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    Discovery Camp Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Saturday, April 09 2016 @ 04:10 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Discovery Camp
    Beaumont Reservation
    March 18-20,2016

    Photos from discovery camp submitted by Mrs. Pat Meyer. Thanks to all the adult leaders that attended Discovery Camp 2016.
    For more photos click on "Read More" below.

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    Grayson's Eagle Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, December 21 2015 @ 11:50 PM UTC

    Troop News
    Grayson's Eagle Project
    Crestwood Animal Shelter
    Whitecliff Park
    December 19-20, 2015

    Boy Scout Grayson West of Troop 161 is a life-long supporter of rescue organizations, along with his family, so it was no surprise that he chose to focus his Eagle Project on helping animals in his own community. Grayson, with the help of his carpentry mentor and Venture Crew 2161 Associate Advisor, Larry Cain, as well as many fellow scouts, adult leaders, and family volunteers, Grayson's project became a reality. Earning his Eagle rank has been a life-time goal for Grayson during his 10 years of active scouting, and the Eagle Project is one of the final steps in his journey.

    The Crestwood Animal Shelter, located within Whitecliff Park, is the beneficiary of Grayson's Eagle Project. When approached and asked what could really benefit the shelter's cats and dogs, VP Mary Balles replied, "a donation chest so that people can donate to the shelter anytime".

    The shelter is run 100% by volunteers and serves the community with the help of fundraising, monetary and in-kind donations. In the past, the only way for people to donate much needed items was to drop them off during limited volunteer hours. Now the community can donate anytime that's convenient for them, hopefully encouraging even more donations for the shelter.

    Ryan, manager of Sunset Hills Home Depot generously donated 100% of the materials needed to build the donation chest. Don Greer, Owner of Signarama, kindly supported the project by donating both signs for the chest. "It takes a village... and our village came through in the strongest of ways. It makes me proud to be a St. Louisan and a Scout."

    You, too, can help support the Crestwood Animal Shelter, a 501(c)3 organization, by donating: paper towels, dog/ cat beds, dog/cat treats, perfume-free laundry detergent, non-clumping kitty litter, and monetary donations.

    For more photos of Grayson's Eagle Project click on "Read More" below. Photos by Mrs. Susan West.

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    Scouting for Food 2015 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Saturday, November 28 2015 @ 06:30 PM UTC

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    Scouting for Food
    Mehlville Fire Station
    November 21, 2015

    On Saturday November 21, St. Louis area scouts braved the snow and cold to collect an estimated 1,955,525 donated food items for St. Louis food banks. At Mehlville Fire House #5, Troop 161 and Crew 2161 scouts assisted in boxing the food collected in their local neighborhoods. Our scouts and parents helped box approximately 1475 cases of food at this location. Thanks for all that participated in this annual project to help those less fortunate.

    To see more photos of Scouting For Food click on "Read More" below.

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    Ben B. Eagle Project Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Wednesday, November 04 2015 @ 02:57 AM UTC

    Troop News
    Garden at St. Simon's School Entrance
    October 31, 2015

    Thanks to everyone who helped Ben with his Eagle Project!

    To see more photos of Ben's Eagle Project click on "Read More Below".

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    Pumpkin Sale Fundraiser Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Sunday, October 25 2015 @ 01:03 PM UTC

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    Pumpkin Sale
    St. Simon the Apostle
    October16-18, 2015

    Thanks to all who purchased pumpkins this year. Thanks to all who helped with the the pumpkin sales and to those who helped with set-up and take down. Huge thank you to the Kriegshauser family for taking the lead with this fundraiser.
    Click on "Read More" below to see more photos.

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    Operation Clean Stream Canoe Float Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Monday, August 31 2015 @ 01:57 AM UTC

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    Operation Cleanstream
    Upper Meramec River
    August 23, 2015


    On Sunday, August 23, 11 scouts and 9 adults attended the 5 mile Operation Cleanstream canoe float. The weather Sunday started mostly cloudy with a light mist at first but soon became clear and sunniy with a high temperature of about 80. The float trip and stream cleanup went well. Here are the highlights:

    Number of tires recovered: 2

    Team to find first tire: Allen and Max

    Largest tire to be recovered: Maria

    Most unusual item recovered: Alex and Rory - Quikshade style tent frame

    Most unusual skull / animal parts: Mr Menteer's find - Some kind of mammal skull.

    Number of capsized canoes: 2

    Most scouts in one canoe: 4 - Rory, Alex, Max, Allen

    Most scouts to capsize in one canoe: 4 (see most scouts in one canoe)

    Thanks to all the scouts, adults and leaders who attended. Thanks to Open Space Council, Missouri Stream Team and Ozark Outdoors for their help and services to make this another great outing.

    To view more photos click on “Read More” below.

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    Memorial Day Good Turn Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
    Thursday, May 28 2015 @ 01:02 AM UTC

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    Gravois Trail District
    Memorial Day Good Turn
    Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
    May 24, 2015


    10 St. Simon Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts joined over 4000 area scouts to place American flags at each of the 190,000 headstones at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. During the Ceremony, Kyle, Chris and Rob were recognized as Eagle Scouts. Kyle also served as Honor Guard. Thanks to our Scouts, Leaders and Family members who participated. We should never forget those who fought for our freedom.

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

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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

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

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    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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    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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