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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

    Crew News
    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.

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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.
    (Click on "Read More" below to see more photos of the hike."

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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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    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

    Troop News

    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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