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Scout Lock-In Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Tuesday, January 21 2014 @ 12:35 AM UTC

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Troop Lock-In
St. Simon's Gym
January 18-19, 2014

21 boy scouts, 5 webelos and 4 adult leaders attended the Lock-In. We enjoyed movies, games, pizza, snacks and soft drinks. Scouts also shot hoops and played dodgeball in the gym from 10:00pm until 2:00am.

Thanks to Mr. Boning, Mr. Cain, Mr. Strebler and Mr. Shively for their overnight participation.
Thanks to the Holy Name Society for providing the soft drinks.
Thanks to Amy for coordinating the pizza order.
Thanks to Mr. Menteer and Mr. Hoffmann for their assistance.

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New Year's Day Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, January 12 2014 @ 09:16 PM UTC

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Rockwoods Reservation
Wildwood, MO
January 1, 2014

Scouts and family members enjoyed hiking the Rock Quarry Trail at Rockwoods Reservation, a 1,843 acres state forest and wildlife conservation area.

Rockwoods Reservation was established in 1938, one year after the Missouri Department of Conservation was created, making it one of Missouri's oldest conservation properties. Rockwoods has a history of extensive rock quarrying and most of the forest was previously clear cut to provide firewood for the quarry's eleven kilns.

The Rock Quarry Trail passes old rock quarries as well as Cobb’s Cavern. ‘Cobb’s Cavern’ is a former underground limestone mine, larger than a football field, that is viewable from the trail.

The rock was cut into 10’ cubes by steam-powered rock saws. The cubes were then cut into slabs, loaded on railroad cars, and transported on a spur to the Missouri Pacific Railroad at Glencoe. However, most of the limestone was deemed too soft to be useful as dimension stone. The quarries were then developed for lime production.

From the quarries the limestone was loaded on cars and hauled by mules to the end of the quarry. From there, the cars were lowered by cable down a steep inclined tramway. From the bottom of the incline, the cars moved by gravity (i.e., on gentler incline). At the plant the cars were hauled up an incline to the top of the kilns by cable. The empty cars were returned to the base of the hill by mules, to be hauled back up the incline.

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December Hike Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Wednesday, December 11 2013 @ 02:06 AM UTC

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Beaumont Scout Reservation
High Ridge, MO
December 8, 2013

4 scouts and 4 adults hiked the 5.2 mile Blackberry Hollow Trail at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Scouts and Scouters began the hike at 11:30 after attending Scout Mass at St. Simon. We ate a late lunch at Blackberry Hollow and finished the hike at 3:30.

Hikers enjoyed a secluded trail covered with new fallen snow. Temperatures stayed in the 20s and was accompanied by a light freezing mist.

"This is perfect for a hike", stated Mr. Sandroni.

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Scouting for Food 2013 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Sunday, November 17 2013 @ 05:01 PM UTC

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November 16, 2013
Mehlville Firehouse #5
Green Park, Mo

22 scouts and 10 adults from Troop 161/ Crew 2161 assisted in packing 1,618 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 2.1 million cans of food at the 29th annual Scouting for Food Good Turn. The food will supply more than 500 pantries throughout our region with a three-month supply of non-perishable items. Thanks to all who donated food this year for those less fortunate. Thanks to all our scouts who participated and thanks to our adults Emily, Larry Berron, Ken Boning, Andy Sandroni, Marc Menteer, Matt Menteer, Karen Strebler, Theresa Dapron, Loretta Schnurbusch, 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  
Sunday, November 10 2013 @ 05:35 PM UTC

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Camp Promotion
St. Simon Lower Church Hall
November 10,2013

Our scouts made a camping presentation to our Cub Scout Pack. Highlights of the program were the camp set up, the animal furs and bones, the camp skits, the camp donuts, and the boy scouts discussions about why they like camping. Click on "Read More" below for more photos and text.

