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 "We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it."

Quote from the founder of Scouting: -Sir Robert Baden-Powell


Monday 29th Meeting cancelled for FISHING

Posted on Jul 23 2019 - 8:25pm

Fishing campout MONDAY July 29th 1:00 meet at Church.  Need Ride Call or ask another scout if you can tag with them.  Will return Tuesday after Breakfast so we can view Union Paciffic #4014 Big Boy Steam Engin pass west boun on UP tracks. See calendar age for some info and permission slip to bring with you.  PLEASE REGISTER IF SCOUT ALSO IF PARENT MAY BE ATTENDING SO WE CAN LOAD CANOES NEEDED. MAY TAKE EXTRA TRIPS TO HAVE WHAT IS NEEDED. CONTACT DAVE should there be any issues or instructions since this is a weekday and we understand transportation may be an issue with parents at work.  Or maybe buddy up with a scout that has parent/ grandparents handling this.

SURVEY - 2020 Summer Camp - Need to make RESERVATION SOON -ANY INPUT?

Posted on Jul 22 2019 - 1:37pm

Blackhawk Area Council 2020 Summer Camp Reservation Form

I need your help ASAP SO I HAVE SOME idea where we stand for summercamp IN 2020. Please give Scoutmaster Dave your opinion.  Feel free to use comments below (bottom right) of course others will be able to see.


Posted on Jul 17 2019 - 4:56pm

It is go time for the TIME CAPSULE to get buried.  THIS IS IT!!  All SCOUTS and PARENTS are encouraged to place something in the capsule.  Now is the time, we will have a deadline of Monday July 22nd.  Have ALL items turned either on that day of before.  Ideas: letter to your future self, current events, letter to someone else, pictures, use your imagination.  ideas on the web.  Please dont be lazy and not do this, you will regret if you dont.  Thomas Halla

Court of Honor - NEED YOUR Input

Posted on Jul 12 2019 - 5:48pm


COURT OF HONOR when would be best AUGUST DATE - Please consider back to school nights or sports that I possibly have NO knowledge of and advise me of such. 

4H Fair - Fund Raiser PARKING LOT CONTROL July 26 &27

Posted on Jul 10 2019 - 2:42pm

We have been doing Parking lot duty for the 4H FAIR for the past 3 or 4 years.  Those that assist will get a prorate ammount added to Activity account for hours worked.  Because of its involvment with parking cars we will limit this to those responsible enough to stay focused and safe while there.  While I can say it is not for first year scouts we have in past felt 8 grade and up ideal but we will consider all that wish to participate.


Posted on Jul 10 2019 - 2:34pm

The BWCA Wilderness (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) is located in North East Minnesota (above Lake Superior) along the Canadian Boarder.  If you have eve spoken to Scoutmaster Dave of Troop 85 then you may have heard about this as a High Adventure opportunity for the Scouts and Parents in Scouting.  Attached are two links to You Tube videos about BWCA.  1. is a story from a concerted US company that believes this area should be preserved. 2. Is a video about 3 men that took a week long canoe trip in the BWCA and what they saw and experienced.  There are many You Tube videos on this subject so after viewing these feel free to do more research.  2020 would be a great year for Troop 85 to send a crew to the BWCA for a lifetime event.  Crews are limited to 9 people and 4 vessels (canoe, kayak) with NO MOTORS.  Normal cost using Outfitters can be from $500 and up per person.  Our Troop at this time with equipement we own can keep cost around $275 each including Trave/mealsl and adventure.  Of course price of food, Fuel and permits, number attending and vehicles required to transport WILL EFFECT Cost so a updated calculation would be required for a resonably accurate cost estimate.

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