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    Upper Limits Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Thursday, January 01 2015 @ 02:49 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Upper Limits Climbing Wall
    St. Louis, MO
    December 13, 2014


    Troop 161 spent the day at Upper Limits where the Scouts learned about rappelling, climbing, and the equipment needed for climbing. The Scouts were instructed and did many of the requirements for their climbing merit badge.

    We met at St. Simon Parking lot at 10:00am and proceeded to Upper Limits in West County. The Scouts were given an orientation on safety, equipment, and the fundamentals of climbing. Once the Scouts passed their safety qualifications the instructor worked with them on harnessing, buddy system, climbing, and repelling, they spent three hours climbing and repelling.

    All who attended had a great time and commented on needing upper & lower body strength in order to perform some of the harder climbs at Upper Limits. We returned back to St. Simons around 1:30 pm.

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    Service Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, December 08 2014 @ 02:52 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Peter and Paul Community Services
    Soulard Area
    St. Louis, Mo
    December 6-7, 2014

    A hot lunch was provided, prepared and served through the Peter and Paul Community Meal Service Program this weekend by St. Simons scouts and parents. The meal was prepared at St. Simon's on Saturday and served Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall. Thanks to all who donated toward the purchase of the food as well as those who helped with the preparation and serving of the meal. Thanks especially to Mrs. Blittschau for coordinating this service project. 98 homeless folks received the hot lunch that was offered. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of the service project at Sts. Peter and Paul.

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    Venture Crew Backpacking at Hawn State Park Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, December 07 2014 @ 02:42 PM UTC

    Crew News
    Whispering Pines Trail
    Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
    November 28-29, 2014

    15 Venture Crew scouts and adults attended the Thanksgiving backpacking trip along the 10 mile Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. The crew continues to train for their 12 day trip to Philmont next summer. Photos submitted by Mona Sandroni. Click on "Read More Below" to see more photos of the backpacking trip.

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    Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Nick Berron, David Burke and Michael Neuhoff Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, November 26 2014 @ 03:22 AM UTC

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    Eagle Scout Court of Honor
    St. Simon the Apostle
    November 16, 2014

    Congradutations to Nick Berron, David Burke and Michael Neuhoff.
    For more photos of the Court of Honor click on "Read More" below.

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    Scouting for Food Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, November 16 2014 @ 04:10 PM UTC

    Troop News
    November 15, 2014
    Mehlville Firehouse #5
    Green Park, Mo

    21 scouts and 13 adults from Troop 161/ Crew 2161 assisted in packing 1,343 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 1.8 million food items at the 30th annual Scouting for Food Good Turn. Scouting for Food first began as an Eagle Scout project in our Gravois Trail District in 1985. It has since grown to become a national campaign. Thanks to all who donated food this year for those less fortunate. Thanks to all our scouts who participated and thanks to our adults Ken Boning, Anna Goldbeck, Marc Menteer, Miriam Butler, Tom Dlugos, Loretta Schnurbusch, Jen Williams, Darran and Karen Strebler, Ed and Nancy Blittschau, 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  
    Saturday, November 15 2014 @ 01:07 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Camp Promotion Presentation
    Pack 161 Meeting
    St. Simon the Apostle
    November 9, 2014

    OA Arrowmen presented a Camp Promotion program at the Pack 161 November meeting. Thanks to the new Ordeal members for doing a great job. Also assisting were Joe H, Ben B, Chris C, Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. Boning, Mr. Hoffmann, & Mr. & Mrs. Cain. Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of Camp Promotion.

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    Fall Pumpkin Sale Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 12:47 AM UTC

    Troop News

    Annual Pumpkin Sale
    St. Simon the Apostle Parking Lot
    October 18 & 19, 2014

    Troop 161 had its fifth annual Pumpkin Fundraiser this year coordinated by the Kriegshauser Family. The weather was absolutely beautiful for the two day event. Troop 161 would like to thank the following: On Friday night Mr. Lamb stayed most of the night to make sure that our supplies of pumpkins stayed safe from any goblins and ghost.

    On Saturday morning Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. and Mrs. Cain, Mr. and Mrs. Kriegshauser, Mr. and Mrs. Dlugos, Mrs. Ferretti, Mr. and Mrs. Strebler and the following scouts: Max (+ Gus & Adele), Brandon, Jonathan, Joe, and Alex S. set up our flies and pumpkins for selling. Several of our Scouts and parents helped out during both days. Thanks also to our St. Simon parishioners, and all those who stopped buy and helped support us by purchasing pumpkins.

    On Saturday night special thanks to Nick and Larry Berron, Michael Neuhoff and Chris Cain for spending the night in our very own pumpkin patch, the boys used a fire pit, shared stories and protected our pumpkins from mischief and hi jinks……………… Preliminary numbers are in but we have made over $500.00 with a portion going to each scout's account that worked.

    Thanks,
    John D.

    (Click on "Read More" below to view more photos of the Pumpkin Sale.