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Pumpkin Sale Fundraising Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Saturday, October 26 2013 @ 12:19 AM UTC

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Pumpkin Sale
October 19-20, 2013

Story submitted by Mrs. Amy Cain

We had a beautiful weekend for our Pumpkin Sale. After the rain on Friday night (and the Cardinal win!), Saturday brought sun and a lot of wind. We had a lot of help setting up all our equipment and setting out the pumpkins. We weighed the pumpkins and sorted them by their weight. We had small pumpkins (weight 6-10 pounds), medium pumpkins (weight 11-14 pounds) and large pumpkins (weight 15-20 pounds). In addition, we had some Spookys (pie pumpkins), decorative gourds and mini-mini pumpkins. And this year we had hand made dish rags, donated by Ben B's grandmother, in wonderful fall colors and even a few pink ones for Breast Cancer Awareness. Sales on Saturday were slow in part because there were no weekend soccer games so the traffic in and out of St. Simon was very light. We had a few visitors who took advantage of our "campfire" to sit and chat for a spell. Thanks to Mr. Lamb for protecting the pumpkins from any ghosts or ghouls on Friday night and Mr. Menteer, Mr. Shively and Mr. Cain for sleeping out with the stars and pumpkins on Saturday night. Our sales were a little more brisk on Sunday after the masses but we still ended up with a bin and a half of pumpkins at the end of our sale. A special Thank You to the Strebler family, especially Mrs. Strebler, for taking the pumpkins home and their tireless efforts to find homes for all our unadopted pumpkins. As of the following Friday, all but 12 of the pumpkins were snug as a bug in their new homes. Thank you to all the scouts and their parents for all their help with our sale. I would also like to give a shout out to our pumpkin supplier, Mr. Jim Schneider, who not only gave us the mini-mini pumpkins and gourds for free but called on Saturday to make sure the pumpkins were what we wanted and to see how our sales were going.
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Fall Campout Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 12:36 AM UTC

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Camp May
Beaumont Scout Reservation
High Ridge, MO
October 11-13, 2013

Scouts were joined this weekend by Pack 161's Webelo II patrol. The weekend weather was mostly clear but included a Saturday morning thunderstorm and light rain from about 6:30 to 7:00am. Low temperatures Saturday night dipped into the 40s, typical for October weather. After setting up tents the Webelos participated in rope making, fire building, soccer, wiffle ball and also spent time playing in the creek.

Thanks to all the dads that attended. Thanks to Mr. Strebler and Alex for towing the trailer. Thanks to Mrs. Cain for helping with the food shopping. Huge thanks to Mr. Moleski for providing the 12 racks of smoked ribs!! Dinner Saturday night had to be the best ever, which included ribs, corn on the cob, bbq beans, applesauce and bread. In the evening scouts also enjoyed s'mores around the campfire. Click on "Read More" below to view more photos from the fall campout.

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Klondike Park Campout / Bike Ride Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Tuesday, September 24 2013 @ 01:29 AM UTC

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Klondike Park
Augusta, Mo
September 21-22, 2013

It was a gorgeous fall weekend for a campout. The Klondike park campout and Katy Trail bike ride were both excellent. This weekend fulfilled a camping merit badge requirement to attend a campout that includes a 15 mile bike ride. Thanks to Mr. Strebler for hauling the scout trailer. Thanks to all our adults who attended and to parents who provided transportation. Thanks to Mrs. Cain for helping with the food shopping.
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Fall Court of Honor Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Monday, September 23 2013 @ 06:46 PM UTC

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Fall Court of Honor
St. Simon the Apostle
September 15, 2013

Scouts received over 125 merit badges, rack advancements, and summer camp awards at the fall Court of Honor. Congratulations to the scouts for their hard work! Thanks to Mrs. Gibbs for submitting all the advancement paperwork to council and procuring all the awards.
Thanks to Mr. Hoffmann and Mr. Schnurbusch for providing the special Board of Review night.
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OA Fall Reunion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
Wednesday, September 11 2013 @ 01:54 AM UTC

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Order of the Arrow
Shawnee Lodge Fall Reunion
S-F Camporee Field
September 6-8, 2012

Troop 161 arrived at the OA Fall Reunion at S bar F Friday evening about 6:00pm. We began the evening by setting up camp and preparing for the next day. Sean L. Eric O. Max K. Ben B. and Allen S. attended the event.

Saturday: Our OA candidates (Sean L. Eric O. Ben B.) began the day at around 6:30 am preparing to meet around 1000 OA candidates to perform their cheerful service project in order to receive their rank of Ordeal. Max K. and Allen S. were elangomats and led a group of OA candidates to complete one of their requirements for Brotherhood.

Their job was to clear brush, rake leaves, trim trees, and remove trash from several areas at S-F. It was a very hot day. The temperature was around 98 degrees. The scouts worked very hard and achieved their goal of cleaning and removing a large amount of debris from their assigned area.

Max K., and Allen, S. who were in charge of another team were responsible to clean and remove trash and debris from a fence line that collapsed and needed to be cleared and fixed. The boys worked hard during the day and completed about a mile of the fence line.

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