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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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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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.
Upper Meramec River
August 14, 2016
It rained on us for about 2 1/2 hours. Other than that, the float went well. We collected some trash. We recovered a canoe left behind on a previous float. A good time was had by all. Thanks to all that helped.
Venture Crew Weekend
Apple Creek, MO
September 25-27, 2015
This Venture Crew weekend included camping, fishing and a visit to the Perry County Fair. We camped Friday and Saturday nights at the Schnurbusch Farm in Apple Creek, Mo. The nights were very pleasant. There was no shortage of wood to burn in the campfire.
The fishing at Schnurbusch Pond was very successful. The group caught a “nice mess” of largemouth bass, while fishing in light rain Saturday morning. Chris caught the most (6 bass) using a Shakespeare ultralight with a Matzuo America 3" Rattlin' lure.
We ate pancakes and bacon for breakfast and chili dogs for lunch. We ate dinner at the Perry County Fair in Altenburg, Mo. Two favorites of the Fair were the mule jumping contest and the tractor pull contest. Thanks to the Schnurbusch family for their hospitality during this enjoyable weekend! Thanks to Amy Cain for the great photos!
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