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    Fort Leonard Wood Campout Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Thursday, April 23 2015 @ 02:08 AM UTC

    Crew News
    Fort Leonard Wood, MO
    April 17 - 19, 2015

    Venture Crew 2161 had a great weekend camping. Highlights of the trip were camping on the bank of Big Piney River, touring the military museums and barracks, trap shooting, bowling, mass at the base chapel, Mr. Hoffmann's jambalaya, Alex's apple/cherry cobbler, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), and Sunday breakfast at the mess hall. The weekend weather was mostly dry except for some heavy rain on Sunday. A good time was had by all!

    Thanks to Mr. Schnurbusch for coordinating this event & food shopping and thanks to his 2 lifelong buddies Mike and Bill for all their help. Thanks to Mr. Strebler for hauling the trailer and purchasing the fuel. Thanks to Staff Sargeant Palmer for his generous donation of the MREs. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of the Fort Leonard Wood campout.

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    Scouts Sponsor Middle School Trivia Night Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, April 14 2015 @ 02:08 AM UTC

    Troop News

    Middle School Trivia Night
    St. Simon the Apostle
    April 11. 2015

    Troop 161's Middle School Trivia Night was a big success. We had 12 tables of girls & boys from grades 5-8. Second place, a table of 6th grade boys, won candy while first place, a table of 7th grade boys, won Target gift cards. Thanks to all the parents & Boy Scouts who helped make the night possible. A special thank you to Mrs. Goldbeck for chairing this event, Mr. DiMercurio for emceeing the night & Mr. Goldbeck for all the fun categories, esp. "Gnos Taht Eman" and "Who Am I?
    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos!

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    Venture Crew Road Rally Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, March 31 2015 @ 03:12 AM UTC

    Crew News
    Venture Crew Road Rally
    March 28, 2015

    Crew 2161 joined about 20 other Venture Crew teams to participate in the event which started at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The program included shotgun skeet shooting as well as pistol shooting. The road rally involved following directions from Beaumont through parts of Sunset Hills, Fenton, Valley Park and Wildwood before ending at Babler State Park. Teams received points for finding and taking photos of items as part of a scavenger hunt along the way. Everyone had fun and plan to do it again!
    (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos.)

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    Nick M Eagle Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 11:28 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Nick's Eagle Project
    St. Simon the Apostle
    March 7, 2015

    Nick's Eagle project was to rebuilt and refinish the 6 older picnic tables under the parish pavilion. The work went very well and was later approved by Holy Name Society President Bob Spencer. Congratulations to Nick for a job well done! Thanks to all the scouts and adult leaders who assisted with the project. (Click on "read more" below for more photos of the project.)

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    Venture Crew Hidden Valley Snow Tubing Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, February 22 2015 @ 03:06 PM UTC

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    Venture Crew Snow Tubing
    Hidden Valley Ski Resort
    Wildwood, MO
    February 21, 2015

    About 80 Venture Crew members from Gravois Trail District enjoyed a night of Snow Tubing at Hidden Valley Resort. The snow on the course was a little wet at first due to day temperatures in the 40s. However later, as the temperatures dropped into the 20s, the course became extremely slick resulting in tube run speeds exceeding 50mph. The group finished the night at Starbucks. A good time was had by all.

    (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos.)

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    Cabin Camp! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, February 11 2015 @ 03:05 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Cabin Camp
    Lonedell, MO
    Feb 6-8, 2015


    We had a great time at our annual Cabin Campout at Camp MacClosson in Lonedell, MO. We arrived at around 7:00pm and began to unpack and fire up the wood burning stoves.

    We awoke around 7am and began the day with Chiefs [Chefs? Great Googly Moogly! - See editor’s note below] Rory Butler and Alex Strebler preparing a very delicious breakfast of French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, milk and juice. Many of the boys brought board games but one that was used the most was Daniel Blittschau’s Monopoly game which featured no money but credit cards. Daniel, seemed to be the master of this game winning many of the games with his “Donald Trump” mastery.

    We ate lunch around 1:00pm which consisted of cold cuts, cheese, chips, pickles, cookies and our famous “bug juice” that is Kool-Aid.

    Many of the scouts and adults enjoyed a beautiful day which reached in the 70’s. Our own Alex Strebler brought several of his electronic boats that he took to the lake and demonstrated his mastery of both speed and maneuvering.

    As the sun set we began dinner which was prepared by our Scoutmaster John DiMercurio; he made his world famous family recipe of pasta, meatballs, cheese garlic bread and homemade gravy……………that’s spaghetti sauce to those non Italians…………..lol

    Sunday morning we got up early (6:30am) to clean up and pack. We headed back to St. Simon and attended 9:00am mass and helped out for Donut Sunday; which Troop 161 sponsored for the parishioners of St. Simon.

    Those who attended: Daniel Q, Daniel B., Jon F., Nathan B., Andrew S., Alex S., Luke G., Rory B., Brandan D.

    Leaders and adults: John DiMercurio, Tom Dlugos, Ken Boning, Darren Strebler.

    Also - Thanks to all the folks who helped with the Scouts’ Donut Sunday, especially those who set-up at 6:00am and cleaned-up afterward.

    John P. DiMercurio

    Editor’s note - (Great Googly Moogly! ... A nostalgic exclamation of surprise and disgust, typically uttered by the groundskeeper after painting the name "Chefs" on the end zone of a Kansas City NFL football stadium. – 1997 Snickers commercial…"Hey that's Great! But who are the Chefs?")
    LC

    (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of cabin camp!)

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    Venture Crew Philmont Conditioning Hike on Grant's Trail Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Saturday, January 24 2015 @ 04:40 PM UTC

    Crew News
    Grant's Trail
    St. Louis County
    January 24, 2015

    Philmont Conditioning continues with a 4 mile hike starting at the Grant's Trail Tesshire trailhead, then through Clydesdale Park using the Twin Bridge Trail and Fox Run Trail, then Green Park Road to Grant's Trail at I-55. We returned to the Tesshire trailhead using a combination of Grant's Trail and Bottomland Trail.
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    Troop Lock-In Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Saturday, January 24 2015 @ 12:53 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Troop Lock-In &
    Den Chiefs at Pinewood Derby
    St. Simon the Apostle
    January 17 & 18, 2015


    Scouts enjoyed an overnight featuring games, pizza, snacks and movies Ghostbusters 1 & 2 and Monty Python's Holy Grail.
    Also see photos of Den Chiefs at the Pinewood Derby Sunday afternoon.
    (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos.)

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    Chubb Trail Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, January 18 2015 @ 01:57 PM UTC

    Crew News
    Chubb Trail
    St. Louis County
    January 10, 2015

    Philmont training continued with a 6 mile hike on the Chubb Trail from Lone Elk County Park to the North-East boundary of West Tyson County Park. The weather was crisp and cold with temperatures in the teens and wind chill in the singe digits. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of the Chubb Trail hike. Thanks those who attended and to Crew Advisor Don Schnurbusch for promoting this outing.

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    New Year's Day Family Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Thursday, January 01 2015 @ 09:04 PM UTC

    Crew News
    New Year's Day Hike
    Lower Meramec Park
    St. Louis County, MO
    January 1, 2015

    17 folks and 4 dogs attended the annual 161 New Year's Day Hike. The 4 mile hike was at Lower Meramec Park in St. Louis County. The weather was clear and cold with a wind chill temperature of about 20. Best Find: Alex recovered the backbone of a deer with several vertebrae intact. Thanks to all that attended. Same time next year!

    Click on "Read More" below to view more photos of the New Year's Day Hike.

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