @ 05:07 PM UTC

    Troop NewsNew Year’s Hike
    January 1, 2012
    Rock Hollow Trail
    Wildwood, Mo.



    The first day of 2012 was very blustery, as an approaching cold front brought winds gusting to 40-50mph. We still had a great time on the hike as Rock Hollow provided some protection from the wind and the 41 degree temperature was warmer than some of the New Year’s hikes in recent memory.

    After meeting at Michael’s parking lot at 10:00am we drove to the Al Foster trailhead in Glencoe, Mo. From there we hiked the Al Foster Trail 1 mile east along the Meramec River to the Rock Hollow Trail following it 2.3 miles north to the trailhead on Ridge Road. We then returned by the same route for a total of approximately 6.6 miles. While we saw a few other small groups, we felt secluded for the most part.

    The recently opened Rock Hollow Trail is among the most scenic of Great Rivers Greenway Trails. The paved 2.3 mile trail leads hikers and bikers through a wooded valley that crisscrosses a wet weather creek utilizing 13 masterly crafted wooden bridges. (Click on “Read More” below to see more photos.)

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