St. Louis Earth Day
Fish Hatchery at Forest Park
April 15, 2017
Venture Scouts and families once again partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation this year to prepare 1500 seedlings for give away at the Earth Day Celebration next weekend.
Seedlings included blackberry, false indigo and persimmon were from the Conservation Departments tree nursery in Licking, MO. Thanks to the Burke, Cain, Sandroni and Schnurbusch families for participating.
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Middle School Trivia Night
St. Simon the Apostle
March 11, 2017
Boy Scout Troop 161 hosted their annual Middle School Trivia Night Fundraiser on the evening of March 11, 2017. Allen S did a great job as Emcee. The evening included 10 rounds of trivia questions, plus refreshments, raffle and attendance prizes. First place came down to a tie-breaker question with a team of 7th grade girls taking 1st Place and a team of 7th grade boys taking 2nd Place. Thanks to all that participated as well as all who made donations for the event. A special thanks to the Blittschau, Goldbeck, Kriegshauser and Shorey families for all their work coordinating this fundraiser.
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Annual New Year's Day Family Hike
Flint Quarry Trail
West Tyson County Park
January 1, 2017
Scouts, Venturers and their families enjoyed a great day for hiking while welcoming the new year.
The New Year's Day Family Hike was on the Flint Quarry Trail at West Tyson County Park near I-44 and the Meramec River in West St. Louis County. The Flint Quarry Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately difficult trail that varies between 500 and 800 feet of elevation as one climbs the Crescent Hills. The trail is named for the flint (chert) deposits which were once quarried by the Native Americans for use in weapons and other tools.
As a bonus, a pair of bald eagles were seen soaring in the clear blue sky above.
Thanks to everyone who attended. A good time was had by all!
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Scouting for Food
Mehlville Fire Station
November 19, 2016
On Saturday November 19, St. Louis area scouts braved temperatures in the 30s and blustery winds to collect an estimated 2,195,060 donated food items for St. Louis area food banks. At Mehlville Fire House #5, Troop 161 scouts, Crew 2161 and St. Simon 7th Graders assisted in boxing the food collected in their local neighborhoods. Our scouts, parents and 7th graders helped box 1669 cases of food at this location. Thanks for all that participated in this annual project to help those less fortunate.
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Blackberry Hollow Backpack Campout
Beaumont Scout Reservation
November 4-6, 2016
Seasoned backpackers and Crew Members Don Schnurbusch and Andy Sandroni organized a weekend at Beaumont Scout Reservation that featured a night of camping on the camping field and a 5 mile overnight backpack hike to Blackberry Hollow.
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Ozark Trail Backpacking
October 14-16, 2016
Venture Crew 2161 hosted a backpacking trip on the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail. They camped Friday night at Ozark Outdoors. After breakfast Saturday morning the Crew was shuttled to the Ozark trailhead at Bass's Resort. From Bass's they backpacked 8 miles to where they crossed sections of the Huzzah and Courtois Creeks. They camped overnight at the Courtois primitive campground. Sunday they completed the remaining 5 miles to the Ozark Outdoors trailhead. Photos provided by Andy Sandroni and Chris Cain. Thanks to our friends at Ozark Outdoors. For more photos, click on "Read More" below.