Fall Backpack Campout
October 29 & 30, 2011
High Ridge, MO
11 scouts and 5 adult scouters backpacked the 5.2 mile "Shippey Red Trail". The weather was wonderful for backpacking, with high temperatures in the 60s and overnight low temperatures in the 40s. On Saturday we hiked the trail a little over 3 miles from the trailhead in Camp May, past Mud Cave to the top of the ridge and then downhill to Blackberry Hollow. Blackberry Hollow is remotely located in the Northern margin of the scout property and forested in tall pine trees. We set up camp and prepared our dinner. I think that most everyone who brought dehydrated food enjoyed it. Everyone turned in early after sitting around the campfire. Some of the scouts slept in a small shelter there. After preparing breakfast Sunday morning and breaking camp, we continued on the Red Trail clockwise back to the top of the ridge and then downhill to the trailhead. A good time was had by all. (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos.)
Troop 161 Great Pumpkin Sale
October 22 & 23, 2011
St. Simon's Church and School
Green Park, MO
Troop 161 held its annual Pumpkin Sale the weekend of October 22 and 23. The weather was perfect for the event. We had a lot of visitors from Trunk or Treat since the 2 events were coincident Saturday evening. Our scouts also assisted the Madonna Guild's Trunk or Treat program by collecting donated food and by picking up candy wrappers. Thanks to all the scouts and parents who helped with the pumpkin sales. Thanks to all the leaders for all their extra time and effort. Thanks to Jim R. and the St. Simonís Soccer program for donating the straw bales. Thanks to Mrs. Amy Cain for organizing the event.
This fundraiser made nearly $700 profit. $100 will go into the troop general fund. Each of the scouts who participated in the fundraiser will receive $25 in their personal scouting expense account.
We would also like to thank our costumers that stopped by our "Pumpkin Patch". We really appreciate all the help and support we receive from our church community. (To view more photos, click on read more below.)
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Gravois Trail Fall Pacao
Thursday, October 13 2011 @ 01:54 AM UTC
October 7-9, 2011
High Ridge, MO
12 scouts and 4 adults attended the 2011 Gravois Trail District Fall Pacao at Beaumont Reservation. The weekend was gorgeous with clear skies and fall colors near peak. The day temperatures were in the mid 80s and night lows in the mid 50s. Congratulations to all the scouts for their outstanding participation and to Chris and Thomas for leading their teams to receiving Honor awards. (Click on read more below for more text and photos.)
Affton Days Parade
South St. Louis County
September 17, 2011
St. Simon's Boys Scouts and Webelos II's participated in the Annual Affton Days Parade. The 1.7 mile parade route started at Affton High School and ended at St. George Church utilizing McKenzie and Gravois Roads. The parade theme was "Affton Honors Those Who Served." The parade kicks off the Affton Days Festival of music, entertainment, food and fun. Thanks to all who represented our scouting programs. Thanks to our Webelos scouts for joining us and helping pass out candy along the parade route. (Click on read more below for more photos.)
September 09-11, 2011
OA Fall Reunion
S-F Ranch Camporee Field
Knob Lick, MO
Nine scouts and 5 scouters from Troop 161 attended the Order of the Arrow Shawnee Lodge Fall Reunion at S-F Ranch the weekend of September 9-11, 2011. The overall lodge attendance was an estimated 2000 arrowmen.
The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:
To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
To promote Scout camping.
To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
(Click on read more below for more photos and text.)
Onondaga Cave State Park &
August 27 - 28, 2011
29 scouts and adults/ family members camped overnight Saturday at Onondaga State Park and 37 participated in the canoe float/river cleanup on Sunday. (Click on read more below for more photos and text.)
Philmont Scout Ranch
Cimarron, New Mexico
July 7 - 21, 2011
23 scouts and scouters from Unit 161 attended Philmont this July. These photos were submitted by David & Patrick Burke and Rob and Andy Sandroni of Crew F2 the "Blue Crew". (Click on read more below for more photos and text.)