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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.

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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

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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

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Troop Lock-In Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, January 24 2015 @ 12:53 AM UTC

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

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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

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

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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

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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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