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    Eagle Scout Kyle Gibbs Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Friday, October 17 2014 @ 05:56 PM UTC

    Troop News Kyle Gibbs Eagle Court of Honor
    St. Simon the Apostle
    October 12, 2014

    Congratulations to Eagle Scout Kyle Gibbs! Kyle completed his Eagle Board of Review on August 4, 2014. His Eagle Court of Honor was held on October 12, 2014 at St. Simon the Apostle. At his Court of Honor Nick B was the MC, Fr. Purcell gave the invocation, Mrs. Gibbs read a poem, Mr. DiMercurio spoke of scout spirit, Chris C read the Eagle Trail and Mr. Cain gave Kyle’s scouting history.

    Next, Mr. Lou Miller from Greater St. Louis Area Council conducted the Eagle Scout Pledge, Eagle Charge and Eagle Presentation. Kyle presented the Eagle Mom and Dad pins to his parents and also presented a rose to his mother. Kyle presented his Eagle Mentor pin to Mr. Cain. Kyle’s father presented Kyle with an American Flag that had flown over the state capital.

    Closing remarks were made by Mr. DiMercurio, and then Mr. Miller closed the court of honor.

    The Gibbs family did a first class job coordinating the court of honor and assembling all Kyle’s awards photos and memorabilia from his years of scouting. (Click on “Read More” below for more photos and text from Kyle’s Eagle Court of Honor!)

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    Venture Crew Backpacking Trip Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, October 07 2014 @ 08:43 PM UTC

    Crew News
    Blackberry Hollow Campout
    Beaumont Reservation
    High Ridge, MO
    October 3-5, 2014

    On Friday 2 scouts and 2 adults camped overnight on Shippey Field. On Saturday 7 venture scouts and 6 adults backpacked on the 5 mile Red Trail to Blackberry Hollow. The fall weekend weather was near perfect with temperatures staying in the 40s and 50s. The sky was mostly clear with winds a little on the breazy side. The trail became overgrown once we descended from the ridge hiking towards Blackberry Hollow. Passage was difficult in a few places due to down trees. The campsite looked to have had little use over the last year. There was a huge supply of firewood though and after a little while a comfortable fire was blazing. The crew ate pasta for dinner that really hit the spot. The evening was calm and mostly quiet except for some snoring and the occasional snort of a deer and cry of a bobcat.

    Everyone had a great time and are looking ahead to the next trip. The next backpack / camping trip is scheduled for November 28 & 29 at Hawn State Park on the 10 mile Whispering Pines Trail.

    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of the Blackberry Hollow campout.

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    150th Year Anniversary of Battle of Pilot Knob Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Tuesday, September 30 2014 @ 08:47 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Pilot Knob Battle Reenactment &
    Taum Sauk Mountain Campout
    September 26-28, 2014

    Troop 161 had a great weekend in Pilot Knob, MO attending the Reenactment at Fort Davidson for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob. Friday night the Troop arrived around 7:30 pm and Mr. Menteer had most of our campsite already assembled. The evening was very nice low 60’s as we sat around the campfire and looked Northward at the many stars that lit the evening.

    We woke up around 7:00 am and began cooking breakfast. A HUGE shout out goes to Mrs. Butler and her hens who provided us 4 dozen fresh eggs from her chicken coop………………they were delicious as we used them to prepare one of Troops 161 favorite breakfast dishes; Shipwreck. Right before we began to devour our breakfast Mr. Cain drove down for the weekend and joined us………………….as you may recall his brother Paul Cain was involved as one of the Union Soldiers who was part of the Missouri 8th infantry.

    Once we finished breakfast we began our trip to Pilot Knob: those who were in attendance: Mr. DiMercurio, Mr. Cain, Mr. Menteer, Mr. Kriegshauser, Max. K., Daniel B., Jon F., Alan S., Andrew S., and Brandon D.

    As we made our way around the State Historic Site we were pleasantly greeted by General Sterling Price of the Confederate Army; General Price described to us why and what happened during the battle of Pilot Knob; many of the confederate soldiers had nothing but the clothes on their back, many without shoes and waiting till their comrades or a Union soldier was killed or injured to take the supplies off their bodies and begin to fight.

    At 1:00pm the Battle of Pilot Knob began, and for about two hours the reenactment showed the bloody battle and how close the Confederates were to seizing Fort Davidson; thousands died during that battle and a mass grave was formed and still is there honoring those who lost their lives during this battle.

    After the battle the boys and leaders went to the vendor tents where they saw many of the uniforms and equipment that the solders used; they even sampled and drank homemade Root beer, which seemed to be a hit.

    We learned about many of the struggles that both the Union and Confederate armies had to face such as battle wounds, hunger, and uncertainty of whether they would live or die. We got to see firsthand how these soldiers lived in canvas tents, sleeping on straw to stay warm, but all proud and brave to fight for their common causes.
    The Troop attended 5:30 pm mass at St. Marie Du Lac in Ironton, MO; it was nice to be recognized by the attending priest and congregation. We then returned to camp and prepared dinner that consisted of BBQ chicken breast, BBQ beans, salad, and mac’ n cheese. After dinner, the troop sat around the fire and recalled many of the cool things we saw that day.

    On Sunday the Troop arose around 7:00am and began to break down camp, after breakfast a patrol line was formed to make sure the area was left as we found it; following the Leave No Trace policy.

    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos from the weekend.

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